Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao has been sidelined with a broken wrist since February but is hoping to be healed in time for the 2012 Olympic games in London this summer and hunt for gold with the Brazilian national team.
“If I’m healthy, I will play in London,” said Varejao, who has been a member of Brazil’s national team since 2001.
Many are pointing to the USA, Spain, and France are the teams likely to grab Olympic medal but don’t count out Brazil.
Brazil will have a roster that might be able to upset some of the top-tier teams. Aside from Varejao, Tiago Splitter, Nene (should he decide to play), Leandro Barbosa, former NBA player Alex Garcia and solid international players such as Marcelinho Huertas. This team has been together as well so team chemistry will not be an issue.
Brazil will be a loaded team and will be looking to make a splash in London considering the team did not qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
Also, Brazil’s chances to finish with a medal may have also increased with Spain losing Ricky Rubio to injury. Though highly doubtful Spain will have much of a drop off with Rubio sidelined.
However, for Cavs fans, having Varejao play is something they should welcome. He has been out of action for quite sometime and will likely not come back this season with just weeks left in the NBA season. The Olympics will help him rehab his wrist, get him in game shape for training camp (with NBA training camps beginning shortly after the Olympics are over) and set for a full 82-game season next year.