Nene asks to be released from Brazil national team

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Denver Nuggets center Nene will not join Brazil’s national team at the FIBA Americas Championship, the regional qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Brazilian basketball confederation said Nene asked to be released on Friday, citing “personal” and “contractual” reasons.

The confederation said Nene’s one-sentence statement did not provide any further explanation for his request.

The FIBA Americas Championship will be held in Argentina from August 30 to September 11.