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21/05/2012
Leandro Barbosa (Brazil) Brazil vs Croatia Day 6 of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. 28 August 2010. Preliminary round

RIO DE JANEIRO (Olympics) - The NBA duo of Leandro Barbosa and Nene drew the ire of Brazil legend Oscar and many of the country's basketball fans when choosing not to make themselves available for national team duty at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Without the players, Brazil reached the Final and qualified for the Olympics.

National team coach Ruben Magnano has decided to name both in the preliminary squad for the London Games.

Having decided to give them another chance after speaking to each, Magnano said: "I wouldn't call up a player if I didn't have any trust in him."

Magnano, who led Argentina to the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, coached Barbosa at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Oscar, meanwhile, has spoken about the decision to take both Barbosa and Nene.

He told Brazil’s most popular sports newspaper, Lance: “I knew they would be within the list.

“With them Brazil gets stronger.”

Anderson Varejao, who was having arguably his best season with Cleveland before breaking his wrist in February, has been included.

The power forward/center, a member of the team that played at the last two FIBA World Championships, said of the London Games: "This has been a long-time dream of mine.

"I’ve played in a lot of competitions with Brazil, but playing in the Olympics is different.

"I’m very motivated. I think we have a group capable of fighting for a medal in London."

The recently naturalized Brazilian Larry Taylor is included.

Taylor practiced with Brazil before last year's Americas Championship in Mar del Plata, Argentina, but did not travel to the tournament since his papers were not completed in time.

CAI Zaragoza's impressive center, Rafael Hettsheimeir, has been named although he is facing two months of action after being told he needs to have knee surgery.

Brazil have listed the players with a chance to compete in London on their federation website.

They are Marcelo Huertas, Larry James Taylor Jr, Raul Togni Neto, Leandro Barbosa, Marcelo Machado, Marcus Vinicius Vieira De Souza, Alex Ribeiro Garcia, Anderson Varejao, Guilherme Giovannoni, Tiago Splitter, Rafael Hettsheimeir, Nene and Caio Torres.

Brazil say that two others, Ricardo Fischer and Ronald Rodrigues, have been invited to take part in the preparations.

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