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Still recovering, Nene unable to help Brazil in Olympic qualifying

Updated: June 7, 2008, 1:42 PM ET
Associated Press

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Denver Nuggets forward Nene will not play for Brazil in Olympic qualifying next month.

Nuggets team doctor Steven Traina sent a letter Friday to the Brazilian Basketball Confederation, explaining Nene required more time to recover after treatment for testicular cancer and other injuries.

"This has been a difficult season for me," Nene said. "Not only on the technical side, but the emotional as well."

Nene's absence is another blow to the Brazilians, who ...

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