Monday, May 12, 2008

A Mission For Cape [Verdean] Crusaders

By Marc Spears
Source: The Boston Globe,
Published: Sunday May 11, 2008

Ex-Celtics sharpshooter Dana Barros is considering making a comeback at 41. No, not in the NBA, but in an Olympic qualifier with the Cape Verde team.

Barros's father is Cape Verdean and his mother is African-American. Barros's cousin, former UMass-Boston star Tony Barros, plays for Cape Verde and approached Dana about playing this summer. Cape Verde has reached the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens in July.
"I'm a little excited about looking into it," said Barros, now the Celtics' director of player development. "I'm going to definitely look into it and see if it can work out."
Cape Verde is expected to begin practicing for the qualifier in early June. Although Barros has been working on bringing basketball camps to Cape Verde, he has never visited the country. The 15-year NBA veteran said his parents would be very proud if he played.
"It would be great for them," said Barros. "Growing up in Boston, I'm proud of my Cape Verdean and black heritage."
Barros said he's in great shape and plays three to four times a week now.
Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes is also Cape Verdean, and while the ex-Celtic was considering playing for the country, impending fatherhood led him to decline the invitation.

"My goal is to definitely play for the team in 2012 and hopefully qualify for the Olympics," said Gomes. "It's an honor to have been asked to play for the team and represent where my family and I are from."
Cape Verde also could be looking at Northeastern freshman forward Vinny Lima.

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