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Deadlines and Commitments - No. 54

Sergey Karasev

With five Nets in FIBA competition, three of them on Sunday, Brooklyn's reps will be playing almost every day between now and the end of the FIBA World Cup. 

Jorge Gutierrez and his Mexican teammates will play Brazil later Sunday in the Tres Naciones friendly tournament in Tecnopolis, Argentina; Bojan Bogdanovic and Team Croatia will be playing their third game in three days vs. Greece and Sergey Karasev and the Russian national team will begin their attempt to return to the top level of European basketball vs. Switzerland in Fribourg.

Here's the renewed schedule for the overseas games as well as other dates, going right up to Opening Night.

August 8 - 10 -- Tres Naciones tournament in Technopolis, Argentina. Host nation takes on Mexico and Brazil. Mexico lost to Argentina on Saturday night, 96-71, with Jorge Gutierrez scoring four points in limited minutes.

August 8 - 10 -- Croatia playing in a friendly tournament in Pau, France, with the host nation, Serbia and Greece participating.  In first two games, Bojan Bogdanovic tallied eight and 19 points.

August 10 - 27 -- FIBA Europe Qualifying Tournament, a competition to fill out brackets in FIBA's European championships, called Eurobasket, in 2015. Russia opens Sunday vs. Switzerland in Fribourg. Sergey Karasev will play vs. Italy and Switzerland in home and away sets. Bosnia opens vs. Great Britain Wednesday, whose coach is Kidd assistant Joe Prunty. Bosnia will play games vs. Great Britain as well as Iceland in home and away sets.

August 13 - Team USA returns to practice in Chicago.  Mason Plumlee continues his quest to make the final roster.

August 16 -- Team USA vs. Brazil, Chicago, 9:00 PM., ESPN. A big test of USA's bigs. Brazil has Nene, Tiago Splitter and Anderson Varejao.

August 20 - 21
-- Croatia will play in a tournament in Spain against the host country, Mexico and Ukraine. This is the only tournament where two Nets, Bogdanovic and Gutierrez, will play against each other.  Mike Fratello is the coach of Ukraine.

August 20 -- Team USA vs. Dominican Republic, New York, 7 PM. ESPN. The game at Madison Square Garden begins final tune-ups.

August 22 -- Team USA vs. Puerto Rico, New York, 7 PM. ESPN

August 26
-- Final Croatian warm-up for the FIBA World Cup will take place in Zagreb, Croatia's capital vs. Lithuania.

August 26 -- Team USA vs. Slovenia, Spain, 2 PM ESPN. Teams have until August 29 to cut down their rosters to 12 players.

August 30 – September 14 -- FIBA World Championship in Spain. Gutierrez will play for Mexico, Andray Blatche the Philippines and Bogdanovic for Croatia.  The opening game in Sevilla will feature Philippines vs. Croatia, meaning Blatche vs. Bogdanovic. Later that same day in Gran Canaria, it will be Mexico vs. Lithuania.

September 26 -- The traditional date that NBA training camps open is October 1, but teams participating in the NBA Global Games, like the Nets, start a few days earlier.  This may very well be the last Nets camp to be held at the PNY Center in East Rutherford. It's hoped the Nets new facility in Industry City will be ready for the camp in 2015.

October 7 -- Preseason: Nets vs Maccabi Tel Aviv, Barclays Center. 7:30 PM

October 8 - Nets board charter for Shanghai, China.

October 12 -- Preseason: Nets vs Kings at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. 1:00 AM, NBA TV

October 15 -- Preseason: Nets vs Kings at the MasterCard Center in Beijing. 7:30 AM, NBA TV

October 19 -- Preseason: Nets vs. Boston Celtics, Barclays Center. 3:00 PM

October 20 -- Preseason: Nets vs. Philadephia 76ers, Barclays Center, 7:30 PM

October 22 - Preseason: Nets vs. Boston Celtics, TD Garden, Boston, 7:30 PM

October 31 - Nets have to decide on extending Mason Plumlee and Sergey Karasev's rookie contracts into a third year and Marquis Teague's into a fourth year.