Former NBA player Lorenzo Brown is eligible to play for the Spanish national team after obtaining Spanish citizenship.
The Spanish basketball federation welcomed the American-born player on Tuesday, saying his arrival was “part of its strategy to expand the base of players and talent available to play for the national team”.
The federation said Brown’s arrival will help make up for the absence of some key players through injury and retirement.
Spain are missing Ricky Rubio through injury, while Sergio Rodríguez, Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol have recently retired.
The decision to give Brown citizenship drew criticism locally, with some saying Spain already had enough talent to keep the national team competitive.
Brown, 31, is a guard who went to NC State and was an NBA second-round pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2013. He has also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors.
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