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Anderson Varejao will miss Olympics

Anderson Varejao

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Brazilian guard Anderson Varejao (R) challenges Argentinian forward Andres Nocioni during men’s quarterfinal basketball match on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Ralston - IOPP Pool Getty Images)

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One of Brazil’s most recognizable Olympians (to a U.S. audience, at least) will miss the Rio Games.

Golden State Warriors big man Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics due to a back injury, the NBA team said Wednesday.

The Brazil men’s basketball team is now down two of its top four scorers from the 2012 Olympics.

The team was already without Atlanta Hawks big man Tiago Splitter, who underwent NBA season-ending hip surgery in February.

Splitter and Varejao were the third- and fourth-leading scorers on Brazil’s 2012 Olympic team that was eliminated in the quarterfinals after not qualifying for the Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Brazil’s Olympic roster includes four other NBA players -- Leandro Barbosa, Marcelo Huertas, Nenê and Raul Neto.

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