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Barbosa leaves Suns for Brazil following mother's death

Updated: November 14, 2008, 2:27 PM ET
By Henry Abbott | ESPN.com

Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa has left the team to join his family in Brazil following the death of his 66-year-old mother.

Dona Ivete Barbosa had been fighting pneumonia in a Brazilian hospital for more than a month.

The 6-foot-3 Barbosa, considered one of the fastest players in the NBA, missed two weeks of training camp under new coach Terry Porter out of concern for his mother's health. He's been out of sync much of the time on the court, though he did score ...

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