Archive for the 'Olympics' Category

FIBA World Cup, NBA, Olympics / Jul 25, 2014 / 7:30 pm

The Other World Cup: USA Basketball and Total Global Domination

Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant (Geoff Burke, USATODAY Sports)

Team USA’s modest run through the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer was considered an unqualified success, despite accomplishing little more than merely surviving a brutal preliminary round only to be promptly eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16. When all was said and done, we were just happy to be invited to the party.

But that wasn’t the real story. The real story was that more Americans watched the 2014 World Cup than ever before, shattering previous television ratings. It was a resounding indication that America’s former reluctance to embrace the world’s most popular sport has since given way to unbridled enthusiasm. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Jan 23, 2014 / 11:00 am

Report: USA Basketball Reveals Brand New 28-Player Pool

Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant

Today USA Basketballl announced the 28 players who will make up the pool for the next three summers as a lead-up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The pool features old names and new as USA Basketball (USAB) chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski created a mix of veterans and newcomers. Come check out who they selected… Read More »

Olympics, Video / Jul 25, 2013 / 10:45 am

Video: USA Basketball Shows Off Savage Dunks In Slow Motion

Damian Lillard

Do you like watching warmup lines and drills in slow motion? Then this video’s for you. Check out guys like Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan go beast mode on the rim during USA Basketball mini-camp. LeBron James might not be here, but the athleticism is still pretty startling, particularly for the big guys. Read More »

Olympics, Video / Jul 25, 2013 / 10:30 am

Video: Ty Lawson Makes A Ridiculous Game-Winner At USA Basketball Mini-Camp

Ty Lawson

At USA Basketball mini-camp, there’s no deeper position than point guard. Ty Lawson is one of a handful of potential franchise players competing for spots. Just check out this video. Lawson and Damian Lillard are together on one squad, facing off against Kemba Walker and Jrue Holiday. That’s crazy. But it’s still probably not as crazy as this shot Lawson makes to win the scrimmage. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Jul 24, 2013 / 10:15 pm

Report: LeBron James May Never Play For Team USA Again

LeBron James (photo. Instagram/KingJames)

After winning gold medals in 2008 and 2012, and a bronze in 2004, LeBron James may have played his last game for Team USA. A source close to James told Yahoo! Sports he will not play for USA Basketball during the 2014 National Championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read More »

NBA, Olympics / Jul 23, 2013 / 12:14 am

Team USA Basketball Behind-The-Scenes Practice & Intra-Squad Showcase Featured On NBA TV

U.S. Men's National Team 2013 (photo. Vine/NBA)

The U.S. Men’s National Team arrived in Vegas on Sunday with twenty-six top NBA stars and two top college stars set to begin their their mini-camp on Monday. On Tuesday, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at a National Team practice from 3-5 p.m. EDT with players and coaches mic’d up for the NBA TV Special: NBA Real Training Camp: 2013 USA Basketball. Read More »

Olympics, Video, We Reminisce / May 28, 2013 / 1:00 pm

One Of The Greatest Dunks Ever That You Forgot About: Dwyane Wade’s Windmill Alley-Oop

Dwyane Wade

Even though Dwyane Wade had one of the better dunks of the playoffs during Miami’s Game 3 blowout of Indiana, he has been dealing with soreness in his right knee for basically the entire spring. Because of that, sometimes we need to be reminded that once upon a time, he was one of the best athletes ever to play in the NBA. Read More »

Latest News, NBA, Olympics / Apr 16, 2013 / 4:48 pm

Breaking News: San Antonio Spurs to Sign Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady san antonio spurs

Just a few days after abruptly waiving Stephen Jackson, the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly making a move to bolster their perimeter offense by signing Tracy McGrady. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Feb 26, 2013 / 2:00 pm

Mike Krzyzewski Reiterates He Won’t Coach Team USA In 2014

Mike Krzyzewski

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski was adamant last August that his second Olympic gold medal as Team USA head coach would be his last. Essentially everyone took him at his word, until a report three weeks ago by ESPN said that his Team USA boss didn’t Read More »

NBA, Olympics / Jan 22, 2013 / 5:30 pm

Steve Nash Is Carrying Canada Basketball Into The Future

Steve Nash

This weekend, Steve Nash took the floor in Toronto, Ontario for the first time since being acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in July of 2012. Canada’s most successful active basketball player finished the contest with 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting, nine assists and one steal as the Lakers fell 108-103 to the Toronto Raptors. The game was one of the former two-time MVP’s best in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for he and his Los Angeles teammates. Read More »