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NBA, Olympics / Sep 13, 2014 / 8:29 pm

A Few Stray Thoughts on Team USA’s Rout of Lithuania in FIBA World Cup Semis

DeMarcus Cousins

After France’s upset win over tournament favorite Spain Thursday, Team USA’s path to FIBA World Cup gold has never looked brighter. But as Spain’s stunning loss reminds us, there’s a reason these games are decided on the court. Read More »

NBA, Olympics, We Reminisce / Aug 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Happy (Late) Birthday Kobe! Relive His Clutch Play at the ’08 Olympic Games

Kobe Bryant

The FIBA World Cup is upon us, and USA Basketball is looking to extend their streak of global supremacy. To help celebrate Kobe Bryant’s 36th birthday, let’s take a look back at his game-saving heroics in the 2008 Gold Medal Game in Beijing that rescued Team USA from a second straight humiliating defeat at the Olympics. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News, Olympics / Aug 4, 2014 / 10:00 am

Adam Silver Does Not See “Major Shift” In NBA & Intl. Play After George Injury

Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Paul George

The scary compound leg fracture suffered by Paul George during Friday night’s USA Basketball Showcase means one of the best and most promising players in the league will miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season. It also raised doubts about the participation of NBA players in international events like the Olympics and this year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. Except NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement to ESPN on Sunday night, PG’s injury is unlikely to produce a “major shift” in the NBA’s policies towards international competition. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Olympics / Jul 28, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Video: Derrick Rose And-1 Finish At USA BBall Camp

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose was in Vegas for the adidas D Rose 5 Boost launch, but that was more quality scheduling by the adidas folks. He’s really in the arid heat of the desert to show Team USA officials he’s still got the explosiveness that made him the 2011 NBA MVP. Read More »

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 »