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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 »

Olympics, Overseas / Oct 12, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Spanish Players Wrecked Their Rooms After Losing Olympic Gold

London Olympics Spain USA

Some teams at the London Olympics exited their competitions differently than others. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Co. on Team France doled out $20,000 for booze for their after party — and the French didn’t even make it out of the quarterfinals. Then there’s Spain. The Spaniards lost for their second straight Olympics to the U.S. in the gold medal game, and even if few gave them more than a puncher’s chance to win missing Ricky Rubio and with several players hurt, Team Spain apparently took the loss very hard. So hard it caused $14,400 in damage. Read More »

Olympics, Overseas / Aug 27, 2012 / 11:15 am

How Matt Scott Became One Of The Best Wheelchair Basketball Players Ever

Matt Scott

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Every young athlete grows up dreaming to become the next Michael Jordan, the next Aaron Rodgers, the next Albert Pujols. But Matt Scott couldn’t because of a debilitating birth defect. He decided instead to become one of the best wheelchair basketball players ever. Read More »

Olympics / Aug 16, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Report: Geno Auriemma Has “Zero Interest” In Coaching USA In 2016

Team USA Women

We’ve spent a good chunk of time either talking or thinking about who will succeed Mike Krzyzewski as the USA men’s national team coach after his seven-year run ended in London. It’s time to start thinking about who will guide the freight train of a USA women’s team now, too. Geno Auriemma, the Connecticut head coaching legend, has said he has “zero interest” in taking the job again, although the team’s governing body might still invite him to coach the 2014 World Championships. Is taking a job with a 41-game Olympic win streak too much pressure or little to none? Read More »

Olympics / Aug 16, 2012 / 1:30 pm

The Potential Rules For A 3-On-3 Olympic Basketball Tournament

FIBA 3x3 World Tour

As we touched on the other day, FIBA is hoping to get three-on-three basketball in the 2016 Summer Olympics. While this sounds very exciting, it does create a lot of questions that could not be answered until the International Olympic Committee actually makes a decision on the idea. But if you are wondering how “official” three-on-three basketball can look, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour can give you an idea. Read More »

Olympics, Overseas / Aug 14, 2012 / 1:45 pm

The Best New Format For Basketball In The 2016 Olympics

Team USA

If we all watched the same Olympics over the past month – including the qualifying games – then we all saw the United States dominate nearly every country outside of Spain in the gold medal game. Spain made it that far. They weren’t supposed to get dominated. They did their job. But so did Team USA.

In Beijing in 2008, the “Redeem Team” took center stage as USA Basketball compiled the best talent in the world, sending them out to reclaim the gold that escaped them in 2004. They responded with a resounding 8-0 record, embarrassing teams by an average margin of 27.8 points per game. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Aug 14, 2012 / 10:00 am

The 2016 Olympics Might Include 3-On-3 Basketball

Kobe, LeBron, KD and Deron Williams Team USA

Now that the Olympics are over, and USA Basketball has added gold medals for both the women’s and men’s National Teams to their already overflowing trophy case, they have four more years to retool and prepare for Rio in 2016. But according to a recent report in USA Today, it looks like USA Basketball may also need to plan who will make the 2016 Team USA three-on-three basketball teams. Read More »

Olympics / Aug 13, 2012 / 3:30 pm

What Team USA Will Look Like At The 2016 Olympics

Team USA

Too soon? Maybe. Yesterday morning, we finished off Spain in a game that was entirely too close for comfort after Team USA smoked everyone else throughout the Olympics. Now, just 24 hours later, the gold medal celebration has worn off and we can start looking forward to 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read More »

Olympics, Video / Aug 13, 2012 / 10:30 am

Video: Rudy Fernandez’s Gold Medal-Worthy Flop

Rudy Fernandez

Rudy Fernandez won’t be playing in the NBA this year, which means he had to empty his bag of tricks during the Olympics if he was going to use them on a global scale. What better place to pull off one of the worst flops (though effective) in the whole tournament than the gold-medal game against Team USA? In a game where both the Spanish and Americans had legitimate gripes about officiating, Fernandez’s over-the-top way of drawing a foul on Andre Iguodala summed up the night. Read More »