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

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

Matt Scott

Matt Scott (photo. 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

Team USA (photo. Nike)

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

Kobe, LeBron, KD and Deron Williams Team USA (photo. Nike)

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

Team USA (photo. Nike)

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 »

NBA, Olympics, Overseas, Video / Aug 10, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Manu Ginobili Says Argentina Has A 5-10 Percent Chance Of Beating The United States

Manu Ginobili

Team USA is just two wins away from winning a gold medal and continuing their dominance in the international competition. Before they can get to Sunday’s gold medal game, they must get past Argentina yet again, as today’s game will be the team’s third meeting in the last three weeks. Read More »

NBA, Olympics / Aug 9, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Team USA: Friends, Foes, Or Something Else?

Team USA

Team USA (photo. Nike)

Basketball players these days like each other, and former players scoff at such chumming. But not everyone on this year’s Team USA squad are friends. There’s Kobe Bryant, the old vet, Kevin Love, the self-described token white guy, LeBron James, the goofball leader, Anthony Davis, the pledge, and Andre Iguodala, the non-superstar role player who’s more effective than anyone’s willing to admit. It’s easy for such players to mesh rather quickly, if only because talents cures many ills. Read More »

Olympics / Aug 9, 2012 / 4:00 pm

Top 5 Biggest Olympic Surprises

Patty Mills

Patty Mills (photo. Nicky Woo)

The Olympics are always a bit of a wild card given that teams are almost always cobbled together just a matter of weeks before the Opening Ceremonies. The momentum gained from world championships or FIBA’s qualifying tournaments means little when most teams have been disbanded for months. The unheralded players who toil playing overseas the rest of the year add seasoning to the mix as another unknown. Take, for example, Tunisia. How much tape could Coach K have dug up on Makram Ben Romdhane? What hasn’t been a surprise is the U.S. dominance; no matter how many perceived weaknesses the team has, there are more ways to cover up the cracks than any other team can match. What has caught our eye, however, are these five surprises. Read More »