TAG: Anthony Davis

Latest News, Smack / Aug 24, 2014 / 5:45 pm

Jerry Colangelo Explains Presence Of Four Centers On Team USA

Andre Drummond (Stephen R. Sylvanie, USATODAY)

This iteration of Team USA is built far differently than those of the recent past. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s most notable squads – the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams – put premiums on speed, athleticism, and skill more than anything else, a strategy made most evident by NBA wings like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony playing nominal power forward next to a traditional center. USA Basketball’s 2010 FIBA World Championships group was constructed in that same vein – the only full-time big man Krzyzewski took to Turkey four years ago was Tyson Chandler. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Aug 20, 2014 / 11:00 pm

Video: This Awesome Sequence Is USA Basketball In A Nutshell

James Harden

The names change for USA Basketball under Mike Krzyzewski, but the style certainly doesn’t. Athleticism, aggression, and overall speed rule the day for all of Coach K’s American teams, as perfectly evidenced by this awesome two-way sequence from Team USA in their exhibition against the Dominican Republic on Saturday night. Read More »

Smack / Aug 20, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Kevin Durant On First Seeing 10-Year-Old Stephen Curry : “I Thought He Was White”

Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant

NEW YORK — During the NBA 2K Uncensored event yesterday, moderator Ernie Johnson asked the four players in attendence, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and NBA 2K15 cover athlete, Kevin Durant, whether they could remember the first time they heard about one of the other players on stage. The story Durant told about the first time he met a 10-year-old Stephen Curry had the players and most of those in attendance holding their sides with laughter. Read More »

GIFs, Video Games / Aug 20, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Nene Compares Anthony Davis To Street Fighter’s Yogi “Dhalsim”

Dhalsim, Anthony Davis

Wizards Brazilian big man Nene never struck us as a player prone to hyperbole. That’s what make his complimentary comments about Anthony Davis to NBA.com’s Steve Ashburner all the more flattering. When Nene compares you to an iconic Street Fighter character, you know you’ve made it. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 17, 2014 / 8:00 am

Anthony Davis Shines Necessarily Bright In Team USA’s 95-78 Win Over Brazil

Anthony Davis

A hometown hero indeed stole the show in Team USA’s disheveled 95-78 win over Brazil at Chicago’s United Center. It just wasn’t the one we were all expecting. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Video / Aug 16, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Anthony Davis Skies For Huge, Poster Alley-Oop Against Brazil

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis (photo. gifdsports Vine)

Okay, so perhaps calling Steph Curry’s beautiful step-back jumper the likely highlight of Team USA’s exhibition against Brazil was premature. We just momentarily forgot that an alien force like Anthony Davis was playing, too. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 14, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Rudy Gay Hopes DeMarcus Cousins’ Injury Was Boogie “Just Being A Drama Queen”

DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay

During a USA Basketball scrimmage in practice today, Kings power forward and FIBA World Cup hopeful DeMarcus Cousins, went down with a right knee injury. While the extent of the damage isn’t yet known — he’ll have what USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo called a “precautionary” MRI — he didn’t appear to be in a lot of pain. Teammate and recent USA Basketball invitee, Rudy Gay hopes Boogie was “just being a drama queen.” Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Team USA Roster, Rotation Might Be Taking Shape (UPDATE)

Team USA

The withdrawals of presumptive Team USA locks Kevin Love and Blake Griffin from the 2014 FIBA World Cup were one thing. Coach Mike Krzyzewski has always preferred to utilize a nominal, athletic power forward in the Carmelo Anthony mold as opposed to more traditional big men alongside a true center, which is why the absences of Paul George and Kevin Durant loom so large. USA Basketball’s best available options to play that crucial role are gone, and the country’s most logical if less optimal replacements – Love and Griffin – never came. Read More »

Baller's Blueprint, NBA / Aug 8, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Our All-Star Soccer Squad Starring NBA Players

Steve Nash

The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.

That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 1, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Video: Kevin Durant Posterizes Anthony Davis In Team USA Showcase

Kevin Durant

The highlights have come fast and furious since the opening tip of the USA Basketball Showcase. It was only a matter of time until the reigning MVP got in on the fun. As the Blue Team inexplicably failed to stop the ball in transition, Kevin Durant saw the opportunity to put shot-blocker supreme Anthony Davis on a poster and took full advantage. Read More »