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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, Video / Aug 21, 2014 / 3:30 pm

DeMarcus Cousins Auditions To Be Team USA’s Third Splash Brother

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins (photo. NBA Instagram)

USA Basketball members and Golden State Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson comprise the NBA’s most proficient shooting backcourt. After the sharp-shooters set a record for combined three-pointers made by a tandem in 2012-2013 and led Golden State to a surprising playoff appearance, they earned the moniker “Splash Brothers.” Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Aug 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Teams Have More Twitter Fun With #NBAMovies

Joel Embiid, Beetle Juice

A refreshingly large number of NBA teams have upped their Twitter ante recently, adding photoshops, memes, and general engagement to common posts of team updates and franchise promotions. Many killed it earlier this summer with #NBASitcoms, an amusing exercise in combining the names of players and beloved television shows. It’s seemed inevitable in the interim that #NBAMovies was soon to follow, and today teams finally made good on that certainty. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 15, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Report: Cousins Okay, But Won’t Play Tomorrow Against Brazil

DeMarcus Cousins

The good: The injury suffered by DeMarcus Cousins at yesterday’s practice isn’t serious. The bad: Cousins, fighting for a spot on Team USA’s 12-man FIBA roster, won’t play in the United States’ exhibition tomorrow night against Brazil. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 15, 2014 / 7:45 pm

Video: Watch Team USA Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Team USA

Before Mike Krzyzewski took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge with the help of his grandkids, Coach K called-out members of Team USA to do the same. Just a few days later, Steph Curry and five of his teammates have already taken Krzyzewski up on his offer. 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 »

NBA / Aug 12, 2014 / 9:30 am

Dime Q&A: Shaq On DeMarcus Cousins, Mastering The Triangle, Sharknado & More

Shaquille O'Neal

Yesterday, Shaquille O’Neal was at Rucker Park to promote the re-release of the Reebok Shaq Attaq IV and to act as a celebrity coach for the 2014 EBC Rucker Park All-Stars. In a wide-ranging interview, Shaq discussed his role as minority owner of the Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins, how he thinks the Knicks will do with the triangle offense and more. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 3, 2014 / 1:45 pm

DeMarcus Cousins Says He “Would Be Crushed” If Cut From National Team

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins isn’t Team USA’s conventional big man. Coach Mike Krzyzewski stresses pace and space above all else on both ends of the floor, always preferring a nominal power forward like Carmelo Anthony next to a mobile, intimidating interior presence that impacts the game without the ball. That’s not Cousins, and despite a training camp performance that’s led many to call him the best big on the roster save for Anthony Davis, a recent report suggested recent Select Team call-up Mason Plumlee has a better chance to make the 12-man World Cup roster than he does. In a candid interview with Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee, Cousins acknowledged his style of play is a strange fit for USA Basketball and said he “would be crushed” if not named to the national team. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Twitter / Aug 1, 2014 / 10:45 am

Report: Mason Plumlee Likely To Make Team USA Over DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee

Team USA tryouts have wrapped up after three days of scrimmaging and drills under the cool eyes of college assistant coaches and head coach Mike Krzyzewski. With Kevin Love withdrawing at the behest of Minnesota — though that might change — and Blake Griffin done after a small back fracture was discovered, it opened up a spot for Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins to earn a spot. Not so fast though, because Mason Plumlee might beat him out as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst notes. Read More »