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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 »

FIBA World Cup / Sep 12, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Serbia Holds Off France In FIBA Semifinal With Help Of Insane Crunch-Time Basket

Serbia

Nicolas Batum was cooking, France was raining three-pointers, and Serbia was losing their game-long stranglehold on the chance to play Team USA for World Cup gold. Where would Serbia go for a basket when it needed one most? A pick-and-roll between Phoenix Suns first-round pick Bogdan Bogdanovic and former Milwaukee Bucks big man Miroslav Raduljica seemed coach Aleksandar Dordevic’s best option, and that thought proved correct – Raduljica scored off an assist from Bogdanovic to put their team up 65-57 and helped stem the French tide with just under six minutes remaining. Just like they drew it up, right? Well, not exactly. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Sep 10, 2014 / 8:00 pm

France Shocks Host Nation, Heavy Favorite Spain 65-52 In World Cup Quarters

Boris Diaw

We believe there’s a chance that Spain really could beat Team USA. Unfortunately for Pau Gasol and company, though, they won’t get the opportunity to prove us right. In a shocking FIBA World Cup quarterfinal upset, France beat heavy favorite Spain 65-52, robbing basketball fans around the world their dream and seemingly imminent championship match-up of the host nation versus the Americans. Read More »

Video / Sep 18, 2013 / 5:15 pm

Watch Marc Gasol Sidearm A Full-Court Assist As Spain Blows Out Serbia In EuroBasket 2013

SpainGasol

The FIBA EuroBasket 2013 is winding down, and two-time defending champion Spain seems to be hitting their highwater mark at just the right time. The Marc Gasol-led squad trounced Serbia in the quarterfinals 90-60. The other quarterfinal just finished up, with France beating host country Slovenia 72-62 behind Tony Parker‘s 27 points. Read More »

Overseas / Sep 5, 2013 / 10:45 am

The Top 5 Plays From The First Day of EuroBasket 2013

EuroBASKET

The first day of the FIBA EuroBasket to decide the top team in Europe tipped-off yesterday in Slovenia as Spain looks to win their third consecutive gold in the annual event. There were some upsets yesterday, and we’ve got the top five plays from the first day since NBA training camps are still more than four weeks away. Read More »

Smack / Aug 8, 2012 / 10:17 pm

Team USA Runs Australia Off The Floor; C.J. Miles Finds A Team

Kobe, LeBron, KD and Deron Williams Team USA

So Team USA has found their groove. It goes something like this: mess around for a few quarters, and then get one of their guys – preferably Carmelo, Durant or Kobe – hot and watch them drop bombs video game-style from the perimeter. It worked against their last few opponents, and they did it again yesterday in their 119-86 shellacking of Australia in the first medal round game. Team USA took an 11-0 Aussie run to the chin to start the second half, and we actually had a somewhat competitive game through three quarters. Then, the Yanks went on a 45-20 run to end the game, and it started with Kobe Bryant … Read More »

Olympics, Video / Aug 8, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Video: Nicolas Batum Punches Juan Carlos Navarro In Groin

Nicolas Batum

Since when did Nicolas Batum become a tough guy? We guess this is what happens when you are on the verge of an upset in the Olympics, and then your entire team completely shuts down in the fourth quarter. Batum didn’t shoot well, missing nine of 12 shots, and by the time he rocked Juan Carlos Navarro in the balls with a nasty clubbed fist, the game was over. How did he justify it? He told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, “I wanted to give him a good reason to flop.” Read More »

Olympics / Jul 30, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Video: Australia Sends Olympic Game Against France To Overtime On Half-Court Buzzer Beater

Aussie shot

The French women were leading the Aussies by three points with 3.3 seconds to go, with a chance to clinch the game on the next free throw make. But in classic March Madness fashion, the free throw rimmed out and Australia grabbed the rebound, needing to go the length of the court. Belinda Snell caught the outlet pass on the left sideline, took one dribble, and found herself just short of half-court and double teamed. No matter. Read More »

Olympics, Video / Jul 25, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Video: Meet Olympic Challengers France and Nigeria

Nigeria Olympics

Welcome to the London Olympics, where the only thing to care about — so far as we’re concerned — is the basketball. Before the first men’s game begins July 29 with Nigeria against Tunisia, let’s take a look at the teams trying to knock off the gold-medal favorite U.S. Can anyone do it? Hit the jump to see each nation’s video resume. The latest challengers: France and Nigeria. Read More »

Smack / Sep 13, 2011 / 12:00 am

Rick Adelman To Become A Wolf

Dwight Howard

There’s little doubt you heard Derek Fisher advising players to get ready for the season. Fisher is denying that he sent texts to players reminding them to stay in shape because a resolution was working itself together, but it got many fans in a tizzy. We honestly won’t believe it until we’re watching games on opening night. Negotiations have a funny way of going sour right when everything seemed all good. Either way, we’d love to see the season start soon since fall is fast approaching. Just give us something more official than vague texts, tweets and quotes … Minnesota might finally have a coach. Yesterday afternoon, Kevin Love tweeted out: Houston, we have a coach. Then later into the night, it was confirmed that Rick Adelman has agreed in principle to coach the T’Wolves. This is huge for them. Read More »