TAG: Mike Krzyzewski

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 »

Smack / Aug 12, 2012 / 11:00 pm

The U.S. Is Golden Once Again; Coach K Bows Out Perfectly

Olympics NBA

The men’s basketball tournament at the Olympics has been the running story throughout the entire, 16-day extravaganza. Whether because of the proposed age limit that in fact won’t be place by Rio in 2016 or the hoops itself, basketball has been the storyline you can count on. And within that arc was one more, even steadier story: The United States was cleaning up this tournament. The lonely exception was a five-point pool play win over Lithuania. Read More »

Video / Aug 7, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Video: Kevin Love’s “361″ Sneakers

Kevin Love

If you have been watching any of Team USA throughout the Olympic tournament you may have noticed that Nike’s logo is virtually everywhere, from their jerseys to their shoes. Basically every single player on the team is sponsored by Nike or Jordan Brand. The exception is Kevin Love, who signed a contract with Chinese shoe company 361 Degrees at the start of this past season. Read More »

Smack / Aug 6, 2012 / 10:48 pm

Team USA Obliterates Argentina With No Mercy; Paul Millsap Leaving Utah?

Team USA

Coming off the high from Alex Morgan‘s “Miracle On Grass,” we were more than hyped for the inevitably memorable Team USA/Argentina matchup. Lithuania pushed the Yanks, but no one ever truly believed they’d win, and even if by some lucky bounce that they actually did, it would’ve been chalked up as merely a bad night rather than a sign of things to come. But Argentina? They’re legit. They showed it for a while against Team USA too, until LeBron James and Kevin Durant (28 points) decided to take their games to a level no one else on the world can reach. Read More »

Olympics, Video / Aug 3, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Video: Interviews Take You Inside Both Team USAs

Team USA

There are the Olympic basketball tournaments, and all the sideshows around them. From releases of sneakers to clothes with Dream Team or national team themes, to all the talk about what if the tournament becomes a U-23 showcase, it’s refreshing to actually sit back and watch the games themselves. New videos by Nike, which has contracts with all but one of the men’s players and several of the women, take us directly to the players’ point of view about what it’s like to play on the senior national team. Read More »

College, NBA, Olympics / Jul 30, 2012 / 3:00 pm

The Top 5 Candidates To Coach Team USA In 2016

Kobe Bryant, Mike Krzyzewski

The last time USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo wanted to secure a coaching commitment from Mike Krzyzewski, he had a pizza and a bottle of wine with the Duke coach. After winning gold in 2008 in Beijing, Colangelo needed to get Coach K to coach again in 2012 to mirror the commitments many of the players had made. Colangelo joked with reporters that he’ll try the same meal again after London regarding 2016′s head coaching spot, but don’t think it’s a formality the 65-year-old will accept. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Jul 30, 2012 / 2:30 pm

Report: The Olympic Hoops Arena Is Throwing Off Team USA

London Olympics Arena

Naturally, the players on Team USA are used to playing in large arenas where fans want to be as close to the game as possible. It’s not the case that fans’ attitudes at the Olympics are any different. Fans just physically aren’t able to sit courtside. That distance, it turns out, is slightly throwing off the team’s shooting eye. Read More »

Olympics / Jul 25, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Why Kevin Love Picked The Worst Time To Be Entitled

Kevin Love game-winning three against the clippers

One of the more interesting pieces I’ve read about the latest Dream Team incarnation was what Chris Sheridan had to say about Kevin Love after the Team USA win over Argentina on Sunday, because it went against everything I’ve watched about Love. Sheridan’s sources told him USA Basketball power brokers Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski are upset with Love because of a supposed sense of entitlement, and have played him in garbage minutes as a result. Supposedly, he believes he’s owed more than what Coach K was willing to play him. Not only did it not jive with the Love I’d watched but the way Team USA works if it wants to win. Read More »

Olympics, Video / Jul 25, 2012 / 9:30 am

The Top 5 Plays From USA vs. Spain’s Exhibition

LeBron James Team USA

There weren’t any Team USA 1992 throwback unis and nowhere to be found was the pressure of the knockout stage of the Olympics. Yet Tuesday’s Team USA win over Spain, 100-78, was a chance to see how these teams matched up after days of “will they or won’t they” talk surrounding strategy. If you’re Spain, Marc Gasol didn’t play at forward, and he’s an advantage inside over every U.S. interior defender not named Tyson Chandler. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Despite mixed reviews of some guys calling this a “friendly” and Mike Krzyzewski saying it was the biggest game in Barcelona since ’92, there were a lot of highlight reel plays. Hit the jump to check out the five best. Read More »

Olympics / Jul 10, 2012 / 2:30 pm

Ranking The Other 11 Olympic Teams’ Potential Of An American Upset

Team USA Home uniforms

I’m riding on a wave of “Dream Team” nostalgia. In June, the documentary chronicling the 1992 team’s dominance and effect on how basketball was played around the world made anyone connected to the game yearn for a good old fashioned showdown between national teams. After 66 games of fighting against each other, I want to see our American stars pool together — especially if this is one of the last times NBA stars play in international competition, per David Stern‘s several recent hints. Mostly, though, it’s because try as I might to forget it, the 2002 World Championships and 2004 Olympics changed the games to where every tournament has a fear of failure. Read More »