TAG: Team USA Basketball

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Video / Sep 2, 2014 / 5:00 pm

New Zealand’s “Haka” Pre-Game Dance Is Epic, Despite Meh USA Reaction

New Zealand "Haka" Pre-Game Dance

A haka is a traditional war dance of the Maori people of New Zealand. Their rugby team first brought it to prominence, but their basketball team broke it out before taking on USA Basketball today, and the non-plussed American reaction belies how awesome the dance really looks. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Latest News / Sep 2, 2014 / 3:45 pm

5 GIFS To Show Why Team USA Should Be Leery Of Spain In FIBA Basketball World Cup

Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol

Spain is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of the USA team repeating as World Champions. Remember, this USA Basketball team is the youngest since they went on a 57-game (and counting) winning streak in exhibitions and official international games dating back to the 2006 World’s — where they finished third. Spain’s got a lot going for them, but these five GIFs do a good job explaining why their on-court product should have Coach K and his assistants weary at the prospect of facing them, most likely in the single-elimination round, or the Finals. Read More »

NBA / Sep 1, 2014 / 6:15 pm

Why DeMarcus Cousins Is Right When He Says, “I Am A Role Model, Absolutely”

DeMarcus Cousins

It’s easy for fans to malign DeMarcus Cousins. His behavior on the court can be equal parts brilliant and cringe-worthy — of the latter, when he goes out of his way to antagonize a referee he feels hasn’t been fair. But when Cousins recently told NBA.com, “I am a role model, absolutely,” he wasn’t being ironic. The boy from Mobile, Alabama has grown into one of the more dominant big men in the NBA and after making Team USA this summer, following two exasperating tryouts in the last two years, the sky’s the limit — just don’t tell the fans still gulping the Boogie haterade in a 42 oz. Slurpee cup. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Sep 1, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Derrick Rose Says He’s “Feeling Good” After Back-To-Back With Team USA

Derrick Rose

Despite electrifying peers and coaches during USA Basketball tryouts, Derrick Rose ran into some soreness during exhibition play in the lead up to the FIBA World Cup in Spain, which started this past weekend. After playing against Finland on Saturday in a blowout and a much more heavily-contested game against Turkey on Sunday, Derrick Rose tells Marc Stein of ESPN he’s “Feeling good,” though his positivity will do little to squelch the fears of Bulls fans. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 1, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Mason Plumlee Handles Inane Question On Coach K Connection & Team USA

Mason Plumlee

Perhaps one of the more surprising members for USA Basketball this year, was Nets big man, Mason Plumlee. Some decided to shroud the selection in conspiracy, claiming Plum only made it because he played under Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski while at Duke and also endorses Nike, who is the official sponsor and outfits the FIBA World Cup men’s basketball team. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Sep 1, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Video: Klay Thompson To Anthony Davis For One-Handed Alley-Oop

Anthony Davis

USA Basketball romped Finland in their opening game on Saturday, but yesterday’s follow-up against Turkey did not go as planned. The USA was down by five at halftime, and needed Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried to step up before they were able to pull away. One bucket by Davis, who scored all of his 19 points in the second half, was a one-handed alley-oop you have to see again. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 30, 2014 / 6:00 pm

GIF: Harden To Rudy Gay For One-Handed Alley-Oop Dunk

Rudy Gay

The USA Basketball team who took the floor against Finland today was supposed to be one of the weaker iterations of the American powerhouse that’s won the last World Championship (now called the FIBA World Cup), and the last two Olympic gold medals. That said, they dominated Finland on Saturday with some stellar defense, and the last addition to the team, after Paul George went down, Rudy Gay, even skied for a pretty one-handed thump. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 30, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Derrick Rose’s Explosive Crossover For The Two-Handed Jam

Derrick Rose vs. Finland

USA Basketball suffered a lot of setbacks before finally arriving in Spain today for their opening game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Paul George went down in gruesome fashion, Kevin Durant dropped out, and the old standbys LeBron, ‘Melo and Kobe didn’t participate. Even Derrick Rose suffered some soreness, but today’s beat-down of Finland offered a glimpse of the Rose’s return to his athletic apex. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 30, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Watch Kyrie Irving & James Harden Jaw At Each Other During Shooting Contest

Kyrie Irving, James Harden

Gotta love this. Team USA is in Spain today readying to take on Finland at 3:30 p.m. ET in their first game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, previously referred to as the World Championships. Heralded starting guards, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, showed during a shooting contest at practice their competitive juices are already flowing. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 27, 2014 / 10:00 am

GIF: Goran Dragic’s Double Crossover Against Team USA

Goran Dragic, Kyrie Irving

The USA – Slovenia game on Tuesday afternoon seemed like a cakewalk for the USA. They won every quarter, and cruised to a 101-71 victory that kept them undefeated in international play since 2006. Still, Goran Dragic continued to show flashes of brilliance for Slovenia and on one sequence proved why he was a third team All-NBA selection last season. Read More »