TAG: Team USA

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 5:45 pm

Kevin Durant To Critics Of His Withdrawal From World Cup: “I Was Like ‘F*** ‘Em'”

Kevin Durant

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 18, 2014 / 9:15 pm

Monty Williams: “People Don’t Know How Hard Harden Works”

James Harden

The legend of post-practice one-on-one games between Kevin Durant, Paul George, and James Harden in the early stages of Team USA training camp is well-known. Long, intense, and highly competitive, these battles featuring three of the league’s brightest young stars goes to show just how much time and effort NBA players spend on their craft. Unbeknownst to most but apparently commonplace, though, is that Harden was getting in extra work before training camp practices, too. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Mock Draft / Sep 15, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Video: Steph Curry Hones His Craft In Madrid

Stephen Curry (photo. NBA YouTube)

It’s become conventional wisdom that Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter in the world. The Golden State Warriors superstar made an incredible and record-setting 533 treys over the past two seasons, connecting on 43.9 percent of his attempts in the process. The numbers are staggering, obviously, but they almost do a disservice to Curry’s heretofore unseen marksmanship. No player in the league takes more difficult three-pointers than Curry, but his efficiency remains on par with basketball’s designated, standstill snipers. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Video / Sep 14, 2014 / 7:45 pm

Watch Team USA Get The Gold And Do The Shmoney Dance…Except Derrick Rose

USA Basketball Schmoney Dance

USA Basketball Schmoney Dance (photo. @usatodaynba)

Welp, it was a foregone conclusion after Kyrie Irving went off in the first quarter against Serbia, but the USA is again world champion after winning the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Following the presentation of their gold medals and the lifting of the Naismith trophy on the winning podium, they all did the ubiquitous Shmoney dance except one player — who has a history of declining dance opportunities. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Latest News / Sep 14, 2014 / 6:59 pm

Tempers Briefly Flare Before USA Routs Serbia For The Gold Medal

DeMarcus Cousins

While he didn’t make a move like he was about to pummel him, DeMarcus Cousins mistakenly instigated a brief kerfuffle in the third quarter in the gold medal game today. It quickly dissipated as everyone just cooled out before USA Basketball concluded their unimpeded stampede towards gold. Read More »

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, Smack / Sep 13, 2014 / 1:10 pm

Rudy Gay Fractures Jaw, Still Livid Over “Dirty Play”

Rudy Gay

During USA Basketball‘s 96-68 evisceration of Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup semifinal game on Thursday, Rudy Gay wasn’t as excited about moving on to Sunday’s gold medal game as some of his teammates. That’s because he got socked in mouth during a drive mid-way through the third quarter, fracturing his jaw and probably requiring a root canal. Gay said afterwards it was a “dirty play.” Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 12, 2014 / 6:15 pm

Dominique Wilkins Says Dream Team II Could Compete With Any American Squad

Dominique Wilkins Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

USA Basketball’s 2014 FIBA World Cup squad certainly isn’t its best. Their dominance in Spain notwithstanding, the Americans pale in comparison to previous editions of Team USA like the original Dream Team and the 2008 Olympic team. USAB officials and even the players would surely admit as much, too; the late-stage departures of stars like Kevin Durant and scheduled absence of LeBron James and company makes that humbling reality obvious. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Sep 11, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Watch Kenneth Faried Continue FIBA Dunking Onslaught Versus Lithuania

Kenneth Faried

Team USA breakout star and World Cup MVP candidate Kenneth Faried entered the Americans’ semifinal game against Lithuania today shooting a scintillating 71.6 percent from the floor. After a 3-of-7 performance in the United States’ 96-68 win, however, Faried’s tourney-long field goal percentage has fallen to 67.6. Slacker. It’s safe to say that this pair of awesome dunks wasn’t to blame for his dreadful – italics for sarcasm – shooting performance. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Latest News / Sep 11, 2014 / 8:15 pm

Coach K Breaks Up On-Court Tussle After Team USA Beats Lithuania

Team USA, Lithuania (photo. _MarcusD_ GIF)

We thought the potential for on-court drama involving Team USA in the FIBA World Cup mostly died after France stunned the basketball world by beating host nation and American rival Spain in the quarterfinals yesterday. Well, we were at least sort of right. As the clock ticked to zeros in the United States’ ho-hum semifinal win over Lithuania today, a minor fracas involving several opposing players broke out on the floor. The keeper of peace? You guessed it – Team USA coach and Army man Mike Krzyzewski. Read More »