TAG: Team USA

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Jul 29, 2014 / 10:15 am

Blake Griffin’s Small Back Fracture Reveal Comes After Back-Flipping Into Sea

Blake Griffin, Serge Ibaka

Blake Griffin‘s status for Team USA before the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this summer is already known: he won’t be participating, and at the time he announced his withdrawal it was because he wanted to rest and prepare for next season with the Clippers. Now ESPN reports he suffered a small back fracture during the playoffs, and doctor’s advised he sit out the World Cup as a precautionary measure. Huh? Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Jul 28, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Team USA Adds Paul Millsap To Training Camp Roster

Paul Millsap

Suddenly playing without LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Love, USA Basketball desperately needed a viable interior presence capable of stretching the floor. Enter Paul Millsap. 24 hours after saying Team USA had no plans to make any last minute additions to its roster despite a decided lack of frontcourt versatility, managing director Jerry Colangelo invited Millsap to training camp in Las Vegas. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA, Olympics / Jul 25, 2014 / 7:30 pm

The Other World Cup: USA Basketball and Total Global Domination

Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant (Geoff Burke, USATODAY Sports)

Team USA’s modest run through the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer was considered an unqualified success, despite accomplishing little more than merely surviving a brutal preliminary round only to be promptly eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16. When all was said and done, we were just happy to be invited to the party.

But that wasn’t the real story. The real story was that more Americans watched the 2014 World Cup than ever before, shattering previous television ratings. It was a resounding indication that America’s former reluctance to embrace the world’s most popular sport has since given way to unbridled enthusiasm. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Jul 24, 2014 / 9:15 pm

Report: Griffin Withdraws From Consideration For World Cup Team

Blake Griffin

Just hours after adding Washington Wizards point guard John Wall to its pool of candidates for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Team USA lost an All-Star, too. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin announced earlier today that he will not participate for the national team this summer. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jul 26, 2013 / 10:24 am

Kyrie Irving Dominates Team USA Scrimmage To Lead White Team To Victory

IrvingWhiteTeam

The estimable youngster from Cleveland, Kyrie Irving, dominated the Team USA scrimmage yesterday, dribble-driving at will to the basket on his way to a game-high 23 points to go with 7 assists. His White team beat Anthony Davis‘ (22 points) Blue team, 128-106, in a game that featured very little defense, and probably gave assistant coach Tom Thibodeau indigestion. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Jul 26, 2013 / 10:15 am

Harrison Barnes Puts Ryan Anderson On a Poster During The Team USA Scrimmage (Gifs)

BarnesOverAnderson

The Team USA scrimmage that aired yesterday on NBA TV provided plenty of thrills, but the driving dunk by Harrison Barnes over the impotent defense of Ryan Anderson, might have been the play of the game. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Jul 26, 2013 / 10:05 am

Watch John Wall’s Crazy Put-Back Slam During The Team USA Scrimmage (Gif)

JohnWallPutBackDunk

Team USA had an intra-squad scrimmage yesterday, and John Wall had a filthy put-back slam in traffic, which showcased why he should have a spot on the team. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Jul 24, 2013 / 10:15 pm

Report: LeBron James May Never Play For Team USA Again

LeBron James (photo. Instagram/KingJames)

After winning gold medals in 2008 and 2012, and a bronze in 2004, LeBron James may have played his last game for Team USA. A source close to James told Yahoo! Sports he will not play for USA Basketball during the 2014 National Championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jul 23, 2013 / 8:30 pm

Watch Anthony Davis Pin Larry Sanders During The USA Men’s National Team Minicamp

Anthony Davis, Larry Sanders (photo. Instagram/NBA)

Anthony Davis, Larry Sanders (photo. Instagram/NBA)

The USA Men’s National Team is practicing in Las Vegas right now as part of the minicamp designed to locate new roster additions as the U.S. prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a possible sign of things to come next season, Anthony Davis announced his presence with a nice pin-block on Larry Sanders today. Read More »

NBA, Olympics / Jul 23, 2013 / 12:14 am

Team USA Basketball Behind-The-Scenes Practice & Intra-Squad Showcase Featured On NBA TV

U.S. Men's National Team 2013 (photo. Vine/NBA)

The U.S. Men’s National Team arrived in Vegas on Sunday with twenty-six top NBA stars and two top college stars set to begin their their mini-camp on Monday. On Tuesday, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at a National Team practice from 3-5 p.m. EDT with players and coaches mic’d up for the NBA TV Special: NBA Real Training Camp: 2013 USA Basketball. Read More »