TAG: Team USA

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 19, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Report: Irving, Faried Part Of Team USA’s “Core”; Cuts Could Come Thursday

Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose

The “core” group of USA Basketball’s FIBA World Cup squad has finally emerged. According to ESPN, Kyrie Irving and Kenneth Faried have joined long-time sure-things Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, and James Harden as roster locks for coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team. The remaining six spots of Team USA remain up for grabs in advance of final cuts that will likely come after the Americans’ exhibition against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 17, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Ranking The NBA’s Biggest Offseason Winners

LeBron James

July has come and gone and August is quickly doing the same. You know what that means? The NBA Offseason is on its last leg and winding down as teams begin to look towards the start of camp. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 17, 2014 / 8:00 am

Anthony Davis Shines Necessarily Bright In Team USA’s 95-78 Win Over Brazil

Anthony Davis

A hometown hero indeed stole the show in Team USA’s disheveled 95-78 win over Brazil at Chicago’s United Center. It just wasn’t the one we were all expecting. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Video / Aug 16, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Anthony Davis Skies For Huge, Poster Alley-Oop Against Brazil

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis (photo. gifdsports Vine)

Okay, so perhaps calling Steph Curry’s beautiful step-back jumper the likely highlight of Team USA’s exhibition against Brazil was premature. We just momentarily forgot that an alien force like Anthony Davis was playing, too. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 16, 2014 / 9:30 pm

Video: Watch Steph Curry Make Brazil Look Silly With Slick Stepback Jumper

Stephen Curry

Steph Curry is cooking early in Team USA’s exhibition game against Brazil at Chicago’s United Center. After hitting a deep three and long pull-up two in the game’s opening minutes, Curry provided what might prove to be the highlight of tonight’s proceedings. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 16, 2014 / 5:45 pm

Rose Says This Comeback Is “Totally Different” Than Last Year’s

Derrick Rose, Tom Thibodeau

The casual NBA fan might have forgotten that Derrick Rose actually played for the Chicago Bulls last season. That’s as much due to the brevity of his comeback as its quality. Rose played just 10 games in 2013-2014 before tearing the meniscus in his right knee, and was a shell of his former MVP-winning self when he was actually on the floor. He shot a putrid 35.4 percent from the field and registered a measly 9.82 player efficiency rating last season, the latter numbers over 13 points below the high standards he set in both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 15, 2014 / 7:45 pm

Video: Watch Team USA Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Team USA

Before Mike Krzyzewski took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge with the help of his grandkids, Coach K called-out members of Team USA to do the same. Just a few days later, Steph Curry and five of his teammates have already taken Krzyzewski up on his offer. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 15, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Paul George Calls Injury “Freak Accident,” Stresses Optimism About Return

Paul George

Don’t count Paul George among those gleaning big-picture concerns from his injury playing for Team USA. In his first public appearance since gruesomely breaking his leg on national television and sparking a debate on the viability of NBA players on the international stage, George deflected blame from USA Basketball and espoused optimism of his road to recovery. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 13, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Video: Coach K Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Mike Krzyzewski

Viral videos and memes are always annoying, but at least the #ALCSIceBucketChallenge is for a worthy cause. The seemingly idiotic videos dominating your social media feed in recent weeks of people dumping ice water on their heads are actually anything but, as evidenced by the surge in donations to the ALS Association. Even better than normal harmless, stupid fun to fight a debilitating disease? When people like Duke University and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski get in on the act. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 10, 2014 / 1:00 pm

John Wall Doesn’t Think He Was Given A Fair Chance With USA Basketball

John Wall, Damian Lillard

Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall was always an unlikely candidate to make USA Basketball’s final roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and he agrees with that assessment. As opposed to his shaky stylistic fit with the international game or the national program’s wealth of elite point guards serving as means behind those long odds, though, Wall believes the deck was stacked against him from the beginning. Read More »