TAG: USA Basketball

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Sep 11, 2014 / 11:15 am

Parsons Says He “Definitely Wanted To Be In Spain”

Chandler Parsons

New Mavericks wing Chandler Parsons was throwing out the first pitch of a Rangers game this month rather than suiting up for USA Basketball as they take on the world’s best in the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In a conversation with NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan, Parsons admits he “definitely wanted to be in Spain,” but thinks “it’s a blessing in disguise not making the USA Team.” Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Video / Sep 10, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Watch Steph Curry Defeat Kenneth Faried In Shooting Contest From The Bench

James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kenneth Faried

USA Basketball had a day off after yesterday’s dominating 119-76 win over Slovenia and Goran Dragic. They’ll face Lithuania in the semifinal of the FIBA World Cup tomorrow, so today the players could relax. For Stephen Curry and Kenneth Faried that meant a spontaneous shooting contest…from the bench. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Video / Sep 9, 2014 / 6:45 pm

Watch Derrick Rose Dance, Drain A Jumper And Drive For The Pretty Layup

Derrick Rose

While Klay Thompson led USA Basketball in scoring with 20 points during their 119-76 thrashing of Slovenia in the FIBA World Cup today, Derrick Rose showed that he was getting a little sick about all the talk about his poor shooting during the tournament in pool play. He had his best game of the tournament and scored in a variety of ways while also finding his teammates. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Sep 9, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Video: James Harden’s No-Look Alley-Oop To Manimal

Kenneth Faried

Team USA was a little off in the first half of their quarterfinal game against Slovenia today during the FIBA World Cup in Spain, and only held a slight — for them — 49-42 lead at the half. Their offensive rebounding powered them through the poor shooting and they secured a 119-76 win going away in the second half, including a fun no-look alley-oop from James Harden to Kenneth Faried. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Sep 9, 2014 / 10:45 am

Kyrie Irving “Couldn’t Even Sit Down” Against Mexico

Kyrie Irving USA Basketball

During USA Basketball‘s 86-63 walloping of Mexico on Saturday in their final game of group play before the single-elimination round starts today, Kyrie Irving played 24 minutes after suffering a scary fall the game before against the Ukraine. Except, after suiting up against Mexico, now comes word he was so sore he couldn’t even sit down. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Sep 8, 2014 / 11:30 am

Derrick Rose On Poor Play: “Tomorrow’s Going To Be Different. You’ll See”

Derrick Rose

As Team USA prepares for its quarterfinals matchup against Slovenia tomorrow, Derrick Rose‘s poor play at the FIBA World Cup continues to be a prominent subplot. Last week, Rose remained positive about his play. Over the weekend, Team USA assistant coach and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau defended his point guard. Today, Rose spoke a bit more about his performance at the tournament so far. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Sep 5, 2014 / 11:45 am

GIF: Anthony Davis’ Steal And Coast-To-Coast Jam

Anthony Davis

It seemed like this year’s USA Basketball team would rely on outside shooting and scoring from slashing guards like James Harden to offset the loss of dynamic wings like Paul George and Kevin Durant. Don’t tell that to Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried, though. The former showed off his all-world athleticism against the Ukraine yesterday with a steal, and a full-court sprint before the slam, but both players have been dominating pool play where the Americans remain unbeaten. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Sep 4, 2014 / 10:00 am

Steven Adams Offended After Andre Iguodala Mocks “Haka” Dance

Steven Adams, Andre Iguodala

The epic “Haka” Dance New Zealand performed before getting toasted by Team USA earlier this week led to a brief spat on Twitter between Andre Iguodala and Thunder center, Steven Adams, the latter of whom is a native of New Zealand. Read More »

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 »