TAG: USA Basketball

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 »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 26, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Did Getting Cut From USA Basketball Gift Damian Lillard Extra Motivation?

Damian Lillard

There oozes a certain ironic happiness when news came Damian Lillard, 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2014 all-star, did not make the USA Basketball team heading to Spain this summer in an attempt to win the FIBA World Cup of basketball. This might be just the lightening in a bottle Blazers fans were secretly hoping for in an attempt to motivate Lillard going into his third NBA season. Read More »

NBA, Olympics, We Reminisce / Aug 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Happy (Late) Birthday Kobe! Relive His Clutch Play at the ’08 Olympic Games

Kobe Bryant

The FIBA World Cup is upon us, and USA Basketball is looking to extend their streak of global supremacy. To help celebrate Kobe Bryant’s 36th birthday, let’s take a look back at his game-saving heroics in the 2008 Gold Medal Game in Beijing that rescued Team USA from a second straight humiliating defeat at the Olympics. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 23, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Team USA Announces Final Roster; Cuts Hayward, Korver, Lillard, Parsons

DeMar DeRozan

So much for roster analysis gleaned from USA Basketball’s exhibition games. Despite not playing last night in the Americans’ 112-86 win over Puerto Rico, DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond were among the 12 players officially named to Team USA. Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, and Chandler Parsons were the national program’s final cuts in advance of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Read More »

NBA / Aug 21, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Ranking The NBA’s Biggest Offseason Losers

Kobe Bryant

Anytime you have winners you’re bound to have some people that lose. This year’s summer is no exception: there were plenty of teams and players who “lost” this past offseason. After counting down this summer’s “winners,” it’s only right that we give an equal share of the limelight to those whose situation was less fortunate than their NBA counterparts. Let’s take a look at some of the “Biggest Losers” of the offseason (sorry…there’s no association to the weight loss show on this one, unless we’re counting LeBron’s newer, skinnier body as a loss). Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 21, 2014 / 10:30 am

GIF: Kyrie Irving’s Pretty Crossover In Team USA Win

Kyrie Irving, Juan Coronado

USA Basketball faced off against the Dominican Republic last night at Madison Square Garden. The big news was the late scratch of Derrick Rose, amid rumbles about sore knees — the same knees Rose had major surgeries performed on. But Kyrie Irving, the ostensible USA sixth man, started in his place and showed off why the Cavs signed him to a max deal to star alongside LeBron in Cleveland. Read More »

GIFs, Video Games / Aug 20, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Nene Compares Anthony Davis To Street Fighter’s Yogi “Dhalsim”

Dhalsim, Anthony Davis

Wizards Brazilian big man Nene never struck us as a player prone to hyperbole. That’s what make his complimentary comments about Anthony Davis to NBA.com’s Steve Ashburner all the more flattering. When Nene compares you to an iconic Street Fighter character, you know you’ve made it. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA, Video Games / Aug 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

NBA 2K15 Uncensored: Durant Says He’s Best At Scoring & Talks Team USA

Kevin Durant NBA 2K Uncensored

Kevin Durant was sitting right next to James Harden when Harden said he was the best all-around player in the NBA. Durant had his turn to talk, too, during the NBA 2K Uncensored event, and he explained his decision to leave USA Basketball after training with them in Vegas, his video game peers and why he’s the best scorer in the NBA. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 20, 2014 / 8:30 am

Report: Derrick Rose Bothered By Knee Soreness; Should Play In Exhibition

Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has sat out the last two practices in the lead up to USA Basketball‘s exhibition game tonight against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. He’s said to be experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired knees, but is expected to play tonight, according to National Team coach Mike Krzyzewski. Read More »

Smack / Aug 19, 2014 / 10:15 am

James Harden Believes He’s The Best Player Alive Today

James Harden, LeBron James

During USA Basketball tryouts, James Harden has gotten a chance to compete against the best players in the world. All apologies to Europe and Asia, but the NBA is the toughest league in the world, so it makes sense when ESPN’s Scoop Jackson asked Harden who the best player in the world was right now and Harden answered clearly, “Myself,” as a million basketball fanboys scream bloody murder. Read More »