TAG: USA Basketball

instagram / Aug 6, 2014 / 10:45 am

A $250,000 Ferrari Brightens Paul George’s Day

Paul George, Floyd Mayweather

Less than a week after suffering a ghastly open tibia-fibula fracture in his right leg during a Team USA scrimmage, Paul George was in good spirits yesterday. Despite the estimated year-long convalescence to get back on the court, PG was stoked about his new ride, a Ferrari Spider 458. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News, Olympics / Aug 4, 2014 / 10:00 am

Adam Silver Does Not See “Major Shift” In NBA & Intl. Play After George Injury

Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Paul George

The scary compound leg fracture suffered by Paul George during Friday night’s USA Basketball Showcase means one of the best and most promising players in the league will miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season. It also raised doubts about the participation of NBA players in international events like the Olympics and this year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. Except NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement to ESPN on Sunday night, PG’s injury is unlikely to produce a “major shift” in the NBA’s policies towards international competition. Read More »

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, Olympics / Jul 28, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Video: Derrick Rose And-1 Finish At USA BBall Camp

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose was in Vegas for the adidas D Rose 5 Boost launch, but that was more quality scheduling by the adidas folks. He’s really in the arid heat of the desert to show Team USA officials he’s still got the explosiveness that made him the 2011 NBA MVP. 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 / Jul 17, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Choosing The Final Roster For USA Basketball In The FIBA World Cup

Kevin Love, Kevin Durant

The first ever FIBA World Cup will take place in August and September, and USA basketball has released the roster for the 2014 National Team training camp. Trying to build off the momentum from FIFA and adopting the “World Cup” title (used to be World Championships), this year’s FIBA tournament will be highly competitive as basketball continues to globalize even though the national team has compiled a 62-1 record since 2005. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Jan 25, 2014 / 1:25 pm

Video: Chandler Parsons Says He Should Have Been Included In Team USA Pool

Chandler Parsons

During the second half of the Houston-Memphis game on Friday night, Chandler Parsons set an NBA record with 10 second half three-pointers. While speaking after the game, the third-year forward said he was disappointed he wasn’t included in the pool of 28 players selected for Team USA national team duty, and what it was like to reach a zenith like he did shooting the ball while simultaneously suffering a loss. Read More »

Latest News, Olympics / Jan 23, 2014 / 11:00 am

Report: USA Basketball Reveals Brand New 28-Player Pool

Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant

Today USA Basketballl announced the 28 players who will make up the pool for the next three summers as a lead-up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The pool features old names and new as USA Basketball (USAB) chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski created a mix of veterans and newcomers. Come check out who they selected… Read More »

Olympics, Video / Jul 25, 2013 / 10:45 am

Video: USA Basketball Shows Off Savage Dunks In Slow Motion

Damian Lillard

Do you like watching warmup lines and drills in slow motion? Then this video’s for you. Check out guys like Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan go beast mode on the rim during USA Basketball mini-camp. LeBron James might not be here, but the athleticism is still pretty startling, particularly for the big guys. Read More »

Olympics, Video / Jul 25, 2013 / 10:30 am

Video: Ty Lawson Makes A Ridiculous Game-Winner At USA Basketball Mini-Camp

Ty Lawson

At USA Basketball mini-camp, there’s no deeper position than point guard. Ty Lawson is one of a handful of potential franchise players competing for spots. Just check out this video. Lawson and Damian Lillard are together on one squad, facing off against Kemba Walker and Jrue Holiday. That’s crazy. But it’s still probably not as crazy as this shot Lawson makes to win the scrimmage. Read More »