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Tony Parker To Participate In Olympic Qualifying

Feb 8, 2016 10:35 AM

Tony Parker will participate in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Manila this summer with France.

Parker's wife is pregnant and there was a possibility he wouldn't play to be with her during her delivery.

"Yes, I’ll be there for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and I will be in the Olympic Games if we qualify. I want to play for France.”

“I’ve had many discussions with Axelle (his wife) and we agreed. We had to make the decision for us both. She knows how important it is for me. We evaluated all the situations and I’ve made my decision.”

L'Equipe (via Jeff Garcia/San Antonio Express-News)

Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National

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LeBron, Carmelo Headline 30 USA Finalists For Olympics

Jan 18, 2016 1:38 PM

Three-time Olympic medalists Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) headline the list of 30 finalists today named for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team by USA Basketball. The player selections were approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors. The official 12-member 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team roster will be announced later this year.

Featuring 18 players who have collected 29 Olympic or FIBA Basketball World Cup gold medals and six bronze medals, the 30 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team include: LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs); Anthony; Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets); Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); James; DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

Again leading the 2016 USA coaching staff is Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as USA assistant coaches are Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder).

“It seems like I say this each time we have to narrow down a roster, but I am struck by the remarkable commitment the players in the USA Basketball National Team program continue to display and the enthusiasm they have for representing their country,” said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of the USA Men’s National Team since 2005.

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Tags: NBA, National, National Olympics

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Kobe Bryant Rules Himself Out Of 2016 Olympics

Jan 17, 2016 2:24 AM

Kobe Bryant has ruled himself out of consideration for the 2016 Olympics.

Bryant will retire this summer after his 20th NBA season.

"I think as beautiful as it would be to play for our country, when I say my last game is going to be my last game, I'm going to retire, then that's it," Bryant said. "It's not like I'm going to walk off the stage and then [say], 'But I'm going to come right back for a minute. Hold on one second.' You know what I mean? I think it's pretty sweet to have the final game be in a Laker uniform and support the players from afar."

Bryant played for the United States in 2008 and 2012 in the Olympics.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, National

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Kobe Bryant Would Love To Play In 2016 Olympics

Dec 4, 2015 12:39 PM

Kobe Bryant would love to compete in the Olympics for the United States if he's chosen for their final roster.

“Obviously I grew up overseas and have seen basketball grow globally," said Bryant on Friday. "It’s come so far, so fast. (I) would love nothing more to be in an international environment and be around so many other great athletes one more time. That being said, it’s not something I’m obsessing over, either, because I’ve got to listen to my body, too. If my body can’t do it, there’s no sense in doing it. So God willing, hopefully, if they feel I can make a significant contribution and my body is up for it ... if that’s the case then I would love to play.”

Marc Stein writes that Bryant could be included on the roster similar to Jason Kidd's presence on the 2008 team at the age of 35.

The 11th and 12th men on the team aren't expected to play many minutes.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Anthony Bennett Cites Team Canada Play For Helping Him Prepare For Season

Nov 1, 2015 10:29 AM

Anthony Bennett is excited for his new opportunity with the Toronto Raptors.

“It’s good to be back, family, friends, a great fan base,” said Bennett, who did not play in the Raptors’ season-opening win against the Pacers. “I’m definitely happy about it. This is a business. You can’t just base your career off one game.”

Bennett is in better shape than he was as a rookie coming off surgery.

“Coming into the league, I was 260, 265 after surgery, and playing at the [power forward], I just felt way too heavy,” he said. “So every year I just shed a lot of pounds, and this summer with Team Canada, it definitely helped me out a lot. I got in shape, cardio going, shots are falling, and I’m ready for the season.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Anthony Bennett, Toronto Raptors, NBA, National, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Gregg Popovich To Become Head Coach Of USA After 2016 Olympics

Oct 23, 2015 12:33 PM

Gregg Popovich will replace Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of the United States basketball team after the 2016 Olympics.

Popovich will coach the team over the course of the 2017-20 quadrennium.

The 2019 FIBA World Cup will be held in China, while the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo.

Jerry Colangelo will continue in 2017-20 as Managing Director, while Krzyzewski will serve as a special advisor.

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Tags: San Antonio Spurs, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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John Calipari Seeking USA Basketball Head Coach Job

Oct 20, 2015 7:28 PM

John Calipari has interest in replacing Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of USA Basketball.

One person familiar with Calipari's motives said he views the opportunity as "the recruiting tool of all recruiting tools." Another source, who is plugged into the USA Basketball program, said "Calipari wants it bad." 

Gregg Popovich is currently considered the favorite for the job.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, National

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Gregg Popovich Considered No. 1 Choice For USA Basketball

Oct 20, 2015 7:25 PM

Gregg Popovich "clearly, unquestionably the No. 1 choice" to become the next head coach of USA Basketball, according to a person involved in the coaching business."

Popovich, however, has promised LaMarcus Aldridge he'd remain with the San Antonio Spurs for the duration of his contract that runs through the 18-19 season.

Popovich would also have access to potential NBA free agents every summer in that role, which may be viewed as a conflict of interest.

There is a feeling among NBA coaches that they'd like to see one of their own become head coach of the national team.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, United States, NBA, National, National Teams

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Mike Krzyzewski To Step Down As USA Coach After 2016 Olympics

Oct 19, 2015 11:06 AM

The 2016 Olympics will be Mike Krzyzewski's final coaching assignment for USA Basketball.

"It is. It definitely is,'' Krzyzewski told ESPN about this being his last stint as head coach with USA Basketball. "I think it's time to move ahead. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio [the roster] and coaching.

"There has to be a succession ... a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.''

A succession plan to replace Krzyzewski will be put in place before the Games next summer.

"Hopefully we can finish things up well with Rio and I would move onto something else with USA Basketball,'' Krzyzewski said. "But I think we're ready as an organization to do that, and I'm excited about the future because [of] what we've done over the last 10 years."

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, National, National Olympics

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Gasol, Valanciunas, De Colo, Rodriguez, Maciulis On EuroBasket All-Star Five

Sep 21, 2015 11:15 AM

Pau Gasol was named Most Valuable Player of EuroBasket 2015.

Joining Gasol on the All-Star Five were Jonas Valanciunas, Nando De Colo, Sergio Rodriguez and Jonas Maciulis.

Spain won EuroBasket 2015 with an 80-63 win over Lithuania. 

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Tags: National, National Euro Championship

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Nick Young Trying To Join Australian National Team
Nick Young has serious interest in playing for Australia's basketball team in the Olympics.

TMZ

Jordan Clarkson Trying To Play For Philippines As Natural Born Player
Jordan Clarkson could play in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship as he's been named to the preliminary roster of the Philippines.

Sportando

Canada Announces Roster For Tuto Marchand Continental Cup
Jay Triano is leading a roster that includes Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph and Anthony Bennett.

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Australia Beats New Zealand, Qualifies For Olympics
Andrew Bogut had 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points.

AP

Kobe Bryant Could Still Play In 2016 Olympics
Kobe Bryant turns 37 later this month and had previously announced he didn't intend to play in Rio.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Colangelo: LeBron Has Spot On Olympic Team, 'Deep Down' Wants To Play
Jerry Colangelo said LeBron James has a spot on Team USA's 2016 Olympic roster if he wants to play.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Patty Mills Added To Australia's Roster For Oceania Championship
Australia needed Patty Mills following the ACL tear suffered by Dante Exum.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Durant, Carmelo To Practice With Team USA
Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first steps towards their comebacks from injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Boban Marjanovic Wanted To Play In Eurobasket, Spurs Held Decision Power
The Serbian team and Boban Marjanovic's agent asked the Spurs to reconsider the decision, but his new NBA team had the authority to keep him out.

Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

NBA Owners Discussing Injury Risks Of International Basketball
Those discussions are ongoing with a focus on insurance coverage and the general rules for participation in FIBA tournaments.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Headline 34-Man Team USA Minicamp
USA Basketball announced its 34-player roster to attend the Aug. 11-13 Men's National Team minicamp in Las Vegas.

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LeBron James To Attend USA Minicamp In Vegas
LeBron James will join Team USA for their minicamp next week, but will not stay around for scrimmages due to commitments with his charitable foundation.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dante Exum Suffers Torn ACL
Dante Exum will now return to Salt Lake City for further evaluation by the Utah Jazz's medical staff.

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Gersson Rosas Hired By USA Basketball
Gerssan Rosas has been VP of basketball operations for the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Derrick Rose Considering Skipping Team USA Minicamp
Derrick Rose helped the United States win the World Championship in 2010 and 2014.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Dwight Howard, Chris Paul Plan To Attend Team USA Minicamp
Dwight Howard was Team USA's starting center on the 2008 gold medal team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Colangelo Believes LeBron Wants To Participate In 2016 Olympics
LeBron James already has played in over 41,000 career NBA minutes and has appeared in three Olympics for the United States.

William Lou/The Score

Patty Mills Won't Play For Australia This Summer
Patty Mills averaged 21.2 points per game in the Olympics, including 26 against the United States in the quarterfinals.

Zac Graham/Project Spurs

Dragan Bender Prevented From Playing In U19 Due To Shoe Contract
Dragan Bender has signed an exclusive deal with Adidas, which prevents him from wearing other brands of shoes under the terms of the contract.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tristan Thompson Won't Play For Canada This Summer
Canada will be participating in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, which allows the top two teams to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Chris B. Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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