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LeBron James Won't Play In 3-On-3 At Olympics

Jun 11, 2017 8:29 PM

LeBron James is excited for 3-on-3 basketball to be in the Olympics but he has no plans to participate.

"I think it's great for basketball," James said Sunday. "For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it's pretty great. I haven't seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it; and are they going to use NBA guys or are going to use college guys?"

James won gold medals with Team USA in 2008 and 2012 and a bronze in 2004. 

"I'm not very good in a three-on-three thing, I'm more of a five-on-five guy," James said. "I stay out of the one-on-one matchups during our practice, the two-on-twos and the three-on-threes. So probably not. I probably won't be a part of the three-on-three matchup that it has to offer."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: NBA, National, National Olympics

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3-On-3 Basketball Added To 2020 Olympics

Jun 9, 2017 11:26 AM

The IOC has added 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program.

There will be 64 participants with eight teams for men and women.

FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: “The intensity and skill level of the 3x3 Game is such that there are no traditional 3x3 powerhouses and new countries have emerged since the first YOG experience in 2010. This was our main objective back in 2007. The decision provides FIBA with a renewed, strong incentive to continue in this direction and grow the game of basketball by developing new young skilled basketball talents in both genders across the globe from small islands to large countries in every continent.”

Graham Dunbar/Associated Press

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FIBA Changes Will Force USA Basketball To Use Non-NBA Players In Qualification

May 2, 2017 12:50 PM

USA Basketball will attempt to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup using a rotating squad of D-League players. 

FIBA is moving away from tournaments held strictly in the summer.

U.S. rosters for the World Cup itself, as well as the Olympics, will continue to feature NBA stars.

D-Leaguers will be made available while USA Basketball could also recruit Americans playing abroad in leagues that will consent to releasing players for qualifying windows.

The United States will remain a heavy favorite to qualify out of the Americas region even without access to NBA players in qualifying. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: NBA, D-League, National

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Stephen Curry Plans To Play In 2019 World Cup, 2020 Olympics

Feb 4, 2017 10:36 PM

Stephen Curry plans on playing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.

"Going forward, I do plan on playing at the World Cup (in 2019 in China), being healthy and being in a good position to be in Tokyo," said Curry.

Curry played for United States in 2010 and 2014. Curry withdrew from the 2016 Olympics following his knee injury in the playoffs.

"I love playing for the USA," he said. "It was taking a lot not to be out there (last year). It's just different and you get to play with the best in the NBA against the best in the world.

"It's a different vibe representing your country. Only 12 guys get to do it every year. It's special."

FIBA.com

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, National, National Olympics, National World Championships

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LeBron James: Gregg Popovich 'Factors A Lot' Into 2020 Olympics Decision

Jan 21, 2017 9:11 PM

LeBron James is undecided if he will participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

James said the chance to play for Gregg Popovich will be a big consideration.

"It factors a lot," James said. "I've said that before. He's just a great mastermind of the game of basketball."

James recently called Popovich "the greatest coach of all time."

"Team USA is in good hands with him," James, a gold medalist in 2008 and 2012, told the Associated Press at the time of Popovich's hire by USA Basketball. "It was in good hands with Coach K. It's almost like 'The Godfather.' We hand it off to Michael Corleone now."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Mike Krzyzewski Defends DeMarcus Cousins

Dec 19, 2016 10:55 AM

Mike Krzyzewski said on John Calipari's new podcast, Cal Cast, that DeMarcus Cousins "gets a bad rap sometimes."

Krzyzewski coached Cousins on the 2014 and 2016 United States' teams.

"For him to come back and still want it, it said a lot about how much he wanted to do it," Krzyzewski told Calipari. "He came through for us big time. He's tough as hell. He is so damn talented. I don't think he has a position. You can't call him a 5 or a 4. Just call him a great player."

Cousins most recently was involved with an off the court incident at a New York nightclub with Matt Barnes and also confronted a Sacramento columnist.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, National

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Martin Dempsey To Become Next USA Basketball Chairman

Nov 3, 2016 4:54 PM

Retired General Martin Dempsey will be the next USA Basketball Chairman.

Dempsey was previously the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Jerry Colangelo is not seeking a third term as Chairman.

Gregg Popovich will become the next head coach of USA Basketball.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Jerry Colangelo To Step Down As Chairman Of USA Basketball

Nov 3, 2016 4:07 PM

Jerry Colangelo will step down from the role of chairman of USA Basketball. A new chairman will be elected on November 14th.

Colangelo continues to serve as a special advisor to the 76ers. 

Colangelo will continue to work as the managing director of the U.S. men's national team. 

Jonathan Tannenwald/Philadelphia Daily News

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Stefan Jankovic Undecided On Playing For Serbian, Canadian National Team

Sep 3, 2016 11:19 AM

Stefan Jankovic has yet to decide if he'll play national team basketball for Serbia or Canada.

Jankovic was born in Serbia but raised in Canada.

Jankovic went undrafted out of Hawaii and is signed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Miami Heat.

"I've been in contact with both," Jankovic said of the Serbian and Canadian federations. "Obviously there was some interest this summer, but due to summer league, for both Canada and for Serbia, I wasn't able to do any of the training camps and tryout and the exhibition stuff. So that kind of limited what I was able to do. But in the future, I haven't really made a decision, but I've been in contact with both." 

Serbia advanced to the gold medal game of the Olympics, but Canada has a lot of potential with Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph and Kelly Olynyk.

"I want to play for them or Canada in the future," he said. "And watching them in the Olympics was huge. It's a big thing going against the U.S. And the last couple of tournaments we were in the finals against them. It motivates you."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Stefan Jankovic, Miami Heat, NBA, National

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DeMarcus Cousins Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics

Aug 28, 2016 12:59 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is open to playing for Team USA again in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Cousins won a gold medal in his first Olympics for the United States.

“I’m open to [coming back for Tokyo 2020]. I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it,” he said. “I think people don’t understand [how hard this winning is]. They see the guys on the roster and they think automatically, they’re supposed to win. This [international game] isn’t our game. This isn’t the way we play. This is an adjustment for every guy on the roster.

“No matter how much time there is, if guys can come together and mesh and play with some type of chemistry, you’re going to win games. It’s been proven in the past. We’ve had some of the most talented teams in the past and we didn’t win, so it’s not as easy as people think it is.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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