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Gersson Rosas Hired By USA Basketball

Aug 3, 2015 12:52 PM

Gersson Rosas has been named International Player Personnel Scout for USA Basketball.

Rosas has been VP of basketball operations for the Houston Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, National

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Derrick Rose Considering Skipping Team USA Minicamp

Aug 1, 2015 5:49 PM

Derrick Rose is still undecided about attending Team USA's minicamp, according to league sources.

Rose has indicated in the past that he would like to play for Team USA in the Olympics.

Rose is weighing the potential benefits of taking more time off before the start of training camp.

Rose helped the United States win the World Championship in 2010 and 2014.

Gar Forman and Tom Thibodeau have both publicly supported Rose's decision to play for Team USA in the past.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA, National

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Dwight Howard, Chris Paul Plan To Attend Team USA Minicamp

Aug 1, 2015 1:08 PM

Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are planning to attend Team USA's upcoming minicamp in Las Vegas, according to sources.

Howard was Team USA's starting center on the 2008 gold medal team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, United States, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, National, National Misc Rumor, National Teams

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Colangelo Believes LeBron Wants To Participate In 2016 Olympics

Jul 29, 2015 5:01 PM

LeBron James was reportedly set to retire from USA Basketball following the 2012 Olympics when he ruled out the 2014 World Championships and was considered doubtful for the 2016 Olympics.

But Jerry Colangelo isn't ruling anything out for 2016.

"I think LeBron wants to be part of it," Colangelo said.

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

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

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Patty Mills Won't Play For Australia This Summer

Jul 17, 2015 7:53 PM

Patty Mills won't play for Australia this summer in the FIBA Oceania Championship.

Mills averaged 21.2 points per game in the Olympics, including 26 against the United States in the quarterfinals.

The San Antonio Spurs have advised Mills to continue working on rehabbing his shoulder to prepare for next season.


Zac Graham/Project Spurs

Tags: Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National

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Dragan Bender Prevented From Playing In U19 Due To Shoe Contract

Jun 28, 2015 11:35 AM

Dragan Bender, a potential top-5 pick in 2016, was ruled out of the Under-19 World Championship due to his refusal to wear Jordan Brand shoes.

Bender has signed an exclusive deal with Adidas, which prevents him from wearing other brands of shoes under the terms of the contract.

“They said to me, if Dragan doesn't use Jordan Brand shoes, he can't play,” Bender's agent wrote to Draft Express. “We are very sad. He wanted to defend the colors of his country, but it looks like commercial reasons are above sport reasons. I am so sad for all his teammates his coach. They did a great job during the past three weeks (preparing for the tournament).”

David Hein of confirmed that Bender wouldn't play. From FIBA's story:

"Vladimr Vanjak, Croatia's head of delegation at the tournament in Heraklion (Crete), Greece, confirmed to that Bender will be leaving Greece on Sunday.

He said: "The fact is that Bender denied [refused] to play in the Jordan Brand shoes but our Federation has a contract with Jordan and everybody has to play in Jordan Brand. He denied to do that but he didn't say anything before coming here. That's the problem. I talked with my Secretary General and other people who made the decision because we have a very serious contract with Jordan. If he cannot play in Jordan Brand, he cannot play. That's it."

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Dragan Bender, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, NBA, National, International Teams

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Tristan Thompson Won't Play For Canada This Summer

Jun 17, 2015 1:22 PM

Tristan Thompson will not play for the Canadian National Team this summer.

Thompson will be a restricted free agent this offseason and is widely expected to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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

Tags: Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National

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Dirk Nowitzki To Play For Germany In EuroBasket

Jun 4, 2015 12:17 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will play in EuroBasket 2015 for Germany this September.

Germany is hosting Group B in Berlin.

"If it [the EuroBasket] was anywhere else, at the age of 37, it probably would have been a no-go for me.

"But when I heard that EuroBasket would be played in Berlin, a great basketball city, it was something I had dreamt about.

"Like every year, the DBB let me take my decision after the NBA season and, in the end, the national team was lucky that we [Dallas Mavericks] lost so early," said Nowitzki.


Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, Germany, NBA, National, National Euro Championship, National Teams

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Andrei Kirilenko Decides To Retire

Jun 1, 2015 11:17 PM

Andrei Kirilenko has decided to retire from professional basketball.

Kirilenko wasn't invited to join Russia's squad for EuroBasket 2015.

Kirilenko joined the Utah Jazz in 2001 and was an All-Star in 2004. Kirilenko played for CSKA during the lockout and then returned to the NBA to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets. Kirilenko was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this season and he never reported to the team.

David Pick/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Utah Jazz, CSKA Moscow, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, National, National Euro Championship, International Teams, International League

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Andrew Wiggins 'Definitely' Will Play For Canada This Summer

Apr 16, 2015 1:32 PM

Andrew Wiggins said he definitely will play for the Canadian national team this summer.

Wiggins will get enough rest after his rookie season in the NBA before the national team play begins.

Canada will play in the FIBA Americas tournament in late August and early September in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, National

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Tony Parker Plans On Playing In Eurobasket 2015
Tony Parker took last summer off after winning the 2014 NBA Finals with the Spurs.

Jeff Garcia/Project Spurs

Durant Admits Paul George's Injury Triggered Withdrawal From World Cup
At the time of the announcement, Kevin Durant claimed that Paul George's injury had nothing to do with his decision to withdraw.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Carmelo Anthony Wants To Play For USA In 2016 Olympics
Carmelo Anthony is open to playing for Team USA in what would be his fourth and final Olympic games in 2016.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Durant To Return To USA Basketball For 2016 Olympics
Kevin Durant intends to rejoin USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Support Growing To Turn National Tournaments To Under-22 Events
USA Basketball advanced their winning streak, with their most recent loss dating back to 2006.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

College Prepared Krzyzewski For Single Elimination International Tournaments
Mike Krzyzewski believes his experience as a college coach in which the NCAA tournament is a single-game elimination format is a strong attribute for his job as head coach of the United States.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Gay Upset With Fractured Jaw, Broken Tooth From 'Dirty Play' By Lithuania
Rudy Gay took an elbow to the top of his mouth in the third quarter of Team USA's win over Lithuania on Thursday.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Derrick Rose 'Loving' His Game, Unconcerned With Shooting Woes
Derrick Rose recently played five games in a span of six days.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose 'Fine' With Reserve Role For Team USA
Derrick Rose is using the Team USA experience to improve his basketball shape.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Colangelo: James Harden Has Become USA's Leader
James Harden and Anthony Davis are the only holdovers from the 2012 Olympics team that will play for the United States in the World Cup.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Kyrie Irving To Start At PG For Final Team USA Tuneup
Kyrie Irving will start at point guard when Team USA players Slovenia in its final tuneup before the FIFA World Cup.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Team USA Considers Alternating Irving, Rose At Starting Point Guard
Kyrie Irving will start at point guard for Team USA in the final exhibition game against Slovenia on Tuesday night.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Team USA Cuts Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver For World Cup Roster
Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were left off the World Cup roster.

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Derrick Rose Sits With 'Body Fatigue'
Derrick Rose has been sidelined from Team USA with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil on Saturday night.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

USA Could Finalize Roster By Thursday
Team USA has as many as 10 players still battling for the final six roster spots.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thibodeau: Rose Has Become More Comfortable All Summer Long
Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes in an exhibition game in Chicago.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Team USA Cancels Aug. 27 Appearance In Senegal Due To Ebola Concerns
USA Basketball has canceled its all-day trip to Senegal that was scheduled for Aug. 27.

Marc Stein/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Listed Day-To-Day, No Structural Damage To Knee
DeMarcus Cousins is listed as day-to-day.

RealGM Staff Report

Nemanja Nedovic Didn't Fracture Foot, Hopes To Play In World Cup
Nemanja Nedovic did not suffer a fractured foot and he hopes to play for Serbia in the World Cup of Basketball.


Rudy Gay Added To USA Basketball Roster
Rudy Gay will compete for one of the final 12 roster spots that goes to Spain for the World Cup.

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