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USA Beats Canada To Win U-18 Americas, Markelle Fultz Named MVP

Jul 24, 2016 10:44 AM

The United States defeated Canada 99-84 in the championship game of the 2016 U-18 Americas.

Markelle Fultz was named Tournament MVP, scoring 23 points to go with five rebounds and five assists in the final. Fultz will play for Washington this fall.

Nickeil Walker led Canada with 25 points.

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Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup

Jul 21, 2016 11:48 AM

Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny. 

Durant said he was distracted even after arriving for training camp and he "felt weird" after returning to Los Angeles following George's injury.

“I was tired. I felt like I wasn’t 100 percent in. And I can’t be here if I wasn’t 100 percent in. Coach K understood that. He showed me some grace and allowed me to continue playing USA Basketball and I’m very grateful for it,” Durant said. “It was hard, because I love Coach K and Mr. Colangelo, and USA Basketball so much and I didn’t want to disappoint them or let them down, but I felt like I needed time away and have time to rest. There was a lot going on that summer as well. I had the shoe war going on [between Nike and Under Armour], so, mentally, I was like everywhere.”

Durant signed a new deal with Nike worth $285 million over 10 years a few weeks later.

Durant will play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

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Marc Gasol Won't Play For Spain In Olympics

Jul 19, 2016 11:20 PM

Marc Gasol will be unable to play in the 2016 Olympics for Spain.

Gasol has yet to fully heal from the broken foot that limited him to 52 games last season. Spain has won the Silver in each of the past two Olympics.

Gasol signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2015 offseason. 

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France Beats Canada 83-74 To Secure Final Spot In Olympics

Jul 10, 2016 12:01 PM

France defeated Canada 83-74 to secure the final spot in the 2016 Olympics.

Nando De Colo led France with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Tony Parker had 26 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Cory Joseph had 20 points, six assists and four rebounds in a losing effort for Canada.

Serbia and Croatia also secured spots in the Olympics in the final qualification tournaments.

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Serbia, Croatia Secure Olympics Spots

Jul 9, 2016 9:26 PM

Serbia and Croatia have qualified for the 2016 Olympics.

The final spot will come down to France or Canada.

Bogdan Bogdanovic had 26 points and eight assists, while tournament MVP Nikola Jokic had 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Croatia defeated Italy 84-78 in overtime with Dario Saric scoring 18 points to go with 13 rebounds.

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Dario Saric Confirms He'll Join 76ers For 16-17

Jul 9, 2016 6:32 PM

Dario Saric has confirmed he will join the Philadelphia 76ers this season.

Saric helped lead Croatia to a place in the Olympics and was named MVP of the qualifying tournament.

"I'm going back home and then to the USA for the Sixers," said Saric.

There had been a recent report Saric could decide not to join the 76ers for another season.

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Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt Dies At Age 64

Jun 28, 2016 10:25 AM

Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, a pioneer of women's college basketball who guided the Tennessee Volunteers to eight national titles in her 38 seasons at the university, died Tuesday morning.

She was 64.

Summitt led the Lady Vols to 1,098 victories -- the most in Division I college basketball history (men or women) ­­-- before stepping down in 2012, one year after announcing she had early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

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Pau Gasol Willing To Play In Olympics Despite Zika Concerns

Jun 25, 2016 7:08 PM

Pau Gasol is willing to play for Spain in the Olympics despite concerns about the Zika virus.

"My commitment to the national team is greater than my fears over what might happen," Gasol wrote Saturday in the Spanish newspaper Marca. "My feelings of passion and responsibility toward my national team, my sport and my teammates are huge. They have always been and always will be. My first instinct in that sense has always been to want to be with the national team each summer."

Gasol also called on Rio officials to ensure the safety of everyone attending the Games, which begin Aug. 5.

"I will be going hoping and trusting that the people and organizations will do everything possible and take measures to minimize possible risk to the athletes. I have always had the doubt that they -- so as not to put other elements of the event in danger -- have not been mindful of the health and safety of the athletes and all those who will attend the Olympics in Rio -- whether those people are athletes, accompanying family, friends or fans. It is a pity that [the situation] is like this.

"We must trust in the authorities that they will follow up with what they have promised and take proper measures."

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Kyrie Irving Completes USA's Olympic Roster

Jun 25, 2016 7:00 PM

Kyrie Irving has accepted the final invitation for the United States' 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympics.

Irving weighed the decision all week after the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 of The Finals.

Irving, the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup, averaged 19.6 points and 4.7 assists for the Cavaliers this season.

Here is the roster Mike Krzyzewski will coach in Rio:

Kyrie Irving
Klay Thompson
Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan
Jimmy Butler
Kevin Durant
Harrison Barnes
Draymond Green
Paul George
Carmelo Anthony
DeMarcus Cousins
DeAndre Jordan

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Harrison Barnes Accepts USA Invite For Olympics

Jun 25, 2016 10:40 AM

Harrison Barnes has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Barnes will be a restricted free agent at the start of the offseason.

The Golden State Warriors will also be represented by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, though Barnes could be on another team's roster by the second week of July.

Barnes joins Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Green at forward.

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LeBron James Withdraws From Olympics
LeBron James cited the amount of court time he's logged with six straight trips to The Finals.

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Team USA Finalizes 10 Of 12 Roster Spots For Olympics
The United States has set 10 of their 12 roster spots for their Olympic team with the final two spots reserved for Kyrie Irving and LeBron James to make a final decision on whether they will participate.

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DeMar DeRozan Commits To USA For Olympics
DeMar DeRozan played for the United States in the 2014 World Cup.

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Kawhi Leonard Withdraws From Olympics
Kawhi Leonard is not expected to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

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DeAndre Jordan Earns Spot On USA's Olympic Team
DeAndre Jordan was a first-team All-NBA selection at center this past season.

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Jimmy Butler To Play For USA In Olympics
Jimmy Butler has no previous experience with the United States as he emerged during the 14-15 season.

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Carmelo Anthony Accepts Invite To Play For USA In 2016 Olympics
Carmelo Anthony has previously won a gold medal in 2008 and in 2012.

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Kyle Lowry To Play For USA In Olympics
With Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook not participating, a spot at point guard opened up for Kyle Lowry.

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Paul George Accepts Invitation To Play In Olympics
Jerry Colangelo promised Paul George an Olympic roster spot after he suffered his injury in August of 2014.

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LeBron James Expected To Withdraw From Olympics
LeBron James has been a member of USA Basketball since 2004.

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Durant, George, Klay, Cousins Considered Locks For Team USA
Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard will also likely claim spots by June 27th.

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Dante Exum Won't Participate In Olympics For Australia
Dante Exum sustained a tear of the ACL on Aug. 4 while competing for Australia in a game against Slovenia.

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James Harden Withdraws From 2016 Olympics
James Harden played for the United States in both the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Cup.

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Russell Westbrook Won't Participate In 2016 Olympics
Russell Westbrook won a gold medal with the United States in the 2012 Olympics.

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DeMarcus Cousins Selected For USA's Olympic Team
The United States also selected DeMarcus Cousins for their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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Andrew Wiggins Won't Play For Canada In Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Andrew Wiggins is set to start his third NBA season with the Timberwolves.

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Jerry Colangelo Wants Mike Krzyzewski To Replace Him As USA Managing Director
Jerry Colangelo wants to continue working with Mike Krzyzewski after the 2016 Olympics, which will be his final edition as head coach.

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McCollum, Gordon, Ingram Headline 25-Man USA Select Team
Gregg Popovich will oversee the Select Team this summer.

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Kevin Durant Still Planning On Playing In Olympics
Kevin Durant was a member of the United States' gold medal winning team in 2012.

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Draymond Green Won't Be Deterred By Zika Virus To Play In Olympics
Draymond Green will play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics if he's included on the final 12-man roster.

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