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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

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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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Cousins, Durant, George Led USA In Olympics PER

Aug 22, 2016 11:36 AM

DeMarcus Cousins led Team USA in PER with a mark of 26.4, slightly ahead of Kevin Durant's 25.5.

Team USA PER in 2016 Olympics
1. DeMarcus Cousins: 26.4
2. Kevin Durant: 25.5
3. Paul George: 24.8
4. DeAndre Jordan: 20.6
5. Kyrie Irving: 19.2
6. DeMar DeRozan: 18.2
7. Jimmy Butler: 17.3
8. Kyle Lowry: 17.0
9. Carmelo Anthony: 16.5
10. Klay Thompson: 11.3
*Harrison Barnes: 21.0 (fewer than 10 minutes per game)
*Draymond Green: 6.7

Team USA PER in 2012 Olympics
1. Carmelo Anthony: 41.6
2. Kevin Love: 40.0
3. Kevin Durant: 39.4
4. LeBron James: 35.9
5. Kobe Bryant: 27.4
6. Russell Westbrook: 26.4
7. Andre Iguodala: 25.9
8. Tyson Chandler: 25.5
9. Deron Williams: 24.3
10. James Harden: 23.9
11. Chris Paul: 23.0
*Anthony Davis: 28.1 (fewer than 10 minutes per game)

Team USA PER in 2008 Olympics
1. Dwyane Wade: 37.5
2. LeBron James: 28.9
3. Dwight Howard: 28.4
4. Chris Bosh: 28.4
5. Chris Paul: 22.3
6. Carmelo Anthony: 20.4
7. Kobe Bryant: 19.1
8. Tayshaun Prince: 17.1
9. Deron Williams: 13.8
10. Jason Kidd: 9.3
11. Michael Redd: 5.6
* Carlos Boozer: 15.6 (fewer than 10 minutes per game)

When Team USA sent a perceived B team to the World Cup in 2014, they still had four players with PERs above 30.0.

Team USA PER in 2014 FIBA World Cup
1. DeMarcus Cousins: 36.7
2. Anthony Davis: 31.6
3. Kenneth Faried: 31.0
4. James Harden: 30.2
5. Andre Drummond: 24.6
6. Kyrie Irving: 23.8
7. Klay Thompson: 22.1
8. Stephen Curry: 21.4
9. Rudy Gay: 18.7
10. DeMar DeRozan: 16.4
11. Derrick Rose: 7.3
* Mason Plumlee: 15.5 (fewer than 10 minutes per game)

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Kevin Durant Describes 2016 Team USA Experience As 'Therapy'

Aug 22, 2016 11:11 AM

Kevin Durant ended an emotional summer in which he left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors by winning a gold medal in the Olympics.

USA Basketball provided Durant a sanctuary, playing basketball while bonding with new and old friends.

“It was therapy for me after making a big change in my life,” Durant said. “It made my life easier … I knew [a backlash] was coming. It was definitely different for me, but to come here in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed.”

Durant isn't sure if he'll return for Tokyo in 2020.

“I can’t say right now,” Durant told The Vertical. “I’ll be 31, going on 32 …”

Michael Lee/The Vertical

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Jerry Colangelo: Other Countries Need To Become More Competitive

Aug 22, 2016 10:49 AM

Jerry Colangelo was asked if the close games were a product of other teams catching up or the Americans simply not playing to their potential.

“A combination of all of it. But what I’m just saying is you look around, you look at the programs that may be big-time programs going forward," said Colangelo. "People are talking about Canada, people are talking about Australia, they’re talking about Argentina losing their (older) players. Some of the programs are going up, some are going down, but the healthiest thing for the game of basketball is to have competition around the world that makes it even more intriguing. But we’re just going to continue to do everything that we do to stay on top.”

The United States has won gold in the Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

"We’ve been helping in basketball around the world for 50 years," Colangelo said. "We’ve taught the world the game. We’ve taught their coaches, players — look at the number of (international) players in the NBA, look at the number of international players in college today, in the states. So we’re all for that. I want to see the level raised."

 

Colangelo began rehabilitating the USA Basketball program in 2005.

“I’m all for raising the bar for global basketball,” he began. “The more interest in basketball on all levels, I’m for. I’m a lifer in the game. I love the game. Basketball is the No. 2 sport in the world, (but) we just need to see these other countries get their acts together and become more competitive.

“I’d love to see that. Everyone would love to see that. I’m not going to be making excuses for anyone about our (dominance). Someone said to me (after the game), one of the officials said to me, ‘You know next time you play, you ought to play with four.’ And I said, ‘No, maybe the other teams better get their act together and compete.’ ”

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Dunc'd On: Olympics Review + Best/Worst Contracts 2014-16

Aug 22, 2016 4:35 AM

Full wrap-up of the Olympics, including the medal round games, how Team USA turned it around, our MVPs and All-Tournament teams, and a review of how the NBA prospects in the tournament looked.  Then, (1:02:00) part 2 of the best and worst contracts since the lockout, looking at the 2014 - 2016 offseasons.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

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USA Wins 2016 Olympics, Beats Serbia 96-66

Aug 21, 2016 4:29 PM

The United States have won the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics, beating Serbia 96-66. Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the United States against Serbia.

The United States have won gold in three straight Olympics since winning bronze in 2004, which led to a massive overhaul of the program under Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski.

After some close games in the group stage, the United States comfortably beat Argentina, narrowly got past Spain in the semifinals before putting the championship game out of reach early in the third quarter. Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated points out that while the 2016 team went 8-0, their point differential was +182 compared to +257 in 2012 and +223 in 2008. 

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Spain Beats Australia 89-88 To Win Bronze Medal

Aug 21, 2016 3:18 PM

Spain defeated Australia 89-88 to win the Bronze medal.

With Australia winning by one point, a controversial foul was called on Patty Mills on a drive by Sergio Rodriguez in the closing seconds of the game. Rodriguez made both free throws to give Spain the lead.

Pau Gasol led Spain with 31 points and 11 rebounds on just 15 shooting possessions. Nikola Mirotic had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Mills led Australia with 30 points.

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Dunc'd On: Olympic Quarterfinals + Best/Worst Contracts 2011-13

Aug 18, 2016 2:39 AM

We review the Olympic quarterfinals, in order AUS/LTU, SRB/CRO, USA/ARG, ESP/FRA, look ahead to USA/ESP, and then (33:00) part 1 of the best and worst contracts since the lockout, looking at the 2011 - 2013 offseasons.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

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LeBron James Remains Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics

Aug 17, 2016 12:10 PM

LeBron James isn't ruling out the possibility of playing for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

"Every time I watch 'em, I wish I was out there," James said. "I did not retire from Team USA. I just did not play this summer. So I left the door open."

James announced shortly after The Finals that he wouldn't participate in the 2016 Olympics.

"I could use the rest," he told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

James will be 35 for the 2020 games.

Rachel Nichols/ESPN (via Bleacher Report)

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George, Durant, Butler, Cousins Lead Team USA In PER
Unlike in this year's Olympics, every player on Team USA in 2012 had a PER of at least 23.0 with four players posting marks above 35.0.

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Raduljica, Bogut, De Colo Lead Olympics In PER
After the first five games of the 2016 Olympics with the group stage complete, Miroslav Raduljica leads all players in PER with 35.8.

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Dunc'd On: Time to Panic for Team USA, Revisiting '72 Olympics Controversy
Team USA struggles, and did USA get robbed in '72?

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Paul George: USA Can't Keep Playing Like This
The United States defeated Serbia by a final score of just 94-91 one game after also being seriously challenged by Australia.

Sam Amick/USA Today

FIBA Again Trying To Add 3-On-3 Basketball To Olympics
Patrick Baumann said the International Olympic Committee will decide in June if 3-on-3 will be played at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Australia Planned On Resting Starters, Using Only Half Of Playbook Against USA
Australia actually had a 54-49 lead over Team USA at halftime.

Marc Stein/ESPN

USA Beats Canada To Win U-18 Americas, Markelle Fultz Named MVP
Markelle Fultz was named Tournament MVP, scoring 23 points to go with five rebounds and five assists in the final.

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Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup
Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny.

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Marc Gasol Won't Play For Spain In Olympics
Spain has won the Silver in each of the past two Olympics.

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

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Serbia, Croatia Secure Olympics Spots
Bogdan Bogdanovic had 26 points and eight assists, while tournament MVP Nikola Jokic had 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

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Dario Saric Confirms He'll Join 76ers For 16-17
Dario Saric helped lead Croatia to a place in the Olympics and was named MVP of the qualifying tournament.

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Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt Dies At Age 64
Pat Summitt led Tennessee to 1,098 wins, the most in Division 1 college basketball history, men or women.

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Pau Gasol Willing To Play In Olympics Despite Zika Concerns
Pau Gasol called on Rio officials to ensure the safety of everyone attending the Games, which begin Aug. 5.

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Kyrie Irving Completes USA's Olympic Roster
Kyrie Irving was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Harrison Barnes Accepts USA Invite For Olympics
Harrison Barnes joins Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Draymond Green at forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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.

Brian Mahoney/AP

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

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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

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