National Wiretap

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."

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

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

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

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

Tags: NBA, National

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

Tags: NBA, National, National Olympics

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

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

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, National, National Olympics

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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Tags: United States, NBA, National, National Teams

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

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, National, National Olympics

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

Tags: NBA, National, National Olympics

Dunc'd On: Olympics Review + Best/Worst Contracts 2014-16
A full wrap-up of the Olympics, plus best and worst contracts 2014-16

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USA Wins 2016 Olympics, Beats Serbia 96-66
Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the United States against Serbia.

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Spain Beats Australia 89-88 To Win 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.

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Dunc'd On: Olympic Quarterfinals + Best/Worst Contracts 2011-13
Olympic Quarterfinals and Best/Worst contracts since the lockout.

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LeBron James Remains Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics
LeBron James will be 35 for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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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.


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.


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

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