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How Nicolas Batum Continues Evolution Of His Game, Mindset

by Shams Charania

Dec 17, 2014 2:40 PM

All around the Blazers, they’re pushing Nicolas Batum to be more assertive, to find the next echelon, and he promises one thing on his health and his game. “It’s coming.” Read more »

Tags: Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, National, National World Championships

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USA Fully Restores Order In Basketball Universe

by Jonathan Tjarks

Sep 15, 2014 2:05 PM

The scariest part about the United States' performance is that this wasn’t even the team Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo envisioned sending to Spain, yet they still haven't lost a game since 2006. Read more »

Tags: NBA, National, National Olympics, National World Championships

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The 250-Pound Swiss Army Life Of France And San Antonio

by Jonathan Tjarks

Sep 11, 2014 3:49 PM

Boris Diaw served as France’s primary playmaker and one of the main hubs of their offense in their upset win of Spain. The upset is a culmination of a remarkable year of basketball for Diaw, both internationally and in the NBA. Read more »

Tags: Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National, National World Championships

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Spain And The Beautiful Game

by Jonathan Tjarks

Everyone in Spain’s rotation is an NBA-caliber player and they can all shoot, pass and make decisions on the fly. If they keep this level of play up, they could go down as the best international team of the modern era. Read more »
The Storylines Of The Basketball World Cup

by Brett Koremenos

Every national program involved enters this tournament with the goal of trying to make their country proud. For some countries, that means toppling the mighty U.S.A. For others, it’s one last shot at glory. And a few programs lurking in the shadows are hoping to use this platform to announce themselves as the world’s newest global power. Read more »
Behind Serbia's EuroBasket Run

by Jonathan Tjarks

Through the first two rounds of EuroBasket 2013, there’s been no country more impressive than Serbia. Despite having the youngest team in Slovenia, with an average age of 24, they are tied for the second-best record. Read more »
The AAU System And How The NBA Could Fix It

by Jonathan Tjarks

Because there is no professional structure to youth basketball in the United States, a poorly organized and often self-defeating culture has developed in its place. If AAU basketball is bad for business, the NBA has the power to fix it and instead look to the models of Europe. Read more »
Building USA's 2016 Olympic Team

by Daniel Leroux

Numerous international tournaments (FIBA U-19, adidas nations, etc) occurring during the summer between the 2012 Olympics and 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup triggered for me the thought of what the next USA Olympic basketball team can and should look like. Read more »
Team USA's Next Generation

by Jonathan Tjarks

Team USA changed the peer group of the NBA’s best young players. While their NBA teammates changed every year, their USA teammates stayed the same. It fostered the relationship between LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that led to a dynasty with the Heat and it could do the same with Paul George, Kyrie Irving, etc. Read more »
Basketball's Ambassador-In-Chief

by Jonathan Tjarks

LeBron James is an ambassador for the game of basketball, a game that can and does change people's lives for the better. That's a tremendous responsibility, and asides from one foolish primetime TV special, he's handled the blinding media spotlight and the celebrity fishbowl that comes with it about as well as could possibly be expected. Read more »
2012 Olympics: Final Advanced Player Stats

by Dan Hanner

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol, Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili and Andrei Kirilenko were the stars of the Olympics. Here is how their offensive ratings measure up. Read more »
One Last Chance For Argentina's Golden Generation

by Jonathan Tjarks

While Team USA was turning over its entire roster every two years, the same core of Argentine players have been getting older. Now, in Friday’s Olympic semifinal, the “Golden Generation” has one final chance to defeat the Americans. It will be a much harder task in 2012: Team USA has been built in their image -- except faster, stronger and more athletic. Read more »
Let The Valanciunas, Anthony Davis Comparisons Begin

by Jonathan Tjarks

Like almost all young centers, the development of Jonas Valanciunas and Anthony Davis will depend heavily on the environment their team puts them in. Davis has a higher ceiling than Valanciunas, but the difference between the two isn’t nearly as high as their pre-draft publicity would suggest. Read more »
Why The Owners Want Olympic Basketball Marginalized

by Jonathan Tjarks

After driving the NBA to the brink of a lost season in order to maximize their revenue streams, the owners are at it again with their World Cup of Basketball pursuit. If Mark Cuban wants another paycheck in the summer, he can earn it himself on the Shark Tank. Read more »
Kevin Seraphin's Roadblocks And Opportunities

by Jonathan Tjarks

Kevin Seraphin is the rare young big man comfortable scoring with his back to the basket, and his wide base and long arms allow him to establish deep post position. National team experience could allow a player like Seraphin to emerge in a new role when he returns to the Wizards. Read more »
2012 Summer Olympics Preview: Group B

by Erildas Budraitis

While Spain should control Group B, Russia and Brazil each have an opportunity to medal. Read more »
2012 Summer Olympics Preview: Group A

by Erildas Budraitis

Team USA will be the favorite throughout the tournament, but Lithuania, Argentina and France figure to make noise in Group A, while Nigeria and Tunisia look to play the role of spoilers. Read more »
Ben Gordon's Participation In Olympics Remains In Doubt

by Shams Charania

Entering an offseason free of drama, Ben Gordon has been adamant about following through on his commitment to represent Great Britain in this summer’s Olympics, but was a no-show as training camp began. Read more »
No Need For Hysteria, NBA Will Survive

by Jonathan Tjarks

The lockout will unquestionably damage the NBA, but not to the extent its fans fear or its detractors hope. There are several important reasons why it is so well-positioned in the long-term. Read more »
How Team USA Must Adjust To Match-Up Against Spain

by Jonathan Tjarks

To beat a Spanish team that dominated EuroBasket, Team USA will have to play two traditional big men most of the game instead of their standard small-ball attack. As a result, they will be required to make several intriguing roster decisions. Read more »
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