Aug 25, 2012 1:08 AM EDT
Eric Musselman hopes to return for a third stint as head coach of the Venezuelan national team.
"I would like to continue with the national team," said Musselman. "I feel a special tie with the players and the Venezuelan federation.”
Musselman plans to speak again with Venezuelan Basketball Federation president Carmelo Cortez to discuss his contract, which expired after the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July.
Venezuela failed to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament, registering a loss to Lithuania in the preliminary round.
"(Cortez) received me and my wife in the new offices of the Federation just days after our game against Lithuania," Musselman said. "We had a productive meeting. I'm sure we'll talk soon."
Aug 23, 2012 1:42 PM EDT
Jay Triano has been named head coach of the Canadian National Team.
Triano is currently an assistant coach with the Blazers and formerly was the head coach of the Raptors.
Canada didn't qualify for the 2012 Olympics, but are expected to be much improved in coming years with an influx of talent such as Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, amongst others.
Aug 23, 2012 10:55 AM EDT
Steve Nash will help oversee a weekend camp as general manager of Canada’s senior national team.
The camp will feature more than 20 of the top prep school, university and NBA players who will form the core group aimed at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
“This summer we’re going to try to identify — and it’s still in the works — 30 players that we want to target for Rio and try to get them together and start relationships and rapport and start to be able to help them improve,” Nash said when he took over as general manager last spring.
Aug 22, 2012 11:18 PM EDT
In a recent interview, Kevin Durant described how playing with Team USA taught him to focus on the little things that help win games.
“Just the focus and the energy that you have to have every single day,” Durant said when asked what he learned from his Olympic experience. “The details you have to pay attention to every day. That’s why we won the Gold. For every winning team, it’s the small things that win, not how many points LeBron (James) scores or Kobe (Bryant) scores or me.
“It’s about the deflections we get, the steals, the blocked shots, the charges we take. Small things like that that we do is going to separate us because everybody at this level is good at the major things in the game. That’s what I learned and hopefully we do it in (Oklahoma City) every game.”
Durant led the U.S. in scoring (19.5 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (5.8 rpg) while averaging 26.0 minutes per contest.
Aug 21, 2012 4:33 PM EDT
Chris Paul has undergone successful surgery on his right thumb.
Paul sustainted a torn ligament during a United States' training camp practice in July.
Paul is expected to miss eight weeks.
Aug 20, 2012 9:45 PM EDT
Jim Boeheim expects Jerry Colangelo to opt for an NBA guy to succeed Mike Krzyzewski as coach of the U.S. national team.
“I think it could very likely be a pro coach,” Boeheim said. “Doc Rivers is a great coach, Gregg Popovich … they’re great coaches. There are more than enough great coaches in the NBA that could take over. It’s possible that it could be a college coach, but I think it’s more likely to be a pro coach.
“Whoever it is will have a tough assignment,” Boeheim continued. “They’ve got to go to Spain in two years for the World Championship, so that won’t be easy. But I’m sure we’ll still have players that want to play … and we’ll have a good coach and a good staff and it’ll be fun to watch someone else [guide the national team].”
Boeheim recently announced his decision to step down as a Team USA assistant.
Aug 19, 2012 8:49 PM EDT
Croatia has won the 2012 Under-18 European Championship, beating Lithuania 88-76 in the final.
Dario Saric of Croatia was named tournament MVP, leading the competition in points.
Nikola Radicevic, Nikola Jankovic, Marius Grigonis and Mikhail Kulagin joined Saric on the All-Tournament Team.
Saric scored 39 points in the title game and averaged 25.6 throughout the tournament.
Aug 19, 2012 8:01 PM EDT
LeBron James said he’s "done the math, and I'll be 31," but he’d love the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics.
James’ current contract with the Heat expires after the 2015-16 season.
Aug 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT
FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann confirmed that there will not be a 23 and under rule change for the 2016 Olympics.
"From a global perspective, the progress of the talent in all other countries doesn't go at the same speed or the same pace as the USA," said Baumann. "They don't all have a school system like the USA. So the ability for the rest of the world to produce a lot of talent is not the same as the USA. As a result of that, lowering the age to U23 at the Olympics could actually widen the divide between the USA and the rest of the world.
"There is also a more general issue of what the Olympic Games represent. The NBA, the IOC and FIBA, we have all earned a lot - not just in financial terms - from professional athletes being at the Olympics since 1992. This is the case with regards to the way basketball has grown, from where we were then to where we are now.
"So it would be premature to make changes in the quality of basketball at the Olympics, especially before having maximised the potential of the World Cup. So it's too early to make any changes in the Olympic program."
FIBA will, however, propose changes to the Olympics for 2016.
"We will certainly submit two proposals," said Baumann. "The first is we want to move from 12 to 16 teams. As a consequence of that we would be able to promote the game in four more countries and reduce the length of the competition.
"The second proposal would be to introduce 3x3 in the Olympics following its successful introduction at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 in Singapore and the start of our first full 3x3 season this year."
Aug 14, 2012 9:43 PM EDT
Jim Boeheim went on Colin Cowherd’s radio show and said that he believes LeBron James has a chance to surpass Michael Jordan as the best player ever.
"I've always thought Michael Jordan was the best player that I've ever seen,” Boeheim said. “I always have and I didn't think it was close. I'm not so sure any more. And I love Michael Jordan. I'm not so sure anymore. This guy is 6-foot-9 and 260 pounds, and he's getting better. He works on his game. His shooting is getting better. He's a phenomenal, phenomenal basketball player. I love this game; I love the history of this game. I know we've had great, great players through the years. He's like Magic Johnson with Michael Jordan-type skills as well."
Boeheim said James is a different player now compared to when he joined Team USA in 2005.
"Ten times better player,” Boeheim said. “Some of it is maturity. He's a leader; he was a kid when we first got him. ... He's a 6-9, 260-pound point guard-forward-center. He guarded the post guys. They always say a guy can guard five positions, I've never seen that. I've heard about it. This guy can guard five guys. He can guard your center, he can guard your small forward, big forward, point guard, two guard. You put him on anybody and he can guard them."
The Olympics are considering three-on-three basketball in 2016.
Pat Riley wants LeBron James to rest before the Heat begin training camp.
Jim Boeheim will step down from his role as assistant coach of the United States' Olympic basketball team.
USA Basketball warned LeBron James prior to the 2008 Olympics that he would need to "grow up, treat people respect and commit to treating (it) seriously."
Kevin Durant would like to suit up for USA Basketball at the Rio Games in 2016.
Aug 12, 2012 | Marc Stein/ESPN
USA Basketball is expected to hire an NBA head coach with Doc Rivers and Gregg Popovich the leading candidates.
Alexey Shved led Russia with 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
The United States have won their second consecutive gold medal, beating Spain 107-100.
USA Basketball has been very impressed with the play of Kyrie Irving.
Even though Kevin Love met several of his USA teammates in high school, he first met Tyson Chandler as a sixth grader.
Aug 11, 2012 | Tom Withers/AP
Jerry Colangelo intends to talk with Mike Krzyzewski following the Olympics, but is targeting the end of the year to find a new head coach.
Kevin Durant led Team USA with 19 points, while both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony had 18 apiece.
Spain scored just 20 points in the first half, but went on a 47-point offensive tear in the second.
Russell Westbrook injured his right ankle during Team USA's semifinal victory over Argentina on Friday.
Kobe Bryant was chosen to take a mandatory drug test following Team USA's quarterfinal victory Australia on Wednesday, according to a source.
Carmelo Anthony expects a hard-fought game Friday versus Argentina.
Manu Ginobili knows the odds of beating Team USA are slim.
Carmelo Anthony has been experiencing a strained hamstring for the past few days, though he believes it is not serious.
The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are unlikely to be 23 and under for men's basketball.
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