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Anthony Bennett Cites Team Canada Play For Helping Him Prepare For Season

Nov 1, 2015 10:29 AM

Anthony Bennett is excited for his new opportunity with the Toronto Raptors.

“It’s good to be back, family, friends, a great fan base,” said Bennett, who did not play in the Raptors’ season-opening win against the Pacers. “I’m definitely happy about it. This is a business. You can’t just base your career off one game.”

Bennett is in better shape than he was as a rookie coming off surgery.

“Coming into the league, I was 260, 265 after surgery, and playing at the [power forward], I just felt way too heavy,” he said. “So every year I just shed a lot of pounds, and this summer with Team Canada, it definitely helped me out a lot. I got in shape, cardio going, shots are falling, and I’m ready for the season.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Anthony Bennett, Toronto Raptors, NBA, National, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Gregg Popovich To Become Head Coach Of USA After 2016 Olympics

Oct 23, 2015 12:33 PM

Gregg Popovich will replace Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of the United States basketball team after the 2016 Olympics.

Popovich will coach the team over the course of the 2017-20 quadrennium.

The 2019 FIBA World Cup will be held in China, while the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo.

Jerry Colangelo will continue in 2017-20 as Managing Director, while Krzyzewski will serve as a special advisor.

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Tags: San Antonio Spurs, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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John Calipari Seeking USA Basketball Head Coach Job

Oct 20, 2015 7:28 PM

John Calipari has interest in replacing Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of USA Basketball.

One person familiar with Calipari's motives said he views the opportunity as "the recruiting tool of all recruiting tools." Another source, who is plugged into the USA Basketball program, said "Calipari wants it bad." 

Gregg Popovich is currently considered the favorite for the job.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, National

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Gregg Popovich Considered No. 1 Choice For USA Basketball

Oct 20, 2015 7:25 PM

Gregg Popovich "clearly, unquestionably the No. 1 choice" to become the next head coach of USA Basketball, according to a person involved in the coaching business."

Popovich, however, has promised LaMarcus Aldridge he'd remain with the San Antonio Spurs for the duration of his contract that runs through the 18-19 season.

Popovich would also have access to potential NBA free agents every summer in that role, which may be viewed as a conflict of interest.

There is a feeling among NBA coaches that they'd like to see one of their own become head coach of the national team.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, United States, NBA, National, National Teams

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Mike Krzyzewski To Step Down As USA Coach After 2016 Olympics

Oct 19, 2015 11:06 AM

The 2016 Olympics will be Mike Krzyzewski's final coaching assignment for USA Basketball.

"It is. It definitely is,'' Krzyzewski told ESPN about this being his last stint as head coach with USA Basketball. "I think it's time to move ahead. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio [the roster] and coaching.

"There has to be a succession ... a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.''

A succession plan to replace Krzyzewski will be put in place before the Games next summer.

"Hopefully we can finish things up well with Rio and I would move onto something else with USA Basketball,'' Krzyzewski said. "But I think we're ready as an organization to do that, and I'm excited about the future because [of] what we've done over the last 10 years."

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, National, National Olympics

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Gasol, Valanciunas, De Colo, Rodriguez, Maciulis On EuroBasket All-Star Five

Sep 21, 2015 11:15 AM

Pau Gasol was named Most Valuable Player of EuroBasket 2015.

Joining Gasol on the All-Star Five were Jonas Valanciunas, Nando De Colo, Sergio Rodriguez and Jonas Maciulis.

Spain won EuroBasket 2015 with an 80-63 win over Lithuania. 

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Tags: National, National Euro Championship

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Nick Young Trying To Join Australian National Team

Aug 31, 2015 10:55 AM

Nick Young has serious interest in playing for Australia's basketball team in the Olympics.

Young is dating Iggy Azalea, a pop star from Australia.

Young would have to become an Australian citizen to be eligible for the team.

"Nick's representatives have been in contact with an 'official inquiry,'" said an official for Basketball Australia.


Tags: Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Jordan Clarkson Trying To Play For Philippines As Natural Born Player

Aug 26, 2015 1:13 PM

Jordan Clarkson could play in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship as he's been named to the preliminary roster of the Philippines. 

Clarkson has a Filipino passport and he is now in the Philippines trying to confirm his eligibility. Clarkson's mother is Filipino. 

Clarkson would like to play as a "natural born player" instead of a passport player like Andray Blatche.


Tags: Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, National

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Canada Announces Roster For Tuto Marchand Continental Cup

Aug 20, 2015 12:17 PM

The Canadian Men's National Team has announced the 13 athletes, who will attend the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup exhibition tournament in Puerto Rico from August 23-26, ahead of the 2015 FIBA Americas Men’s Championship in Mexico City.

“We’ve had an intense camp and we’re looking forward to transitioning into game play,” said Jay Triano, Head Coach. “Tuto Marchand will give us an opportunity to play against some of our key competition prior to the Olympic qualifier.”

Triano will be joined by Assistants Dave Smart (Ottawa, ON), David Vanterpool (Washington, DC) and Bryan Gates (New Orleans, LA).

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Olivier Hanlan
Brady Heslip
Cory Joseph
Andrew Nicholson
Kelly Olynyk
Dwight Powell
Robert Sacre
Phil Scrubb
Nik Stauskas
Andrew Wiggins

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Australia Beats New Zealand, Qualifies For Olympics

Aug 18, 2015 11:31 AM

Australia has qualified for the 2016 Olympics by defeating New Zealand 89-79 in an Oceania qualifying game.

Andrew Bogut had 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points.

Bogut had 22 points following a 71-59 win in the first leg.


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Kobe Bryant Could Still Play In 2016 Olympics
Kobe Bryant turns 37 later this month and had previously announced he didn't intend to play in Rio.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Colangelo: LeBron Has Spot On Olympic Team, 'Deep Down' Wants To Play
Jerry Colangelo said LeBron James has a spot on Team USA's 2016 Olympic roster if he wants to play.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Patty Mills Added To Australia's Roster For Oceania Championship
Australia needed Patty Mills following the ACL tear suffered by Dante Exum.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Durant, Carmelo To Practice With Team USA
Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first steps towards their comebacks from injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Boban Marjanovic Wanted To Play In Eurobasket, Spurs Held Decision Power
The Serbian team and Boban Marjanovic's agent asked the Spurs to reconsider the decision, but his new NBA team had the authority to keep him out.

Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

NBA Owners Discussing Injury Risks Of International Basketball
Those discussions are ongoing with a focus on insurance coverage and the general rules for participation in FIBA tournaments.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Headline 34-Man Team USA Minicamp
USA Basketball announced its 34-player roster to attend the Aug. 11-13 Men's National Team minicamp in Las Vegas.

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LeBron James To Attend USA Minicamp In Vegas
LeBron James will join Team USA for their minicamp next week, but will not stay around for scrimmages due to commitments with his charitable foundation.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dante Exum Suffers Torn ACL
Dante Exum will now return to Salt Lake City for further evaluation by the Utah Jazz's medical staff.

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Gersson Rosas Hired By USA Basketball
Gerssan Rosas has been VP of basketball operations for the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Derrick Rose Considering Skipping Team USA Minicamp
Derrick Rose helped the United States win the World Championship in 2010 and 2014.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Dwight Howard, Chris Paul Plan To Attend Team USA Minicamp
Dwight Howard was Team USA's starting center on the 2008 gold medal team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Colangelo Believes LeBron Wants To Participate In 2016 Olympics
LeBron James already has played in over 41,000 career NBA minutes and has appeared in three Olympics for the United States.

William Lou/The Score

Patty Mills Won't Play For Australia This Summer
Patty Mills averaged 21.2 points per game in the Olympics, including 26 against the United States in the quarterfinals.

Zac Graham/Project Spurs

Dragan Bender Prevented From Playing In U19 Due To Shoe Contract
Dragan Bender has signed an exclusive deal with Adidas, which prevents him from wearing other brands of shoes under the terms of the contract.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tristan Thompson Won't Play For Canada This Summer
Canada will be participating in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, which allows the top two teams to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Chris B. Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dirk Nowitzki To Play For Germany In EuroBasket
Germany is hosting Group B in Berlin, which made Dirk Nowitzki feel compelled to play.


Andrei Kirilenko Decides To Retire
Andrei Kirilenko joined the Jazz in 2001 and was an All-Star in 2004.

David Pick/Basketball Insiders

Andrew Wiggins 'Definitely' Will Play For Canada This Summer
Canada will play in the FIBA Americas tournament in late August and early September in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tony Parker Plans On Playing In Eurobasket 2015
Tony Parker took last summer off after winning the 2014 NBA Finals with the Spurs.

Jeff Garcia/Project Spurs

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