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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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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).

Anthony Bennett
Aaron Dorrnekamp
Melvin Ejim
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

Aug 14, 2015 10:37 AM

Kobe Bryant has interest in playing in the 2016 Olympics and hasn't been ruled out for the team by Jerry Colangelo.

"I was quoted on Kobe," Colangelo said after USA Basketball's intrasquad scrimmage at the Thomas & Mack Center. "In response to a question about him, I said it would be a great story if he did [play in Rio].

"And so, he also mentioned to me in a private conversation that if he had his druthers, he would love to ride off into the sunset playing one more time and winning the gold medal. And that would be the end. But he was very quick to say, 'But, I don't want a spot. I need to earn the spot. I need to be capable of playing at that level to be considered.' And I said, 'You got that. That's always there for you, Kobe.'"


Bryant turns 37 later this month and had previously announced he didn't intend to play in Rio.

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Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Colangelo: LeBron Has Spot On Olympic Team, 'Deep Down' Wants To Play

Aug 12, 2015 1:39 AM

Jerry Colangelo said LeBron James has a spot on Team USA's 2016 Olympic roster if he wants to play.

James is in Las Vegas attending meetings for the U.S. team.

"He will be in town during the course of this week‎," Colangelo said. "He won't be participating in any practices to the best of my know‎ledge, but ... he knows he has a [roster] spot.

"If he wants to perform -- and I believe deep down inside he does -- then I would expect that he will be playing for us next summer.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, United States, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, National, National Olympics, National Misc Rumor, National Teams

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Patty Mills Added To Australia's Roster For Oceania Championship

Aug 11, 2015 5:06 AM

Patty Mills has been added to Australia's national team roster for the Oceania Championship.

Australia needed Mills following the ACL tear suffered by Dante Exum.

Mills had initially been left off the roster after the San Antonio Spurs asked him to sit out a series of warmup games.

“I’m looking forward to joining my Boomers teammates for this very important qualification series against New Zealand,” Mills said via statement. “Playing for my country has always been an honor for me. Obviously my shoulder injury last year meant that I had to continue intensive rehab and quality training over the past few months. I’ve done that and will be ready for the Oceania Championships.”

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Durant, Carmelo To Practice With Team USA

Aug 11, 2015 4:55 AM

Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first steps towards their comebacks from injury during the opening day of USA Basketball workouts.

Durant played only 27 games last season because of a fractured foot.


Anthony will participate in light, non contact practices.

Durant and Anthony are among the stars who were initially earmarked to report to the three-day minicamp solely to satisfy USAB's mandatory attendance requirement in Vegas to remain eligible for the 2016 Olympic team.

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Boban Marjanovic Wanted To Play In Eurobasket, Spurs Held Decision Power

Aug 9, 2015 4:12 AM

Boban Marjanovic was ruled out of Eurobasket for Serbia when an MRI by the San Antonio Spurs revealed significant bony edema in his left ankle.

The Serbian team and Marjanovic's agent asked the Spurs to reconsider the decision, but his new NBA team had the authority to keep him out.

“I’m so sorry for everything that happened, I had a great desire and motivation to play for the national team,” Marjanovic told Blic Sport. “With impatience I waited start preparing the national team and work with the screen Djordjevic, but nothing is in my hands. From the first days of preparation there was a great atmosphere in the team, it’s a fantastic group of guys that I am convinced that it will be able to achieve the desired goal and placed on the Olympics.”

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Durant Admits Paul George's Injury Triggered Withdrawal From World Cup
At the time of the announcement, Kevin Durant claimed that Paul George's injury had nothing to do with his decision to withdraw.

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