Jul 14, 2014 10:27 AM EDT
Featuring 19 players, including two players who are new additions to the 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team roster, USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced this summer’s USA Basketball Men’s National Team from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.
Added to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and participating in the July-28-Aug. 1 USA National Team training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, are NBA standouts DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) and Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks).
Previously named USA National Team members who are confirmed to participate in the 2014 Las Vegas training camp include: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
The 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff features USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
Jul 08, 2014 10:46 AM EDT
Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball's roster for the World Cup in Spain.
Westbrook was part of the USA teams in 2010 and 2012, and he hopes to still play in the 2016 Olympics.
Westbrook's decision leaves a spot open for Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. Derrick Rose is still contemplating whether he will play.
Westbrook, Chris Paul and Deron Williams were the USA point guards in 2012.
Jun 29, 2014 10:51 PM EDT
Derrick Rose is uncertain if he will participate in USA Basketball's training camp starting July 28 in Las Vegas.
"I still don't know yet," Rose told Yahoo Sports at the Drew Gooden Foundation Basketball Camp on Sunday. "If I'm feeling right and the time is [right], for sure I will go out there. My body is responding good, but you never know.
"Right now, I haven't really thought about that. I am just worrying about just trying to get back every day and I'm really taking rehab one day at a time instead of trying to think about competing."
The USA are loaded at point guard with Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry on the 14-16 28-man roster.
May 29, 2014 2:04 PM EDT
Nicolas Batum will play for France this summer in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Batum has played international basketball for his native France since he was a teenager, but had been contemplating skipping the World Cup this summer to rest.
Batum and France won the European Championship last summer.
Apr 09, 2014 2:56 PM EDT
Joakim Noah won't play for France in the World Cup of Basketball this summer.
"It wouldn't be fair first of all, for my teammates, to even think about anything past today," Noah told ESPNChicago.com after Wednesday's shootaround. "When the French people ask me about [playing], it's hard to predict what's going to happen next year, or in two years. I live my life day to day, and I feel like the NBA season is, it's brutal. To play all year, I think it's something that is too much for me. So definitely not this year."
Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis.
Mar 19, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls management and Team USA officials are all on board with Rose's potential participation in the summer's mini-camp to form the World Cup roster in Spain in September.
"Oh absolutely, if he’s healthy and he’s cleared," Tom Thibodeau said, when asked if he'd like to see Rose play. "I thought it was a great experience for him before. I know he’d like to do it. I know how USA Basketball feels about him. So if he’s cleared to do it, I’d love to see him do it."
Thibodeau is an assistant coach for Team USA. Rose was part of the 2010 World Championship team.
"I think there has been great benefits from it, particularly for Derrick," Thibodeau said. "I thought that had a lot to do with him having the great year in the MVP year."
Feb 10, 2014 2:00 PM EST
Tony Parker has been named FIBA Europe Player of the Year.
Parker led France to a championship at EuroBasket last summer.
Parker had never won this award before, which was most recently given to Andrei Kirilenko, Dirk Nowitzki, Milos Teodosic and Pau Gasol.
Feb 06, 2014 12:19 PM EST
Dario Saric has been named 2013 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year.
Saric was runner-up last year.
Turkey's Kenan Sipahi and Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo finished second and third.
Saric finished the U19 World Championsip second in points per game (20.3), rebounds (11.2) and assists (4.2).
Saric also participated in EuroBasket 2013.
Feb 03, 2014 1:56 PM EST
FIBA conducted its draw for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.
Group A (Granada)
Group B (Seville)
Group C (Bilbao)
Group D (Las Palmas)
Jan 30, 2014 1:19 PM EST
JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche may play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup for the Philippines.
"We’re in discussion with Javale. However, he’s just found out that he needs to undergo a procedure for his shin injury. With that development, it’s prudent also to choose a backup. Blatche agreed to undergo the naturalization process. He wants to play for the Philippines," national team coach Chot Reyes said.
In Congress, Deputy Speaker Robbie Puno filed two separate bills seeking the naturalization of McGee and Blatche.
“A resolution was arrived at. The board reiterated its full support to the Gilas program. They generously cut back the season schedule by one month,” said Reyes.
“The PBA team owners have agreed to compress the season. The second and third conferences finals were reduced from best-of-seven to best-of-five. We’re also compressing the in-between conferences breaks to meet Gilas’ request,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
“Even the start of the 2014-15 season will be delayed to allow the team to compete in the Asian Games,” Salud added.
McGee and Blatche were teammates with the Washington Wizards.
Derrick Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in late November and will miss the remainder of the season.
Team USA announced their 28-man initial roster for 2014-2016.
Dwight Howard has been away from USA Basketball for six years.
A decision on the 2016 Olympics has not been finalized yet by LeBron James.
Linas Kleiza signed with Fenerbahce Ulker in the offseason.
Gregg Popovich believes the NBA is ready for a head coach from overseas.
Nicolas Batum had 17 points to lead France, while Boris Diaw had 15 points, four assists and six rebounds.
Tony Parker scored 32 points to help France overcome a 14-point halftime deficit.
Jonas Valanciunas had six points, five rebounds and five blocks in 20 minutes.
Mantas Kalnietis had 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Lithuania.
Krunoslav Simon scored 23 points, including 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range.
Zoran Dragic had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead Slovenia.
Derrick Rose hasn't played in a competitive basketball game in over 500 days, but he is on schedule to return for the start of preseason.
Tony Parker scored 27 points on 9-for-20 shooting to lead France.
Rudy Fernandez had 19 points in a game that was never in question.
Bostjan Nachbar had 15 points and five rebounds for Slovenia.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, while Ante Tomic had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Italy was led by Alessandro Gentile's 25 points and seven rebounds.
Nenad Krstic had 19 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Nemanja Nedovic had 17 points.
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Wen Mukubu had 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting and four rebounds, while Sacha Massot had 14 points.
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