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Patty Mills Won't Play For Australia This Summer

Jul 17, 2015 7:53 PM

Patty Mills won't play for Australia this summer in the FIBA Oceania Championship.

Mills averaged 21.2 points per game in the Olympics, including 26 against the United States in the quarterfinals.

The San Antonio Spurs have advised Mills to continue working on rehabbing his shoulder to prepare for next season.


Zac Graham/Project Spurs

Tags: Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National

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Dragan Bender Prevented From Playing In U19 Due To Shoe Contract

Jun 28, 2015 11:35 AM

Dragan Bender, a potential top-5 pick in 2016, was ruled out of the Under-19 World Championship due to his refusal to wear Jordan Brand shoes.

Bender has signed an exclusive deal with Adidas, which prevents him from wearing other brands of shoes under the terms of the contract.

“They said to me, if Dragan doesn't use Jordan Brand shoes, he can't play,” Bender's agent wrote to Draft Express. “We are very sad. He wanted to defend the colors of his country, but it looks like commercial reasons are above sport reasons. I am so sad for all his teammates his coach. They did a great job during the past three weeks (preparing for the tournament).”

David Hein of confirmed that Bender wouldn't play. From FIBA's story:

"Vladimr Vanjak, Croatia's head of delegation at the tournament in Heraklion (Crete), Greece, confirmed to that Bender will be leaving Greece on Sunday.

He said: "The fact is that Bender denied [refused] to play in the Jordan Brand shoes but our Federation has a contract with Jordan and everybody has to play in Jordan Brand. He denied to do that but he didn't say anything before coming here. That's the problem. I talked with my Secretary General and other people who made the decision because we have a very serious contract with Jordan. If he cannot play in Jordan Brand, he cannot play. That's it."

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Dragan Bender, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, NBA, National, International Teams

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Tristan Thompson Won't Play For Canada This Summer

Jun 17, 2015 1:22 PM

Tristan Thompson will not play for the Canadian National Team this summer.

Thompson will be a restricted free agent this offseason and is widely expected to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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

Tags: Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National

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Dirk Nowitzki To Play For Germany In EuroBasket

Jun 4, 2015 12:17 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will play in EuroBasket 2015 for Germany this September.

Germany is hosting Group B in Berlin.

"If it [the EuroBasket] was anywhere else, at the age of 37, it probably would have been a no-go for me.

"But when I heard that EuroBasket would be played in Berlin, a great basketball city, it was something I had dreamt about.

"Like every year, the DBB let me take my decision after the NBA season and, in the end, the national team was lucky that we [Dallas Mavericks] lost so early," said Nowitzki.


Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, Germany, NBA, National, National Euro Championship, National Teams

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Andrei Kirilenko Decides To Retire

Jun 1, 2015 11:17 PM

Andrei Kirilenko has decided to retire from professional basketball.

Kirilenko wasn't invited to join Russia's squad for EuroBasket 2015.

Kirilenko joined the Utah Jazz in 2001 and was an All-Star in 2004. Kirilenko played for CSKA during the lockout and then returned to the NBA to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets. Kirilenko was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this season and he never reported to the team.

David Pick/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Utah Jazz, CSKA Moscow, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, National, National Euro Championship, International Teams, International League

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Andrew Wiggins 'Definitely' Will Play For Canada This Summer

Apr 16, 2015 1:32 PM

Andrew Wiggins said he definitely will play for the Canadian national team this summer.

Wiggins will get enough rest after his rookie season in the NBA before the national team play begins.

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

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, National

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Tony Parker Plans On Playing In Eurobasket 2015

Mar 3, 2015 10:59 AM

Tony Parker plans on playing for Team France this summer at Eurobasket 2015 to help them qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

“I am not thinking about that for now since I’m focused on the Spurs, and making a good season to finish in style. Then I will focus on the Blues. But I have said… I will be with team France this summer, ” said Parker.

Parker took last summer off after winning the 2014 NBA Finals with the Spurs.

Parker has only played 45 games this season and hasn't been as effective.

Jeff Garcia/Project Spurs

Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National, National Euro Championship

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Durant Admits Paul George's Injury Triggered Withdrawal From World Cup

Nov 3, 2014 12:59 PM

Kevin Durant withdrew from World Cup of Basketball after watching Paul George horrifically break his leg in a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas.

At the time of the announcement, Durant claimed that George's injury had nothing to do with his decision to withdraw.

“It took everything out of me seeing that,” Durant later told friend Randy Williams and a Nike executive at his camp of George. “Everything I had to play for Team USA, that injury stripped it away from me.”

After Durant is shown reacting on court to what he called a “freak accident,” the scene shifts to conversation with Durant in which he says, “When you see something like that, so gruesome, in front of you, of course you’re going to think, ‘This could happen to me.’ ”

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, National

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Carmelo Anthony Wants To Play For USA In 2016 Olympics

Oct 5, 2014 1:35 PM

Carmelo Anthony is open to playing for Team USA in what would be his fourth and final Olympic games in 2016.

“If I do play, that’ll be my final one,” Anthony said. “That will be four Olympics for me. I want to play. I want to play. I haven’t talked to nobody about it yet. I heard (Kevin Durant) said he wanted to play. I know LeBron (James) said that’s too far ahead, which it is. A couple of years from now, you never know what’s going to happen. I would love the chance to get back out there.”

After earning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Anthony helped the national team capture gold in Beijing and London.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, United States, NBA, National, National Misc Rumor, National Teams

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Durant To Return To USA Basketball For 2016 Olympics

Sep 29, 2014 3:36 PM

Kevin Durant intends to rejoin USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Durant withdrew from the 2014 World Cup citing exhaustion.

Durant was previously with USA Basketball for the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Support Growing To Turn National Tournaments To Under-22 Events
USA Basketball advanced their winning streak, with their most recent loss dating back to 2006.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

College Prepared Krzyzewski For Single Elimination International Tournaments
Mike Krzyzewski believes his experience as a college coach in which the NCAA tournament is a single-game elimination format is a strong attribute for his job as head coach of the United States.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Gay Upset With Fractured Jaw, Broken Tooth From 'Dirty Play' By Lithuania
Rudy Gay took an elbow to the top of his mouth in the third quarter of Team USA's win over Lithuania on Thursday.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Derrick Rose 'Loving' His Game, Unconcerned With Shooting Woes
Derrick Rose recently played five games in a span of six days.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose 'Fine' With Reserve Role For Team USA
Derrick Rose is using the Team USA experience to improve his basketball shape.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Colangelo: James Harden Has Become USA's Leader
James Harden and Anthony Davis are the only holdovers from the 2012 Olympics team that will play for the United States in the World Cup.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Kyrie Irving To Start At PG For Final Team USA Tuneup
Kyrie Irving will start at point guard when Team USA players Slovenia in its final tuneup before the FIFA World Cup.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Team USA Considers Alternating Irving, Rose At Starting Point Guard
Kyrie Irving will start at point guard for Team USA in the final exhibition game against Slovenia on Tuesday night.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Team USA Cuts Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver For World Cup Roster
Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were left off the World Cup roster.

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Derrick Rose Sits With 'Body Fatigue'
Derrick Rose has been sidelined from Team USA with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil on Saturday night.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

USA Could Finalize Roster By Thursday
Team USA has as many as 10 players still battling for the final six roster spots.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thibodeau: Rose Has Become More Comfortable All Summer Long
Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes in an exhibition game in Chicago.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Team USA Cancels Aug. 27 Appearance In Senegal Due To Ebola Concerns
USA Basketball has canceled its all-day trip to Senegal that was scheduled for Aug. 27.

Marc Stein/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Listed Day-To-Day, No Structural Damage To Knee
DeMarcus Cousins is listed as day-to-day.

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Nemanja Nedovic Didn't Fracture Foot, Hopes To Play In World Cup
Nemanja Nedovic did not suffer a fractured foot and he hopes to play for Serbia in the World Cup of Basketball.


Rudy Gay Added To USA Basketball Roster
Rudy Gay will compete for one of the final 12 roster spots that goes to Spain for the World Cup.

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Colangelo: Durant Wasn't Himself Last Week
Jerry Colangelo said that Kevin Durant didn't seem himself last week during USA Basketball's training camp in Las Vegas.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup
Kevin Durant is poised to withdraw from Team USA heading into the World Cup trip to Spain.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Blake Griffin Continuing To Work Out, Back Isn't Fractured
Blake Griffin weighed continuing with USA Basketball until the end of the World Cup on Sept. 14 or being rested for the upcoming Clippers' season.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

USA Basketball Reduces Roster To 16 Players
Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and James Harden are the three holdovers from the 2012 Olympic team.

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