May 22, 2013 1:15 PM EDT
USA Basketball has announced its 2013 U19 World Championship roster, which will be held in Prague.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
Bryce Alford, UCLA
Brandon Ashley, Arizona
Robert Carter, Georgia Tech
Damyean Dotson, Oregon
Kris Dunnn, Providence
Javan Felix, Texas
Michael Frazier, Florida
Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech
Shaq Goodwin, Memphis
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Jerami Grant, Syracuse
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Ronade' Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona
Jahlil Okafor, undecided
Rodney Purvis, UConn
James Robinson, Pitt
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke
Devin Thomas, Wake Forest
Mike Tobey, Virginia
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington
Justise Winslow, undecided
May 22, 2013 12:40 PM EDT
Mike Krzyzewski has decided to remain as head coach of USA Basketball through the 2016 Olympics in Rio, according to a source.
A formal announcement is expected by the end of the week.
Krzyzewski has a 62-1 record with USA Basketball.
Jerry Colangelo has stayed confident since the end of the 2012 Olympics that he could persuade Krzyzewski to return.
May 18, 2013 3:37 PM EDT
Mike Krzyzewski is now giving serious consideration to remaining as head coach of USA Basketball through the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
"There's a chance," Krzyzewski said. "That's correct."
Krzyzewski had said for eight months that he's not returning to his position with USA Basketball, but a final decision has yet to be reached.
Jerry Colangelo said Saturday he and Krzyzewski have been discussing his return "in installments."
"I think it's very close to being resolved," Colangelo said. "That's all I can say for sure."
Krzyzewski has a 62-1 since 2005, a run that includes gold medal Olympic victories in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
May 02, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
Nikola Mirotic would like to one day play for the Spanish senior national team.
A native of Montenegro, Mirotic moved to Spain as a teenager and played for the country’s U20 team at the 2011 European Championship.
"I had a great time playing with the U20," Mirotic said. "I have very fond memories. I am very happy. In Spain, I have felt like at home. We will see what the future holds."
Mirotic hopes to be selected to play for Spain's senior team at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
"One has to remember that I am a Spanish national and I want to play with them," Mirotic said. "Right now, I belong to them.”
Mar 28, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
George Karl offered an endorsement of Gregg Popovich as the next coach of Team USA.
"I hope he gets the USA job," Karl said. "I think he wants it. He's a military guy who, I think, brings a dignity to representing the United States, and he's also earned the respect of the basketball world."
Popovich has led the Spurs to fourteen straight 50-win seasons and has a .605 winning percentage in the playoffs.
"I think the one thing I respect about him is he puts as many quality possessions on the court, in the course of 82 games, as any coach in the NBA," said Karl, who is sixth all time with 1,123 wins. "He builds a team system that magnifies team but also magnifies stars, which is sometimes a lot more difficult to do than fans think it is. Incorporating the talent of your star into the team. I'm not sure in San Antonio if everybody is happy, but everybody seems to be."
Mar 09, 2013 3:27 PM EST
Blake Griffin expressed an interest in playing for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics.
"Yeah, absolutely, it's something that I want to do," Griffin said. "Obviously it's a great honor.”
Griffin was in Team USA’s training camp in preparation for the last Olympics.
Griffin was considered to have a good chance to make the team, but had to drop out due to a left knee injury that required surgery.
“I was really looking forward to playing last year,” Griffin said. “It was very disappointing not being able to be there. I kind of turned my sights to getting back healthy. So my next goal for that is 2016.
"They talked about it last summer when I got hurt, about me coming back and being involved in the process over the next four summers.”
Feb 26, 2013 11:37 AM EST
Team USA continues to hope that Mike Krzyzewski changes his mind and returns as head coach.
But Krzyzewski reiterated again on Tuesday that he has moved on entirely and wants to focus on coaching Duke.
Krzyzewski coached Team USA to their Gold Medal wins in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, along with Gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship. Krzyzewski's one blight was a Bronze at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
Feb 25, 2013 4:03 PM EST
Steve Nash is overseeing the Canadian National Basketball Team, which could have a golden generation on its hands with Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Cory Joseph, Trey Lyles, Andrew Nicholson, Myck Kabongo and Kelly Olynyk coming up the ranks.
Nash's first request was to increase the budget for the team.
“We need money to fly players around, have coaches, have scouts,” said Nash. “It’s the bare minimum of what other countries do. This was something we couldn’t do if I didn’t sign on.”
“We’re heading to a place when we will have to cut NBA players for the national team,” Canada Basketball CEO Wayne Parrish said. “And hopefully the bond is so strong that they’ll get it.”
“Look back 10 years or so, when players didn’t feel a need or a want to play for Canada,” Nash said. “I don’t think there’s that tangible tradition for our program. We have to be a program that really benefits the players. We used to say, ‘You have to play for Canada.’ Why? Because it’s your country. We have to do better than that.”
Feb 23, 2013 8:37 PM EST
Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Kyrie Irving will be invited to the Team USA minicamp this summer.
“You can be assured that he’ll be one of the invitees,” Colangelo said. “He’s already established himself as one of the top three or four point guards in the league.”
Irving will join about two dozen players at the end of July in preparation for the 2014 World Championship.
Colangelo is predicting about six players from the 2014 World Championship team will play in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
“As I think about it, to keep this system going and for the young players to aspire to be on that national team in the Olympics, you need to have half a roster turn over each time,” he said. “This is going to be primarily from the group we had last summer from the Select team and some additions. We’re still up in the air exactly who, but it’s all about getting people prepared and ready and moving up the ladder.”
Feb 22, 2013 10:12 PM EST
Andrei Kirilenko is retiring from the Russian national team for family reasons.
“I was thinking in summertime I don’t have enough time with my kids,” he said. “My wife and kids, I want to be around them. I don’t want to be dad who’s spending two hours and then you don’t see your kids. It’s a hard decision.
“It’s kind of a dilemma: Going around the globe, playing basketball, have fun or spend your time with your kids and have fun and see how they’re growing. You want to be around them at this kind of age when they’re growing, they start playing hockey, start playing basketball. You want to see the improvement, not only in sports but the person.
“It’s a tough decision but sooner or later, it’s going to happen. We had the generation of (Sergei) Belov, (Arvydas) Sabonis, then the next generation and now the next generation.”
Kirilenko led Russia to a bronze medal finish at the 2012 Olympics.
Damian Lillard could be selected to play for Team USA at the 2014 World Championships.
Feb 07, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Team USA officials are holding out hope that Mike Krzyzewski can be talked into one more tour as coach.
The event could include Jabari Parker playing for Team USA and Andrew Wiggins on the International team.
LeBron James appeared in eight games (all starts) for Team USA and averaged 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, a team-high 5.6 assists and 1.38 steals while shooting 60.3 percent from the field.
Manu Ginobili will skip the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.
Sergio Scariolo guided Spain to silver medal finishes at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Nov 16, 2012 | FIBAEurope
Ricky Rubio started for Spain in the 2011 Eurobasket tournament.
David Blatt led Russia to a gold medal at EuroBasket 2007 and a bronze at the 2012 Olympics.
Brett Brown is also the assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs.
Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich and Doug Collins are candidates to replace Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of the United States' national basketball team.
Julius Randle is one of Billy Donovanís top recruiting targets for next yearís recruiting class.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol both suggested on Wednesday that the FIBA rule for international play of a warning for the first flop and then a technical foul for the next.
Rudy Gay plans to use his cut from the U.S. Olympic team as motivation this season.
Tyus Battle and Diamond Stone have accepted invitations to attend the 2012 USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team minicamp.
Deron Williams is interested in playing for Team USA at the 2014 World Cup.
Manu Ginobili may continue playing for Argentina.
Andrew Wiggins is the clear-cut number one player in the class of 2014.
Jerry Colangelo will remain chairman of USA Basketball through the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Jay Triano played for the Canadian national team in three consecutive Olympics.
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