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Blake Griffin Won't Play For Team USA In Offseason

May 6, 2016 6:01 PM

Blake Griffin will not participate in the upcoming USA Basketball Team training camps and exhibition tour this summer.

Griffin underwent a bone marrow procedure on his left quad tendon on April 27 and has already begun the rehabilitation process with the expectation that he will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.

Griffin initially suffered the quad injury on December 25th.

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Kristaps Porzingis Won't Play For Latvia In Olympic Qualifying

May 2, 2016 11:58 AM

Kristaps Porzingis won't participate in qualifying for the Olympics this summer with the Latvian national team.

The tournament will take place one month before the start of the Olympics.

The New York Knicks will retain more control over the training and conditioning of Porzingis this summer.

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NBA Restricting Jerry Colangelo's Access As Part Of USA Basketball

Apr 11, 2016 10:51 PM

The NBA restricted Jerry Colangelo’s reach in an apparent attempt to limit his access and influence over star players.

Rival teams protested about the potential for conflicts and player tampering after Colangelo joined the front office of the Philadelphia 76ers while also serving as managing director of USA Basketball.

Within weeks of Colangelo’s hiring as 76ers chairman of basketball operations in December, the league office informed the NBA Board of Governors of new limitations on Colangelo’s ability to communicate directly to players outside of USA Basketball activities and how much formal impact he can have in the final voting process for national team and Olympic rosters.

Jerry Colangelo relinquished his title of chairman of basketball operations for the 76ers after they hired his son Bryan Colangelo. He will keep a title of special adviser to Philadelphia ownership.

While he still is part of the group that selects the Team USA roster and Olympic player pool, he is no longer allowed to vote for the final national team and Olympic rosters. Colangelo must also make opposing general managers aware of any contact with their players or their players' agents.

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Kevin Love Willing To Play For USA In Olympics If Invited

Apr 8, 2016 7:15 PM

Kevin Love will accept an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics should he receive one.

Love played for the USA in 2010 in the World Championships and the 2012 Olympics. Love was scheduled to be on the team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup but the limbo of his trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers led to his withdrawal.

Love's inside-outside game is well-suited for national team competition, but he has significant competition at his position.

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Chris Paul Won't Play In 2016 Olympics

Mar 29, 2016 11:13 AM

Chris Paul will not participate in the 2016 Olympics with the United States.

“I feel my body telling me that I could use the time,” he said.

Paul is averaging 33.2 minutes per game this season, but he's also had a larger work load without Blake Griffin since Christmas.

“Just a few days ago, Little Chris asked me, ‘Daddy, will you play in the Olympics again?’” Paul said. “Part of me wanted to say yes, because he’s never been part of it. But I told him, ‘I want to spend more time with you.’”

Paul is confident in the point guard position for the United States.

“Of course, you’ll have Steph (Curry) and those guys,” Paul said. “Someone else I think would be great is Kyle Lowry. I love watching him play. You need that grit.”

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Manu Ginobili To Play In 2016 Olympics For Argentina At 38

Mar 24, 2016 9:17 PM

Manu Ginobili plans to play for the Argentine national team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio at the age of 38, according to an announcement from the Argentina Basketball Federation.

Ginobili made the decision just before San Antonio's 112-88 win Wednesday night over the Miami Heat and called Argentine coach Sergio Hernandez to inform him he'd be available for the Olympic Games.

"To say that Manu's availability makes me happy personally is to put it mildly," Hernandez said. "That is not significant. His was a very brave decision and at the same time very correct, from my point of view. He will be able to end his career with the national team at an Olympic Games. This is the most important news for Argentine sport at this moment. Ginobili is a symbol. Welcome Manu. And now we shall enjoy this."

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Ben Simmons Included On Australia's Extended Olympic Squad

Mar 6, 2016 9:14 PM

Ben Simmons has been included on Australia's extended basketball squad for this summer's Olympics. 

Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis on Monday named 26 players, including Simmons, seven NBA players and 13 from the NBL, ahead of the team's one and only pre-Games camp in July.

The squad will be cut to 16 for the selection camp from July 5-10, once the Boomers' commitments in the NBA and Europe finish.

"The time frame dictates that we can only have one camp but it is the way it has been for years so it's not unusual," added Lemanis.

"It's a case of the selection staff taking into account previous history with the Boomers, current form, injuries team balance and chemistry and putting all that together."


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Jerry Colangelo Working On Plan In Case Krzyzewski Can't Coach In 2016 Olympics

Feb 18, 2016 11:14 AM

Jerry Colangelo is considering contingency plans in case Mike Krzyzewski is unable to coach the United States in the Olympics this August for health reasons.

Gregg Popovich has already been announced as Krzyzewski's successor after the 2016 Olympics.

Krzyzewski recently spent two days in the heart wing of a Durham hospital. 

"I'm always concerned about people I love, and I love Coach K," Colangelo told NBA TV. "You've heard my expression, 'We're joined at the hip and have been ever since we joined together back in '05.' I am concerned about his health. I told him on the phone (recently) nothing is more important than his health. Not Duke basketball. Not USA Basketball. I hope and I pray that he can take care of his situations, whatever they may be, and that he's healthy and ready to go."

"We're not at that stage at all," said Colangelo. "I do know that his intention is the day after his Duke season is over is to have his knee replaced. It's killing him right now. But that's just one facet of his health circumstances. We'll cross that bridge. Certainly in the back of my mind I'm thinking about what ifs. But it would be, I think, inappropriate and out of place to even discuss it."

Pressed if he has a plan in mind if Krzyzewski cannot coach in Rio, Colangelo said: "I think so. But, again, I think it's too early to get into that. As we get closer and it appears that there's a prospect that he may not be able to or chooses not to, that's a whole different story. But let's not be premature on that."

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LeBron James Remains Undecided On 2016 Olympics

Feb 12, 2016 12:50 PM

LeBron James is undecided about whether he'll play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio this summer.

James has participated in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics for the United States.

James has been in every Finals since 2011 and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference.

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Damian Lillard Added To USA Basketball Roster Pool

Feb 10, 2016 5:16 PM

Damian Lillard has been added to the roster of finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team.

Named to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men's National Team in January 2014, the 6-foot-3 guard was a finalist for the 2014 USA World Cup Team, and played in two exhibition games during the 2014 USA National Team Tour, recording seven points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes of action in the USA's 105-62 win against Dominican Republic on Aug. 20, 2014.

Currently in his fourth NBA season, Lillard in 2015-16 is averaging career-highs of 24.2 points (6th in the NBA) and 7.3 assists per game (7th in the NBA), while adding 4.4 rebounds per game, and shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from 3-point and 86.5 percent from the foul line.

"I recently received a call from Damian, and during our conversation he expressed his desire to be considered for the U.S. Olympic Team and to remain involved with the USA National Team in the future as well," said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of the USA Men's National Team since 2005. "Both Mike (Krzyzewski) and I feel like Damian is playing at a very high level and that he should be added to our list of Olympic finalists. Damian has been a member of the USA National Team since 2014, and he participated in National Team training camps in 2013 and 2014, so he does have equity in USA Basketball, which is always important to me."

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Tony Parker To Participate In Olympic Qualifying
Tony Parker's wife is pregnant and there was a possibility he wouldn't play to be with her during her delivery.

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LeBron, Carmelo Headline 30 USA Finalists For Olympics
There are 18 players who have collected 29 Olympic or FIBA Basketball World Cup gold medals and six bronze medals.

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Kobe Bryant Rules Himself Out Of 2016 Olympics
Kobe Bryant played for the United States in 2008 and 2012 in the Olympics.

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Kobe Bryant Would Love To Play In 2016 Olympics
Kobe Bryant could be included on the roster similar to Jason Kidd's presence on the 2008 team at the age of 35.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Anthony Bennett Cites Team Canada Play For Helping Him Prepare For Season
Anthony Bennett is in better shape than he was as a rookie coming off surgery.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Gregg Popovich To Become Head Coach Of USA After 2016 Olympics
Gregg Popovich will replace Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of the United States basketball team after the 2016 Olympics.

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John Calipari Seeking USA Basketball Head Coach Job
One person familiar with John Calipari's motives said he views the opportunity as "the recruiting tool of all recruiting tools."

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Gregg Popovich Considered No. 1 Choice For USA Basketball
Gregg Popovich "clearly, unquestionably the No. 1 choice" to become the next head coach of USA Basketball.

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Mike Krzyzewski To Step Down As USA Coach After 2016 Olympics
A succession plan to replace Mike Krzyzewski will be put in place before the Games next summer.

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

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Nick Young Trying To Join Australian National Team
Nick Young has serious interest in playing for Australia's basketball team in the Olympics.


Jordan Clarkson Trying To Play For Philippines As Natural Born Player
Jordan Clarkson could play in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship as he's been named to the preliminary roster of the Philippines.


Canada Announces Roster For Tuto Marchand Continental Cup
Jay Triano is leading a roster that includes Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph and Anthony Bennett.

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Australia Beats New Zealand, Qualifies For Olympics
Andrew Bogut had 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points.


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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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