Oct 28, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
LeBron James says he is hopeful to represent Team USA in the 2016 Olympics as long as he is healthy.
A decision has not been finalized yet by James.
"No, I'm not officially in, just yet," James said. "But hopefully, I can be healthy enough and on top of my game at that point where I'll be taken."
When told he will not have to worry about being selected, James said: "Hopefully."
James has helped lead the U.S. team to the gold medal in 2008 and 2012.
Oct 17, 2013 1:49 PM EDT
Linas Kleiza signed with Fenerbahce Ulker in the offseason, returning to Europe after a four-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Kleiza said he has no interest in returning to the NBA after being amnestied by the Toronto Raptors in July.
Kleiza also talked about how there are only a few teams in the NBA that can win a championship.
Oct 10, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
Gregg Popovich believes the NBA is ready for a head coach from overseas.
“A lot of guys could be coaching in our league,” he said. “Basketball has become an international sport. The coaches have improved all over the world, just like players have. There are good coaches and good players no matter where one might look.”
Ettore Messina served as a consultant to the Los Angeles Lakers during the 11-12 season and he would love the opportunity for a head coaching job in the NBA.
Sep 22, 2013 5:12 PM EDT
France defeated Lithuania by a final score of 80-66 to win the 2013 EuroBasket championship.
Nicolas Batum had 17 points to lead France, while Boris Diaw had 15 points, four assists and six rebounds.
Linas Kleiza scored 20 points in a losing effort for Lithuania, while Mantas Kalnietis had 17.
Tony Parker was named MVP, while being joined on the All-Tournament Team by Goran Dragic, Marc Gasol, Linas Kleiza and Bojan Bogdanovic.
Sep 20, 2013 7:12 PM EDT
France defeated Spain 75-72 in overtime to advance to the EuroBasket championship against Lithuania.
Tony Parker scored 32 points to help France overcome a 14-point halftime deficit.
Marc Gasol had 19 points for Spain, while Rudy Fernandez had 17.
Sep 20, 2013 5:07 PM EDT
Lithuania defeated Croatia by 77-62 to advance to the EuroBasket finals.
Linas Kleiza had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonas Maciulis 23 points and six rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas had six points, five rebounds and five blocks in 20 minutes.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting.
Sep 19, 2013 5:59 PM EDT
Lithuania defeated Italy 81-77 to advance to the EuroBasket semifinals.
Mantas Kalnietis had 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Lithuania, while Renaldas Seibutis had 17 points and six rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas had just two points and one rebounds in 11 minutes.
Marco Belinelli scored 22 points for Italy.
Sep 19, 2013 5:55 PM EDT
Croatia defeated Ukraine by a final score of 84-72 to advance to the EuroBasket semifinals.
Krunoslav Simon scored 23 points, including 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range.
Pooh Jeter had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead Ukraine. Vlacheslav Kravtsov had 15 points.
Sep 19, 2013 5:39 PM EDT
Slovenia defeated Serbia 92-74 in the EuroBasket fifth place bracket.
Zoran Dragic had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead Slovenia. Goran Dragic had 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. Jaka Blazic had 15 points and five rebounds.
Nenad Krstic had 16 points and four rebounds in a losing effort for Serbia.
Sep 19, 2013 11:11 AM EDT
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.
Rose also would be interested in participating in the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain next summer.
“If they select me on the team, it will be an honor,” Rose was quoted by ABS-CBNNews.com. “I definitely will be on the team if [coach Mike Krzyzewski] wants me.”
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.
Wen Mukubu had 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting and four rebounds, while Sacha Massot had 14 points.
Linas Kleiza had 15 points and four rebounds to lead Lithuania.
Goran Dragic had 28 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead Slovenia.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 18 points to lead Croatia.
Jose Calderon had 23 points and five assists to lead Spain.
Alexis Ajinca had 25 points, five rebounds and three blocks to lead France.
Nemanja Bjelica had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia.
Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 13 minutes to lead Lithuania.
Goran Dragic had 22 points and six assists to lead Slovenia, while Zoran Dragic had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Vassilis Spanoulis had 20 points, four rebounds and three assists to lead Greece.
Ante Tomic had 11 points and seven rebounds to lead Croatia.
Gustavo Ayon led Mexico with 20 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks.
Nenad Krstic had 17 points and five assists for Serbia, while Stefan Markovic had 15 points, three rebounds and three assists.
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