Aug 28, 2012 12:58 AM EDT
Jay Triano wants players to commit four years to the Canadian national team, saying the long-term pledge is essential to the program’s chances of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.
“I think gone are the days when you can throw 12 players out there and expect to compete, and I think my time with the United States team showed that,” said Triano, who spent five summers as an assistant with USA Basketball. “Jerry Colangelo asked those players for a three-year commitment. When they did that and the players became committed, that’s when they became successful and won back-to-back gold medals.”
On Monday, Canada Basketball closed a five-day training camp which featured many of country's top players, including Tyler Ennis and Tristan Thompson.
“If we’re going to be successful guys are going to commit,” Triano said. “The fact that they’re here working as hard as they are right now speaks volumes to their commitment. We’re going to have to decide as a staff which players we want to move forward and be part of our commitment to the program.”
Aug 26, 2012 11:03 AM EDT
Doug Collins is generating plenty of talk about possibly becoming the next U.S Olympic basketball coach, but the Sixers coach said Sunday that's all there is to it right now.
"It's a tremendous honor that somebody would even throw my name out there," Collins said. "It's four years down the road and I understand in this business you hope you are an active coach at the time.”
Collins hopes to stay with the Sixers long-term.
"I am hoping that I am still active and I would like to coach four or five years in Philadelphia,” Collins continued. "I feel good about our team and I love my staff, what we are doing and where we are headed. The ownership, Josh [Harris], has been so good to me, so I feel really good about that."
Aug 25, 2012 1:08 AM EDT
Eric Musselman hopes to return for a third stint as head coach of the Venezuelan national team.
"I would like to continue with the national team," said Musselman. "I feel a special tie with the players and the Venezuelan federation.”
Musselman plans to speak again with Venezuelan Basketball Federation president Carmelo Cortez to discuss his contract, which expired after the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July.
Venezuela failed to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament, registering a loss to Lithuania in the preliminary round.
"(Cortez) received me and my wife in the new offices of the Federation just days after our game against Lithuania," Musselman said. "We had a productive meeting. I'm sure we'll talk soon."
Aug 23, 2012 1:42 PM EDT
Jay Triano has been named head coach of the Canadian National Team.
Triano is currently an assistant coach with the Blazers and formerly was the head coach of the Raptors.
Canada didn't qualify for the 2012 Olympics, but are expected to be much improved in coming years with an influx of talent such as Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, amongst others.
Aug 23, 2012 10:55 AM EDT
Steve Nash will help oversee a weekend camp as general manager of Canada’s senior national team.
The camp will feature more than 20 of the top prep school, university and NBA players who will form the core group aimed at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
“This summer we’re going to try to identify — and it’s still in the works — 30 players that we want to target for Rio and try to get them together and start relationships and rapport and start to be able to help them improve,” Nash said when he took over as general manager last spring.
Aug 22, 2012 11:18 PM EDT
In a recent interview, Kevin Durant described how playing with Team USA taught him to focus on the little things that help win games.
“Just the focus and the energy that you have to have every single day,” Durant said when asked what he learned from his Olympic experience. “The details you have to pay attention to every day. That’s why we won the Gold. For every winning team, it’s the small things that win, not how many points LeBron (James) scores or Kobe (Bryant) scores or me.
“It’s about the deflections we get, the steals, the blocked shots, the charges we take. Small things like that that we do is going to separate us because everybody at this level is good at the major things in the game. That’s what I learned and hopefully we do it in (Oklahoma City) every game.”
Durant led the U.S. in scoring (19.5 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (5.8 rpg) while averaging 26.0 minutes per contest.
Aug 21, 2012 4:33 PM EDT
Chris Paul has undergone successful surgery on his right thumb.
Paul sustainted a torn ligament during a United States' training camp practice in July.
Paul is expected to miss eight weeks.
Aug 20, 2012 9:45 PM EDT
Jim Boeheim expects Jerry Colangelo to opt for an NBA guy to succeed Mike Krzyzewski as coach of the U.S. national team.
“I think it could very likely be a pro coach,” Boeheim said. “Doc Rivers is a great coach, Gregg Popovich … they’re great coaches. There are more than enough great coaches in the NBA that could take over. It’s possible that it could be a college coach, but I think it’s more likely to be a pro coach.
“Whoever it is will have a tough assignment,” Boeheim continued. “They’ve got to go to Spain in two years for the World Championship, so that won’t be easy. But I’m sure we’ll still have players that want to play … and we’ll have a good coach and a good staff and it’ll be fun to watch someone else [guide the national team].”
Boeheim recently announced his decision to step down as a Team USA assistant.
Aug 19, 2012 8:49 PM EDT
Croatia has won the 2012 Under-18 European Championship, beating Lithuania 88-76 in the final.
Dario Saric of Croatia was named tournament MVP, leading the competition in points.
Nikola Radicevic, Nikola Jankovic, Marius Grigonis and Mikhail Kulagin joined Saric on the All-Tournament Team.
Saric scored 39 points in the title game and averaged 25.6 throughout the tournament.
Aug 19, 2012 8:01 PM EDT
LeBron James said he’s "done the math, and I'll be 31," but he’d love the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics.
James’ current contract with the Heat expires after the 2015-16 season.
FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann confirmed that there will not be a 23 and under rule change for the 2016 Olympics.
Jim Boeheim believes LeBron James has a chance to surpass Michael Jordan as the best player ever.
The Olympics are considering three-on-three basketball in 2016.
Pat Riley wants LeBron James to rest before the Heat begin training camp.
Jim Boeheim will step down from his role as assistant coach of the United States' Olympic basketball team.
USA Basketball warned LeBron James prior to the 2008 Olympics that he would need to "grow up, treat people respect and commit to treating (it) seriously."
Kevin Durant would like to suit up for USA Basketball at the Rio Games in 2016.
Aug 12, 2012 | Marc Stein/ESPN
USA Basketball is expected to hire an NBA head coach with Doc Rivers and Gregg Popovich the leading candidates.
Alexey Shved led Russia with 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
The United States have won their second consecutive gold medal, beating Spain 107-100.
USA Basketball has been very impressed with the play of Kyrie Irving.
Even though Kevin Love met several of his USA teammates in high school, he first met Tyson Chandler as a sixth grader.
Aug 11, 2012 | Tom Withers/AP
Jerry Colangelo intends to talk with Mike Krzyzewski following the Olympics, but is targeting the end of the year to find a new head coach.
Kevin Durant led Team USA with 19 points, while both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony had 18 apiece.
Spain scored just 20 points in the first half, but went on a 47-point offensive tear in the second.
Russell Westbrook injured his right ankle during Team USA's semifinal victory over Argentina on Friday.
Kobe Bryant was chosen to take a mandatory drug test following Team USA's quarterfinal victory Australia on Wednesday, according to a source.
Carmelo Anthony expects a hard-fought game Friday versus Argentina.
Manu Ginobili knows the odds of beating Team USA are slim.
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