Aug 23, 2014 1:18 AM EDT
The USA Basketball National Team announced the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.
Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were left off the World Cup roster.
"Since taking over the USA Basketball Men's National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we've gone through," Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. "I can't stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent -- each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing."
"The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process," said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University's Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. "To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward.
"I'm excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team."
Aug 21, 2014 12:07 PM EDT
Derrick Rose has been sidelined from Team USA with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil at the United Center on Saturday night.
Rose, who has had season-ending surgeries on both knees since the 2012 NBA playoffs, sat out both practices in New York but participated in the shootaround Wednesday morning and, according to one source, ‘‘moved very well.’’
According to a Chicago Bulls' source, Rose has been having ‘‘some aches in both knees, as well as his body, over the last 72 hours, but nothing unexpected or even out of the ordinary.’’
Aug 19, 2014 10:28 AM EDT
USA Basketball could finalize their World Cup roster as soon as Thursday.
Jerry Colangelo told ESPN.com that one scenario under consideration by USA Basketball officials is reducing the current 16-man roster to 12 or 13 players after Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden.
"We've said we wanted to wait through the end of the week in New York before we made cutbacks," Colangelo said Monday, "but that could still change."
USAB must submit its official 12-man roster for the World Cup on Aug. 29 -- one day before the tournament starts.
Team USA has as many as 10 players still battling for the final six roster spots.
DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond are competing for only one guaranteed spot as backup center, though it's possible two of them could be on the plane to Spain.
Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan are also at risk of being cut.
Colangelo and Krzyzewski have consistently referred to the "core players" of the squad as Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Kenneth Faried, Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving.
Aug 17, 2014 10:32 AM EDT
Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes during USA's 95-78 win over Brazil in an exhibition game at the United Center.
Rose was introduced last and receive a warm welcome from the crowd.
"That was huge. I was surprised I didn't get nervous out there," Rose said.
"All summer long I think he's gotten more comfortable," said Chicago Bulls head coach and U.S. assistant Tom Thibodeau. "He went through the comeback last year and learned a lot from it. I love the way he's playing. He's finding the rhythm of the game and he's playing to his strengths."
Aug 15, 2014 1:10 PM EDT
USA Basketball has canceled its all-day trip to Senegal that was scheduled for Aug. 27 due to a record outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.
The senior men's national team, led by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, had been scheduled to make its first visit to Africa on Aug. 27 for an all-day procession of clinics, tours and receptions in Dakar.
"I speak for all at USA Basketball when I say we're extremely disappointed we will not be able to visit Senegal," Jerry Colangelo said.
"Our entire traveling party was very much looking forward to the experience."
Aug 14, 2014 7:57 PM EDT
USA Basketball National Team member DeMarcus Cousins suffered a knee-to-knee collision with a teammate during Thursday’s USA practice in Chicago.
An MRI was done on Thursday and revealed no structural damage.
Cousins is listed as day-to-day.
Aug 11, 2014 12:07 PM EDT
Nemanja Nedovic did not suffer a fractured foot and he hopes to play for Serbia in the World Cup of Basketball.
The Golden State Warriors received his medical examinations and must give him clearance to participate.
Nedovic was a rookie during the 13-14 season.
Aug 08, 2014 4:56 PM EDT
Rudy Gay has been added by USA Basketball to replace Kevin Durant.
Gay will compete for one of the final 12 roster spots that goes to Spain for the World Cup.
Aug 08, 2014 10:19 AM EDT
Jerry Colangelo said that Kevin Durant didn't seem himself last week during USA Basketball's training camp in Las Vegas.
Durant announced his decision to withdraw from the team on Thursday, citing mental and physical fatigue.
"Kevin [Durant] wasn’t quite Kevin last week," Colangelo said. "There was a lot of stuff, speculation. I don’t know what it was. A lot of things with him. So when I got the call, I want to say it wasn’t a total surprise about him not feeling capable of going forward physically and mentally.
“He needed to get away. You got to deal with it. That’s all. It is what it is.”
Aug 07, 2014 6:23 PM EDT
Kevin Durant is poised to withdraw from Team USA heading into the World Cup trip to Spain.
The reason is not related to Paul George's injury in last Friday's exhibition game.
USA Basketball said Durant withdrew due to mental and physical exhaustion.
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.
Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and James Harden are the three holdovers from the 2012 Olympic team.
Team USA cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap from its roster on Monday, according to sources.
Aug 04, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Adam Silver said he doesn't expect a major change in the participation of NBA players in international competitions following the injury to Paul George.
Ognjen Kuzmic has a stress reaction in his left leg and will be sidelined for about four weeks.
While there was no additional damage besides the fractures, doctors believe Paul George likely will miss all of next season.
Paul George was taken to the hospital and the remainder of the game was canceled.
Manu Ginobili had a highly productive season as the Spurs attempt to extend his career.
Canada will try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, but the 2020 games have been targeted as when the current crop of players will truly be ready to compete.
Dante Exum should get a lot of minutes for Australia in the World Cup of Basketball next month.
Derrick Rose is participating in USA Basketball's five-day minicamp in Las Vegas as he takes the next step in his rehab process.
Jul 27, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The United States has a shortage of frontcourt players after both Blake Griffin and Kevin Love withdrew from participating.
Sources said that Kevin Love couldn't risk injury at this point with trade talks in a sensitive place.
Blake Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.
DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons have been added to the USA training camp roster.
Russell Westbrook was part of the USA teams in 2010 and 2012, and he hopes to still play in the 2016 Olympics.
Derrick Rose is uncertain if he will participate in USA Basketball's training camp starting July 28 in Las Vegas.
Nicolas Batum and France won the European Championship last summer.
Joakim Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis.
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