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Spurs Won't Give Manu Ginobili Permission To Play In World Cup

The San Antoino Spurs will not grant Manu Ginobili permission to play in the World Cup of Basketball for Argentina.

Ginobili is recovering from a stress fracture.

Ginobili had a highly productive season as the Spurs attempt to extend his career.

Via Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

Canada Targeting 2020 Olympics For Current Core To Peak

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.

Canada figures to feature the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Ennis and Kelly Olynyk.

"That's what we're trying to do," CIA Bounce head coach Mike George said. "Everybody's still a little young, and you still have a couple of years of learning how to be a professional. But by 2020, it'll be a disappointment if we're not competing for a medal."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Jazz See Dante Exum Playing In World Cup As Development Opportunity

Dante Exum should get a lot of minutes for Australia in the World Cup of Basketball next month.

The Utah Jazz see the tournament as a great opportunity for their first round pick.

"We’ve had a lot of players ... that have used the national team to help develop their game as young players," Dennis Lindsey said. "We think this is ideal for Dante, who hasn’t had a lot of experience playing against men and certainly men that are much older and much more experienced. We think the national team during the early portion of his career will be very critical to his development."

Lindsey added, "The Australian Basketball Federation is excellent, very well coached. We’re really looking forward to him learning. We see this as a real win."

Via Aaron Falk/Salt Lake Tribune

Thibodeau: USA Minicamp 'Next Step' In Rose's Rehab Process

Derrick Rose is participating in USA Basketball's five-day minicamp in Las Vegas as he takes the next step in his rehab process.

Rose tore his right meniscus on a seemingly benign backcut last Nov. 21.

“This is the next step,” said Tom Thibodeau. “Derrick has handled every step to this point the right way. The last time he participated in USA Basketball, he followed that with his MVP season (in 2010-11). So we’re hoping he can use this time productively.”

Rose, who also tore his left ACL in the first game of the 2012 NBA playoffs, has appeared in just 50 games over the last three NBA seasons.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Paul Millsap Receives Invitation For Team USA

Paul Millsap has been invited to the Team USA camp in Las Vegas.

The United States has a shortage of frontcourt players after both Blake Griffin and Kevin Love withdrew from participating.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Kevin Love Withdraws From USA Basketball

Kevin Love has withdrawn from the USA Basketball this summer due to the uncertainty of his trade request from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors are interested in trading for Love, but no deal is expected to be complete until at least the middle of August.

Love was expected to be a key part of the United States' World Cup of Basketball roster.

Sources said that Love couldn't risk injury at this point with the trade talks in a sensitive place.

Via Jon Krawczynski/AP

Blake Griffin Withdraws From 2014 USA Basketball

Blake Griffin today announced that he will not participate on the USA Basketball Men’s National Team this summer. Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.

“I appreciate the invitation to play for Team USA this summer,” Griffin said. “It is a special opportunity anytime you have a chance to represent your country, and I was honored to be included. However, right now I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the Clippers.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

USA Basketball Releases 2014 Training Camp Roster

Featuring 19 players, including two players who are new additions to the 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team roster, USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced this summer’s USA Basketball Men’s National Team from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.

Added to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and participating in the July-28-Aug. 1 USA National Team training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, are NBA standouts DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) and Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks).

Previously named USA National Team members who are confirmed to participate in the 2014 Las Vegas training camp include: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

The 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff features USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Westbrook Withdraws From USA Basketball For World Cup

Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball's roster for the World Cup in Spain.

Westbrook was part of the USA teams in 2010 and 2012, and he hopes to still play in the 2016 Olympics.

Westbrook's decision leaves a spot open for Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. Derrick Rose is still contemplating whether he will play.

Westbrook, Chris Paul and Deron Williams were the USA point guards in 2012.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Derrick Rose Uncertain About Participating With USA This Summer

Derrick Rose is uncertain if he will participate in USA Basketball's training camp starting July 28 in Las Vegas.

"I still don't know yet," Rose told Yahoo Sports at the Drew Gooden Foundation Basketball Camp on Sunday. "If I'm feeling right and the time is [right], for sure I will go out there. My body is responding good, but you never know.

"Right now, I haven't really thought about that. I am just worrying about just trying to get back every day and I'm really taking rehab one day at a time instead of trying to think about competing."

The USA are loaded at point guard with Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry on the 14-16 28-man roster.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Croatia Archives

Batum To Participate In FIBA World Cup For France

Nicolas Batum and France won the European Championship last summer.

Joakim Noah To Sit Out World Cup Of Basketball

Joakim Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis.

Bulls Support Derrick Rose's Participation In Summer With Team USA

Derrick Rose was part of the 2010 World Championship team.

Tony Parker Named FIBA Europe Player Of The Year

Tony Parker led France to a championship at EuroBasket last summer.

Dario Saric Beats Sipahi, Antetokounmpo To Win 2013 Europe Young Player Of The Year

Dario Saric has been named 2013 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year.

FIBA World Cup Groups Announced

FIBA conducted its draw for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.

McGee, Blatche May Reunite In FIBA World Cup For Philippines

JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche were teammates with the Wizards.

Derrick Rose Plans To Make Return In Summer With Team USA

Derrick Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in late November and will miss the remainder of the season.

Team USA Announces 28-Man Initial Roster

Team USA announced their 28-man initial roster for 2014-2016.

Dwight Howard To Rejoin USA Basketball

Dwight Howard has been away from USA Basketball for six years.

LeBron James Hopeful To Play For Team USA In 2016 Olympics

A decision on the 2016 Olympics has not been finalized yet by LeBron James.

Kleiza Has No Interest In Ever Returning To NBA

Linas Kleiza signed with Fenerbahce Ulker in the offseason.

Popovich Believes NBA Ready For Foreign Head Coach

Gregg Popovich believes the NBA is ready for a head coach from overseas.

France Beats Lithuania To Win 2013 EuroBasket

Nicolas Batum had 17 points to lead France, while Boris Diaw had 15 points, four assists and six rebounds.

Parker Scores 32, France Beats Spain 75-72 In OT

Tony Parker scored 32 points to help France overcome a 14-point halftime deficit.

Lithuania Advances To EuroBasket Final With 77-62 Defeat Of Croatia

Jonas Valanciunas had six points, five rebounds and five blocks in 20 minutes.

Kalnietis, Seibutis Lead Lithuania To Semifinals Beating Italy

Mantas Kalnietis had 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Lithuania.

Croatia Advances To Semifinals With 84-72 Win Over Ukraine

Krunoslav Simon scored 23 points, including 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range.

Zoran Dragic Leads Slovenia To 92-74 Win Over Serbia

Zoran Dragic had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead Slovenia.

Derrick Rose Interested In Playing In 2014 World Cup Of Basketball

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.
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