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Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball's roster for the World Cup in Spain.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

Batum To Participate In FIBA World Cup For France

Nicolas Batum will play for France this summer in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Batum has played international basketball for his native France since he was a teenager, but had been contemplating skipping the World Cup this summer to rest.

Batum and France won the European Championship last summer.

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Joakim Noah To Sit Out World Cup Of Basketball

Joakim Noah won't play for France in the World Cup of Basketball this summer.

"It wouldn't be fair first of all, for my teammates, to even think about anything past today," Noah told ESPNChicago.com after Wednesday's shootaround. "When the French people ask me about [playing], it's hard to predict what's going to happen next year, or in two years. I live my life day to day, and I feel like the NBA season is, it's brutal. To play all year, I think it's something that is too much for me. So definitely not this year."

Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

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

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls management and Team USA officials are all on board with Rose's potential participation in the summer's mini-camp to form the World Cup roster in Spain in September.

"Oh absolutely, if he’s healthy and he’s cleared," Tom Thibodeau said, when asked if he'd like to see Rose play. "I thought it was a great experience for him before. I know he’d like to do it. I know how USA Basketball feels about him. So if he’s cleared to do it, I’d love to see him do it."

Thibodeau is an assistant coach for Team USA. Rose was part of the 2010 World Championship team.

"I think there has been great benefits from it, particularly for Derrick," Thibodeau said. "I thought that had a lot to do with him having the great year in the MVP year."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tony Parker Named FIBA Europe Player Of The Year

Tony Parker has been named FIBA Europe Player of the Year.

Parker led France to a championship at EuroBasket last summer.

Parker had never won this award before, which was most recently given to Andrei Kirilenko, Dirk Nowitzki, Milos Teodosic and Pau Gasol.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

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.

Saric was runner-up last year.

Turkey's Kenan Sipahi and Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo finished second and third.

Saric finished the U19 World Championsip second in points per game (20.3), rebounds (11.2) and assists (4.2).

Saric also participated in EuroBasket 2013.

Via RealGM Staff Report

FIBA World Cup Groups Announced

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

Group A (Granada)

Group B (Seville)
Puerto Rico

Group C (Bilbao)
United States
Dominican Republic
New Zealand

Group D (Las Palmas) 
South Korea

Via RealGM Staff Report

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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.

Parker Leads France To Semifinals With Win Over Slovenia

Tony Parker scored 27 points on 9-for-20 shooting to lead France.

Spain Beats Serbia 90-60

Rudy Fernandez had 19 points in a game that was never in question.

Finland Defeats Slovenia 92-76

Bostjan Nachbar had 15 points and five rebounds for Slovenia.

Croatia Eliminates Greece With 92-88 Double-Overtime Win

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, while Ante Tomic had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Italy Beats Spain 86-81, Both Teams Advance

Italy was led by Alessandro Gentile's 25 points and seven rebounds.

Serbia Defeats France 77-65, Both Teams Advance

Nenad Krstic had 19 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Nemanja Nedovic had 17 points.
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