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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)
Spain
France
Brazil
Egypt
Iran
Serbia

Group B (Seville)
Argentina
Greece
Croatia
Puerto Rico
Philippines
Senegal  

Group C (Bilbao)
United States
Turkey
Ukraine
Finland
Dominican Republic
New Zealand

Group D (Las Palmas) 
Lithuania
Australia
Slovenia
Angola
Mexico
South Korea

Via RealGM Staff Report

McGee, Blatche May Reunite In FIBA World Cup For Philippines

JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche may play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup for the Philippines. 

"We’re in discussion with Javale. However, he’s just found out that he needs to undergo a procedure for his shin injury. With that development, it’s prudent also to choose a backup. Blatche agreed to undergo the naturalization process. He wants to play for the Philippines," national team coach Chot Reyes said.

In Congress, Deputy Speaker Robbie Puno filed two separate bills seeking the naturalization of McGee and Blatche.

“A resolution was arrived at. The board reiterated its full support to the Gilas program. They generously cut back the season schedule by one month,” said Reyes.

“The PBA team owners have agreed to compress the season. The second and third conferences finals were reduced from best-of-seven to best-of-five. We’re also compressing the in-between conferences breaks to meet Gilas’ request,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud.

“Even the start of the 2014-15 season will be delayed to allow the team to compete in the Asian Games,” Salud added.

McGee and Blatche were teammates with the Washington Wizards.

Via Nelson Beltran/Philippine Star

Derrick Rose Plans To Make Return In Summer With Team USA

Derrick Rose is planning to return in the summer from his second major knee surgery in two years and he expects to participate with Team USA ahead of the World Cup games.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on the court this summer and having the chance to represent our country," Rose said in a statement on his official Facebook page. "It's an honor to play for Team USA and Coach K."

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

Via RealGM Staff Report

Team USA Announces 28-Man Initial Roster

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

Returning to the USA National Team for 2014-16 are three-time Olympic medalists and two-time Olympic gold medalists Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and LeBron James (Miami Heat); two-time Olympic gold medalists Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets); 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets), as well as Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), who was originally named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team roster but was unable to participate because of an injury.

James, Anthony and Paul are not expected to participate in the 2014 World Championship.

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook.

Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

Via RealGM Staff Report

Dwight Howard To Rejoin USA Basketball

Dwight Howard will return to USA Basketball with an intent to play in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain.

Howard has been away from USA Basketball for six years. Howard was a member of Team USA when they won gold in the 2008 Olympics.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

LeBron James Hopeful To Play For Team USA In 2016 Olympics

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.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Cyprus Archives

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.

Belgium Beats Latvia 60-56

Wen Mukubu had 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting and four rebounds, while Sacha Massot had 14 points.

Lithuania Beat Ukraine, Both Teams Advance

Linas Kleiza had 15 points and four rebounds to lead Lithuania.

Dragic Scores 28 In Slovenia's 73-65 Win Over Greece

Goran Dragic had 28 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead Slovenia.

Croatia Beats Italy 76-68

Bojan Bogdanovic had 18 points to lead Croatia.

Calderon Leads Spain To 82-56 Win Over Finland

Jose Calderon had 23 points and five assists to lead Spain.
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