Basketball Wiretap

USA Beats Canada To Win U-18 Americas, Markelle Fultz Named MVP

Jul 24, 2016 10:44 AM

The United States defeated Canada 99-84 in the championship game of the 2016 U-18 Americas.

Markelle Fultz was named Tournament MVP, scoring 23 points to go with five rebounds and five assists in the final. Fultz will play for Washington this fall.

Nickeil Walker led Canada with 25 points.

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Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup

Jul 21, 2016 11:48 AM

Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny. 

Durant said he was distracted even after arriving for training camp and he "felt weird" after returning to Los Angeles following George's injury.

“I was tired. I felt like I wasn’t 100 percent in. And I can’t be here if I wasn’t 100 percent in. Coach K understood that. He showed me some grace and allowed me to continue playing USA Basketball and I’m very grateful for it,” Durant said. “It was hard, because I love Coach K and Mr. Colangelo, and USA Basketball so much and I didn’t want to disappoint them or let them down, but I felt like I needed time away and have time to rest. There was a lot going on that summer as well. I had the shoe war going on [between Nike and Under Armour], so, mentally, I was like everywhere.”

Durant signed a new deal with Nike worth $285 million over 10 years a few weeks later.

Durant will play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, United States, NBA, National, National World Championships, National Teams

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Marc Gasol Won't Play For Spain In Olympics

Jul 19, 2016 11:20 PM

Marc Gasol will be unable to play in the 2016 Olympics for Spain.

Gasol has yet to fully heal from the broken foot that limited him to 52 games last season. Spain has won the Silver in each of the past two Olympics.

Gasol signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2015 offseason. 

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France Beats Canada 83-74 To Secure Final Spot In Olympics

Jul 10, 2016 12:01 PM

France defeated Canada 83-74 to secure the final spot in the 2016 Olympics.

Nando De Colo led France with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Tony Parker had 26 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Cory Joseph had 20 points, six assists and four rebounds in a losing effort for Canada.

Serbia and Croatia also secured spots in the Olympics in the final qualification tournaments.

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Serbia, Croatia Secure Olympics Spots

Jul 9, 2016 9:26 PM

Serbia and Croatia have qualified for the 2016 Olympics.

The final spot will come down to France or Canada.

Bogdan Bogdanovic had 26 points and eight assists, while tournament MVP Nikola Jokic had 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Croatia defeated Italy 84-78 in overtime with Dario Saric scoring 18 points to go with 13 rebounds.

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Dario Saric Confirms He'll Join 76ers For 16-17

Jul 9, 2016 6:32 PM

Dario Saric has confirmed he will join the Philadelphia 76ers this season.

Saric helped lead Croatia to a place in the Olympics and was named MVP of the qualifying tournament.

"I'm going back home and then to the USA for the Sixers," said Saric.

There had been a recent report Saric could decide not to join the 76ers for another season.

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Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt Dies At Age 64

Jun 28, 2016 10:25 AM

Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, a pioneer of women's college basketball who guided the Tennessee Volunteers to eight national titles in her 38 seasons at the university, died Tuesday morning.

She was 64.

Summitt led the Lady Vols to 1,098 victories -- the most in Division I college basketball history (men or women) ­­-- before stepping down in 2012, one year after announcing she had early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

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