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Nick Young Trying To Join Australian National Team

Aug 31, 2015 10:55 AM

Nick Young has serious interest in playing for Australia's basketball team in the Olympics.

Young is dating Iggy Azalea, a pop star from Australia.

Young would have to become an Australian citizen to be eligible for the team.

"Nick's representatives have been in contact with an 'official inquiry,'" said an official for Basketball Australia.


Tags: Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Jordan Clarkson Trying To Play For Philippines As Natural Born Player

Aug 26, 2015 1:13 PM

Jordan Clarkson could play in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship as he's been named to the preliminary roster of the Philippines. 

Clarkson has a Filipino passport and he is now in the Philippines trying to confirm his eligibility. Clarkson's mother is Filipino. 

Clarkson would like to play as a "natural born player" instead of a passport player like Andray Blatche.


Tags: Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, National

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Canada Announces Roster For Tuto Marchand Continental Cup

Aug 20, 2015 12:17 PM

The Canadian Men's National Team has announced the 13 athletes, who will attend the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup exhibition tournament in Puerto Rico from August 23-26, ahead of the 2015 FIBA Americas Men’s Championship in Mexico City.

“We’ve had an intense camp and we’re looking forward to transitioning into game play,” said Jay Triano, Head Coach. “Tuto Marchand will give us an opportunity to play against some of our key competition prior to the Olympic qualifier.”

Triano will be joined by Assistants Dave Smart (Ottawa, ON), David Vanterpool (Washington, DC) and Bryan Gates (New Orleans, LA).

Anthony Bennett
Aaron Dorrnekamp
Melvin Ejim
Olivier Hanlan
Brady Heslip
Cory Joseph
Andrew Nicholson
Kelly Olynyk
Dwight Powell
Robert Sacre
Phil Scrubb
Nik Stauskas
Andrew Wiggins

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Australia Beats New Zealand, Qualifies For Olympics

Aug 18, 2015 11:31 AM

Australia has qualified for the 2016 Olympics by defeating New Zealand 89-79 in an Oceania qualifying game.

Andrew Bogut had 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points.

Bogut had 22 points following a 71-59 win in the first leg.


Tags: National, National Olympics

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Kobe Bryant Could Still Play In 2016 Olympics

Aug 14, 2015 10:37 AM

Kobe Bryant has interest in playing in the 2016 Olympics and hasn't been ruled out for the team by Jerry Colangelo.

"I was quoted on Kobe," Colangelo said after USA Basketball's intrasquad scrimmage at the Thomas & Mack Center. "In response to a question about him, I said it would be a great story if he did [play in Rio].

"And so, he also mentioned to me in a private conversation that if he had his druthers, he would love to ride off into the sunset playing one more time and winning the gold medal. And that would be the end. But he was very quick to say, 'But, I don't want a spot. I need to earn the spot. I need to be capable of playing at that level to be considered.' And I said, 'You got that. That's always there for you, Kobe.'"


Bryant turns 37 later this month and had previously announced he didn't intend to play in Rio.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Colangelo: LeBron Has Spot On Olympic Team, 'Deep Down' Wants To Play

Aug 12, 2015 1:39 AM

Jerry Colangelo said LeBron James has a spot on Team USA's 2016 Olympic roster if he wants to play.

James is in Las Vegas attending meetings for the U.S. team.

"He will be in town during the course of this week‎," Colangelo said. "He won't be participating in any practices to the best of my know‎ledge, but ... he knows he has a [roster] spot.

"If he wants to perform -- and I believe deep down inside he does -- then I would expect that he will be playing for us next summer.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, United States, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, National, National Olympics, National Misc Rumor, National Teams

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Patty Mills Added To Australia's Roster For Oceania Championship

Aug 11, 2015 5:06 AM

Patty Mills has been added to Australia's national team roster for the Oceania Championship.

Australia needed Mills following the ACL tear suffered by Dante Exum.

Mills had initially been left off the roster after the San Antonio Spurs asked him to sit out a series of warmup games.

“I’m looking forward to joining my Boomers teammates for this very important qualification series against New Zealand,” Mills said via statement. “Playing for my country has always been an honor for me. Obviously my shoulder injury last year meant that I had to continue intensive rehab and quality training over the past few months. I’ve done that and will be ready for the Oceania Championships.”

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Tags: Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National

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Durant, Carmelo To Practice With Team USA

Aug 11, 2015 4:55 AM

Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first steps towards their comebacks from injury during the opening day of USA Basketball workouts.

Durant played only 27 games last season because of a fractured foot.


Anthony will participate in light, non contact practices.

Durant and Anthony are among the stars who were initially earmarked to report to the three-day minicamp solely to satisfy USAB's mandatory attendance requirement in Vegas to remain eligible for the 2016 Olympic team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, National

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Boban Marjanovic Wanted To Play In Eurobasket, Spurs Held Decision Power

Aug 9, 2015 4:12 AM

Boban Marjanovic was ruled out of Eurobasket for Serbia when an MRI by the San Antonio Spurs revealed significant bony edema in his left ankle.

The Serbian team and Marjanovic's agent asked the Spurs to reconsider the decision, but his new NBA team had the authority to keep him out.

“I’m so sorry for everything that happened, I had a great desire and motivation to play for the national team,” Marjanovic told Blic Sport. “With impatience I waited start preparing the national team and work with the screen Djordjevic, but nothing is in my hands. From the first days of preparation there was a great atmosphere in the team, it’s a fantastic group of guys that I am convinced that it will be able to achieve the desired goal and placed on the Olympics.”

Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

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NBA Owners Discussing Injury Risks Of International Basketball

Aug 7, 2015 1:50 AM

Following the injury to Paul George during a Team USA scrimmage last August, Adam Silver said NBA owners and higher-ups on the league's competition committee would debate the merits of players' participation in international events.

Those discussions are ongoing with a focus on insurance coverage and the general rules for participation in FIBA tournaments.

Teams have the authority to prevent players from participating in summer events if it is determined there is an injury or risk for injury with sources saying a low threshold existing.

But players want to play basketball in the offseason and it is important for their improvement whether it is for their international teams or in five-on-five in Los Angeles or Las Vegas.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

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LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Headline 34-Man Team USA Minicamp
USA Basketball announced its 34-player roster to attend the Aug. 11-13 Men's National Team minicamp in Las Vegas.

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LeBron James To Attend USA Minicamp In Vegas
LeBron James will join Team USA for their minicamp next week, but will not stay around for scrimmages due to commitments with his charitable foundation.

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Dante Exum Suffers Torn ACL
Dante Exum will now return to Salt Lake City for further evaluation by the Utah Jazz's medical staff.

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Gersson Rosas Hired By USA Basketball
Gerssan Rosas has been VP of basketball operations for the Rockets.

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