Basketball Wiretap

Kristaps Porzingis Won't Play For Latvia In Olympic Qualifying

May 2, 2016 11:58 AM

Kristaps Porzingis won't participate in qualifying for the Olympics this summer with the Latvian national team.

The tournament will take place one month before the start of the Olympics.

The New York Knicks will retain more control over the training and conditioning of Porzingis this summer.

Seth Rosenthal/Posting & Toasting

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, National, National Olympics

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NBA Restricting Jerry Colangelo's Access As Part Of USA Basketball

Apr 11, 2016 10:51 PM

The NBA restricted Jerry Colangelo’s reach in an apparent attempt to limit his access and influence over star players.

Rival teams protested about the potential for conflicts and player tampering after Colangelo joined the front office of the Philadelphia 76ers while also serving as managing director of USA Basketball.

Within weeks of Colangelo’s hiring as 76ers chairman of basketball operations in December, the league office informed the NBA Board of Governors of new limitations on Colangelo’s ability to communicate directly to players outside of USA Basketball activities and how much formal impact he can have in the final voting process for national team and Olympic rosters.

Jerry Colangelo relinquished his title of chairman of basketball operations for the 76ers after they hired his son Bryan Colangelo. He will keep a title of special adviser to Philadelphia ownership.

While he still is part of the group that selects the Team USA roster and Olympic player pool, he is no longer allowed to vote for the final national team and Olympic rosters. Colangelo must also make opposing general managers aware of any contact with their players or their players' agents.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, National

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Kevin Love Willing To Play For USA In Olympics If Invited

Apr 8, 2016 7:15 PM

Kevin Love will accept an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics should he receive one.

Love played for the USA in 2010 in the World Championships and the 2012 Olympics. Love was scheduled to be on the team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup but the limbo of his trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers led to his withdrawal.

Love's inside-outside game is well-suited for national team competition, but he has significant competition at his position.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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