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LeBron James Remains Undecided On 2016 Olympics

Feb 12, 2016 12:50 PM

LeBron James is undecided about whether he'll play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio this summer.

James has participated in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics for the United States.

James has been in every Finals since 2011 and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Damian Lillard Added To USA Basketball Roster Pool

Feb 10, 2016 5:16 PM

Damian Lillard has been added to the roster of finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team.

Named to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men's National Team in January 2014, the 6-foot-3 guard was a finalist for the 2014 USA World Cup Team, and played in two exhibition games during the 2014 USA National Team Tour, recording seven points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes of action in the USA's 105-62 win against Dominican Republic on Aug. 20, 2014.

Currently in his fourth NBA season, Lillard in 2015-16 is averaging career-highs of 24.2 points (6th in the NBA) and 7.3 assists per game (7th in the NBA), while adding 4.4 rebounds per game, and shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from 3-point and 86.5 percent from the foul line.

"I recently received a call from Damian, and during our conversation he expressed his desire to be considered for the U.S. Olympic Team and to remain involved with the USA National Team in the future as well," said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of the USA Men's National Team since 2005. "Both Mike (Krzyzewski) and I feel like Damian is playing at a very high level and that he should be added to our list of Olympic finalists. Damian has been a member of the USA National Team since 2014, and he participated in National Team training camps in 2013 and 2014, so he does have equity in USA Basketball, which is always important to me."

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, National

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Tony Parker To Participate In Olympic Qualifying

Feb 8, 2016 10:35 AM

Tony Parker will participate in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Manila this summer with France.

Parker's wife is pregnant and there was a possibility he wouldn't play to be with her during her delivery.

"Yes, I’ll be there for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and I will be in the Olympic Games if we qualify. I want to play for France.”

“I’ve had many discussions with Axelle (his wife) and we agreed. We had to make the decision for us both. She knows how important it is for me. We evaluated all the situations and I’ve made my decision.”

L'Equipe (via Jeff Garcia/San Antonio Express-News)

Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National

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LeBron, Carmelo Headline 30 USA Finalists For Olympics

Jan 18, 2016 1:38 PM

Three-time Olympic medalists Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) headline the list of 30 finalists today named for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team by USA Basketball. The player selections were approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors. The official 12-member 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team roster will be announced later this year.

Featuring 18 players who have collected 29 Olympic or FIBA Basketball World Cup gold medals and six bronze medals, the 30 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team include: LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs); Anthony; Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets); Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); James; DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

Again leading the 2016 USA coaching staff is Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as USA assistant coaches are Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder).

“It seems like I say this each time we have to narrow down a roster, but I am struck by the remarkable commitment the players in the USA Basketball National Team program continue to display and the enthusiasm they have for representing their country,” said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of the USA Men’s National Team since 2005.

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Tags: NBA, National, National Olympics

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Kobe Bryant Rules Himself Out Of 2016 Olympics

Jan 17, 2016 2:24 AM

Kobe Bryant has ruled himself out of consideration for the 2016 Olympics.

Bryant will retire this summer after his 20th NBA season.

"I think as beautiful as it would be to play for our country, when I say my last game is going to be my last game, I'm going to retire, then that's it," Bryant said. "It's not like I'm going to walk off the stage and then [say], 'But I'm going to come right back for a minute. Hold on one second.' You know what I mean? I think it's pretty sweet to have the final game be in a Laker uniform and support the players from afar."

Bryant played for the United States in 2008 and 2012 in the Olympics.

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

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