Basketball Wiretap

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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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.

RealGM Staff Report

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Pau Gasol Willing To Play In Olympics Despite Zika Concerns

Jun 25, 2016 7:08 PM

Pau Gasol is willing to play for Spain in the Olympics despite concerns about the Zika virus.

"My commitment to the national team is greater than my fears over what might happen," Gasol wrote Saturday in the Spanish newspaper Marca. "My feelings of passion and responsibility toward my national team, my sport and my teammates are huge. They have always been and always will be. My first instinct in that sense has always been to want to be with the national team each summer."

Gasol also called on Rio officials to ensure the safety of everyone attending the Games, which begin Aug. 5.

"I will be going hoping and trusting that the people and organizations will do everything possible and take measures to minimize possible risk to the athletes. I have always had the doubt that they -- so as not to put other elements of the event in danger -- have not been mindful of the health and safety of the athletes and all those who will attend the Olympics in Rio -- whether those people are athletes, accompanying family, friends or fans. It is a pity that [the situation] is like this.

"We must trust in the authorities that they will follow up with what they have promised and take proper measures."


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Kyrie Irving Completes USA's Olympic Roster

Jun 25, 2016 7:00 PM

Kyrie Irving has accepted the final invitation for the United States' 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympics.

Irving weighed the decision all week after the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 of The Finals.

Irving, the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup, averaged 19.6 points and 4.7 assists for the Cavaliers this season.

Here is the roster Mike Krzyzewski will coach in Rio:

Kyrie Irving
Klay Thompson
Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan
Jimmy Butler
Kevin Durant
Harrison Barnes
Draymond Green
Paul George
Carmelo Anthony
DeMarcus Cousins
DeAndre Jordan

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Harrison Barnes Accepts USA Invite For Olympics

Jun 25, 2016 10:40 AM

Harrison Barnes has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Barnes will be a restricted free agent at the start of the offseason.

The Golden State Warriors will also be represented by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, though Barnes could be on another team's roster by the second week of July.

Barnes joins Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Green at forward.

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