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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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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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