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Lloyd Pierce Added To USA Basketball Coaching Staff

Apr 23, 2019 8:54 PM

Lloyd Pierce will replace Nate McMillan as an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer as they compete in the FIBA World Cup in China.

McMillan withdrew due to scheduling conflicts. 

"It's an honor to receive this opportunity to represent our country and to work with such great coaches and staff. My family and I are excited about and committed to enjoying this journey," said Pierce.

Pierce joins Steve Kerr and Jay Wright under Gregg Popovich's coaching staff.


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Joe Ingles On FIBA World Cup: Australia Can Compete For Years To Come

Apr 2, 2019 9:58 PM

Joe Ingles praised the young basketball talent coming through Australia's basketball system as he looked ahead to this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup.

"It's such an amazing time for Australian basketball with so many players who can have a spot in the senior national team, and it’s great for the coach and the staff to have so many options to make the final team. We have a lot of young guys, a lot of very good veterans and we can build a very, very competitive team for this summer and for years to come," said Ingles.

Ben Simmons has yet to commit to playing for Australia in the tournament, but Ingles is aiming to bring home a medal regardless.

"We want to fight for the top spots and go back home with at least a medal, that would be so great. The battle is going to be tough, as plenty of teams can reach the top three spots, but we know we can compete against the best teams in the world. We have been waiting for so long to bring something back home, a trophy or a medal from the World Cup or the Olympics, and we really want to make a great campaign in China this summer."

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Jimmer Fredette Agrees To Sign Two-Year Deal With Suns

Mar 21, 2019 11:41 AM

Jimmer Fredette has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns will have a team option on the second season of Fredette's contract.

Fredette averaged 36.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 40.4 minutes per game this season for Shanghai Dongfang.

Fredette last played in the NBA during the 15-16 season.

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James Harden Says He Wants To Play In FIBA Basketball World Cup This Summer

Mar 19, 2019 12:06 AM

James Harden expressed his desire to play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China this summer.

"Of course I want to play. It's an opportunity to represent your country, go out there and play basketball. It's something I love doing. If that opportunity presents itself, I'll be in. Not everyone gets that opportunity. As a basketball player, that's one of the highest points you can get for basketball," said Harden.

Harden averaged 14.2 points for the 2014 team that won the gold medal in Spain.

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Kobe Bryant: Playing In Italy Taught Me 'Tactical' Parts Of Basketball

Mar 17, 2019 10:02 PM

Kobe Bryant praised the tactical approach of European basketball while doing press for the FIBA World Cup drawing. 

"It gave me a huge advantage actually because when I grew up playing overseas, I was learning the fundamentals of the game. I wasn't learning the between-the-legs, behind-the-back stuff. I was learning just tactical things like moving without the ball or making the fundamentally sound passes, left hand, right hand. How to use the angle on the bank shot. How to hide behind screens - just all the tactical things. We would have been lucky to scrimmage and play once a week. We'd be really lucky to do that. I think it gave me a huge advantage, so when I came back to America, the kids didn't know how to do that. And you couldn't learn to do that in one day or one week. That stuff had to be taught over years whereas between-the-legs and behind-the-back, I could learn that in a week," said Bryant.

Bryant added that if he could have been teammates with one player from the international game, it would have been Dimitris Diamantidis from Greece

"I love and wish I had him. His length and his size, and what he could do defensively, I would have loved to have another player on the wing who could harass little point guards."

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USA Basketball Draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan In FIBA World Cup

Mar 16, 2019 12:38 PM

USA Basketball were drawn in Group E alongside Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Japan for this summer's FIBA World Cup championship. The tournament begins in China on August 31st.

The U.S. roster won't be decided until after the NBA season, although James Harden has expressed his desire to play.

"As a basketball player, that's one of the highest points you can get for basketball. Obviously, you've got the NBA and you have winning a championship and all that good stuff, but with this, you're not just playing for your respective cities or where you're from, you're playing for an entire country you represent," said Harden.

The U.S., ranked #1 in the world, are going for their third straight championship. 

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Jeff Van Gundy Compares Physicality Of FIBA Competition To 90s Playoff Basketball

Mar 13, 2019 1:05 AM

Jeff Van Gundy said he was initially caught off-guard by the physicality of FIBA play after taking over as the head coach of the U.S. men's basketball team.

"I was an absolute novice when I came to FIBA basketball, learning day by day about how good the teams are, how hard they play, just how rough FIBA (competition) is. That’s nineties playoff basketball in the NBA, hand-to-hand combat, fist down your throat, elbow in your chest, on every possession. You have to get used to it and you have to embrace the differences," said Van Gundy.

Van Gundy warned USA Basketball that the level of international play continues to improve. 

"These windows have to serve as a warning for USA Basketball to grow even more because all of these teams are getting better and we were very fortunate to qualify. Having taken part in them, I think they've been positive for teams that don't get to play much together, like Cuba, Panama and Venezuela, who grew so much. I think FIBA has, as its primary objective, growing basketball on a global level. And the windows work in order to achieve this objective."

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90,000 Tickets Sold For Pre-World Cup Matchup Between Team USA And Australian Boomers

Mar 5, 2019 1:22 AM

Over 90,000 tickets have been sold for a two-game summer series between Team USA and the Australian Boomers as each team prepares for the FIBA World Cup.

The games, to be played at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, would potentially pit Ben Simmons and LeBron James.

"I think he would like to play for coach Popovich, but of all the athletes, LeBron probably has the most going on both on and off the court. I mean we would love to have him ... who wouldn't, right? He played in the World Cup in '06, then didn't play in '10 and '14, but he enjoys the Olympics as well," said USA Basketball national team director Sean Ford.

Simmons hasn't confirmed whether he will play in the World Cup.

"He's in the middle of a season where they are legitimately hopeful of going deep into the playoffs, then there's contracts coming up and all sorts of things. There's no question we would love for him to play but at the same time we understand he's got a lot to figure out over the coming months. We're hopeful but I couldn't say (for sure) and I don't think anybody could," added Basketball Australia acting chief executive Paul Maley.


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Raptors, Rockets To Play 2 Preseason Games In Japan

Mar 4, 2019 10:39 PM

The Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors will play two preseason games at the Saitama Super Arena just outside of Tokyo.

Scheduled for October 8th and 10th, it will be the first time a NBA team has played in Japan since 2003. 

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Mario Chalmers Agrees To Deal With Virtus Bologna

Mar 1, 2019 10:53 AM

Mario Chalmers has agreed to signed with Virtus Bologna in Italy.

Chalmers appeared in 66 games last season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Chalmers turns 33 in May.

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Michael Beasley Agrees To Deal In China
Michael Beasley was traded at the deadline by the Lakers to the Clippers and subsequently waived.

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Adam Silver Wants NBA To Have 'More Direct Involvement In The Development Of Players'
Silver said he wants the NBA to find players around the world at an earlier age for development.

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NBA, FIBA To Launch 12-Team League In Africa In 2020
There will be a qualification tournament for current teams to get into the new league, with no more than two teams from one country.

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Shaq: European Prospects "More Fundamentally Sound" Than American Counterparts
The debate comes on top of Mark Cuban's comments comparing the developmental style of AAU basketball compared to Slovenia.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Play In FIBA World Championships This Summer
The 32-team tournament begins in China on August 31st.

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76ers To Release Demetrius Jackson From Two-Way Deal
Demetrius Jackson will sign a contract in China.

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David Blatt Hands Rick Pitino First Loss In Euroleague
The matchup between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos is one of the most heated in Euroleague.

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Rick Pitino: EuroLeague Atmosphere Reminds Him Of Kentucky
Pitino won his EuroLeague debut as head coach of Panathinaikos.

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Larry Brown Parts Ways With Italian Team
The Italian club represented his first coaching job since resigning at SMU in 2016.

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Rick Pitino Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Panathinaikos
Rick Pitino's goal is to return to the NBA as a head coach.

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Milos Teodosic Expects To Return To Europe By 19-20 Season
Milos Teodosic has seen his role reduced this season with the Clippers.

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Anthony Randolph, Nikola Milutinov Named Euroleague Round 2 Co-MVPs
Anthony Randolph had 25 points and 11 boards as Los Blancos took out Olimpia Milan 85-91

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Derrick Williams Sign With Bayern Munich
Derrick Williams arrived in Germany last week but he didn't initially complete his physicals due to an infection.

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Brandon Jennings To Sign With Zenit St. Petersburg
Brandon Jennings began his professional career with Roma.

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Tarik Black Agrees To One-Year Deal With Maccabi Tel Aviv
Tarik Black spent last season with the Rockets.

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Jazz Waive David Stockton
David Stockton will sign in Germany for the 18-19 season.

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Dwyane Wade Rules Out Playing In China
Dwyane Wade is in no rush to reach a decision after finishing the 17-18 season with the Heat.

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Adelaide 36ers Seeking Compensation From Brooklyn For Mitch Creek
The Adelaide 36ers of the Australian NBL have gone to court in Australia to stop Mitch Creek from signing with the Brooklyn Nets without compensation.

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Okaro White Close To Deal With Maccabi Tel Aviv
Okaro White was waived by the Cavaliers on August 5.

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Brian Bowen Becomes First Player Signed To Australia's Next Stars Program
Brian Bowen was the No. 14 ranked recruit in ESPN's Top 100 in 2017.

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