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USA Keeps No. 1 FIBA Ranking Despite 7th Place Finish

Sep 19, 2019 11:00 AM

The United States have kept their No. 1 ranking in the FIBA men's rankings despite a seventh place finish in this year's World Cup.

The top spot has been held by the United States for nine straight years since winning the 2010 world championship.

The FIBA rankings take results from the most recent eight years into account.

Spain remained at No. 2, while Australia jumped eight spots to No. 3. Argentina and France rounded out the top-5.

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Stephen Curry Intends To Play In 2020 Olympics

Sep 18, 2019 10:57 AM

Stephen Curry plans on playing in the 2020 Olympics for the United States. Curry has never played in the Olympics previously.

"That is the plan, for sure," Curry said in an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "You know, obviously knock on wood, you don't want any injuries or things like that to interfere."

Curry twice played for the United States in the World Cup.

"Definitely wanna go," Curry said. "I've never been on the Olympic team. I've been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it."

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Stephen Curry, Draymond Green Expected To Play In Olympics

Sep 17, 2019 2:52 PM

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are expected to make themselves available for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Curry has never played in an Olympics for the United States.

Green played in the 2016 Olympics.

James Harden, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Kevin Love and Andre Drummond were initially committed to play in the World Cup but all bowed out.

Donovan Mitchell is considered one of the few favorites from the 2019 team expected to earn a spot on the 2020 roster.

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Jerry Colangelo: USA Has To Get Act Together For Olympics

Sep 12, 2019 3:55 PM

The United States had more than 50 players who were part of the World Cup plan. They only cut two after the first week of training camp with the other three dozen dropping out on their own.

"We're going to let the dust settle, let things depress a little bit," Jerry Colangelo said. "Obviously I'm always thinking ahead, which means what's going to take place, and it's going to happen fast and soon because we just have to get our act together for the Olympics."

The United States will go back to the drawing board ahead of the Olympics in Tokyo next summer.

"Going forward for USA Basketball, we're going to need the cooperation of teams, agents and then there has to be communication with players one-on-one to solidify those commitments," Colangelo said. "I am going to be anxious to see how many players reach out early to indicate that they wish and want and desire to play.

"But I'll make this statement: It's as much about maybe who we don't want as much as who we want."

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Jayson Tatum Out At Least Two Games With Sprained Left Ankle

Sep 4, 2019 9:29 AM

Jayson Tatum will miss at least the next two games of the World Cup with a sprained left ankle.

Tatum turned the ankle in the final seconds of overtime in Team USA's 93-92 win over Turkey on Tuesday.

Team USA will open second-round play Saturday, but that is not an elimination game. The first time the Americans could face elimination is Monday, the day Tatum will be reevaluated.

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De'Aaron Fox Withdraws From Team USA

Aug 17, 2019 1:50 PM

De'Aaron Fox has withdrawn from Team USA hours before their departure to Australia ahead of the start of the World Cup.

Fox was a strong candidate to make the roster after his impressive performances in practices and scrimmages. Fox played in just six minutes in Friday's exhibition game against Spain.

Derrick White will now likely make the final roster.

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P.J. Tucker Withdraws From World Cup With Ankle Injury

Aug 16, 2019 8:58 PM

P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from USA Basketball's World Cup roster leaving the team with 14 players for 12 spots.

Tucker cited a minor left ankle injury.

"I twisted it in a game last Friday and again in practice [Thursday] and I know they're about to go to Australia," Tucker told Houston's KRIV-TV. "I didn't want to be hobbling and then come back [injured] in camp. It just made sense."

Tucker was the oldest player in camp at the age of 34.

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Team USA Loses 10-Minute Scrimmage To Select Team By 21

Aug 14, 2019 8:36 PM

Team USA lost to the Select Team twice during 10-minute scrimmages on Wednesday. The Select Team is largely comprised of G League players who helped the United States qualify for the World Cup.

The first loss was by three points with the second loss in front of media ending at 38-17.

With many top players dropping from the World Cup team, there have been concerns about the quality of the roster.

The Select Team is coached by Jeff Van Gundy.

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Kyle Lowry Withdraws From Team USA For 2019 World Cup

Aug 12, 2019 5:27 PM

Kyle Lowry has announced on Instagram he has withdrawn from Team USA for the 2019 World Cup.

Lowry underwent surgery on his injured thumb this offseason, but he had hoped to be cleared to play in the tournament.

Team USA will feature Kemba Walker and De'Aaron Fox at point guard.

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Kevin Love Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup

Jul 24, 2019 11:46 AM

Kevin Love has withdrawn from USA Basketball for the World Cup.

Love was limited to just 22 games last season due to toe and shoulder injuries.

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Damian Lillard Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup
Damian Lillard was one of the lone remaining All-Stars on the roster following a surge of withdraws.

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Zion Williamson Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup
Zion Williamson played in just one game in Summer League before he was shut down with a knee injury.

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James Harden Opts Out Of 2019 World Cup
James Harden informed Gregg Popovich of the decision.

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Anthony Davis Plans To Play In 2019 FIBA World Cup
Anthony Davis played for the United States in the 2012 Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup.

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USA Basketball Interested In Adding Zion Williamson To World Cup Roster
Zion Williamson and USA Basketball have yet to have formal discussions as he does not yet have an agent.

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LeBron James Could Play In 2020 Tokyo Olympics
LeBron James hasn't participated in a USA Basketball event since the 2012 Olympics in London.

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