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France Gives Joel Embiid October 10 Deadline For Olympics Decision

Sep 24, 2023 3:22 PM

France would like to see Joel Embiid suit up for them when they host the 2024 Summer Olympics. But French basketball federation president Jean-Pierre Siutat said that they need an answer by October 10.

“It will happen very quickly in all cases. We hope so and I think he knows it. We may have an answer by October 10," Siutat said. "We have set this deadline.”

Siutat added, “We never communicated anything official about Joel Embiid. There was buzz created from everywhere, and I repeat that I want him to come. However, we made no communication about the fact that he was with us. Today, he is still not with us. We are working on it, we have a firm desire to do it. He knows it. We had the opportunity to discuss it with him and we are awaiting a decision. The American team is very interested in the idea of ​​having him. Cameroon is qualified for the pre-Olympics. It’s a delicate situation for him.”

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, France, National, National Olympics, National Teams

Victor Wembanyama Says He'll Be 'Present At The Olympics'

Sep 20, 2023 1:15 AM

Victor Wembanyama reaffirmed his commitment to play for France in next summer's Paris Olympics.

"Performing well at the Olympics would be a great story. I'll be present at the Olympics, and there's no other goal than gold," said Wembanyama.

France failed to qualify for the second round at the most recent FIBA World Cup.

"The World Cup was very disappointing. But I have no judgment to make as I wasn't there," added Wembanyama. 


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LeBron James Recruiting Stars To Play In Paris Olympics

Sep 11, 2023 9:28 AM

Team USA fell short at the 2023 FIBA World Cup. If LeBron James has his way, the USA won't suffer a similar result at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

James is reportedly ready to commit to playing for Team USA next summer. And James wants to bring along several other American-born stars to join him.

Players the Lakers superstar has reportedly reached out to include Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum and Draymond Green. That group of five is reportedly ready to commit.

Devin Booker, D'Aaron Fox, Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving have all also expressed interest in playing for Team USA in Paris. Anthony Edwards and Mikal Bridges are also expected receive consideration from the World Cup team. In addition, Bam Adebayo and Desmond Bane are expected to be considered for the roster.

Team USA is also expected to try to recruit Joel Embiid. Embiid hasn't suited up for an international tournament and remains eligible to play for either the United States or France, should he choose to play in the Olympics.

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Tags: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum, Draymond Green, United States, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, National, National Olympics, National Teams

Dillon Brooks Named Best Defensive Player Of FIBA World Cup

Sep 11, 2023 12:02 AM

Dillon Brooks was recognized as the Best Defensive Player of the FIBA World Cup, helping lead Canada to a bronze medal in the tournament.

With the all-tournament team featuring five NBA players, the tournament also recognized a second team including Arturs Zagars of Latvia, Simone Fontecchio of Italy, Jonas Valanciunas of Lithuania, Nikola Milutinov of Serbia and Franz Wagner of Germany.

Latvia's Luca Banchi was named the Best Coach of the tournament.

Australia's Josh Giddey was awarded the first ever Wanda Rising Star Award. 

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Tags: Dillon Brooks, Josh Giddey, Jonas Valanciunas, Franz Wagner, National, National World Championships

FIBA World Cup All-Tournament Team Features Only NBA Players For First Time

Sep 10, 2023 5:04 PM

The 2023 FIBA World Cup All-Tournament Team was named following the completion of the competition. For the first time, the All-Tournament team featured NBA players in all five spots.

Dennis Schroder - Germany (also named MVP of the World Cup)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Canada

Anthony Edwards - United States

Bogdan Bogdanovic - Serbia

Luka Doncic - Slovenia

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Tags: Dennis Schroder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Anthony Edwards, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Luka Doncic, United States, Slovenia, Canada, Germany, Serbia, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, National, National World Championships, National Teams

Germany Defeats Serbia To Win 2023 FIBA World Cup

Sep 10, 2023 10:47 AM

Germany defeated Serbia to win the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Germany held off a late rally from the Serbians to capture an 83-77 victory.

Dennis Schroder led the Germans with 28 points, while Franz Wagner added 19 points. Schroder was also named the MVP of the World Cup.

Aleksa Avramovic led Serbia with 21 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 17.

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Tags: Dennis Schroder, Franz Wagner, Aleksa Avramovic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Germany, Serbia, National, National World Championships, National Teams

Canada Defeats USA In Third Place Game Of World Cup

Sep 10, 2023 9:36 AM

Canada defeated the United States in the third-place game at the 2023 FIBA World Cup. After Mikal Bridges forced overtime with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, Canada rallied for the 127-118 victory.

Dillon Brooks scored 39 points and hit 7-of-8 three-point attempts to lead Canada. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 31 points and 12 assists, while RJ Barrett added 23 points for the Canadians.

Team USA played without Jaren Jackson Jr., Paolo Banchero and Brandon Ingram due to illness. Anthony Edwards led the Americans with 24 points, while Austin Reaves added 23 points off the bench.

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Tags: Dillon Brooks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, R.J. Barrett, Anthony Edwards, Austin Reaves, United States, Canada, National, National World Championships, National Teams

Arturs Zagars On NBA Radar After World Cup

Sep 10, 2023 9:30 AM

Latvia was a surprise performer at the 2023 FIBA World Cup. As a big part of that success, Latvian point guard Arturs Zagars is popping up on the radar of some NBA teams.

In the fifth-place game against Lithuania, Zagars set a World Cup record with 17 assists. That capped a strong tournament for the 6-foot-3 point guard, where he averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 assists per game.

The 23-year-old is a free agent after playing for Nevezis in Latvia last season. He's now drawing interest from several top EuroLeague clubs, as well as some NBA teams. Latvian teammate and NBA veteran Davis Bertans thinks Zagars is ready to play in the NBA.

"I think it's a fair shot. It's all about timing, chance, and opportunity. Everything can happen if you end up at the right place at the right time. He has all the tools to do it," Bertans said of Zagars' NBA potential.

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Luka Doncic Says Leg Injury Is 'Not Okay' But Will Keep Playing

Sep 9, 2023 9:15 AM

Luka Doncic admitted he's still dealing with a leg injury that he suffered shortly after the 2023 NBA All-Star Break. But Doncic said the injury won't keep him from playing, or from being ready for the upcoming Dallas Mavericks season.

"I do not know what to say," Doncic said about the injury. "It's not okay. At the same time, I have to prepare for one more game, and then for a whole season in the NBA."

Doncic went on to say he's healthy enough to play, or he would be sitting out. The Mavs and Slovenian star also said he's not playing because of pressure from FIBA, but because he loves representing his country.

"There is also one of the questions, but I play for Slovenia, not for FIBA," Doncic said. "I play no matter what, even in the Olympic qualifiers, if only I'm healthy."

Doncic also owned the criticism of Slovenia falling short of expectations, but that it hasn't changed his desire to represent his country.

"There is a lot of criticism every day, but I have learned to live with it. I don't think I'm the best in the world, though," Doncic said. "I simply love playing for Slovenia and will continue to do so."

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Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, Slovenia, NBA, NBA Injury, National, National World Championships, National Teams

Germany Upsets United States 113-111 in FIBA World Cup Semifinal

Sep 8, 2023 1:47 PM

Germany defeated the United States 113-111 in the FIBA World Cup semifinals to advance to Sunday's final where they will play Serbia. 

Similar to the United States' loss to Lithuania, Germany was able to dominate the boards while shooting a strong percentage on three-pointers. 

Dennis Schroder had 17 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists and two steals, while Andreas Obst had 24 points on 4-for-8 shooting on three-pointers. Franz Wagner had 22 points and Daniel Theis added 21.

Anthony Edwards led the United States with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. 

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Serbia Beats Canada 95-86 To Advance To FIBA World Cup Final

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Germany Beats Latvia 81-79, Will Play USA In Semifinals


Canada Advances To Semifinals With 100-89 Win Over Slovenia; Luka Doncic Ejected


Serbia Upsets Lithuania To Reach World Cup Semifinals


United States Reaches World Cup Semifinals With 100-63 Win Over Italy

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Luka Doncic Taking Better Care Of His Body; In A Lot Better Shape


Serbian Forward Borisa Simanic Has Emergency Kidney Removal

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Canada Earns Olympic Berth After Defeating Spain 88-85

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Team USA Loses To Lithuania, Secure Olympic Berth

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South Sudan, Japan Earn Olympic Berths

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Klay Thompson To Give 'Serious Consideration' To Playing For The Bahamas

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The Bahamas Could Explore National Team Eligibility For Evan And Isaiah Mobley, Naz Reid

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Nic Batum: I'm Scared To Go Home Because We Let A Lot Of People Down

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Brandon Ingram On Team USA Role: It's A Little Frustrating Right Now

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Germany Rules Out Serious Injury For Franz Wagner

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Luka Doncic Will Play For Slovenia Whenever He's Able

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NBA Has Record 55 Current Players In 2023 FIBA World Cup

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Anthony Edwards On Team USA Bench Role: We Don't Have A Kobe

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Khaman Maluach Named To South Sudan Roster At 16

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Steve Kerr On Anthony Edwards After Win Over Germany: 'He's Unquestionably The Guy'

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