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'The Redeem Team' Documentary To Premiere On Oct. 7

Aug 19, 2022 3:05 PM

A documentary on the 2008 U.S. men's basketball team will premiere on Netflix this fall.

"The Redeem Team" will debut Oct. 7 and is produced by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

"The Redeem Team" is directed by Jon Weinbach, a producer on Netflix's 2020 documentary series on Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls, "The Last Dance."

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Germany To Retire Dirk Nowitzki's No. 14 Jersey

Aug 11, 2022 1:22 AM

The German basketball federation are set to retire Dirk Nowitzki's No. 14 jersey on opening day of EuroBasket.

The ceremony will take place on September 1 before their group stage matchup against France.

“I felt honored above all when this idea was presented to me by the German federation,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “It was a nice surprise and I’m already excited about what awaits me in Cologne.”

Nowitzki's jersey retirement also represents the first time a national federation has retired a number. 

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Milos Teodosic Cut From Serbia Roster Ahead Of EuroBasket

Aug 9, 2022 1:33 AM

Milos Teodosic was cut from Serbia's roster ahead of the upcoming EuroBasket.

Teodosic last played in the NBA for the Clippers during the 2018-19 season, averaging 3.2 points. 

Serbia will also be without Aleksej Pokusevski and Nikola Jovic for the upcoming tournament. 

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Goran Dragic On Playing With Luka Doncic At EuroBasket: 'I Was Batman, But Now I Will Be Robin'

Aug 8, 2022 1:29 AM

Goran Dragic discussed his excitement of playing for Slovenia alongside Luka Doncic at the upcoming EuroBasket.

"I will play a little less minutes, it will not be at that level. I don’t know how much I played, 36 minutes per game? Everything will depend on how I feel. The role will definitely be different. I was Batman, but now I’ll be Robin.

"The most important thing will be to make sure we have good chemistry and be a leader on the court and lift guys up when it’s most difficult," said Dragic over the weekend.

Dragic predicted a semifinals appearance for Slovenia. 

Dragic added that he had to convince the Bulls to play in EuroBasket, which begins at the start of September.

Slovenia won EuroBasket in 2017.

 

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Goran Dragic To Defend EuroBasket Title With Slovenia

Aug 5, 2022 10:40 PM

Goran Dragic announced that he will play for Slovenia at the upcoming EuroBasket.

Dragic, alongside Luka Doncic, lead Slovenia to the title in 2017.

Dragic was named MVP of the tournament.

Slovenia open their EuroBasket play against Lithuania on September 2.

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Aleksej Pokusevski, Nikola Jovic Not Allowed To Play In EuroBasket

Aug 4, 2022 1:11 AM

Aleksej Pokusevski and Nikola Jovic were not given permission by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat to represent Serbia at EuroBasket.

Bogdan Bogdanovic was also not called up due to his recovery from knee surgery. 

Nikola Jokic will play in the tournament, which begins on September 1. 

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Tags: Nikola Jovic, Aleksej Pokusevski, National, National Misc Rumor

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Victor Wembanyama Out Of EuroBasket Due To Muscle Injury

Aug 1, 2022 11:32 AM

Victor Wembanyama will miss EuroBasket due to a muscle injury suffered in June.

Wembanyama is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft and the tournament would have been an opportunity to see him compete against NBA players.

Wembanyama was called to join training camp with the French teams, but doctors concluded he was not ready to play.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Play For Greece At EuroBasket 2022

Jul 22, 2022 9:36 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will suit up for Greece at this summer's EuroBasket 2022. There had been an open question if Antetokounmpo would play for the Greek National Team this summer.

EuroBasket will run from September 1 to September 18. Greece is in Group C and will play games in Italy during the preliminary round. Joining Greece in Group C are Croatia, Estonia, Great Britain, Italy and Ukraine.

Antetokounmpo has previously played for Greece at the 2014 and 2019 FIBA World Cups, 2015 EuroBasket and in Olympic Qualifiers in 2016. Overall, the Milwaukee Bucks star has appeared in 22 games for Greece at the senior national team level.

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Masai Ujiri, Ime Udoka Critical Of Nigerian Basketball Federation

Jun 6, 2022 9:41 AM

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri did not hold back in a letter he wrote to the Nigerian government on their decision to withdraw the men's and women's national basketball teams from competitions for two years. Ujiri was joined in his criticism by Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. Both Ujiri and Udoka are of Nigerian descent.

FIBA recently had to replace the Nigerian women's team in the 2022 Women's World Cup. The men's team is also expected to be removed from qualifiers for the 2023 Men's World Cup.

“The leaders of the basketball ecosystem in Nigeria continue to rob our youth of their present and future while tearing the entire basketball community apart — this needs to stop,” Ujiri wrote.

Udoka stressed that the dysfunction has existed for years.

“A lot of the same stuff I dealt with as a player, which is disappointing,” said Udoka, while he also said the federation suffers from disorganization at the very top.

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Rudy Gobert To Play For France At 2022 EuroBasket

May 31, 2022 8:44 AM

Rudy Gobert has committed to playing for France at 2022 EuroBasket. Gobert recently declared himself ready to help France try to win gold at EuroBasket.

Gobert was unsure if he would play after a long season with the Utah Jazz. He said he had to have his knee checked first and to make sure he was mentally ready to play for France this summer.

"It's been a few days that it's been clear in my head," Gobert said. "The process took some time. If I listened to myself, I would still be 200 percent to go, but in recent years I've had a few breaks because of knee pain.

"Once I had an MRI to ensure there was no problem, I was able to organize my summer. It was important that everything was clear in my head before I committed. The fact that Evan (Fournier) is there is a factor, I love going to war with him."

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Goran Dragic To Play At Least One More Game With Slovenia

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RJ Barrett, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Headline Canada Basketball Roster

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Kevin Love: Some With Team USA Threw Me Under The Bus

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Villanova's Jay Wright Expected To Retire

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Jonas Jerebko Barred From Swedish National Team After Signing With CSKA Moscow

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Malcolm Brogdon Wants To Play For Polish National Team

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USA Basketball Hires Steve Kerr As Head Coach

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Isaiah Thomas Leads Team USA To Win To Open World Cup Qualifying

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Kevin Durant, Sue Bird Added To USA Basketball Board Of Directors

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Steve Kerr Emerges As Favorite To Become Next USA Basketball Head Coach

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USA Basketball Hopes To Hire Next Head Coach Before Start Of NBA Season

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