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USA Basketball Appoints Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan, Jay Wright As Assistant Coaches

Oct 11, 2018 9:28 AM

The USA Basketball Men’s National Team coaching staff today was finalized with the announcement that NBA head coaches Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) and Nate McMillan and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright have been selected as assistant coaches for the 2019-20 USA Basketball Men’s National Team.

Kerr, McMillan and Wright join USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to complete USA National Team coaching staff. The coaches will lead the USA National Team in 2019-20, which, if the USA qualifies, could include the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China (Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2019) and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan (July 24-Aug. 9).

"Led by coach Popovich, we have assembled an incredible coaching staff for the USA National Team, and we are excited to have Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright join the team as assistant coaches," said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of USA Basketball Men’s National Team program since 2005. "It’s special that each coach has prior USA Basketball experience as either a player or coach, and each coach has compiled a successful and impressive resume. I’m very confident that the USA Basketball National Team is in excellent hands the next two years."

"I am honored and fortunate to have such gifted coaches share this USA Basketball responsibility with me," said Popovich, a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. "Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright are not just knowledgeable, dedicated individuals, but they exhibit the creativity, tenacity and respect for the game needed to compete in the international arena.

"I look forward to joining them as USA Basketball attempts to extend the stellar success they've enjoyed over the past 12 years."

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NBA Gives Players Permission To Participate In Asian Games

Aug 14, 2018 10:38 PM

The NBA has given permission for players to participate in the Asian Games.

In a news release, the NBA said its agreement with FIBA allows for the league's players to play for their countries at the "Olympics, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions and associated qualifying tournaments.

"Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players under contract are unable to participate," it says in the NBA's release. "However, due to a lack of clear communication of that agreement between the NBA and the Chinese and Philippines Basketball Federations, and after further discussions with both Federations, the NBA has agreed to provide this one-time exception."

Jordan Clarkson will participate with the Philippines. 

"My heart is full of gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen," Clarkson said in a Facebook post, reacting to the NBA's decision to let him and others participate.

Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang can both play for the Chinese team.

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LeBron James Won't Participate In USA Basketball's Minicamp

Jul 16, 2018 6:12 PM

LeBron James will not participate in USA Basketball's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

James did not play on the 2016 USA Basketball entry that won gold in Rio.

James was one of the 35 names included in the player pool that the USA Basketball men's national team released in April. 

James hasn't closed the door on competing with the national team in the future.

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USA Basketball Announces Assistant Coaches For Minicamp

Jul 6, 2018 1:14 PM

USA Basketball announced the coaching staff that will assist at the July 25-27 USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp in Las Vegas.

Named to assist USA National Team head coach and San Antonio Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich at the USA minicamp were: Golden State Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown; Miami Heat assistant coach Dan Craig ; Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few; Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen; Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga; Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley; San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka; Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.

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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Headline 35-Player 18-20 USA Roster

Apr 6, 2018 4:03 PM

Named to the 2018-20 USA National Team are: Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves); Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors); Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder); Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers); Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics); Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers); Chris Paul (Houston Rockets); Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

New to the USA Men’s National Team pool are Booker, McCollom, Middleton, Thomas, and Turner. Booker (2016) was a member of USA Basketball Select Team that trained against USA National Team.

“While we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for in 2018, the selection and announcement of our new pool of national team members and this year’s July minicamp are important first steps in our preparations to defend the FIBA World Cup and Olympic titles we won during the last two quadrenniums,” said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as managing director of the USA National Team since 2005 and overseen USA teams that have compiled an 88-1 overall record. “This year’s minicamp is an opportunity for us to continue and expand the culture, brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built.
“As is shown by the return of 29 past national team players, our pipeline is well developed and it is a key factor in our success. We’re also excited about the new players who have been added to the program and the roster will remain fluid over the next three years as we continue to look for and consider players who can contribute to our program.”

The 2017-20 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff features USA head coach Gregg Popovich.

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