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Anthony Davis Plans To Play In 2019 FIBA World Cup

Apr 9, 2019 8:41 AM

Anthony Davis plans on playing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. Davis, however, faces an uncertain offseason in which he will likely be traded by the New Orleans Pelicans.

"Yes, I plan to play," Davis said to the FIBA World Basketball television program. "I like playing for USA Basketball, playing for the USA team, representing my country, so I plan on playing." 

Davis played for the United States in the 2012 Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup.

"Those times were very special," he said of representing the USA. "I’d never played international basketball before. And 2012 (Olympics), I didn't really get to play, I was kind of like, you know, the guy who was just cheering everybody on.

"But that experience helped me in 2014, (being) able to help lead those guys and play my part, and getting me used to playing international basketball. And it was a fun experience, and just being able to represent the country and win gold, it’s something I look forward to every time."

Tags: Anthony Davis, United States, NBA, National, National World Championships, National Teams

USA Basketball Interested In Adding Zion Williamson To World Cup Roster

Apr 1, 2019 5:23 PM

USA Basketball has interest in adding Zion Williamson to their 12-man roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

The United States similarly had Anthony Davis on its roster for the 2012 Olympics and Christian Laettner in 1992.

Williamson and USA Basketball have yet to have formal discussions as he does not yet have an agent.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Zion Williamson, Duke Blue Devils, United States, NCAA, NBA, National, National World Championships, National Teams

LeBron James Could Play In 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Apr 1, 2019 1:10 PM

LeBron James hasn't participated in a USA Basketball event since the 2012 Olympics in London. James skipped the 2016 Olympics after winning The Finals.

James will skip the FIBA World Cup in China, which is the first USA Basketball competition coached by Gregg Popovich. James will be filming 'Space Jam 2'.

“I love everything about Pop, obviously, but this is not a good summer for me,” James said.

James, however, hasn't ruled out playing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“Yeah, that’s a possibility,” James said. “It depends on how I feel. I love the Olympics.”

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

Jay Triano Steps Down As Head Coach Of Canada

Mar 25, 2019 12:23 PM

Jay Triano has stepped down as head coach of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team.

“I can’t thank Jay enough for all he has done for basketball in Canada,” said Glen Grunwald, President & CEO. “As both a coach and player, Jay is a Canadian icon and has played a major role in the development of basketball within our country and we will forever be grateful for his contributions. After speaking with Jay, I’m hopeful we can find a role where he can continue to contribute to Canada Basketball in the future.”

Triano, 60, was the 10th head coach of the Senior Men’s National Team since 1954. A native of the Niagara region, Triano is one of Canada’s most recognizable and accomplished coaches, as well as being a talented player and three-time Olympian.

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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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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Villanova Wildcats, United States, NCAA, NBA, National, National Teams

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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Tags: Jordan Clarkson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National

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.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, National

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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