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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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2023 FIBA World Cup Awarded To Philippines, Japan, Indonesia

Dec 9, 2017 10:19 AM

FIBA on Saturday awarded the hosting rights for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to Philippines/Japan/Indonesia.

This marks the first time in the competition's history that it is to be staged in more than one country.

The 2019 World Cup will be held in China.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will see the Group Phase take place in Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, with the Final Phase to follow in the Philippine capital city of Manila.

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Ben Simmons Plans To Play For Australia In 2020 Olympics

Nov 14, 2017 11:33 AM

Ben Simmons intends to represent Australia in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I definitely want to play for the Boomers," said Simmons. "I’ve told a lot of my guys and my coaches that I’ll definitely be wanting to play."

Simmons was raised in Australia and also has citizenship in the United States.

"It’s going to be a great team. A very young, quick team. I think the future of Australian basketball is going in the right direction."

Simmons didn't participate in the 2016 Olympics. 

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Goran Dragic Leads Slovenia To 2017 EuroBasket Title

Sep 18, 2017 11:08 AM

Slovenia defeated Serbia 93-85 to win the 2017 EuroBasket as Goran Dragic collected MVP honors.

Dragic, Bojan Bogdanovic, Alexey Shved, Luka Doncic and Pau Gasol were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Dragic had 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in the championship game.

Jonas Valanciunas led the tournament in PER at 37.1.

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United States Win 2017 AmeriCup

Sep 4, 2017 3:28 PM

The United States defeated Argentina 81-76 to win the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.

Jeff Van Gundy led a United States roster made up primarily of G-League players.

Jameel Warney was named MVP of the tournament.

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Kendall Marshall, Reggie Williams Headline USA's AmeriCup Roster

Aug 22, 2017 12:56 PM

The United States have announced their 12-man roster for the 2017 AmeriCup. The USA team features six players with NBA experience, 11 with NBA G League experience and seven with playing experience overseas.

Jeff Van Gundy is coaching the team for the tournament.

Billy Baron (UCAM Murcia (Spain)
Alec Brown (Windy City Bulls)
Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
Reggie Hearn (Reno Bighorns)
Darrun Hilliard (Detroit Pistons)
Jonathan Holmes (Canton Charge)
Kendall Marshall (Reno Bighorns)
Xavier Munford (Greensboro Swarm)
Marshall Plumlee (Los Angeles Clippers)
Jameel Warney (Texas Legends)
C.J. Williams (Texas Legends)
Reggie Williams (Oklahoma City Blue)

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Danilo Gallinari Suffers Broken Right Thumb

Jul 30, 2017 6:44 PM

Danilo Gallinari has suffered a broken right thumb.

Gallinari was injured when trying to punch Jito Kok of the Dutch national team during a friendly on Sunday. Gallinari took exception to Kok aggressively trying to get position for a rebound.

Gallinari will miss this summer's Eurobasket but is expected to be ready for training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Gallinair won't need surgery on the injury.

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Jeff Van Gundy To Coach USA Basketball For World Cup Qualifying

Jun 26, 2017 9:21 PM

Jeff Van Gundy will be the head coach of USA Basketball for World Cup qualifying.

The roster will be comprised of non-professionals in the tournament, which will take place in November, February and next July.

Van Gundy hasn't coached since leaving the Houston Rockets in 2007. Van Gundy has been a candidate in recent seasons for NBA vacancies. 

Gregg Popovich will coach the senior national team in the 2019 World Cup in China.

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LeBron James Won't Play In 3-On-3 At Olympics

Jun 11, 2017 8:29 PM

LeBron James is excited for 3-on-3 basketball to be in the Olympics but he has no plans to participate.

"I think it's great for basketball," James said Sunday. "For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it's pretty great. I haven't seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it; and are they going to use NBA guys or are going to use college guys?"

James won gold medals with Team USA in 2008 and 2012 and a bronze in 2004. 

"I'm not very good in a three-on-three thing, I'm more of a five-on-five guy," James said. "I stay out of the one-on-one matchups during our practice, the two-on-twos and the three-on-threes. So probably not. I probably won't be a part of the three-on-three matchup that it has to offer."

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3-On-3 Basketball Added To 2020 Olympics

Jun 9, 2017 11:26 AM

The IOC has added 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program.

There will be 64 participants with eight teams for men and women.

FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: “The intensity and skill level of the 3x3 Game is such that there are no traditional 3x3 powerhouses and new countries have emerged since the first YOG experience in 2010. This was our main objective back in 2007. The decision provides FIBA with a renewed, strong incentive to continue in this direction and grow the game of basketball by developing new young skilled basketball talents in both genders across the globe from small islands to large countries in every continent.”

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FIBA Changes Will Force USA Basketball To Use Non-NBA Players In Qualification
FIBA is moving away from tournaments held strictly in the summer.

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