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2010 FIBA World Championships

  1. Durant's Gold Medal performance less magic, more an omen

    Sep 12, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    If you were surprised, you need to work on your predictive logic. There was nothing surprising about Kevin Durant’s 28 point barrage to keep the good ship Team USA afloat in their FIBA Championship victory over Turkey. Nor was there anything shocking about his stunning 38 point dismantling of Lithuania in the semifinals. This is…

  2. Turkey squeaks past Serbia in the FIBA semifinals, will face Team USA in the final tomorrow

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    The Serbian national team held the lead virtually throughout their semifinal match with Turkey, but a mini-unraveling over the game’s final minutes and busted defensive coverage on Turkey’s final possession changed everything. Rather than the Serbians finishing their turbulent FIBA run with a finale against the Americans, they’ll be playing for Bronze, while the host…

  3. USA's big problem today? The deer they should fear.

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    As Kurt discussed in our preview last night, Team USA has a number of concerns against Turkey in the FIBA World Championship game today. The crowd will be Roman Coliseum-like. Hedo Turkoglu has been playing like his 2007 version instead of last year’s version. But the biggest concern for Team USA needs to be shutting…

  4. Kevin Durant is still right to pick Luis Scola as the MVP of the World Championships

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    I don’t know that there’s a good player response to questions about individual accolades, but typically, a player’s answer to that kind of prompting is used to construct or enhance the public representation of a player’s personality. They can convey arrogance or humility, hunger or passivity, appreciation or entitlement. Or really, they’re just semi-canned responses…

  5. Team USA may have a perfect record, but they're far from flawless

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    First, the obvious: Team USA is currently undefeated, while other quality teams in the FIBA World Championships are not. That’s a credit to every player and each member of the coaching staff. Their next two games are against Iran and Tunisia, and if all goes according to plan, the U.S. national team will remain undefeated…

  6. The FIBA World Championships warning label, brought to you by Hamed Haddadi

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Though the FIBA World Championships provide refuge for basketball fans during the off-season, they are not the NBA. On a very basic level, basketball is basketball. Yet the differences in talent and style between the World Championships and the NBA are notable enough to significantly affect player performance. The product doesn’t just seem different. It…

  7. Team USA trying to adjust to FIBA referees, one step at a time

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    If the calls of NBA officials are curious, than those of FIBA referees are completely baffling; calls aren’t even consistent on a play-to-play basis, much less from game to game. Though the members of Team USA have a few intrasquad scrimmages, a handful of exhibitions, and two preliminary games under their belts, all with FIBA…

  8. Team USA destroys Croatia 106-78

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Well, that was… not a basketball game. It was for a good quarter. Croatia’s national team actually held a 19-18 lead on Team USA early in their opener of FIBA play. And then, well, Team USA showed that stars or no stars, they have talent, they are prepared, and they can absolutely dominate over lesser…

  9. Team USA, player-by-player and role-by-role (Part Two)

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Now that Team USA’s roster is finalized, it’s time to break down exactly what each of Team USA’s 12 players will be asked to do. Some members of Team USA are simply acting as an extension of their NBA selves, but others have seen their responsibilities shift due to the team’s needs, the overall makeup…

  10. Team USA, player-by-player and role-by-role (Part One)

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Now that Team USA’s roster is finalized, it’s time to break down exactly what each of Team USA’s 12 players will be asked to do. Some members of Team USA are simply acting as an extension of their NBA selves, but others have seen their responsibilities shift due to the team’s needs, the overall makeup…

  11. Rajon Rondo may be teetering on the Team USA bubble

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo’s DNP against Spain on Sunday could be read a number of ways. For my part, I naturally assumed that Rondo — who had started for Team USA up to that point and remains the team’s top perimeter defender and most natural playmaker — was held out in an act of gamesmanship by Mike…

  12. Team USA edges Spain by a single point, but claims their most significant victory yet

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    Both Team USA and the Spanish national team were reluctant to reveal their full arsenals, but today’s friendly between the two FIBA powerhouses was easily the Americans’ most entertaining exhibition yet. Neither squad was flawless in their execution, but Team USA’s quality performance against their top opponent in the World Championships (even if Spain wasn’t…

  13. FIBA to use video review for last-second shots at the World Championships

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    FIBA has slowly been evolving to meet the NBA’s rule standards, and according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, they’ll take a page from the NBA in regard to video review. While FIBA hasn’t adopted a widely-implemented use of video replay (like the kind that caused so much controversy during the NBA finals), there…

  14. Kobe Bryant shows some respect for Spain's national team

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    In establishing the hierarchy of teams competing in the FIBA World Championships, Team USA and Spain are clearly on the top tier. Both squads have superior talent to the rest of the Championship pool, and while both have their respective kinks to workout before the competition really ramps up, they’re rightfully considered co-favorites. However, it’s…

  15. Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico submit their final rosters for the FIBA World Championships

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    The selection process for Team USA rages on (and likely will until the 11th hour), but three teams — Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico — have finalized their rosters for the FIBA World Championships. Take a look:SPAIN G José CalderonG Rudy FernandezF Jorge GarbajosaC Marc GasolF Álex MumbrúG Juan Carlos NavarroFC Felipe ReyesG Ricky RubioF…

  16. For what it's worth, Rondo featured on Team USA's website

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Nike’s World Basketball Festival has inspired some rather bodacious promo art, as various players from the participating teams — Yi Jianlian, Anderson Varejao, all Nike-signed players, of course — are displayed in tremendously stylish manner. Though Kevin Durant has been Team USA’s primary subject for most of the posters and billboards advertising the event, today…

  17. FIBA bans vuvuzelas for World Championships, kills the buzz

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The vuvuzela isn’t so much an instrument as it is a glorified kazoo, but that didn’t stop the now-mythical noisemaker from dominating coverage of the World Cup. Soccer/fútbol fans finally found the perfect audio accompaniment for their sport of choice: a bland, monotone noisemaker, significant pretty much solely because during the duration of the games,…

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