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2012 London Olympics

  1. Wade backtracks; Colangelo explains why players not paid for Olympics

    Apr 12, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

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    In a purely business sense, you can argue that guys from the USA Basketball team deserve a cut of the money they earn USA Basketball — they do generate a lot of money in jersey sales and they help drive some big ticket events. But it’s a public relations disaster to ask for the money.…

  2. Ray Allen thinks guys should be paid to play in Olympics

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

    Ray Allen Team USA.

    This summer, the best basketball players on the planet will put aside their team loyalties and put on their national team jerseys and play in the 2012 London Olympics. They do it for their country and for pride. It is one of the great international showcases of basketball. Ray Allen thinks guys should get paid…

  3. Luol Deng to lead trio of NBA players on British Olympic team

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Great Britain is not a basketball powerhouse. But as the Olympic games are in London this year their usually forgotten national basketball team — overshadowed by the likes of Spain, France and Greece — gets a spot in the big dance. British hoopsters are Olympics bound. And they will have three NBA players on the…

  4. USA Basketball coaches suddenly have extra time to prepare for Olympics

    Mar 17, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Jim Boeheim should be nervous. Let’s just say, I’m not betting on Syracuse next week. It’s been a tough week for three of the four coaches that will lead Team USA this summer in the 2012 Olympics in London — Mike Krzyzewski, Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan. Head coach Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils screwed up…

  5. Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving will not play for Australia

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Kyrie Irving is not going to be on Team USA in London in 2012, but he had a standing offer from Australia (he was born…

  6. Kobe Bryant, Ricky Rubio already started Olympics trash talk

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    The Lakers were in Minnesota Sunday night as part of their Grammys road trip (the event that kicks them and the Clippers out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks) and that means Spanish friends and teammates Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol were hanging out talking in the hall after the game. Then Kobe…

  7. Cuban calls NBA players in Olympics “epitome of stupidity”

    Jan 24, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    In the ongoing “club vs. country” debate that rages through soccer, basketball and other sports, Mark Cuban has long been clearly on the side of the clubs. Which makes sense because he owns one. He pays a lot of money, hypothetically, to a tall German forward who went and played for his national team this…

  8. Amar’e Stoudemire disappointed to be left off Team USA

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Back in the summer of 2010, Amar’e Stoudemire was going to be part of the Team USA squad that went on to Turkey and the FIBA World Championships and won gold (qualifying the team for the 2012 Olympics). But then he signed an uninsured $100 million deal with the Knicks — nobody would insure Stoudemire’s…

  9. However you build it, U.S. Olympic team will be very good

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    We don’t know exactly what the U.S. Olympic team will look like in London. We know the pool of players — the 20 finalists — the roster will come from. And we know a couple other things: Mike Krzyzewski and staff have some hard choices ahead of them. This team will be very, very good.…

  10. Kyrie Irving might play for Australia in Olympics

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Here’s something I didn’t know about Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving — he has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia. He was born down under while his father was playing professional basketball there. Which means Irving has a choice to make in the next few weeks — does he want to play for…

  11. Rudy Gay says he got Team USA invitation

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Grizzlies Basketball

    The invitations are going out from USA Basketball to players who will be considered to make up Team USA at the London Olympics this summer. We showed you the initial reported list, Memphis’ Rudy Gay wasn’t on it. But he told the Commercial Appeals he got an invite. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo called him…

  12. Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA will send 12 men to London this summer to suit up and defend America’s gold medal from the last Olympic games. And that dozen will come from these 19 guys, according Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com who broke the story of the preliminary roster. We’ve broken them out by position (they are alphabetical in their…

  13. LeBron thinks London Olympic team compares to Dream Team, too

    Jan 3, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Beijing Olympics

    Team USA is not backing away from filling the big shoes. Last week USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said he thought the upcoming USA Olympic team was a “fair comparison” with the 1992 Dream team that featured Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and others. LeBron James thinks Colangelo is right,…

  14. Dwyane Wade says 2012 will be his last Olympics

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Dwyane Wade is considered one of the locks for the 2012 USA Basketball roster for the London Olympics. He has Olympic experience helping the USA get the gold medal in Beijing, he is probably the best two guard in the game today and in what should be an up-tempo affair he is one of the…

  15. Colangelo says 2012 Olympic squad “fair comparison” with Dream Team

    Dec 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The 2012 United States Olympic team will land in London the overwhelming favorites for the gold medal. But they will not just be battling Spain — the best team in their way and a legitimate threat — they will be battling history. 2012 will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team — Magic…

  16. Blazers owner will enjoy prime spot for his “megayacht” at Olympics

    Nov 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    File this under the “any time I think the players can wait out the owners slap me”… Lockout hardliner and Trail Blazers owner — not to mention Microsoft co-founder — Paul Allen is going to enjoy the Olympics in London next summer like the rest of us. Heck, it might well be the next time…

  17. USA Basketball trying to keep pre-Olympic schedule light

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    USA Basketball and coach Mike Krzyzewski are among those with their hands tied because of the NBA lockout. If there is a late-starting, condensed NBA season where the playoffs run into late June, he will get some tired players when Team USA opens its Olympics training camp right after the Fourth of July next year.…

  18. Wade says Heat embraced the dark side, but it cost them

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    USA+Basketball Wade Krzyzewski

    Every good story of a hero rising up — say, Dirk Nowitzki — needs a villain to make it work. Last season, the Miami Heat were everyone’s villains. How the entire thing went down — from LeBron’s televised decision to the pep rally — turned a lot of fans off. There was both distaste for…

  19. Coach K concerned about how lockout impacts Olympic team

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Right now, Mike Krzyzewski is thinking and talking Duke hoops. That and how to keep the pesky father of Austin Rivers (some guy everyone calls “Doc”) from butting in at team practices. But a few weeks ago he was in Las Vegas with some fellow coaches thinking 2012 London Olympics. Coach K, head coach for…

  20. Consider USA, Spain favorites for 2012 London Olympics

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There are 298 days left until the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. We, as Americans, expect a gold medal in basketball as our birthright, as we expect inexpensive gasoline and a well-grilled steak. To make sure we get what we want, USA Basketball will be sending its big guns — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant,…

  21. China earns Olympic berth with FIBA Asia victory

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Jianlian

    One’s gut reaction to the “who should win the FIBA Asia tournament?” is China. The country’s youth love basketball and there certainly is a large population pool to draw from. But without Yao Ming around to anchor that squad in the paint, it wasn’t so easy. Still, China earned a berth in the 2012 London…

  22. Who will be on Team USA for 2012 London Olympics?

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Mike Krzyzewski — head coach of Team USA — has some brutal choices ahead of him next summer. Team USA is in the 2012 London Olympics and will come in the heavy favorite, but there are some other very good teams out there that could push the USA — Spain and Argentina come to mind,…

  23. Spain wins European championship behind Gasol brothers

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Spanish basketball fans should buy Mr. and Mrs. Gasol a dinner and a nice bottle of wine. It’s because of their sons — Pau and Marc Gasol — that Spain is the champions of European basketball for the second time in a row. Spain beat France 98-85 in the championship game of EuroBasket Sunday to…

  24. EuroBasket: Spain, France earn Olympic berths with victories

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Juan Carlos Navarro

    Spain, the silver medal team in Beijing who gave the United States all it could handle in the gold medal game, will be back for the London Olympics. They will be joined by a French team led by Tony Parker and Joakim Noah. Friday Spain and France won their games to advance to the finals…

  25. Spain advances, Lithuania upset in EuroBasket quarterfinals

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Bo McCalebb

    All tournament long, teams have seemed to underestimate Macedonia. Now you can add Lithuania to the list after an upset Wednesday — and that means Lithuania has given itself a long road to even get into the London Olympics next summer. Here are the results from the first two knockout round quarterfinal games at EuroBasket…

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