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2012 London Olympics

  1. Steve Nash didn’t play for Canada but wants to lead team

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    It was a disappointment when Canada — working hard to build up its national basketball team — failed to make even next summers pre-Olympics second chance qualifying tournament this summer. Canada was just not impressive at the FIBA Americas tournament. Of course, they were without the best Canadian player, Steve Nash. Or Tristan Thompson. Or…

  2. Quarterfinal knockout round set at EuroBasket

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

    Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (R) watch as th

    There has been drama — like the Russian win Monday that eliminated Macedonia. There have been surprises — none bigger that Germany being eliminated in group play and thereby eliminated from the Olympics. Dirk Nowitzki admitted later he was tired and maybe not able to help his team as much as he wanted to. And…

  3. EuroBasket: Good day for Russia, Macedonia. Yes, Macedonia.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:22 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Going into EuroBasket — the combination European championships and Olympic qualifying tournament — Macedonia had never won a single game in the event. Now, they are 3-0 in the second round of group play and locked in for the knockout stages. That means they have a chance to make the Olympics (top two finishers at…

  4. Final four set for FIBA Americas, Venezuela finishes fifth

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    The final four for the FIBA Americas is set — Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will play Saturday for berths in the 2012 London Olympics. If you haven’t been watching (what, you don’t stream international hoops games at your desk in the morning?) just know that this is fitting — they’ve been…

  5. FIBA Americas opens Tuesday, watch out for Argentina

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    manu-ginobili-argentina-fiba-americas-championship

    Argentina is one stacked squad. And they are playing at home. Which is why everyone expects them to exit with one of the two Olympic berths to be handed out at the FIBA Americas Tournament, which starts Tuesday in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. The top two finishers in the 10-team Americas tournament get an automatic…

  6. Tunisia earns Olympic berth with upset of Angola

    Aug 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    international basketball FIBA

    There are now three teams qualified for the Olympics next year in London — Tunisia will represent Africa after a stunning upset to win AfroBasket. We say stunning upset because Tunisia was taking on Angola, a team that had not lost a game to another African team in a decade, the country that had won…

  7. Down a final four in African Olympic qualifying

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    Afrobasket

    Next July in London you will see one of these four teams: Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Nigeria or Angola. Probably Angola, by the way, but there have been enough surprises in FIBA AfroBasket — the Olympic qualifying tournament for that continent — that one should keep watching. Angola hadn’t lost a game to an African team…

  8. LeBron says he is in for the 2012 Olympics in London

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There were concerns that if the lockout is still going on next summer (and there is a real chance of that happening) that the best NBA players would stay away because USA Basketball is seen as a David Stern production. But if you think the best players are going to miss the chance to win…

  9. Report: Turiaf breaks hand, likely out for Eurobasket

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:25 AM EST

    Ronny Turiaf

    Just 24 hours ago, Ronny Turiaf was dancing on the court after Nicolas Batum was throwin’ it down. Now, it looks like he will not be able to play for France at EuroBasket. Turiaf broke his hand at the London Invitational — one of the tune-up tournaments for EuroBasket — and will be out for…

  10. Video: Get a first look at 2012 Olympics basketball court

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:07 PM EST

    London Olympics basketball

    The 2012 Olympic basketball tournament will be played in a temporary but cool looking building in London (pictured to the right). One well-protected building. Perks of being the host is that the team from Great Britain gets its team in (they never would have qualified out of a brutal European competition) and the get to…

  11. LeBron committed to 2012 Olympics; “optimistic” for season

    Aug 8, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James says is not going to play in Turkey. Or Spain. But he is planning a trip to London. In Akron for a “Wheels for Education” charity kickoff, LeBron told the Associated Press he is not looking to play  overseas because he is so “optimistic” there will be an upcoming season. Not sure who…

  12. Gordon likely will not play for Great Britain this summer

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Last week we told you that Luol Deng announced he would play for Great Britain this summer, that the nation’s basketball body was able to find insurance. They did — but not the level of insurance normally afforded players. And while that was good enough for Deng it is not enough for Detroit’s Ben Gordon,…

  13. Britain gets insurance; Deng, Gordon to play EuroBasket

    Aug 3, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The “group of death” at EuroBasket just got a more deadly. That’s because Great Britain — considered the weakest team at the group — just got a whole lot stronger with the addition of the Bulls Luol Deng and the Pistons Ben Gordon. Deng announced that he would be playing — meaning the British basketball…

  14. Insurance could keep Deng, Gordon off English national team

    Aug 2, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    England is guaranteed a spot in the London Olympics basketball tournament next summer. It’s the perks of hosting the games. (The USA is the only other nation to have already qualified, by virtue of winning the World Championships last summer.) But there is still work to do this summer. The Bulls Luol Deng has already…

  15. Could the lockout mean no NBA players in the Olympics? Maybe.

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The 2012 London Olympics will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team — Bird, Magic, Jordan and a host of other NBA stars putting on a show in Barcelona and reclaiming the gold medal for the United States. That team was the spark that lit the fire of NBA globalization. But it’s possible…

  16. Matt Bonner isn’t Canadian enough, apparently

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Matt Bonner

    Matt Bonner wants to be Canadian. And not in the “put a maple leaf on your bag as you travel through Europe so you don’t have to try and explain American politics” kind of way. He played for the Raptors, lives in Toronto in the off-season, his wife and daughter are Canadian, and he wants…

  17. Ibaka granted Spanish citizenship, will play in Eurobasket

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    The front line of the Spanish national team already had the Gasol brothers, and it just got better. Serge Ibaka — the Oklahoma City Thunder forward who was born in the Congo but played in Spain — has been granted Spanish citizenship and will play for the country in EuroBasket this summer, the event where…

  18. How the NBA lockout will impact Olympic qualifying

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    London Olympics bid are on the line all over the globe this summer — at Eurobasket in Lithuania, at the Americas tournament in Argentina, plus events in Africa and other spots around the globe. And the NBA lockout could impact all of it. Among the things that went away with the NBA lockout was the…

  19. Insurance issues could keep NBA stars off national teams

    May 27, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Tiago Splitter

    This summer in Europe, South America, Africa and all over the globe will be major international basketball tournaments — ones where berths in the 2012 London Olympics will be on the line. And those nations may be without their NBA players. All because of the upcoming NBA lockout, and what that could do to player…

  20. Kyrie Irving wants to play for Australia but he can’t

    May 20, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

    Hampton v Duke

    As the Draft Combine was winding down in Chicago, future No.1 draft pick Kyrie Irving threw out a surprise twist, according to a tweet from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress: Irving said he was “strongly considering” playing for the Australian national team this summer. Australia will be trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics Irving owns…

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