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2012 Olympics

  1. Should Olympic basketball be under-23 like soccer?

    May 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    This summer, the United States will send it’s best 12 best basketball players to London to represent our nation in the Olympic Games. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban hates the idea, and he’s not alone. This summer will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team and for some the bloom is off the rose.…

  2. Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

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    When USA Basketball announced the pool of players it would choose from to select who would represent the USA at the London Olympics this summer, there were 20 names. Now, there are 16 who can go. Dwight Howard (back), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Chauncey Billups (Achilles) are out due to injury and surgery, while Lamar…

  3. Andrew Bynum skipping Olympics… so who is in for USA?

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Dwight Howard went under the knife and sacrificed his summer, the speculation began — who gets his spot on Team USA for the London Olympics this summer? It pretty much guaranteed that Knicks big man Tyson Chandler is in now. He was on the bubble before, but now he is a must as the…

  4. Dwight Howard to have back surgery Friday; out for playoffs, Olympics

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    And it’s official — the Orlando Magic are the team everyone wants to face in the first round. Dwight Howard will not be back for the playoffs because he is going to have surgery on the herniated disc in his back, his agent told Ric Bucher of ESPN. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Could ‘Melo’s role with D’Antoni cost him a spot on Team USA?

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Olympics

    Mike Krzyzewski and the coaches of Team USA have some very tough decisions ahead of them as they trim the list of 20 candidates down to 12 who get to suit up in London this summer for the Olympics. Look at the power forward spot. You only really need three and the guys on that…

  9. First look at Team USA Olympic basketball uniforms

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    USA Basketball uniforms

    That photo to the right (the larger version is below) was tweeted out by Nike on Tuesday. Nike has all kinds of interconnections with USA basketball and they are the people who design and make what Team USA will wear in London this summer for the Olympics. What you see is it, modeled by Kobe…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. If NBA cancels season, should NBA players boycott Olympics?

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Technically, USA basketball and the NBA are separate entities making separate decisions. Yet the two are so intertwined with sharing players and David Stern’s globalization of the game efforts — not to mention Nike’s influence — that it’s hard to tell them apart. Which had Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com suggesting that the players should use…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. EuroBasket roundup: France, Russia advance to semifinals

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Tony Parker of France vies with Michail

    We have our EuroBasket Final Four. And while it wasn’t easy for either side in the Thursday games, the favorites prevailed to set up a fascinating showdown for a 2012 London Olympics berth Friday. Here are Thursday’s results (including Lithuania earning its way to next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournament). Friday we will have the both semifinals and…

  21. Quarterfinal knockout round set at EuroBasket

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. Brazil, Argentina punch their tickets to London Olympics

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Emanuel Ginobili, of Argentina, celebrat

    Coming in to the FIBA Americas tournament, anything less than making the championship game — and with that earning a berth in next summer’s Olympics — would have been a let down for Argentina. They were the best team in the tournament on paper with a lineup that included Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino…

  23. Two South American Olympic bids decided Saturday

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

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    It all comes down to one game. Well, two games, actually. Brazil vs. the Dominican Republic. Argentina vs. Puerto Rico. Those are your two semi-finals of the FIBA Americas tournament on Saturday. But if your goal is a spot in the 2012 London Olympics, these are the big games. Win Saturday and you are in,…

  24. Australia wins Oceania Tournament, headed to Olympics

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

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    We’ve been giving you regular updates on what is happening with the Olympic qualifying tournaments taking place in Europe and South America right now. But we haven’t really discussed the Oceania qualifier that just wrapped up — because it is pretty much always won by Australia. And was again Friday, with the Aussies beating New…

  25. Tunisia earns Olympic berth with upset of Angola

    Aug 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    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…

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