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  1. USA’s path to gold could feature rematch from 1972. Or 2008.

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (L)  and US f

    We have reached the medal round and if you look at the way the USA played the last two quarters against Argentina — pressure defense where they did not gamble, then LeBron James and Kevin Durant scoring — nobody can stop them. We’re just going to pretend the first two quarters didn’t happen. So what…

  2. Kyrie Irving might play for Australia in Olympics

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    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…

  3. Insurance will keep Bogut from playing in Australia after all

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut wanted to play in Australia during the lockout. He even tweeted it was almost a reality. He could sharpen his game coming off an injury and bring attention to a hoops league in a nation where rugby, Australian Rules Football, soccer, cricket and other sports are thought of well before hoops. (Well, Australian Rules…

  4. Insurance issues holding up Bogut from playing down under

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut is finally feeling like his badly injured arm is fully healed, he is ready to return to the court. Except the NBA is not returning to the court. So instead Bogut wants to play in his native Australia for a little while or until the lockout ends. However, now its insurance on the…

  5. Australia wins Oceania Tournament, headed to Olympics

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    autralia-Patty Mills

    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…

  6. Does Australia want Bogut enough for the government to help?

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:24 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut is a big deal in Australia. They have other players in the NBA — hello Patty Mills — but Bogut is a defensive stalwart, the former college player of the year at Utah who, if he gets his shooting touch back, is a borderline All-Star. Plenty of teams in the Australian league (the…

  7. Durant, Rose, more stars may play Australian exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    NBA stars may be headed down under. If — we keep saying “if” even though it almost certainly is a “when” — the lockout drags into the regular season some top NBA players may be headed to Australia for an exhibition tour of a few games, reports the News Herald (via the Orange County Register).…

  8. 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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