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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. Video: Russia’s Vitaliy Fridzon’s game winner against Brazil

    Aug 2, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Brazilian guard Anderson Varejao (R) loo

    It was the best game of the Olympics so far, and that is how it ended. The run-up to that shot was amazing as well. First Alexey Shved (he will be with the Timberwolves) next season tied the game with a contested three and juts 30 seconds on the clock. Then Brazil’s Marcelinho Huertas answered, hitting an…

  3. Russia wins best game of Olympics (so far), 75-74 over Brazil

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    This game mattered to Team USA — the winner likely ends up the No. 2 seed in Group B, which puts them on the USA’s side of the bracket in the medal round and could set up a semi-final game against the winner. But that’s not why we watched it. Brazil and Russia put on…

  4. With outside shot missing, USA relies on defense, transition to beat Brazil

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:33 AM EST

    Brazil v USA - Men's Exhibition Game

    Well, that wasn’t pretty. Sure team USA beat Brazil 80-69 in an exhibition of two Olympics-bound squads front of president Barack Obama and a packed house in Washington D.C., but Brazil provided a real test for the Americans and the result was some vulnerabilities showing for Team USA. The problem was the United States could…

  5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named Global Cultural Ambassador

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:36 PM EST

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Few people can represent both the diversity and opportunity in the United States like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So he makes an interesting and smart choice as a United States Global Cultural Ambassador, something Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named him on Wednesday, the White House announced. He will soon be going to Brazil in his…

  6. Brazil, Argentina punch their tickets to London Olympics

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:02 AM EST

    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…

  7. Two South American Olympic bids decided Saturday

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    ARG_vs_PAR_102

    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,…

  8. 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…

  9. Spurs’ Splitter gets insurance, will play for Brazil

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Reggie Williams,  Al Thornton, Tiago Splitter

    Suddenly NBA players are like a lot of Americans — without health insurance. Which is a big problem for the international players who want to help their teams qualify for the 2012 London Olympics through a series of FIBA Tournaments around the globe. Insurance doesn’t just have to cover treatment and rehab of an injury,…

  10. Nene will not play for Brazil this summer, sign of free agency

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    This summer, from Argentina to Lithuania, international basketball tournaments will be taking place with berths in the 2012 London Olympics at stake. But NBA contracts and the lockout will play a role. For example, soon to be free agent Nene will not be playing for Brazil this summer, according to the Associated Press. The Brazilian…

  11. Leandro Barbosa considering leaving NBA for Brazil

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

    Leandro Barbosa, Tyrus Thomas

    For all his speed and promise, Leandro Barbosa has never been able to find comfortable footing in the NBA. And now the current Raptor is thinking about leaving the NBA behind and returning to play in his native Brazil, where he is a legend. Barbosa has a $7.6 million player option for next season with…

  12. Anderson Varejao given leave from Cavaliers, could miss weekend games

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:20 PM EST

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers likely will be without Anderson Varejao in Toronto Friday as he has been cleared by the team to stay in Cleveland to be with his father, who will have heart surgery Friday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Varejao did not travel with the team. It is unknown if he will be…

  13. Today in international basketball brawls, China vs. Brazil

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    UPDATE 8:30 PM: The Chinese Basketball Association has issued a formal apology for their players going off and beating the crap out of the Brazilian team. (Sorry Brazil, round one goes to the Chinese.) The entire Chinese team will have to attend good sportsmanship classes. Seriously. That is the punishment. A class. “The CBA apologizes…

  14. NBA may take preseason games to Brazil in next couple years

    Oct 6, 2010, 8:12 PM EST

    Brazil already has the World Cup and Olympics coming to its shores, and David Stern wants the NBA to be part of the wave, too. The NBA preseason tour may go to Brazil in the coming years, David Stern said before today’s Knicks and Timberwolves and Paris, according to the Associated Press. He said the…

  15. FIBA World Championships Day 5: The knockout phase picture is coming into focus

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:13 AM EST

    The USA’s easy yet uninspired victory over Iran gave them the top seed in Group B at the FIBA World Championships. Lots of other teams were starting to lock up spots in the next round. Such as…. Slovenia 80, Brazil 75: Brazil gave the USA their toughest game so far, but they could not beat…

  16. Spurs fans like what they see in Tiago Splitter

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:13 AM EST

    Tiago Splitter was solid and professional, not spectacular. A guy who got things done but without flair. That is to say, he was a Spur. Tiago Splitter — who joins the Spurs this fall — got a real test against NBA talent when Brazil took on the United States in the FIBA World Championships. Well,…

  17. Andre Iguodala knows it's all about the defense for USA Basketball

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    You can go ahead and say the USA’s fortunate win over Brazil put their weaknesses on display for the world and showed why this team will be in trouble against the globe’s other elite squads. The guys on the team can’t look at it that way. Andre Iguodala has been keeping a diary for the…

  18. USA's flaws exposed as team barely survives against Brazil, wins 70-68

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:57 PM EST

    Are you a glass half full guy about USA basketball, or glass half empty? Because that will determine how you feel about the USA’s come-from-behind-then-hold-on-to-the-seat-of-your-pants 70-68 victory over Brazil. If you’re a pessimist, you saw all the perceived flaws of this USA squad exposed — they had trouble protecting the paint against Brazil, especially early,…

  19. Why aren't people pumped about Team USA? Well, did you watch today's game?

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    Team USA is a lot of fun to watch if you truly love the game of basketball. They are aggressive on defense, they pressure and gamble. They want to run. They have spectacular athletes. They can turn the finesse of international basketball into a day at Rucker Park with dunks and showmanship. Did you see…

  20. The USA is in the "group of death" at Worlds, but that applies to everyone else

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    In the World Cup, the toughest group of four drawn gets the moniker “Group of Death” because some quality team is not going to be advancing to the final 16. If there were a Group of Death for the FIBA World Championships, it would be Group B. The USA’s group. Except that it really doesn’t…

  21. Nene injures leg, will skip World Championships, Varejao continues to recover

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:38 AM EST

    Brazil was coming into the World Championships with maybe the best front line at the party — Nene, Anderson Varejao and soon-to-be-Spur Tiago Splitter. But now Nene will miss the tournament and Varejao continues to miss games leading up to the tournament. Nene, of the Denver Nuggets, injured his leg in a warm up game…

  22. Tiago Splitter injured playing for Brazil, but won't miss the FIBA World Championships

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:04 PM EST

    The San Antonio Spurs (and the Brazilian national team) dodged a bullet. Tiago Splitter dodged some long-term, season-altering damage to his muscle tissue. Splitter was injured while playing against Venezuela in a pre-Championship tournament game, but according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, it’s been diagnosed as a minor thigh contusion. Splitter has…

  23. Brook Lopez pulls out of World Championships, Mike Krzyzewski pulls out some hair

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

    Can you win a world title in international ball without a quality center? We’re about to find out. Team USA is going into the World Championships in Turkey next month without Brook Lopez — the best center on Team USA by a long shot. Lopez has pulled out of the FIBA World Championships in Turkey…

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