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  1. Preview: It's no Cold War, but Russia should scare the USA a little

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    It’s not the size of the test — although this will be a pretty good one for the USA — it’s the consequences of failure. This is the round of eight — lose and go home. Early. Hearing from the home front about the failings of the youngsters of USA Basketball. Just like the Spanish…

  2. World Championships roundup: Turkey's fans keep singing, Spain's fans crying over their Tapas

    Sep 8, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    And it is looking more and more like the gold medal game of the World Championships will be the USA vs. Turkey. Serbia 92, Spain 89: This was an upset — not a massive, Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson upset, but an upset. It was also the fair result, Serbia controlled most of this game, but a…

  3. Quote of the day: Kevin Durant sees that Luis Scola is beasting

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    “He’s a beast … the MVP by far in this tournament, win or lose.” –USA’s Kevin Durant on Argentina’s Luis Scola (via NBA.com’s John Schuhmann’s twitter account). Scola has averaged 30 PPG during the World Championships and dropped 37 and 9 on Brazil Tuesday. It is possible the USA and Argentina will meet in the…

  4. USA's, world's big guns stayed home this summer, but 2012 Olympics will be different

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    There was plenty of talk about the top American players skipping the World Championships — Kobe Bryant had his knee scoped, LeBron James had to work on taking his talents places, and other excuses piled up for Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and on down the list. But this was not just…

  5. Luis Scola looks like the best player at the World Championships

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Holy Scola Batman! Luis Scola made a pretty convincing case that it is he, not Kevin Durant, who has been the best player at the FIBA World Championships. Tuesday Scola had a stunning performance. Even the shots he tried to miss went in. Scola dropped in 37 points, shooting 13 of 19 inside the arc,…

  6. Toronto may be getting better Linas Kleiza than the one who left Denver

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    If you weren’t watching today — you know, because you have a job and limited love for Lithuanian basketball — you missed the Linas Kleiza show. Kleiza dropped 30 points on China going 14 for 22 from the floor, and he did it all without taking a three. With the game close midway through the…

  7. Russia earns date with USA in quarterfinals after cruising past New Zealand

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    As expected, it is USA vs. Russia on Thursday in the FIBA World Championships quarterfinals. Russia filled out its half of the bracket beating New Zealand 78-56, showing off some of the defense and the inside game that will give the USA their best challenge since Brazil (and maybe their best challenge so far period).…

  8. USA thumps Angola 121-66, now things get challenging

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    For one quarter, the USA looked like the focused, efficient, powerful team we expect them to be. And that’s all they needed on Labor Day, one quarter of labor. The USA was up 20 in the first quarter, knocked down 18 three pointers for the game and defeated an outmatched Angola team 121-66 in the…

  9. Knicks signee Timofey Mozgov shows off his potential in Turkey

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    The description from scouts when the Knicks signed Russian Timofey Mozgov was “potential.” He has shown a little more than that as part of a pretty good Russian team at the World Championships, giving Knicks fans another reason for hope. He is averaging 11.8 points per game on 65 percent shooting, and he dropped 18…

  10. USA v. Angola preview: Charles Barkley was right about Angola, it is in trouble

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    The USA has not had to be an impressive team to win in the group play portion of the FIBA World Championships. They have been so much more skilled and athletic than the teams they faced (save Brazil) that they could basically coast. But entering the 16-team knockout stage of the World Championships Monday things….…

  11. Tyson Chandler helping out the Special Olympics in Turkey

    Sep 5, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Special Olympics is a worldwide organization, and with a few days off for Team USA Tyson Chandler went to help with the torch run portion of the leadup to the games.

  12. Turkey is America's biggest threat at the World Championships

    Sep 5, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Spain is good with a depth of talent we know about. Argentina has the best player so far in the tournament in Luis Scola. Brazil already almost beat the USA. Greece has been very good and has the motion offense that can give the USA fits. Turkey is playing better than all of them. And…

  13. Rudy Gay's groin feels tight, but he practices, should play for Team USA

    Sep 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay’s strained groin isn’t fully healed, but it isn’t slowing him down. Gay sat out the second half of the USA’s blowout win over Tunisia Thursday after suffering the injury. Team USA had Friday off and when they returned to practice Saturday Gay went through the entire two-hour session with the team. Afterwards he…

  14. Lamar Odom going for two World Championships in one year. Beat that Kobe.

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    I joke that the only way to make Lakers fans happy is to win two championships a year. Lamar Odom is trying to do just that. Odom is the starting center for USA Basketball (even if he shouldn’t be) as it heads into the knockout phase of the World Championships. Odom told Broderick Turner of…

  15. Forget starting, Kevin Love and Eric Gordon need to be finishing for Team USA

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Playtime is over boys and girls — things are now serious for Team USA. Well, maybe not against Angola but after that. Lose one and you’re done. Sixteen teams in a knockout tournament for the World Championship. There can be no more bad games, it’s time to put your best players out there for the…

  16. World Championship knockout rounds set, USA has a tough road ahead

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    There are supposed to be rewards for winning your group-play bracket at the FIBA World Championships. And there are for the USA — it’s first round game is against Angola on Monday. Very winnable. Then the sledding gets tough. It could have been worse. But tough. Here’s the lineup. Saturday we get the two best…

  17. Rudy Gay suffers mild groin strain in USA win, sits second half

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, who was fourth on the Team USA in scoring at 9 points a game before the USA took on Tunisia Thursday, suffered a mild groin strain in the game and sat out the second half of that game. It doesn’t sound all that serious, if you listen to Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s comments to…

  18. USA Basketball remains unimpressive, undefeated with 92-57 win over Tunisia

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Only USA basketball can win a game by 35 points and not impress doing it. But that was the case with the USA’s 92-57 win over Tunisia. The USA exits FIBA World Championship pool play 5-0 and is now off until Monday when it will take on Angola in the round of 16 — the…

  19. Music stops for FIBA World Championship dancers

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    Are we human, or are we FIBA dancers… Timeouts in the arenas during the FIBA World Championships it looks like every NBA game — the music comes on and the dancers take the floor. Dressed provocatively, they are a little bit of eye candy during the break. Except now during host Turkey games. The Red…

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

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    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…

  21. Suns fans, watching Hedo Turkoglu play in Turkey will not make you smile

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    No Amare Stoudemire but you’ve got Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress so everything will be just fine in Phoenix, right? Well, that assumes you get the 2009 playoff version of Turkoglu. You know, the one the Toronto Raptors paid for but called lemon law on. But now out of Toronto, fresh start in a great…

  22. USA sleepwalks past Iran 88-51 at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Well, that was pretty much what we expected — including the part where Kevin Love was the one guy to show up and care. The USA was going to roll past a clearly less talented Iran team and came out with all the intensity of an intersquad scrimmage. Eventually they got there, winning 88-51 and…

  23. Should the World Championships be moved to July?

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Here we are heading into September, usually the basketball desert time of year, and we have an oasis of the World Championships. Some entertaining if not spectacular games taking place in Turkey, spiced up with a little bit of a college atmosphere. Pros playing with their nation’s name on the front of their jerseys (and…

  24. USA vs. Iran: It's about basketball, not politics

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    There are political overtones in some international sporting events. You could feel it when Turkey played Greece yesterday — then Greek fans showed up with a banner that said “We are neighbors not enemies.” It was a chance for sport to transcend the political. Today comes USA vs. Iran, but the Iranians are looking at…

  25. Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi has impressed at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    There’s an Iranian player in the NBA, although you’d hardly know it by looking at most Memphis Grizzlies box scores. He played in only 36 games for Memphis last season, and most of his minutes came in garbage time. But at the FIBA World Championships, Hamed Haddadi is a star. He has been averaging 22…

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