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  1. Robin Lopez latest to pull out of Team USA

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Hey you. Yes, you. Want to play center for Team USA at the World Championships? If another players drops out, your phone just night ring. Center Robin Lopez dropped out just at the start of camp so he could do private rehab on the back injury that kept him from being effective during the playoffs.…

  2. Dirk Nowitzki says he is not playing in World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    He had hinted at this before and said he was still thinking about it, but Dirk Nowitzki made it official today: He will be skipping the FIBA World Championships next month (as reported at Dallasbasketball.com). “I have signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks,” Dirk said in making the announcement. “We have a new…

  3. Rajon Rondo is unphased by the Team USA mystique

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo has never seemed all that interested in playing for Team USA. He kind of brushed off the initial invite to participate in this summer’s tryout (He apparently couldn’t be bothered to get back to Team USA czar Jerry Colangelo), and though he was officially added to the national team’s roster last week, he…

  4. Jason Kidd won't play for Team USA, but he'll be around

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    It was understood going in that the 2008 Olympics would be Jason Kidd’s last hurrah as a member of Team USA, but it looks like he’ll remain a part of the program even if he forgoes the whole playing thing. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Kidd has been invited to act as an adviser…

  5. Hedo Turkoglu has gallbladder surgery

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Apparently Hedo Turkoglu needs to lower his cholesterol. He has had minor gallbladder surgery while in Turkey preparing with the Turkish national team for the FIBA World Championships this August. That according to Turkish media (as found and translated by Real GM, via Rotoworld). The doctors advised me to undergo surgery on my gallbladder so…

  6. Team USA: The B-Team that actually wants to be there

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    Yahoo! Sports reports that Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that not a single player from the 2008 Olympic team will join Team USA for the World Championships in Turkey this summer.  In the midst of a public outpouring of rage and disgust over the behavior of how and where various free agents decided to exercise their…

  7. Fabricio Oberto to suit up for Argentina this summer

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Soon-to-be ex-Wizard Fabricio Oberto has never been a major player on the domestic basketball scene, although he was a good complimentary piece in the Spurs’ 2007 title team. That said, he does has value as something of an elder statesman for Argentina’s national team. Fab is an important part of the Argentine big man rotation,…

  8. Tony Parker understands the Spurs window is closing

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Tony Parker is not playing for France in the FIBA World Championships this summer. He is staying in, chilling with his wife, getting healthy, and working out like mad. Why? Because it’s now or never for the Spurs and he wants to be ready, Parker told Lang Whitaker of SLAM. Hopefully we’ll make some tweaks…

  9. National teams will tear up NYC for pre-FIBA events

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    The roster for Team USA currently reads “Kevin Durant and…Kevin Durant?” but that shouldn’t stop you from getting excited about America’s team for the FIBA World Championships. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard could be considered doubtful, but even the second and third tiers of native NBA players could make…

  10. Off-season knee surgery may be in Kobe Bryant's future

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant isn’t going to talk about it. He gets a bit surly during the playoffs, the media questions are just another distraction in his way. And he doesn’t talk about chinks in the armor on the best of days. But USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo told the New York Post that he doesn’t expect Kobe…

  11. Pau Gasol to skip the World Championships

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Though there are a number of competitive teams partaking in this summer’s FIBA World Championships, Spain was understandably considered the best possible candidate to upset the Americans. Those chances have dwindled significantly with Pau Gasol’s announcement that he will miss this summer’s tournament in order to rest for next season. From Janis Carr of the…

  12. Howard may miss world championships as well

    May 31, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Dwight Howard has joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in being undecided about whether or not he will play in the world championship games this summer. Unlike James and Wade, Howard will not have to make a free agency decision this summer, but he is thinking of skipping the games…

  13. Team USA may go younger

    May 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    The veterans are on the fence. And the Team USA roster is in flux. This summer isn’t the Olympics, this is the FIBA World Basketball Championships (which some countries see as the bigger deal, but we don’t). It’s in Turkey, which is a great place to visit but, again, not sexy to the American audience.…

  14. Hedo Turkoglu: "I'm not happy" in Toronto

    May 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    There were times that Hedo Turkoglu seemed happy in Toronto. For example, late at night in the clubs. But not on the court, and he said as much in an interview with a Turkish newspaper (via Rotoworld). (Be warned, when you click this is a pretty rough translation.) “I’m not happy. I’m depressed because of…

  15. Tony Parker to skip World Championships; Rodrigue Beaubois to take his place

    May 14, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    Coming off a season where injuries kept him out of the lineup and held him back when he was in it, Tony Parker has decided to take the summer off. Parker will not represent France in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey in August. He announced his decision on his Web site. After a long…

  16. Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans get Team USA invites

    May 4, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    With some key players hinting they are not going to play this summer, the team USA Roster — and invites to camp this summer in July — is in flux. Today USA Basketball added two star rookies – Stephen Curry and Tyreke Evans — and another young player in Jeff Green to the roster. Then…

  17. Ginobili plans to sit out FIBA World Championships this summer

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    In a bit of a blow to the entertainment value of the FIBA World Championships taking place in Turkey this summer, Manu Ginobili announced through La Nacion that he will not be competing with Argentina’s national team in the Championships this year. According to Cronica Online (bring along your old pal Google Translate if you…

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