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  1. Ron Artest says JaVale McGee is playing too many video games

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Usually when you talk about playing too many video games you’re talking about the national childhood obesity problem. Well, that or you’re an over 50 curmudgeon and think all video games are a blight — “We didn’t have them growing up in the 60s and we got along just fine… by doing a lot of…

  2. Kobe Bryant tells Coach K he’ll be there in London if wanted

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Mike Krzyzewski is all about recruiting. College basketball ultimately is about recruiting, and you don’t get to Coach K’s status without being very good at it. He’s already started recruiting — and landing top players — for his side gig as USA Basketball head coach for the 2012 Olympics in London. First up, Kobe Bryant,…

  3. Odom hopes to return for Team USA to London in 2012

    Oct 17, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

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    Lamar Odom was the established veteran star on Team USA this summer when they won gold. Even moreso than Chauncey Billups who gave up time for all the youngster guards on the squad and Kevin Durant, still learning his way around. Odom played minutes at just about every position, and considerable time at center for…

  4. USA Basketball reached out to Joakim Noah, but he wants to play for France

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    With the thin front line USA Basketball this summer — a lot of top names said no then Amar’e Stoudemire, Brook Lopez and David Lee couldn’t play — Jerry Colangelo was calling everyone and anyone. JaVale McGee got multiple chances to make the team. Lamar Odom was the starting center. They were looking around. That…

  5. Rondo says his heart was not totally in Team USA adventure this summer

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    USA Basketball has a consistent history of coming up with excuses for the last cut from the team. But in Rajon Rondo’s case this summer, they were more reasons that he withdrew as the 13th man. He told Ric Bucher of ESPN that he was hesitant to go in the first place (remember the in-or-out…

  6. Who is on Team USA in 2012 in London? Well, probably that Durant guy…

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Predicting who will be the top players in the NBA two years from now is risky business — injuries, development of rookies and a host of other things make the future foggy. As such, predicting the USA Basketball team for the 2012 Olympics in London — watch them right here on NBC! (starting the plugs…

  7. Poll: What player is most likely to use Team USA as a springboard?

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Who best will use the Team USA gold in Turkey as a springboard to a breakout season?customer surveys

  8. Kevin Durant, flawed and perfect

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant has yet to disappoint. He had a fantastic rookie year, has grown in each of his three seasons in the NBA, and emerged as one of the top players in the game. KD’s also riding a hell of a PR typhoon after the tectonic shift known as The Decision changed, well, everything. LeBron…

  9. USA uses "Big Ds" — Durant and defense — to beat Turkey, win gold

    Sep 12, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Think back a couple weeks ago to the start of the FIBA World Championships, to all those concerns about Team USA — they were not big enough, they lacked international experience, they were too young. You can get caught up in what a team can’t do and ignore what it can. And this version of…

  10. Durant's Gold Medal performance less magic, more an omen

    Sep 12, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    If you were surprised, you need to work on your predictive logic. There was nothing surprising about Kevin Durant’s 28 point barrage to keep the good ship Team USA afloat in their FIBA Championship victory over Turkey. Nor was there anything shocking about his stunning 38 point dismantling of Lithuania in the semifinals. This is…

  11. Turkey squeaks past Serbia in the FIBA semifinals, will face Team USA in the final tomorrow

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    The Serbian national team held the lead virtually throughout their semifinal match with Turkey, but a mini-unraveling over the game’s final minutes and busted defensive coverage on Turkey’s final possession changed everything. Rather than the Serbians finishing their turbulent FIBA run with a finale against the Americans, they’ll be playing for Bronze, while the host…

  12. Durant, Team USA level Lithuanian challenge, advance to FIBA Finals

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Hey, the good news is that Lithuania was right. Team USA probably isn’t invincible. Kevin Durant in this tournament, though? Yeah, he’s pretty close to it. Durant scored 38 points in an 88-74 win over LIthuania, as Team USA advanced to the FIBA World Championship Finals. Durant wound up 14-25 from the floor, despite every…

  13. USA's big problem today? The deer they should fear.

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    As Kurt discussed in our preview last night, Team USA has a number of concerns against Turkey in the FIBA World Championship game today. The crowd will be Roman Coliseum-like. Hedo Turkoglu has been playing like his 2007 version instead of last year’s version. But the biggest concern for Team USA needs to be shutting…

  14. Andre Iguodala called the Russians a what?

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Ah, the joys of language. A Russian player accused the USA’s Rudy Gay of calling them… well, Chris Sheridan from ESPN has the story. “He say in Russian a bad word. I don’t know how he know this. I won’t even translate it. It’s bad,” said Russian forward Andrey Vorontsevich, who got yelled at by…

  15. Team USA assistant Jay Triano shows off his trick shot repertoire

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jay Triano, head coach of the Toronto Raptors and late-addition to the assistant coaching staff for Team USA, spends a fair amount of time in a gym holding a basketball. So naturally, he picked up a few trick shots along the way, and he showed off a few pretty unique shots when the NBA cameras…

  16. Kevin Durant is still right to pick Luis Scola as the MVP of the World Championships

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    I don’t know that there’s a good player response to questions about individual accolades, but typically, a player’s answer to that kind of prompting is used to construct or enhance the public representation of a player’s personality. They can convey arrogance or humility, hunger or passivity, appreciation or entitlement. Or really, they’re just semi-canned responses…

  17. Rudy Gay dunking in slow motion

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    I may be a few days late to this party, but this slow-mo video of a USA fast break against France with the powerful Rudy Gay flush is just fun to watch.

  18. 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….…

  19. 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…

  20. USA not changing starting five for Angola, but will motion return to the offense?

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Not a lot of Team USA news out of their first practice in a few weeks, but we do know this: The starting five will be Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Lamar Odom. Same as it ever was, according to Chris Sheridan of ESPN, who is in Turkey for the World…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. Eric Gordon's doing what Eric Gordon's always done, just for a better team

    Sep 2, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon has played quite well as a member of Team USA. Even though he hasn’t been all that consistent (but then again, Durant notwithstanding, who has?), Gordon has been the Americans’ most prolific three-point shooter in the World Championships thus far. He shoots the international three with ease, and with so much attention being…

  25. 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…

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