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  1. Rajon Rondo may be teetering on the Team USA bubble

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo’s DNP against Spain on Sunday could be read a number of ways. For my part, I naturally assumed that Rondo — who had started for Team USA up to that point and remains the team’s top perimeter defender and most natural playmaker — was held out in an act of gamesmanship by Mike…

  2. Kevin Durant has long arms, can play some defense

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    In case you hadn’t seen it, here are Kevin Durant’s two blocks to save the game for Team USA against Spain. In a very smart move, the USA switched defense to a zone on the final possession, and that caught Spain by surprise and cut off the drive. Check out a great breakdown of that…

  3. Kevin Love has a thick head, he's fine

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Kevin Love got smacked on the head pretty good in the United States win over Lithuania Saturday then did not play on Sunday. But don’t read anything into that, he is good to go and likely will see the court against Greece Wednesday. The reason he didn’t play Sunday was it was just one day…

  4. Who should be the last cut for Team USA?

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Team USA right now is a basketball version of The Amazing Race. Thirteen players set out on the same flight for Madrid, Spain, where they had to complete tasks against Lithuania and Spain. Having successfully finished those, it is on to Greece where a new task awaits them.   In Greece, somebody is going to…

  5. USA vs. Spain Highlights

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    This doesn’t tell you everything about the game — check out our recap for that — but it does show you some nifty passing from from Ricky Rubio, some solid play from Chauncey Billups, Cristiano Ronaldo, how much we miss Juan Carlos Navaro, plus Pau Gasol and his very hot girlfriend. The actual game felt…

  6. FIBA games provide reminder of what the NBA missed out with Juan Carlos Navarro

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Rubio this, Rubio that. Ricky Rubio is the future of NBA point guards. Rubio is the greatest star for Spain. But in reality, this all overlooks the real driving force of Spain in Juan Carlos Navarro. Navarro, who has played with FC Barcelona since 1997, played a lone season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He was…

  7. Team USA edges Spain by a single point, but claims their most significant victory yet

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    Both Team USA and the Spanish national team were reluctant to reveal their full arsenals, but today’s friendly between the two FIBA powerhouses was easily the Americans’ most entertaining exhibition yet. Neither squad was flawless in their execution, but Team USA’s quality performance against their top opponent in the World Championships (even if Spain wasn’t…

  8. Team USA takes care of Lithuania… eventually

    Aug 21, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    That was almost very very bad. Team USA played disastrously bad against Lithuania for a half, trailing by multiple scores before turning the jets on in the second half and riding their athleticism to a 77-61 win Sunday afternoon. The big problem for Team USA? You can take your pick, but shooting is likely the…

  9. Stephen Curry on court, practices with Team USA

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    It was a non-contact, no scrimmage, just run through the drills and offense kind of day for Team USA. You know, those practices you hated in high school. But it was a good one for Stephen Curry, because he was back on the court. He had missed a couple days of practice with a mild…

  10. Krzyzewski, Durant talk about Team USA's progress

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

      Coach K and Kevin Durant are feeling pretty good about the team, but we’ll have a much better idea of how good they really are after games this weekend against Lithuania and Spain,

  11. Stephen Curry sits out Team USA practice

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry is still listed as day-to-day, but Thursday wasn’t that day. Curry sat out Team USA’s Thursday practice in Spain, according to John Schuhman of NBA.com. However, he is said to be improving and will be back on the court soon. Now, does soon mean before this weekend’s Team USA games (Lithuania on Saturday…

  12. Krzyzewski sees this summer as chance to build winning culture

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    It’s not a coincidence that the same franchises seem to win year after year in basketball (both NBA and college). Talent is part of that, true. But even as talent changes over year after year, decade after decade, certain teams rise to the top. They have a culture of winning, something that runs from the…

  13. Stephen Curry twists ankle at Team USA practice, is day-to-day

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    And somewhere in Maui, for a reason unbeknownst to him, Don Nelson felt a chill go up his spine…. In the final minutes of a Team USA practice scrimmage Wednesday, Stephen Curry went down with a twisted ankle, according to John Schuhman of NBA.com. The team is calling it mild and he is day-to-day. Team…

  14. Kobe Bryant shows some respect for Spain's national team

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    In establishing the hierarchy of teams competing in the FIBA World Championships, Team USA and Spain are clearly on the top tier. Both squads have superior talent to the rest of the Championship pool, and while both have their respective kinks to workout before the competition really ramps up, they’re rightfully considered co-favorites. However, it’s…

  15. Team USA routes France. What did we really learn?

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    As expected, Team USA routed France, 86-55. We talk about how Team USA is sending a “B” team to the World Championships (Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Melo and more are staying home) but France also has six NBA players not suiting up, including Tony Parker. So what we know for one thing is that the basketball…

  16. JaVale McGee, Jeff Green cut from Team USA

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee is a freak athlete, but that alone is not enough to get you on Team USA. McGee himself announced that he has been cut from Team USA via his twitter account this morning. The Bad new is….. I got cut from the USA team :(… But i get to go back and work…

  17. What we learned today: Team USA is better than China

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:30 pm: Looks like when Team USA hops on a plane for exhibition “friendlies” in Europe next week, they will bring more than the 12 they can suit up in Turkey.  That’s what Coach K told ESPN: “The chances of us having more than 12 on the plane Monday are good, but it may…

  18. The Dream Team enters the Hall of Fame

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    If only Chuck Daly could have been there with them.

  19. Coach K tells Kevin Durant to shoot the rock

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant is what you want to lead your team — an unselfish superstar. A guy who wants to play a true team game, a guy willing to pass the rock. Too willing, Mike Krzyzewski told the Associated Press. He wants Durant to shoot the rock. “They look to him all the time,” Krzyzewski said…

  20. Team USA zones out

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee came off the bench on a weak Washington Wizards team last season. Yet me may well make Team USA and suit up for the squad at the World Championships in Turkey. Which illustrates just how short the American squad is on big men (Remember Brook Lopez Amar’e Stoudemire and David Lee had to…

  21. Team USA cuts may come this weekend

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Technically, USA Basketball has nearly two weeks — until Aug. 26 — to trim the current roster of 15 down to 12. But USA Basketball big Kahuna Jerry Colangelo told NBA.com he thinks the players who are to be cut should know before the team leaves for Europe Monday. “Maybe we do let all 12…

  22. A few thoughts from a meaningless Team USA scrimmage

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:47 AM EDT

    I’m not sure how much you want to read into 24 minutes of basketball played on a colorful court on the stage at Radio City Music Hall. Basically, you don’t — the scrimmages in practice where Mike Krzyzewski got to tinker with the lineups meant a lot more than this. Still, here are few thoughts…

  23. Carmelo Anthony plans to go to London in 2012 with Team USA

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and some of the rest of the best of Team USA sat courtside at Radio City Music Hall Thursday to watch this year’s Team USA prepare for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Those guys are sitting out this go around, but Anthony told the Associated Press…

  24. Team USA: Defensive pressure and bombing threes

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    A couple days into the Team USA practices in New York — and with tip-off of the World Basketball Classic tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall — here are two things becoming clear about this team: They are going to use a lot of pressure defenses, and they are going to bomb threes. The defensive…

  25. Kevin Love knows he's getting a raw deal in Minnesota

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Kevin Love is one of the most promising young big men in the league. Kurt Rambis and the Timberwolves organization seem to know it, as they’ve cleared Al Jefferson out of the way to give Love more room to stretch his legs. At the same time, the Wolves have loaded up on forwards this off-season,…

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