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  1. Danny Granger injures finger with Team USA

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Danny Granger is too often overlooked — he was eighth in the NBA in scoring last year — a very good player lost on a struggling team. He could use a breakout forum, like Team USA at the World Championships. Except that is now up in the air. Granger thinks he dislocated the ring finger…

  2. What Kevin Durant did on his summer vacation

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When he’s not leading Team USA (like he started doing again Monday in New York), Kevin Durant still goes and balls with his old league. Love that guy, he’s grounded. Oh, and he has a nice dunk repertoire, too.

  3. For what it's worth, Rondo featured on Team USA's website

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Nike’s World Basketball Festival has inspired some rather bodacious promo art, as various players from the participating teams — Yi Jianlian, Anderson Varejao, all Nike-signed players, of course — are displayed in tremendously stylish manner. Though Kevin Durant has been Team USA’s primary subject for most of the posters and billboards advertising the event, today…

  4. Small market Thunder about to be big time face of league

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are the undisputed kings of NBA marketing hype. When the league wants to put its best face forward — opening night, Christmas day — these are the teams you will see. But right behind them is the Oklahoma City Thunder. And that is the rare triumph of a…

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

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    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…

  6. Mike D'Antoni backs out of Team USA job because of his back

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

    Mike D’Antoni has been an assistant coach with Team USA for years. Remember how that was going to help his recruiting top players to New York… Well, there will be no more recruiting this summer. Mike D’Antoni will not be accompanying team USA to Turkey because of back problems, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.…

  7. Team USA cut to 15, no surprises

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    It went down pretty much exactly as Rob Mahoney told you earlier today. Tyreke Evans, Gerald Wallace, JaVale McGee and O.J. Mayo have been let go, bringing the roster down to 15. Three more guys will be let go after camp in New York and before the team heads to Turkey for the FIBA World…

  8. Gerald Wallace, Tyreke Evans, and O.J. Mayo expected to be victims of first Team USA cuts

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    Team USA is scheduled to announce their first trimmings from the roster in a few hours, but Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse reported that Gerald Wallace, Tyreke Evans, and O.J. Mayo are “expected to be” among those cut from the team this afternoon. Evans was an obvious cut. After tweaking an ankle early in Team…

  9. Not sure who he's been kissing, but Brook Lopez struggling with mono

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez is the best center on the Team USA roster by roughly 500 miles. And coach Mike Krzyzewski would walk 500 miles and then would walk 500 more just to be the man who had a real low post presence on his team. But in the white vs. blue Team USA scrimmage Saturday Lopez…

  10. Rudy Gay with the big dunk.. so pay the man $84 million

    Jul 25, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay can thrown it down, an he had the best dunk during the Team USA while vs. blue scrimmage Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack in Vegas. He can dunk and is athletic, no doubt. Can the Grizzly with the big new contract bring a well rounded game to lead a team like…

  11. White Team routs Blue Team in Team USA scrimmage; real question: who's playing center?

    Jul 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    I’ve never really understood watching scrimmages. I mean, I do it a lot. I’ll watch basketball pretty much at any level. But the players are just so removed from the effort level we find most enjoyable to watch. That level, if you’re wondering, is a Game 7 in the playoffs in the semifinals or higher.…

  12. Not a super weekend for Tyreke Evans

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans is having one of those no-good weekends. The Rookie of the Year should be having the time of his life, celebrating the first 20-5-5 rookie season since LeBron James in 2004, and being a potential leader for Team USA. Instead, not only will he not be joining the team in Turkey, but Evans…

  13. Rajon Rondo is feeling good, looking good

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    With a deep backcourt that includes Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook, there were questions about Rajon Rondo on Team USA. Basically, how would his game translate to the international stage? Could his lack of a steady outside shot cost him? And was he really committed to the team after seeming to waffle on his commitment?…

  14. Jerry Colangelo talks Team USA

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Jerry Colangelo is THE MAN with USA basketball, so you should listen to him.

  15. Make no mistake Team USA is Kevin Durant's team

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    After Thursday’s practice, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about how the players on this team have to get used to the more hockey-like shifts they take — three or four minutes of run at a time, keeping guys fresh. Except Kevin Durant, he’s getting 10-minute shifts, as John Schuhmann noted on the Hang Time…

  16. Coach K talks Team USA

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Mike Krzyzewski talks about getting around not having enough centers on the roster and dealing with a young team. Although, still older than the kids he normally deals with.

  17. David Lee out for World Championships, will not need surgery

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:32 pm: Lee has been diagnosed with “mallet finger” which is when the tendon that allows control of the part of the finger beyond the last joint comes off. The treatment: wear a split on your finger for six weeks. But this is fairly common and treatable. 3:22 pm: You had a feeling things…

  18. The World Championships vs. the Olympics

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Here in America, we are all about the gold medal. That’s what dream of growing up, what our young volleyball players and gymnasts strive to get. We love our bright, shiny objects that glisten in the sun. So when it comes to international basketball, we are all about the Olympics. That’s what we gear up…

  19. Team USA is not on a cakewalk to the World Championship

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    No Kobe, No LeBron, no problem. Team USA is just going to coast to the World Championship. Because we are the USA and we are that deep with talent. That’s what you all seem to think, based on everything from message boards to betting lines. You’re all wrong. The USA is sending a “B” team…

  20. Lamar Odom playing his way back into shape with Team USA

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    On June 17, Lamar Odom walked off the floor at Staples Center after Game 7 of the NBA finals. Tuesday was the first time he walked back on one. After the first day of USA Basketball camp in Vegas, Odom admitted to FanHouse he has taken the last month off to enjoy life. And enjoying…

  21. David Lee injures finger on first day of USA Basketball camp

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:09 pm: ESPN got a quote from Lee himself, and it doesn’t sound good: “I looked down and my finger was completely turned to the side,” Lee said. “It’s possibly a tendon or a dislocation of some sort. It’s something I’ve got to go have looked at either way. 6:38 pm: The biggest fear…

  22. 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.…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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