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  1. Who will be on Team USA for 2012 London Olympics?

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Mike Krzyzewski — head coach of Team USA — has some brutal choices ahead of him next summer. Team USA is in the 2012 London Olympics and will come in the heavy favorite, but there are some other very good teams out there that could push the USA — Spain and Argentina come to mind,…

  2. USA Basketball to start asking players about 2012 Olympics

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    USA Basketball should expect a lot of vague answers. With an unsettled labor situation and everything a year away, players are going to be hesitant to fully commit now to USA basketball for the 2012 Olympics in London. But the organization’s head Jerry Colangelo is going to start asking, according to a tweet from Brian…

  3. Clippers Eric Gordon out about three weeks with wrist injury

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:42 PM EST

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    Eric Gordon, the less flashy but equally important to Blake Griffin part of the Clippers rise in the past month, will be out for abut three weeks due to a wrist injury including a chipped bone, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. He could be out only a couple weeks, but somewhere around the All-Star…

  4. JaVale McGee starts practicing for Dunk Contest

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

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    At last summer’s USA Basketball tryout and camp, some of the best players walking the planet were in awe of JaVale McGee’s pure athleticism. In a league filled with freak athletes, McGee stands out. Unfortunately, his mind and his game are a long ways from catching up with his body can do. But that athleticism…

  5. Kevin Durant named USA Basketball men’s player of year

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:01 PM EST

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    Was there any other choice? After leading Team USA to the FIBA World Championships gold medal this summer — the first time in 16 years the USA earned that — naming Kevin Durant USA Basketball male athlete of the year seems a no brainer. He was the FIBA Tournament MVP, making the selection even more…

  6. Dwight Howard throws his hat in for the 2012 Olympics, too

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EST

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    I guess we’re doing this now. It’s not like we are 19 months and basically two full NBA seasons away from the USA Basketball camps where the team for the London Olympics will be chosen. We’re asking now who wants to go. Count Dwight Howard in. Asked by the Orlando Sentinel if he was going…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    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,…

  8. Turkish players given $700,000 and villa for their silver medal. Take that Durant.

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:56 PM EST

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    What did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and the rest of Team USA get for winning the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The bonus was $25,000. Which in case you’re curious is about 0.4 percent of what Kevin Durant will make this season. Some nice pocket change for him. Chris…

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

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:37 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:56 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:03 PM EST

    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…

  12. Brandon Jennings says feels his shoes may have caused Team USA snub

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    Remember in 1992, when on the gold medal stand Nike-sponsored members of the Dream Team wore flags draped over the Reebok logo on their team sweats? The politics of shoes has been a part of USA Basketball since the pros came back. That hasn’t changed. And Brandon Jennings thinks the fact he wears Under Armor…

  13. Preview USA vs. Lithuanians: Now we see how far the youngsters have come

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    Back in August, the USA got together to take on Lithuania in a “friendly” — and the young Americans got punched in the mouth for a half. Don’t believe me, this is what Coach K told John Schuhmann of NBA.com. “They were playing the international game and we were still playing a U.S. game that…

  14. Linas Kleiza's Greek vacation has made him a new man

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:22 PM EST

    He is scoring 19.1 points a game on 60.4 percent shooting, is getting to the line, has shown everyone what he is capable of on the World Stage and is the unquestioned leader of a team in the FIBA World Championships. Kevin Durant? No, although their statistics are nearly identical. It’s Linas Kleiza. The former…

  15. Andre Iguodala called the Russians a what?

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:51 AM EST

    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…

  16. Winderman: Team USA's core may be playing themselves out of jobs

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EST

    File this one under “conundrum” when it comes to USA Basketball and those at the back end of the Mike Krzyzewski’s roster at the World Championships. Should the United States win its final two games this weekend, it punches a ticket to the 2012 Olympics, with only the gold-medalists earning an automatic bid. That would…

  17. USA, Kevin Durant wear down Russians, win 89-79. Bring on the semifinals.

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    It’s still the one thing the USA can do in basketball that the rest of the world can’t match. The USA rolls with a dozen top-flight players — Danny Granger leads the Indiana Pacers in scoring, is an All-Star and gets DNPs on this team. He’d star on any other team in the World Championships.…

  18. Mike Krzyzewski not buying that '72 USA Olympic loss to Russia was "fair"

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    Either Mike Krzyzewski forgot, or he took a little dig at his Russian counterpart. Smart money is on the latter. Yesterday, Russian coach David Blatt said that the controversial ending of the 1972 Olympics USA v. Russia gold medal game was “fair.” That after Russia — playing the game in then Eastern Bloc Munich —…

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

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

    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…

  20. Rudy Gay dunking in slow motion

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    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.

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

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    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….…

  23. Tyson Chandler helping out the Special Olympics in Turkey

    Sep 5, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    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.

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

    Sep 5, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:20 PM EST

    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…

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