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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Rudy Gay suffers mild groin strain in USA win, sits second half

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, who was fourth on the Team USA in scoring at 9 points a game before the USA took on Tunisia Thursday, suffered a mild groin strain in the game and sat out the second half of that game. It doesn’t sound all that serious, if you listen to Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s comments to…

  6. USA Basketball remains unimpressive, undefeated with 92-57 win over Tunisia

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Only USA basketball can win a game by 35 points and not impress doing it. But that was the case with the USA’s 92-57 win over Tunisia. The USA exits FIBA World Championship pool play 5-0 and is now off until Monday when it will take on Angola in the round of 16 — the…

  7. USA vs. Iran: It's about basketball, not politics

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    There are political overtones in some international sporting events. You could feel it when Turkey played Greece yesterday — then Greek fans showed up with a banner that said “We are neighbors not enemies.” It was a chance for sport to transcend the political. Today comes USA vs. Iran, but the Iranians are looking at…

  8. Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi has impressed at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    There’s an Iranian player in the NBA, although you’d hardly know it by looking at most Memphis Grizzlies box scores. He played in only 36 games for Memphis last season, and most of his minutes came in garbage time. But at the FIBA World Championships, Hamed Haddadi is a star. He has been averaging 22…

  9. FIBA World Championships: Lithuania upsets Spain, 76-73 (and that's not good for the USA)

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Maybe Spain misses Paul Gasol more than we thought. After dropping their first game to France it was expected Spain would wake up and start to roll, but on Tuesday they blew an 18-point third quarter lead, were outscored 23-9 in the fourth quarter and fell to Lithuania 76-73. Good you say. The other co-favorite…

  10. Andre Iguodala knows it's all about the defense for USA Basketball

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    You can go ahead and say the USA’s fortunate win over Brazil put their weaknesses on display for the world and showed why this team will be in trouble against the globe’s other elite squads. The guys on the team can’t look at it that way. Andre Iguodala has been keeping a diary for the…

  11. USA's flaws exposed as team barely survives against Brazil, wins 70-68

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Are you a glass half full guy about USA basketball, or glass half empty? Because that will determine how you feel about the USA’s come-from-behind-then-hold-on-to-the-seat-of-your-pants 70-68 victory over Brazil. If you’re a pessimist, you saw all the perceived flaws of this USA squad exposed — they had trouble protecting the paint against Brazil, especially early,…

  12. USA defense looks very good. So far.

    Aug 29, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The USA came out and overwhelmed Slovenia  at the start, shutting them down and converting the misses into easy buckets the other way. It was 12-2 USA before Slovenia had laced up their shoes. Pretty much the same thing during the USA’s 50-15 run against Croatia during the second and third quarters in their first…

  13. Why aren't people pumped about Team USA? Well, did you watch today's game?

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Team USA is a lot of fun to watch if you truly love the game of basketball. They are aggressive on defense, they pressure and gamble. They want to run. They have spectacular athletes. They can turn the finesse of international basketball into a day at Rucker Park with dunks and showmanship. Did you see…

  14. The other top contenders at the World Championships

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    You’re ready. You’ve read up on Team USA and its group. You’ve watched the warm-up games. Even your Facebook profile picture is a USA jersey. You are set to watch Team USA destroy the world as is its manifest destiny…. Except they could lose. It is possible — and not a slim possibility, but a…

  15. The USA is in the "group of death" at Worlds, but that applies to everyone else

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    In the World Cup, the toughest group of four drawn gets the moniker “Group of Death” because some quality team is not going to be advancing to the final 16. If there were a Group of Death for the FIBA World Championships, it would be Group B. The USA’s group. Except that it really doesn’t…

  16. The long-shot way the USA Basketball could not qualify for the 2012 Olympics

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Okay, we admit this is a crazy long shot. So does Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse, who is in Istanbul and may have been in a hookah bar for all we know when he came up with it. But hear us out: It is possible for USA Basketball not to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in…

  17. Wait, there's a Clipper on Team USA? Yes, and he deserves to be there

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    We basketball junkies will sometimes chide the casual fan for not knowing some of the bigger names in the international game — Tiago Splitter, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Nikola Pekovic, Dimitris Diamantidis and others. But the fact of the matter is, many sports fans in America don’t know who Eric Gordon is. And he made Team USA.…

  18. Andre Iguodala likes what he sees from Team USA, especially on defense

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Previously I cautioned not to draw too many conclusions from the USA Basketball victory over Greece Wednesday. Greece sat its two best inside players, the USA quickly went deep into the bench and both teams kept it simple, trying not to tip their hand in the event of any future meetings. Andre Iguodala, however, saw…

  19. USA destoys Greece, here are your highlights

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Not much you can really take away from a game both teams treated like an exhibition, save that it is a lot of fun to watch Team USA in the open court.

  20. Winderman: It's okay not to get excited about the World Championships

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    As the telltale economic numbers will eventually show, productivity was down across America on Wednesday afternoon. Such is the result of a nation shutting down to catch the riveting drama that is U.S.-Greece international basketball. Or not. Somehow, we’re having a hard time getting caught up in World Championships fever. So, for that matter, apparently…

  21. USA vs. Spain rematch probably a semi-final game at World Championships

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    For the first half of the 1990s in the NFL, the NFC championship game was the defacto Super Bowl. Dallas and San Francisco (usually) played that game with everyone knowing full well they would crush whomever they met in the Super Bowl. That’s pretty much how the FIBA World Championships will go. If the USA…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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