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Steve Kerr Spoke With Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., Alex Caruso About Playing In World Cup

Mar 14, 2023 1:53 AM

Steve Kerr has reached out to Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Alex Caruso about potentially playing for Team USA in this summer's World Cup.

Two players have committed to Team USA, though they have not given consent for an official announcement. 

Team USA is set to play exhibition games against Spain and Slovenia in August before heading to Abu Dhabi, UAE for the World Cup.

Grant Hill, the national team's managing director, announced that Team USA is loosening its requirements to play on the Olympic team. 

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Tags: Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson, Jr., Alex Caruso, National, National World Championships

Team USA To Loosen Requirements For Inclusion On Olympics Team

Mar 13, 2023 5:19 PM

Team USA is loosening its requirements to play on the Olympics team under Grant Hill.

Hill is in his first year as the national team's managing director after replacing Jerry Colangelo.

Team USA has the World Cup in the Philippines this summer and the Olympics in Paris in 2024.

"There's no commitment necessary, no 'if you want to play in the Olympics, you have to play here,'" Hill said Monday on a video call with reporters. "I understood why that was implemented and I think it was tremendously successful...But we feel like we had to make a change in that regard. So no tryouts, no commitment."

Team USA was already moving in this direction under Colangelo. 

With players paying more attention to load management and offseason recovery, the previous demands are a harder sell. 

"You have to adapt to the times," Hill said. "If you looked at the NBA, it has changed tremendously. It's changed since I retired in 2013. Every generation's different and it's important for us as leadership, particularly USA Basketball, to recognize that and be willing to adapt with that change."

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Tags: United States, NBA, National, National Teams

USA Basketball To Play World Cup Warmups In Abu Dhabi As Potential UAE Investment In NBA Grows

Mar 8, 2023 10:26 AM

USA Basketball has reached a deal with Abu Dhabi to bring Team USA to the Middle East for exhibition games in August, which is another sign that the United Arab Emirates' investment in American basketball could lead to NBA team ownership.

The event is being sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, the government vehicle that made a multiyear deal with the NBA to bring exhibition games to the United Arab Emirates beginning last fall.

USA Basketball will be the host and play Germany on Aug. 18 and Greece on Aug. 20. The showcase is serving as a warmup event for the FIBA World Cup, which will begin the following week in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines.

In December, NBA owners approved a plan that would allow foreign sovereign wealth funds to purchase minority stakes of up to 20% in teams.

Abu Dhabi's fund, Mubadala, has shown an interest in potentially making such an investment in an NBA team, according to multiple reports.

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Tags: United States, NBA, National, National Teams

Team USA Qualifies For 2023 FIBA World Cup

Feb 24, 2023 9:32 AM

Qualifying for the FIBA World Cup is often a thankless task. It's generally done without NBA players or NBA coaches leading the way. Done outside of that spotlight, it's up to G League players and fill-in coaches to get Team USA on the big summer stage.

The United States pulled off a come-from-behind victory in Uruguay on Thursday to qualify for this summer's FIBA World Cup. Team USA was led by NBA veteran Langston Galloway with 21 points, while former LA Clipper Xavier Moon added 17 points and six assists.

Steve Kerr and a team full of NBA stars will now take over for Jim Boylen and the G Leaguers for the World Cup in the Philippines in late-August. That tournament will see Team USA looking for a record sixth World Cup title, as well as serving as a means of qualification for the 2024 Olympics.

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Tags: Langston Galloway, Xavier Moon, United States, National, National World Championships, National Teams

Carmelo Anthony Announced As Global Ambassador For 2023 FIBA World Cup

Feb 23, 2023 11:26 PM

Carmelo Anthony was presented as a global ambassador for this summer's 2023 FIBA World Cup.

Anthony joins Luis Scola and Pau Gasol in the role.

The Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia will host the World Cup from August 25 to September 10.

The 38-year-old Anthony remains a free agent this season. 

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, National, National World Championships

Ty Lue Replaces Monty Williams On Team USA Coaching Staff

Feb 9, 2023 12:59 AM

Ty Lue replaced Monty Williams on the USA Basketball men's national coaching staff for the upcoming World Cup and next year's Olympics.

Williams is stepping down due to family commitments.

Lue will join Steve Kerr, Erik Spoelstra, and Mark Few on the staff.

"I am truly honored to represent our country and join this great group of coaches. Coaching USA Basketball has always been a dream of mine, and I'm humbled to take on the challenge," said Lue.

The US has yet to quality for either the World Cup or the Olympics.


Tags: National, National Olympics, National World Championships

Victor Wembanyama To Play In February World Cup Qualifiers

Jan 23, 2023 9:13 AM

Likely number one overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft Victor Wembanyama has been called up to the France national team for 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers. France will play two qualifiers at the end of February against Czech Republic and Lithuania.

France has already qualified for this edition of the World Cup. They are using their final two qualifying games to continue to evaluate their non-NBA and non-EuroLeague players.

Wembanyama played in two previous qualifiers for France. He averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, as the French team clinched a spot in this summer's World Cup back in mid-November.

The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be jointly hosted by Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. The event will run from late-August to mid-September.

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Tags: Victor Wembanyama, France, National, National World Championships, National Misc Rumor, National Teams

Andrew Wiggins Won't Commit To Three-Year Cycle For Team Canada

Dec 31, 2022 9:59 AM

Andrew Wiggins would love to represent his home country at the Olympics someday. But Wiggins isn't interested in making the commitment Team Canada now requires of their players.

Canada Basketball recently announced that they would have a core group of 14 players who represent the team during a three-year cycle. That sort of long-term commitment isn't one Wiggins had an interest in making.

“They wanted a long-term commitment. Right now, (my priority) is for the Golden State Warriors. I got kids. I got family. I got a life outside of basketball,” Wiggins explained. “So, to commit three years to the Warriors and to Canada Basketball, it wouldn't make sense to me… I spend the whole time in-season with the Warriors, and summertime I get to decide.”

Team Canada coach Nick Nurse said that players who don't commit to the three-year cycle will "have to hope there is a spot" for them when it's time to pick the Olympics squad. Wiggins hopes that could include him, but he's got no hard feelings if it doesn't.

“I would love to play if they made the Olympics,” Wiggins said. “But I won't do no three-year commitment, you know? If not — I wouldn't lose no sleep over it if they didn’t let me. If they didn't, that would be on them.”

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Canada, National, National Olympics, National Misc Rumor, National Teams

Steve Kerr Hopes Kevin Durant Will Play In 2024 Olympics

Dec 22, 2022 8:29 AM

Steve Kerr is taking over the reins from Gregg Popovich as the head coach of USA Basketball. Kerr is hoping a familiar face will join his squad at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Kerr joked that he'd make a "recruiting pitch" to Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets to join Team USA for another run. Durant and Kerr were previously together on the Golden State Warriors. Durant has said it's too early for him to commit to playing in the next Olympics.

Durant has played for Team USA in three different Olympics. He's helped lead the United States to the gold medal in the 2012, 2016 and 2020 (played in 2021) games. Durant is also the all-time leading scorer in Team USA history.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, United States, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, National, National Olympics, National Teams

USA Basketball Will Play 2023 World Cup Group Games In Manila

Dec 12, 2022 9:17 AM

The United States Men's Basketball team hasn't qualified for the 2023 FIBA World Cup yet. But Team USA knows where they'll be playing when they do.

The US team will play all of their group stage games in Manila in the Philippines. The Philippines is one of three host nations, along with Indonesia and Japan. Each of the three host nations were allowed to select one country to play all of their games in their region.

The Philippines selected the United States. Indonesia selected Canada, while Japan picked Slovenia.

USA Basketball can qualify for the World Cup by winning either of their two remaining qualifiers against Uruguay or Brazil in late-February. The US also holds most of the tiebreakers, should they not defeat either Uruguay or Brazil. It's expected, as it has throughout qualifying, that Team USA will be made up of players from the G League or overseas leagues. NBA players are then expected to form the World Cup roster.

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Tags: United States, National, National World Championships, National Misc Rumor, National Teams

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Victor Wembanyama Out Of EuroBasket Due To Muscle Injury

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Play For Greece At EuroBasket 2022

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Masai Ujiri, Ime Udoka Critical Of Nigerian Basketball Federation

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Rudy Gobert To Play For France At 2022 EuroBasket

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