Team USA

2010

FIBA World Championships Game Recaps

Team USA Starts Out Strong With Win Over Croatia

  • Team USA started off the FIBA World Championships with a strong performance against Croatia. After a rugged first quarter that saw the lead change back and forth a few times, the Americans got it together and put together a large run in the second quarter that was led by Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon and they never let go of the lead, finishing the game with a 106-78 advantage. Read more…

Durant, Team USA Overpower Slovenia On Both Ends

  • From the day Team USA announced that none of the gold medalists from the 2008 Olympic team, Kevin Durant has been billed as the face of the program. And no matter how much he tried to defer attention and deny being the country’s best, Durant showed today that he’s without a doubt the best player in the World Championships. Read more…

Team USA Faces Adversity Against Brazil, Comes Out On Top

  • Team USA faced a test against Spain prior to the World Championships, but their game against Brazil today was clearly their biggest challenge of the summer. Fighting an uphill battle most of the game after getting behind late in the first quarter, the Americans had to rally in the second half to overcome a three-point halftime deficit. Thanks to an explosion from Kevin Durant a few solid defensive stands down the stretch, Team USA kept their undefeated streak alive at three games as they defeated Brazil 70-68. Read more…

Team USA Captures Easy Win Over Iran

  • After overcoming their toughest group opponent in Brazil two days ago, Team USA has a chance to take it slow as they get closer to the elimination portion of the tournament. Coach K was able to keep all of his players under 21 minutes of play and the Americans defeated Iran 88-51 to improve to 4-0 in group play. Read more…

Team USA Finishes Undefeated In Group Play

  • Team USA was able to rest their starters for more than half of the game for the second straight day as the American National Team took care of Tunisia 92-57, capping off group play with a 5-0 record. Kevin Durant, Lamar Odom, Andre Iguodala and Chauncey Billups all played under 18 minutes while Derrick Rose, the team’s other starter, played just 21 minutes. Read more…

Team USA Flies By Angola In The Round Of 16

  • Every member of the United States National Team scored at least four points in their first elimination game of the tournament as Team USA defeated Angola 121-66. The game was pretty much decided at the end of the first quarter when Angola found themselves down 33 to 13. To their credit, they did not give up, but near the end of the game they ran out of energy and the Americans put the pedal to the medal to finish the game off on a 30-10 run. Read more…

Third Quarter Run Sparks Team USA Over Russia

  • Team USA’s lack of size was starting to show through and Russia’s guards were on fire from beyond the arc. But thanks to a third quarter run sparked by Russell Westbrook, Team USA was able to pull ahead and once Westbrook started to get out on the break, the entire team got going and the Americans came out on top, 89-79. Read more…

Durant Carries Team USA To The FIBA Finals

  • On the anniversary of the worst tragedy ever to strike our nation, Durant played with a patriotic edge, simply refusing to let the American National Team fall to Lithuania. And despite an early deficit, Team USA never let Lithuania within five points once they gained the lead, finishing with an 89-74 victory that advanced them into the final round. The entire team didn’t have a great game, but Durant and his Thunder-pal Russell Westbrook brought enough to the table to get the W. Read more…

Team USA Wins Gold At The FIBA World Championships

  • For the first time since 1994, the United States Men’s National Team has won the FIBA World Championship. After finishing sixth in 2002 and third in 2006, a team full of youngsters that has no resemblance to the 2008 Olympic gold medal team other than the coaching staff has conquered the world. Read more…

Columns

Wallace, Chandler Ready To Do The Dirty Work For Team USA

  • Gerald Wallace and Tyson Chandler are almost completely different than any of the 18 players here in Vegas. Nearly every other player is recognized more for their high flying dunks, fancy crossover dribbles or high scoring averages than they are for their defenseless prowess. Read more…

Rajon Rondo: One Of A Kind

  • Rajon Rondo. Even the name is unique. Everything about the six-foot-one point guard that just finished up his fourth season with the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics is different. In a good way, obviously. Read more…

Durant, Rose Lead The White Squad To A USA Basketball Showcase Victory

  • There are not a lot of ways you can describe the 2010 Team USA Basketball Showcase that transpired last night. There was nothing on the line for the team overall (though, on an individual standpoint, there were roster spots to be had), there was a brand new style of play that NBA players were experiencing for the first time overall and there was an arena (mostly) full of fans cheering for their country’s best. Read more…

Rose Is Ready To Step Into The Shadows

  • Rose is just 21-years of age and in just two years in the NBA, we have already seen flashes of a player capable of carrying a team to a championship as the best player on the team. Read more…

Billups Explodes As Team USA Blows Out France In MSG

  • Team USA bid farewell to their home soil with one final exhibition game at Madison Square Garden against the French National Team. The Americans had a happy farewell, putting away France 86-55 by dominating the second half. Read more…

Team USA Overcomes Rusty Start, Beats Lithuania

  • Team USA took care of the Lithuanian national team 77-61 in Madrid, Spain, earlier this evening despite trailing by one point at half-time. It was their first true test of adversity and thanks to a big run that extended between the third and fourth quarters, they were able to overcome it despite a strong effort from the Lithuanians. Read more…

Rose, Durant Lift Team USA Over Spain On Their Turf

  • Team USA completed their second to last exhibition game prior to the World Championships this evening in Madrid, Spain, against the hometown Spanish National Team. The country the Americans (though a completely different squad) defeated in 2008 to win the Olympic Gold Medal in Beijing came out hungry for revenge but their effort wasn’t good enough to overcome the new look USA squad that came away with a 86-85 victory. Read more…

Team USA Goes Undefeated In Pre-Tournament Play

  • Team USA defeated the Greek National Team in Athens, Greece, today wrapping up their round of international exhibition games with an 87-59 victory. The Americans finished with a 5-0 record in pre-World Championship competition this summer with wins over China (scrimmage), France, Lithuania, Spain and now Greece. Read more…

All You Need Is Love

  • Enter Kevin Love. Though Coach K made a mistake in not inserting him into the game earlier, Love’s impact was felt right away as he grabbed down rebound after rebound by expertly tipping the ball over and over again until he (or even a teammate in some cases) came up with the ball. Read more…

Slight Modifications: Team USA And The Two Guard Spot

  • Chauncey Billups was selected for Team USA because of the 13 seasons he has spent in the NBA. He’s a veteran, a strong lockerroom presence and someone that has proved that he can make shots in big games throughout his many post-season runs with the Detroit Pistons. But did his reputation, which is impressive, give him a starting spot on this team that he didn’t deserve. Is the fact that he is the team’s elder-statesmen the only reason he is starting the game at shooting guard? Read more…

News

Team USA Announces Roster For 2010-2012 International Competitions

  • Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Lamar Odom, Amar’e Stoudemire, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chauncey Billups, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson, David Lee, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, O.J. Mayo, Kendrick Perkins, Derrick Rose, Gerald Wallace, and Russell Westbrook.

Kobe Bryant Remains Committed To Team USA Basketball

  • Jerry Colangelo: “I would say this about Kobe: He is totally committed to USA Basketball. He has been. It’s very much appreciated. That is why he is part of this pool, because of his interest in continuing. There is no doubt that a lot of players have wear and tear during the course of their careers, and that’s why it’s important not to put the cart before the horse. We are taking one step at a time here. We’re hopeful that all of our players are going to be healthy for our mini-camp in July, but only time will tell. As far as Kobe, we couldn’t say enough things about him in terms of his leadership and the job he did for us in this last run we had.”

Team USA Brings Back Prince, Picks Up Three Youngsters

  • The four guys that have been added to the pool of players of 31 American basketball players are Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons, who was apart of the 2008 USA Basketball Team that won a gold medal in Beijing, Jeff Green of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, and Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, who was named rookie of the year this season. Read more…

David Lee Out Of Team USA Training Camp

  • Hot of the presses is this release from Team USA Basketball about the status of David Lee, who injured his finger in practice yesterday. Read more…

Team USA Basketball Practice Notebook: July 23rd

  • Derrick Rose has worked extremely hard during this week with Team USA Basketball and has made a pretty good case for himself to make the team. If there’s any good excuse for being a little exhausted, that’d be it. Read more…

Team USA To Cut Roster Down To 15 Tomorrow

  • Team USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo will announce tomorrow in a teleconference with the media the 15 players that will continue practicing with Team USA in the New York training camp. Read more…

Brook Lopez Withdraws From Team USA Pool

  • Brook Lopez has withdrawn his name from the Team USA pool or players hoping to attend the World Championships in Turkey later this month due to a battle with mononucleosis, according to a Team USA press release. Read more…

Granger Dislocates Finger During Team USA Scrimmage

  • Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger injured a finger on his right hand today during a scrimmage against the USA Men’s Select team at John Jay College in New York City. Read more…

Jeff Green, JaVale McGee Cut From Team USA

  • Team USA trimmed their roster down to 13 by removing forward Jeff Green and  center JaVale McGee from their World Championship Finalists roster. Team USA needs to make one more cut before the World Championships in Turkey biegin later this month. That last move was expected to be made with these two but the unbelievable competition for the final spot has forced a delay in the decision making process. Read more…

Stephen Curry Injures Ankle During Team USA Practice

  • Stephen Curry injured his ankle during practice with the US Men’s National Team today, however the injury is not considered to be serious and Stephen should be ready to go for Team USA’s next scrimmage this Saturday. Read more…

Team USA Overcomes Rusty Start, Beats Lithuania

  • Team USA took care of the Lithuanian national team 77-61 in Madrid, Spain, earlier this evening despite trailing by one point at half-time. It was their first true test of adversity and thanks to a big run that extended between the third and fourth quarters, they were able to overcome it despite a strong effort from the Lithuanians. Read more…

Rose, Durant Lift Team USA Over Spain On Their Turf

  • Team USA completed their second to last exhibition game prior to the World Championships this evening in Madrid, Spain, against the hometown Spanish National Team. The country the Americans (though a completely different squad) defeated in 2008 to win the Olympic Gold Medal in Beijing came out hungry for revenge but their effort wasn’t good enough to overcome the new look USA squad that came away with a 86-85 victory. Read more…

Rajon Rondo Withdraws From Team USA

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo withdrew from the Team USA pool today citing family matters, according to a Team USA press release. “Rajon came to us and said he was going to withdraw from the team, that he had some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season. He did an outstanding job during our training, we appreciate the effort and commitment he made to our program and he completely has our support,” said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. Read more…

2009

Columns

Get Ready NBA, Anthony Randolph is Coming

  • It’s not very often when a six-foot-ten 20 year old with unlimited basketball potential goes unnoticed, but because of the market he plays in, Golden State Warriors forward Anthony Randolph is an unknown talent. Read more…

David Lee is Flustered By the Knicks’ Handling of Him

  • Lee played in 81 games last season, putting up a double-double in 65 of those contests. David’s season averages were career highs, with 16 points, nearly 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal a game. Read more…

Derrick Rose is Ready to Take the 3rd Point Guard Spot

  • Derrick Rose has all of the skills of what seems to be a new breed of point guard. At 6-foot-3, Rose has good height for a point and uses his body well when he gets into the lane. Read more…

Kevin Durant Is Going To Amaze This Year

  • However, after spending some time with and watching Kevin Durant, I have realized that there might be a new guy on the block that has just as much talent as Kobe already (he’s in just his third year in the league), is fun to watch, has the desire and passion to be the best, and has a ceiling that could extend to a player that we have never seen before. Read more…

News

Coach K Will Continue to Coach Team USA Through 2012

  • Fresh off a Gold Medal in the 2008 Olympics, Team USA Head Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski has committed to coaching the team through the 2012 Olympics in London. Read more…

USA Basketball Strikes Deal With Nike

  • USA Basketball has agreed to a deal with Nike that will make the prominent shoe company the exclusive oncourt, apparel, and compression product provider for USA Basketball’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Read more…
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