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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

Spain Takes No. 1 Spot In FIBA Rankings From USA

Nov 18, 2022 1:43 PM

Spain has overtaken the United States for the No. 1 ranking in the FIBA rankings.

The United States had the top slot for 12 straight years.

"It's not exactly a new title and it probably can't be maintained for too long, but it's something so unique, prestigious and historic that I feel tremendously proud of everyone who ... contributed to it," Spain coach Sergio Scariolo tweeted Friday.

Spain won the most recent World Cup, plus the EuroBasket title earlier this year. The United States finished seventh at the 2019 World Cup.


Tags: Spain, NBA, National, National Teams

Victor Wembanyama To Join France For World Cup Qualifying Games

Oct 8, 2022 1:38 AM

Victor Wembanyama is set to join the French national team for a pair of World Cup qualifying games next month.

France are scheduled to play Lithuania and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Wembanyama has yet to make his debut for the senior side.

The national team are coached by Vincent Collet, who also coaches Wembanyama on the Metropolitans 92.


Tags: Victor Wembanyama, National, National Olympics

Spain Defeats France In EuroBasket Final

Sep 18, 2022 4:27 PM

Spain defeated France by a score of 88-76 in the EuroBasket Final. This was Spain's fourth gold medal win in EuroBasket.

Juancho Hernangomez led Spain with 27 points. He shot 9-of-11 from the field, including 7-of-9 on three-pointers in the victory. Lorenzo Brown finished with 14 points and 11 assists for Spain, while Willy Hernangomez added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Evan Fournier led France with 23 points. Thomas Heurtel had 16 points and seven assists in the losing effort for France.

In the Bronze Medal Game, Germany defeated Poland. Dennis Schroder led the Germans with 26 points and six assists.

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Tags: Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Fournier, Lorenzo Brown, Willy Hernangomez, Thomas Heurtel, Spain, France, International, National, National Euro Championship, National Misc Rumor, International Misc Rumor, National Teams

Shane Larkin Out For Remainder Of EuroBasket Due To Hand Injury

Sep 9, 2022 9:56 AM

Former NBA and European star Shane Larkin will miss the rest of EuroBasket after suffering an injury to fingers on his shooting hand. Turkish National Team head coach Ergin Ataman confirmed that Larkin would need surgery after being injured in a game against Montenegro.

In addition to missing the rest of EuroBasket, Larkin is expected to miss the opener of the EuroLeague season for Anadolu Efes. The veteran point guard struggled during EuroBasket play shooting only 33% while dealing with the injury.

This past offseason Larkin signed a two-year deal with Anadolu Efes that is reportedly worth over $7 million. The deal has an option for the second season and does include an NBA out if Larkin wanted to return stateside.

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Tags: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes, Turkey, International, National, National Misc Rumor, International Teams, International Injury, National Teams

Giannis Antetokounmpo Held Out Of Greece's Monday Game With Knee Pain

Sep 5, 2022 3:12 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo was held out of Greece's 93-77 win over Great Britain in Monday's EuroBasket game due to knee pain.

"He had discomfort in his knee but nothing major," Greece head coach Dimitris Itoudis said at his postgame news conference, adding "we did not want to risk anything so we did not dress him up today."

Antetokounmpo is expected to return to action on Tuesday against Ukraine. 

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, Greece, NBA, NBA Injury, National, National Euro Championship, National Teams

Furkan Korkmaz Attacked By Georgia Players Following Ejection, According To Turkey Officials

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Danilo Gallinari Has Torn Left Meniscus

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'The Redeem Team' Documentary To Premiere On Oct. 7


Germany To Retire Dirk Nowitzki's No. 14 Jersey


Milos Teodosic Cut From Serbia Roster Ahead Of EuroBasket

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Goran Dragic On Playing With Luka Doncic At EuroBasket: 'I Was Batman, But Now I Will Be Robin'


Goran Dragic To Defend EuroBasket Title With Slovenia

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Aleksej Pokusevski, Nikola Jovic Not Allowed To Play In EuroBasket

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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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Goran Dragic To Play At Least One More Game With Slovenia

RJ Barrett, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Headline Canada Basketball Roster

Kevin Love: Some With Team USA Threw Me Under The Bus

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Villanova's Jay Wright Expected To Retire

Jonas Jerebko Barred From Swedish National Team After Signing With CSKA Moscow

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Malcolm Brogdon Wants To Play For Polish National Team

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