HoopsHype Australia rumors

August 8, 2012 Updates

Even though he was away from the NBA, Andersen is hopeful the year he had in Italy garnered some attention among NBA personnel execs. “Well, you have to think they noticed,” Andersen said. “We won the championship in the Italian League, which is a pretty big deal. So to be able to play on a team like that and help a team like that win at that level, with all the scouting that goes on, I am sure that it got noticed to an extent. But of course those guys had the lockout and all the worries about getting their league started and the compressed schedule. So all you can do is hope and see what happens.” Sporting News

August 7, 2012 Updates

Mills, a guard for the NBA San Antonio Spurs, sank a 3-pointer at the final buzzer to deliver Russia's first loss of the Olympics 82-80. That last-second stunner has sparked the Aussies' imagination about the chances of delivering the NBA superstars a setback for the ages. "We have no choice. We have to believe that we can win," Mills said. "We're going into the next game with all we've got. Going into the quarter- finals and going against the United States, it's amazing to me. "There's a different feel, a different vibe, a different belief in ourselves for our goal to be reached." Rappler

That goal would be to play for an Olympic medal. Australia lost bronze-medal Olympic matches in 1988, 1996 and 2000 and has not played for gold -- yet. "Russia was unbeaten so we feel like we're really putting ourselves in the mix," Aussie captain Matt Nielsen said. "We have USA next so we feel really confident going into that." Rappler

August 5, 2012 Updates

Patty Mills' 39-point haul against Great Britain has pumped up his teammates and inspired tweeters to get #Boomers trending in Australia on Sunday. The Boomers came from behind in the third quarter to smash Britain 106-75, securing their spot in the quarter-finals. Boomers player Joe Ingles tweeted his jubilation after the game: "So proud to be an Aussie and especially a Boomer!! Love playing with these guys and for my country! So proud of our team tonight! Maybe the best second half I have been apart (sic) of! Onto the next one... #boomers" Mark Worthington tweeted: "Love being an Aussie. True fighting spirit. Best when our backs are against the wall. Love being a BOOMER!!!!! #London2012" West Australian

July 31, 2012 Updates
June 14, 2012 Updates

The Australian Boomers men’s national basketball team have received a massive boost with Basketball Australia (BA) today confirming that NBA star Patty Mills will be available to play in the Boomers three-match series against Greece in Victoria later this month, known as The Farewell Series: Basketball’s Road to London. NBL.com.au

June 5, 2012 Updates
April 22, 2012 Updates

Brett Brown has never had NBA centre Andrew Bogut fit and available since taking over the side three years ago, but he staunchly defended Bogut after his withdrawal from the London Olympics yesterday. Bogut and his new NBA team, Golden State Warriors, announced the 27-year-old would need arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, leaving him unable to reach full fitness for the Boomers' Olympic preparations. Brisbane Times

March 23, 2012 Updates

Bogut, who was recently traded by the Milwaukee Bucks to the Golden State Warriors, has a fractured left ankle and has ruled out a return in the current NBA season. The seven-foot centre represented Australia at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics but is unsure if he will add to his Games record. “I wanted to play this (NBA) season, and following that up with missing the Olympics would be really tough,” Bogut told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s one of the greatest things you can be involved with in our sport, but I’ve got to think about this franchise (Golden State) and what they’ve invested in me. “I’ve got to treat the Olympics with the respect it deserves and be fair to the fans in Australia. But if I’m not 110 per cent, I’m not going to play.” West Australian

March 20, 2012 Updates

Kyrie Irving says his heart is still with Australia and his decision not to play for the Boomers at the London Olympics was for his family, and to prolong his career. Speaking before Cleveland Cavaliers' game in New Jersey, Irving told foxsports.com.au, "I'm still an Australian at heart, but it was just a family decision for me, and about my longevity in the game". He added that playing for Australia was very tempting. "It was a decision that was tough one, because you have a chance to create your own legacy, and create something special, and to be a part of something big." FOXSports.com

March 17, 2012 Updates
March 6, 2012 Updates

Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving won't play for Australia in the London Olympics this summer. Irving was born in Australia in 1992, while his father was playing professional basketball in Melbourne. He holds dual U.S. and Australian citizenship, making him eligible to play for either country under FIBA rules. Irving said Monday night, after Cleveland lost to Utah 109-100, that he will remain with Team USA. He hopes to make the Olympic team in 2016 and play again for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. ESPN.com

Irving said he received confirmation that Krzyzewski will coach Team USA in four years in the Rio Olympics. Irving played for Krzyzewski at Duke last season before becoming the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. "It was the right decision," said Irving, who has represented the United States in junior competition. "I found out Coach K would be coaching in 2016. It made my decision so much easier to play for my coach again. That was the deciding factor." ESPN.com

January 24, 2012 Updates

There might be some pressure on Irving of another kind later this year. Irving, who was born in Australia, must make a decision on whether he wants to play for the Australian Olympic team in London or hold out for a possible Team USA bid in the future. The catch is if Irving joins Australia this year he might not ever be able to play for the U.S. in an Olympics. James said he doesn’t know enough about the situation to offer Irving any advice. But Irving, who played at Duke under Olympic coach Mike Krzyzewski, said he will seek out Krzyzewski for advice. “Most likely I’ll talk to him in the next month or so," Irving said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. “Right now, it’s preliminary talks (Irving is having with Australia). I’m keeping my options open." FOXSports Florida

Because Irving played for Team USA in the 2010 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, he would need to get a waiver from FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, to be eligible for Australia. “It’s a bit complicated, if I do decide to do it," said Irving, who said he isn’t leaning any particular way now. While Irving isn’t under consideration for Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London, he would be a strong candidate for the 2014 World Championships and 2016 Olympics. But USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said he doesn’t plan to try to persuade Irving to stick with the U.S. “He’s a terrific young prospect," Colangelo said by phone. “He has to do what’s in his best interests. He certainly would be in our mix going forward (if Irving waits for Team USA consideration). I would never try to sway him if he wanted to to play (for Australia) and he thought it was in his best interests." FOXSports Florida

January 19, 2012 Updates

Irving was born in Australia while his father, Drederick, was playing there professionally. Irving has dual citizenship, creating quite a dilemma for the 19-year-old. His choice of country to represent in the OIympics could have a long-term impact on his international playing career. If he plays for the Aussies, Irving would not be eligible to play for the Americans. However, suiting up for Australia is all he can do presently. "That's probably my only choice right now," he said earlier this week. "It will be a long-term decision, and I'm hoping to know in the next month or so. I'll keep you updated." ESPN.com

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