HoopsHype Jerry Colangelo rumors

August 7, 2014 Updates
August 6, 2014 Updates

Jerry Colangelo believes a lot of folks missed the point when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was critical of the NBA’s and FIBA’s involvement with the International Basketball Committee. After Indiana’s Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his right leg Friday, sidelining him for the 2014-15 season, Cuban heavily criticized the IOC for raking in all of the dollars pertaining to international basketball, while the NBA and its owners have to absorb all of the risk. Cuban’s comments fueled a national debate and pointed out the unfairness in the IOC’s one-sided financial relationship with the NBA and FIBA. But Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairman and USA Men’s National Team managing director, viewed the firestorm set off by Cuban in a different manner. “I think people need to read between the lines, which is basically he’s not against international competition,” Colangelo said during a Tuesday conference call. “He’s against international competition when he believes the beneficiary — being the IOC — is getting the money. “So he’s basically saying it’s OK for our players to play internationally if the money goes to the NBA and to the team owners. That’s the difference.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 5, 2014 Updates
August 2, 2014 Updates

Ultimately, that will be a choice for each player and each franchise. As USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Friday night, now is not the time to make any decisions like that. In the immediate aftermath of a franchise player going down, one who is about to start a five-year, $90 million deal that represents the deepest investment in Pacers history, there was an outcry in front offices of the dangerous downside of playing for the national team. This has long been an issue bubbling below the surface, forgotten during opening ceremonies and on medal stands but sure to flare up again now and perhaps threaten the fantastic capital Colangelo has built by transforming the program over the past eight years. That thorny conversation is sure to be revisited in the coming days, of course. Questions about the closeness of the basketball stanchion at UNLV will arise, as well. The NBA standard is four feet from the baseline, but in many arenas it is farther back than that. To the naked eye, the stanchion at UNLV appeared to be very close to that range -- and closer than what you'd find in a normal arena. ESPN.com

August 1, 2014 Updates

There remains a possibility that Kevin Love will be included on Team USA’s 12-man roster for FIBA World Cup competition later this summer. Despite withdrawing “because of his current status” right before training camp opened in Las Vegas, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo acknowledged to CSNNW.com that a scenario does exists that could bring the power forward to Spain. CSNNW.com

“Technically it is possible,” Colangelo said to CSNNW.com following Day 4 of Team USA training camp. “But I have to weigh all of the considerations if I were to look at that. Is it fair to the guys who are here putting in the time and effort? How do the teams think about that after the fact? I don’t know. We’ll see how it plays out. CSNNW.com

July 31, 2014 Updates

The first game of FIBA World Cup play is Aug. 30. Colangelo says he has to submit a final roster 24 hours ahead of time. If the Timberwolves and Cavaliers execute the much-anticipated trade before the roster submission deadline, Love would be able to play for his country. “Technically it is possible,” Colangelo said to CSNNW.com following Day 4 of Team USA training camp. “But I have to weigh all of the considerations if I were to look at that. Is it fair to the guys who are here putting in the time and effort? How do the teams think about that after the fact? I don’t know. We’ll see how it plays out. I know it’s an option. I know it’s possible that he could play, but we’ll see.” CSNNW.com

July 30, 2014 Updates

Yet while much was made of Kevin Love's decision to not take part in this week's Las Vegas training camp or in the FIBA Basketball World Cup that is to come, Colangelo said the Minnesota Timberwolves forward hasn't lost any equity when it comes to his relationship with the program. And considering how emotional Love was when he broke the news to Colangelo last week, he certainly isn't questioning how much he cares. "Team or teams, trade or no trade, he's in a position where he had to say no and I respect that," Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean the guy almost cried on the phone when he told me he couldn't play. He was really down. So can I be upset with him? No, of course not." USA Today Sports

But the Trail Blazers' All-Star power forward didn't completely ruin his chances of representing the United States in the future, including the 2016 Summer Olympics. Jerry Colangelo, the managing director for USA Basketball, said that while he was "disappointed" with Aldridge's last-second withdrawal from this week's USA Basketball training camp, he has learned never to eliminate talent until he absolutely has to. "I've just kind of put that on the shelf," Colangelo told The Oregonian on Wednesday, regarding Aldridge's USA status. "It was disappointing in the sense that it wasn't the first time, as you well know. But I never close the book or close the door on anyone. It's foolish to do that." Oregonian

July 29, 2014 Updates

“I had a personal conversation with DeMarcus (Sunday) afternoon, just to get a read, and also to encourage him,” said Jerry Colangelo, USAB’s longtime executive director. “The opportunity is here. It is. And you know, every time there is adversity, players drop off or get hurt, it opens up for a number of other people. We have a lot of talent, versatility, length. And yet we have to cover ourselves as it relates to bigs. So he’s in good position, and I think he really wants to make this team.” Sacramento Bee

Actually, Cousins is obsessed with making this team. He practiced with the Kings during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, then returned to Los Angeles and resumed his training. Colangelo and Krzyzewksi judged him to be in “pretty good shape” on an opening day that included almost an hour of scrimmaging. Starting on a white-clad squad that featured Stephen Curry, John Wall, Gordon Hayward and Kenneth Faried, Cousins occasionally struggled to run the floor – a historically weak part of his game – but was impressive overall and, for long stretches, was the best player on the court. Sacramento Bee

July 27, 2014 Updates

The 19 players on the roster will train all week before a Friday night exhibition game. The roster could be cut to 15 players after camp, and the final 12 will be selected before the team leaves next month for the World Cup in Spain. It could be a stepping-stone to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “He’s a big, strong, young man with a terrific future, and he’s got a great attitude to go along with it,” U.S. managing director Jerry Colangelo said of Drummond recently. “Because size is important in international play, his rebounding, his shot-blocking ability makes him a candidate. It’ll be interesting to see how much he’s progressed since we saw him last when we had our camp last year.” Detroit Free Press

July 26, 2014 Updates

Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's USA Basketball roster because of his uncertain NBA status, leaving the Americans without one of their most experienced international players. Team USA announced the decision on Saturday. Love, who won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 world championship and was one of the first players to commit to play this summer, told USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo that he would be unavailable for training camp that starts Monday. USA Today Sports

Colangelo still really likes the U.S. roster and says it is more experienced and talented than the 2010 world championships team. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Davis won an Olympic gold medal in 2012 and Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose played in the 2010 world championships. "We're more talented than 2010," Colangelo said. "I'm not demeaning that team, but those guys were young." Yahoo! Sports

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