HoopsHype Jerry Colangelo rumors

January 23, 2014 Updates

“Our first challenge will be the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup that is being held in Spain. With 24 teams competing for the world title, including host Spain who we have had memorable games against in the last two Olympic gold medal games, we know it will be a challenge to repeat as world champions. In the history of the FIBA World Championships/World Cup, only Brazil (1959 and 1963) and Yugoslavia (1998 and 2002) have won back-to-back titles, so repeating will not be easy and is a challenge we look forward to.” NBA.com

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

Sources told ESPN.com that the formal announcement Thursday morning from USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski will be headlined by well-known stars such as James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- none of whom are expected to compete at the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain -- but will also include a number of the game's rising talents while also keeping injured Team USA vets Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook in the fold. ESPN.com

ESPN.com has obtained a copy of the complete 28-man list from which Colangelo and Krzyzewski will choose 12-man rosters for both the World Cup which starts in late August and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The other national-team veterans to make the cut alongside James, Paul, Anthony, Rose and Westbrook are Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Davis. ESPN.com

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November 5, 2013 Updates

Over the summer, Jerry Colangelo inquired with Gay about the possibility of returning to USA Basketball for a minicamp compiled of guys mostly in their early twenties. As much as anything, the Team USA architect was offering Gay an opportunity to surround himself again with hungry, aspiring players. Gay had considered Colangelo’s call, his invitation, to participate in the program with which he played a reserve role in the gold medal of the 2010 World Championships, but he ultimately declined. “Mr. Colangelo respected that I couldn’t be involved with it this summer because I had a lot of things going on in the summer,” Gay told RealGM. “I still want to be part of USA Basketball, part of the experience. Of course.” RealGM

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LeBron James hasn't represented Team USA in a non-Olympic summer since 2007. So USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo never planned on even asking James to play on the team bound for Spain next summer for FIBA's first-ever Basketball World Cup. Yet when it comes to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Colangelo and Co. remain quietly hopeful that James will decide to play in the Summer Games for the fourth time. ESPN.com

Reason being: James said as recently as May during the playoffs, when news of Krzyzewski's return to the bench for four more years began to spread, that he "would love to represent my country again" as long as the annual playoff grind doesn't take too much out of him. It was by no means a firm commitment from James, who made sure to add that everything rides on whether "I stay healthy" while also noting that 2016 is "a long time from now." But USAB officials are cautiously optimistic that James' stance about 2016 has softened after the post-London signals in circulation about LeBron leaving the international game for good. ESPN.com

Durant arrived at the Mendenhall Center gym on the campus of UNLV Wednesday afternoon wearing skateboard shoes and some funky camouflage socks. But when the practice floor finally cleared, Durant pulled out some of his signature sneaks in neon green to join fellow Team USA 2014 cornerstone Kevin Love and noted trainer Rob McClanaghan for a round of shooting drills on a corner court. "I hope no one looks at (Durant's and Love's visit) as an overshadowing of these guys (in camp)," Krzyzewski said. "I think it brings a bigger spotlight to what they're doing (this week) to be quite frank with you. I think they wanted these young guys to see how good they felt about what's happened for them (with Team USA)." ESPN.com

July 24, 2013 Updates

LeBron James' days of playing for Team USA have likely ended. James, 28, will not play for USA Basketball during the 2013 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a source close to the Miami Heat forward told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Yahoo! Sports he doesn't expect James to play next summer – and doesn't plan to ask him. James has already won two Olympic gold medals and a bronze in three Olympic appearances that began in 2004. Yahoo! Sports

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