HoopsHype Kyle Korver rumors

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USA Basketball announced Thursday its 28-player pool for the next three summers that features a wide variety of American standouts, stretching from Miami's reigning MVP LeBron James to mercurial Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins to Atlanta Hawks shooting specialist Kyle Korver. The pool, chosen by USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski, is 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. It also includes 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

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

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Over the course of just two weeks there that summer, Korver realized that specific movements he had been making on the court since he was a youth were putting extra stress on certain body parts. For one, during video analysis of his jump shooting he saw that his knees were almost knocking together. In fact, left knee pain he had been having in Utah made it easier for him to awkwardly first step into his shot with his right leg, which left-handers do. "I was sick to my stomach when I was watching myself jump," he said. "Then I imagined myself all the times I've jumped growing up, in college and in the NBA, and I was doing that for that long." Bleacher Report

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Ex-Bulls sharpshooter Kyle Korver extended his consecutive-games streak with a made three-pointer 103 contests in a row Saturday night at the United Center, his old stomping grounds. Unfortunately for Korver, it came in a loss for his current team, the Hawks. The team-first player was reluctant to talk about the streak after the game, as it was clearly weighing on his mind. “It’s something that I’d to reflect on when it’s done a little more, but I missed a lot of them tonight. I haven’t shot the ball well for a couple weeks, really. So it’s something I’ve got to figure out. But it’s nice to be a part of a record, for sure,” he said in a weary tone. “Everybody knows about it now and I think everyone’s always trying to break [end] it, which is fine. That’s what they’re supposed to do. But yeah, I don’t know what the reason is, but I definitely have not shot the ball well for a couple weeks now.” CSN Chicago

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The Hawks just couldn't close in regulation, not with James knocking down two three-pointers and dunking over Millsap in the final 1:49 of regulation, before driving and finding Ray Allen in the left corner, which led to a foul and Allen making three free throws. Nor could the Hawks complete the task in the overtime, with Korver and Millsap both missing three-pointers and Korver—with Mario Chalmers under him—unable to convert an inbounds lob from Pero Antic. "They made a bunch of really clutch plays tonight," Korver said. "We should have won that game a couple times. That's why they are champions. They've been through a bunch of these games, and we're still growing." "We were just one play away every time from putting them away and we couldn't do it," Horford said. "Credit to them." Bleacher Report

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