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August 23, 2014 Updates

Just a few hours after a 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Friday and six days before it needed to, the U.S. National Team finalized its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In a bit of a surprise, two players – DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond – who didn’t play on Friday made the final roster. Drummond is the fourth center on the team, while DeRozan made the cut over Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver. He offers more playmaking and explosive scoring ability than the other two. In addition to Korver and Parsons, Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward did not make the 12-man roster. NBA.com

USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced Friday night the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. The player announcement followed the USA's112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico Friday evening at Madison Square Garden. Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” said Colangelo. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent – each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.” “The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward. “I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.” USA Basketball

August 19, 2014 Updates
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Irving is an unquestioned talent, and he admits his ongoing lessons about turning personal accolades into team success – knowing how desperately he needed this roster upgrade, in talent and professionalism. “Everybody asks me if this is my year to be a leader … I haven’t been so far though, not at all,” Irving said. “I’ve just been a kid trying to figure it out. There’s no perfect way to be a leader, and coming in as a 19-year-old kid and having everything bearing on your shoulders, there are a lot of ups and downs. Now it’s about being the best every single day and not being afraid. RealGM

Across the NBA, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant heaved praise on Irving at such a young age, as such a genius scorer and wizard of the ball, and only he understands the truth. He knows he’s been no leader, no influence for players, but just a one-and-done collegiate athlete given apprentice status and ownership of an underdeveloped program. “I haven’t been a leader – not at all,” Irving told RealGM. RealGM

August 5, 2014 Updates

Selected USA World Cup Team finalists were DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Curry; Davis; DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Durant; Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Harden; Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Plumlee; Rose; and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

July 31, 2014 Updates

I tracked down Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and John Wall — every prospective national team point guard except Derrick Rose — and asked them to describe Lillard's game. Below is what they had to say about the Trail Blazers' All-Star: Kyrie Irving: "He's a tremendous shooter. And then (he has) finishing ability as well. He's so crafty around the rim. I don't think he gets a lot of credit for that. People think he's an over-the-rim finisher, but he has both. He has the ability to take off and finish below the rim as well. So he's a versatile player, versatile point guard, and he fits the mold of where our point guard position is going, which is having that scoring ability and being able to run the team, as well. Oregonian

July 29, 2014 Updates

He signed an almost max contract extension (it’s still a lot of cash). LeBron James decides to return to Cavaliers and Kevin Love may join the two of them. Now Irving is in Las Vegas where it looks as if he will be a key part of Team USA’s plans heading into the World Cup in Spain starting in late August. It’s good to be Kyrie Irving right now. Of course, that LeBron thing pretty much tops it all. “At first you were speechless because you couldn’t believe it,” Irving said of finding out LeBron was indeed coming to Cleveland. “I’ve been watching LeBron for a while now and it’s nice to be going to run along side of him and be his point guard.” NBCSports.com

July 27, 2014 Updates
July 19, 2014 Updates

On top of that, the Cavs landed another No. 1 overall draft pick in Andrew Wiggins, an athletic swingman with a major upside. He only adds to the Cavs' high hopes. But Wiggins has been the subject of trade rumors -- frequently mentioned as a potential trading chip to bring Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love to Cleveland. Irving offered no thoughts on that particular topic. "This whole free-agent period has been a whirlwind, so many rumors, so many guys with inside sources," Irving said. "Until it happens and I get a call from our GM ... other than that, I haven't considered it." FoxSports.com

As Irving mentioned, his next stop is Team USA training camp, which tips off July 28 in Las Vegas. He is one of 19 players battling for a spot on the 12-man roster. Beyond that, it's just a whole lot of being excited that LeBron James is on the team. "It's going to be a pleasure to learn from him," Irving said. "Right now, he's focused on his family. It's time to enjoy the offseason." FoxSports.com

Jason Lloyd: Kyrie on extension: "It was a huge monkey off my back. All the speculation, all the B.S. that was written, I'm glad I got it out of the way" Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

July 14, 2014 Updates

The Roster: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faired, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chandler Parson, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson. CSNNW.com

July 11, 2014 Updates

I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates. Sports Illustrated

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