HoopsHype Olympics rumors

November 1, 2012 Updates

I think I agree with the general consensus that having NBA players participate in the 1992 Olympics fanned the flames of worldwide interest. When Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and the other members of that Dream Team showed the world how exciting and competitive the top level of the game was, something changed. More and more players from outside the U.S. chose basketball as their favorite sport, and the results have been spectacular. Pau Gasol was among those motivated to play basketball by what he saw at the '92 Olympics. The international game, which had grown to the point of eclipsing U.S. college players, might have taken longer to reach the current level had Stern not backed the participation of NBA players in the Olympics. ESPN.com

October 23, 2012 Updates

Leandro Barbosa: “You know my country hasn’t been in the Olympics for 16 years and coming back to the Olympics, we thought we had an opportunity to get a medal. Unfortunately it wasn’t this time. “But I think we did a great job for so many years not going to the Olympics, we got fifth place. We have the Olympics next time in Brazil and I think the opportunity [to medal] is very, very high next time.” Boston Globe

When asked if he would consider playing for his country in 2016 at age 33, he said: “Yeah, yeah, I’m there definitely. It’s a great environment, energy. It’s different than anything that I’ve been through so I am more than happy to be enjoying the national team again.” Boston Globe

October 11, 2012 Updates

The Spanish basketball team "trashed their apartments" after losing to the USA in the final and a Moroccan athlete took out a sprinkler system that crashed through several floors by playing with a remote control aircraft. The Guardian

Sources say players were scolded for their behavior (by the Spanish Federation). Farewell parties are common when National Team players finish a tournament following one month and a half of preparation and competition. El Pais

Will you support the national team at the European championship in Slovenia next year? Nowitzki: It's still too early to make a final decision about that. But you know how I feel. Supporting the team is very near and dear to me. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the Olympics in London. If I can use my experience to help the next basketball generation get to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, I'll give it some careful thought. It's an appealing idea. Is that enough for now? Der Spiegel

October 9, 2012 Updates
October 3, 2012 Updates

However, a bit of a controversy flared up surrounding Deng’s decision to not have wrist surgery, which allowed him to continue playing for the Bulls last season, represent Great Britain in the Olympics and start the upcoming season on time. Deng is clearly weary of all of the debate, but while he’s learned to take the questions about his health in stride, the longest-tenured member of the Bulls is also very firm in his rationale not to have the procedure. “It took two questions before [the media asked about] the wrist,” he said Monday, while seated at the podium for the team’s media day. “The wrist is the wrist. It is what it is. I’m expecting to be asked about it all year, but I’ve just got to go out and play, play as hard as I can, do what I can do. Whether it’s one arm or two arms or no arms, I’m going to be the best that I can be. That’s the goal, just go out there and play as hard as I can. It felt great in the Olympics. Since I’ve been back practicing, it’s been feeling great and so far, so good. CSN Chicago

October 1, 2012 Updates
September 27, 2012 Updates

It must have been even more frustrating watching the Olympics on TV. You were on the 2010 FIBA World Championship team. Why don’t you think you got an invite to the Olympic team? How surprised were you? Do you think the ankle injury played a factor? Stephen Curry: Oh yeah I was surprised. I couldn’t believe it. I was very frustrated I didn’t get an invite, and I never got to have a conversation with them about it. Coach K and Mr. Colangelo put together a great roster for the World Championships in 2010, and I was fortunate to be a part of it and win a gold medal. I thought I played well and I thought I’d get a shot at making the Olympic roster but it didn’t happen for me. I definitely had it in my sights. When they started making decisions in April, I was out with the ankle injury, but the invite decisions came down before that. The Big Lead

September 23, 2012 Updates
September 21, 2012 Updates

Kobe Bryant asked about what would happen if Dream Teams in Barcelona(’92) and London(’12) has a chance to go against each other with their full strenght. He said that: “I like our chances, It’s always interesting because if you’re talking about playing one game. If you look at the teams we have this year we had some incredible talented players in our team. Dream team(’92) is a team that we looked up to and we all admired, especially myself. So it’s always tough to say we’d beat them. We have so much respect for them but at the same time you know that you got bunch of guys in your team who are just as good and as competitive. It’d be a lot of fun, I’m getting excited thinking about it.” TrendBasket

September 18, 2012 Updates

There was one — and only one — Dream Team. So that is the American view. But not everyone is American. As all knowledgable American basketball fans know, Lithuania is the country that has competed at a high level most consistently over the past six Olympics. Lithuania produced Arvydas Sabonis, Sarunas Marciulionis, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Linas Kleiza, Jonas Valenciunas, and Egle, among others. And now a film has been made about the 1992 Lithuanian national team, entitled “The Other Dream Team.” SheridanHoops

September 13, 2012 Updates
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