HoopsHype Spain rumors

September 12, 2014 Updates

Zoran's presence in Phoenix would be a considerable help to the Suns' hopes of retaining Goran next year, when he can become a free agent, but Goran already has expressed a desire to remain with the Suns. Adding Zoran would also further load up a Suns backcourt that already has Goran, Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green, Archie Goodwin, Tyler Ennis and, it is assumed, Eric Bledsoe. Arizona Republic

The players were mostly politically correct in discussing the unexpected exit of the Spaniards, but they had to be as surprised by the development as the rest of us. Kyrie Irving, for one, said he welcomed the fact that the questions about Spain would finally come to an end. "I mean, you know, obviously everybody wanted to see us play Spain, but we're not, so those questions can go out the window," he said. "It's all about Serbia and France, and we're going to prepare as best we can." USA Today Sports

And then there was Faried. It was only fitting that he would be the one to break protocol when it came to discussing the Spaniards. Since the start of the tournament, the 24-year-old has brought an edge and an intensity that has served this group well. "I've been trying to hold my tongue for this one," Faried told reporters. "I felt as though we came out and did our job, and y'all kept saying, 'Oh, you're not going to beat Spain.' Spain couldn't even beat France. When Spain can meet us at the championship game, then come talk to me. "I wasn't surprised at all (about the Spain loss). There was too much hype around them. It was arrogant, borderline disrespectful to us, saying they're better than us, we're not going to be able to match up with their bigs and all this other arrogant stuff. I just took it as, 'okay, alright. Once we meet them in the finals we'll see what happens.' We can't even see what happens." USA Today Sports

September 11, 2014 Updates

Ryan Gomes signed with Laboral Kutxa. The former NBA forward has played five games with the Thunder last season averaging 1.2 points per game. Gomes has played 487 games in the NBA averaging 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Ryan Gomes has a cotonou status. Sportando

Spain's guards didn't adjust by looking for Pau and Marc Gasol in the post enough, and then compounded that by missing all but two of their 22 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. "Everyone thought we had won this before it started, but we didn't prepare well for the game and were trying to play catchup the entire way," Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro said. "They prepared better than we did. We relied on doing what we always do, defend and get out on the break, but our shots didn't fall, and they played with a lot of poise." Boston Herald

It also turns this inaugural World Cup -- sporting that new name FIBA hopes will lend the event more stature -- into a tournament that will likely be remembered as the end of an era for not one but two international powers: Argentina and those very same Spaniards. It's hard to imagine Pau Gasol, Jose Calderon and Juan Carlos Navarro coming back to the national team for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil ... especially after the hell they'll catch for failing to deliver this time when hopes were so high. It's also fair to wonder how much they'd be able to offer at that point even if they did return. It thus seems safe to suggest that Spain, even if it can still field Marc Gasol, Rudy Fernandez and Ricky Rubio in Rio, will no longer be the same force Team USA has come to expect (and respect) since Spain won the 2006 World Championship in Japan. ESPN.com

September 10, 2014 Updates

It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a pretty miserable week in sports. But you know one thing that helps keep me going in times of distress? Team USA. So you know what you’re getting today? TEAM USA ON JET SKIS. Grantland

But when the Phoenix Suns point guard was asked to pick a FIBA World Cup favorite just minutes after his Slovenian team was drubbed 119-76 by Team USA on Tuesday night, one might have assumed that he'd pick the Americans if only because of the magnitude of the one-sided moment. And one would have been wrong. "Uh, I mean so far, (it's) Spain," Dragic said. USA Today Sports

September 9, 2014 Updates

Dragic, the younger brother of Goran Dragic, had 16 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes against the United States national team on Tuesday. He has informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM. RealGM

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