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February 16, 2015 Updates
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After a long pause, Thompson told Duffy, "No, I made a commitment, I'm going to stay." And that was it. Thompson was staying with Team USA. "That's how Klay is," Duffy said. "He is a quiet guy, but he is smart. You present him with the facts and he thinks about it for five or 10 minutes, he absorbs it and makes a decision. And then it's just, 'OK, let's roll with this.' " Sporting News

January 21, 2015 Updates

But he got to know Kobe Bryant and called him a “great guy” when asked about it Wednesday. “That whole Olympic experience, he kind of took me under his wing and showed me a lot about the game and a lot about hard work,” said Davis, the only college player on a team that beat Spain in the gold-medal game. “He’ll bring the competitive nature out in everybody,” he added. “Any good team that has Kobe on the team is in it to win it. That was my first time [meeting him]. I loved every moment of it.” Los Angeles Times

December 28, 2014 Updates

Whatever they did worked, as Team USA breezed through the competition, winning all nine games by an average margin of 33 points and earning the gold medal. "I just know he’s a really, really good coach. One of the best I’ve ever been around. I learned a ton from him," Williams said. "His players love him, they play hard for him. "He and I were both wide awake trying to figure out how to help our team win a gold medal. I learned a ton from him and like I said, he’s one of the best I’ve ever been around." CSN Chicago

December 23, 2014 Updates

You just don't want to get caught up in the media cycle where it's, "He thinks he's better than that guy!" Yeah, yeah. I know, right? That's the truth. That’s the truth. But playing this summer, I knew I was good enough to be on Team USA and saw a lot of stuff like, "Klay, are you sure you're going to make it?" I laughed at people like, "100 percent, I'm going to make that team." ESPN.com

December 11, 2014 Updates

"Why go somewhere else and start over when you get a huge contract with one of the best teams in the NBA?" Thompson said. "I think only an idiot would turn that down. I love it here. Love my teammates, the organization, especially the fans, and I never really wanted to go anywhere else. Being with Team USA, guys putting their egos aside, showed it's cool having the gaudy numbers and getting all those accolades, but ask anybody who ever played this game, I'm sure they'd trade half that in for a ring. That's how I feel. At this point, I just want to win as much as possible." NBA.com

October 9, 2014 Updates

Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and David Stern are all names synonymous with the NBA’s rise in popularity during the 1980s. But there were, of course, key personnel in the league office building the foundation for success in the decades to come. Terry Lyons was one of those individuals. In fact, he filled some of the most important roles behind the scenes. ““Terry Lyons’ enormous contributions to our media relations efforts for almost three decades have been a key driver to our growth, domestically and internationally,” Stern was quoted as saying in a statement posted on Lyons’ website. ” He has grown up with the NBA and the NBA has grown up with him. Terry has traveled the world on behalf of the NBA and Team USA, spreading the basketball gospel. He has worked arduously to enhance international media coverage of our teams and our games and he has made the NBA office a welcoming center for the global basketball community and international media. We will miss him greatly, and wish him continued professional success and much personal happiness.” Ed Odeven Reporting

The NBA’s global growth is a fascinating thing to learn about. During your travels for Team USA exhibitions, Olympic games, promotional events, etc., which locales outside the U.S. made the biggest impression on you for the fans’ enthusiasm and love for the game? In no particular order … Japan, for sure. 34-35,000 in the Tokyo Dome was a pretty serious statement. And, we had great games there. Mexico – Great, passionate NBA fans. Lithuania – Small country – GREAT players. Medals to prove it. Australia – A country where SPORTS matter. Brazil – They gave us OSCAR! Spain and Italy and France – The cornerstone of the NBA’s international footprint in 1980. Look how it’s grown. Ed Odeven Reporting

October 7, 2014 Updates

I asked Pelicans coach Monty Williams how he planned to handle the minutes of star Anthony Davis after the forward spent so much time this summer with Team USA for the FIBA World Championships. He had a pretty interesting answer (and even got a bit animated). “We’ve talked to our training staff to make sure we give him the proper rest but at the same time he’s 21 (years old),” Williams said. “He doesn’t get tired until he’s like 28. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 5, 2014 Updates

Anthony said he would like to play in his fourth and final Olympics in 2016 in Brazil but acknowledges it's a long way away. He said Paul George's devastating foot injury over the summer in a Team USA exhibition game won't impact his decision. Newsday

October 1, 2014 Updates

Going even more in depth, when Thompson drives to the left in isolation situations (which he does 80.2 percent of his iso attacks) he is either heavily settling for a pull up jumper (48.2 percent of the time) of the time and shooting a lackluster 27.3 percent off the bounce; 33.8 percent of the time he is attempting to finish at the rim (an area he is increasingly improving at and showed great progress at the World Cup in Spain) but isn’t converting at much greater of a success rate (41.7 percent). What sticks out to me is the lack of in-between game, the floater, in which he only attempts 7.5 percent of the time he puts the ball on the floor. HoopsHype

Thompson is holding opponents to shooting an abysmal 35.8 percent from the field and forcing a turnover at a rate of 11.3 percent. With his length, mobility, and desire to win every play, Thompson has the mold to become a lock-down wing defender for years to come. HoopsHype

September 30, 2014 Updates

Aldridge turned down a chance to play with the U.S. national team, and it wasn't the first time. This time, he said, he wanted to make he didn't suffer an injury -- as happened with Indiana's Paul George -- that might keep him from achieving his goal of helping the Blazers go deep in the playoffs. "It was about my personal preference," Aldridge said. "Having a big season coming up, I didn't want to risk anything crazy out there. "I was disappointed to not be in that group. I wanted to be a part of that group for a long time. Things keep coming up. This time, the major part was me and my agent and (officials from) my team sat down, and we felt like we didn't want to take that risk right now." Portland Tribune

September 29, 2014 Updates

LeBron James says he has not decided whether he'll play in the 2016 Olympics. James said Monday following the Cavaliers' practice that he's "nowhere near" deciding if he'll again play for Team USA in two years. Kevin Durant has reportedly said he will play for the American squad in Brazil, but James said following practice that "I haven't even thought about it too much. I haven't decided." Bradenton.com

Jason Jones: Rudy Gay said contract extension talks stopped when he joined Team USA and that he'll let his reps deal w/ talks. Twitter @mr_jasonjones

Marc Stein: In chat for @SportsCenter to air this week, Kevin Durant tells ESPN he intends to be on Team USA for 2016 Olympics after his '14 summer off. Durant withdrew from Team USA in August shortly before 2014 FIBA WC in Spain but says he plans to make himself available for 2016 in Brazil. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

"I love Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and (program director) Mr. (Jerry) Colangelo, because they understood everything. I didn't want it to overshadow what they were doing, so that's why I kind of felt bad about it. But at the same time, I knew I had to do it for myself, and this was one of the first decisions basketball-wise that was like, 'All right, this is just for me. I'm worried about me right now. I was a little selfish, and sometimes that makes people, it made a lot of people, uncomfortable." And to those who don't agree or understand? "Seriously, to be honest, I was like '(expletive) 'em.' You can write that, too. Seriously, though. I'm just going to be me, man, and that's how I felt. "I was happy I took the hits, like, 'All right, that's going to teach me to be strong and not worry about what everybody has got to say.' I heard it all — 'you don't care about your country' to 'you're soft' to all of that. Well I don't care. These people don't know me. They don't know the work I've put in. They don't know that I've done (the FIBA tournament) before, so it made me stronger." USA Today Sports

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