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February 8, 2014 Updates

And at some point during the evening, new Commissioner Adam Silver leaned on Jerry Colangelo for a little help. "He wants me to broker everything going forward between the NBA, the NCAA and all the constituents," said Colangelo, current chairman of USA Basketball. "He wants to lift the bar in terms of youth development and where the game is going." USA Today Sports

February 3, 2014 Updates
February 2, 2014 Updates

Here is the procedure for the Official Draw of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup taking place on Monday 3 February at 7pm (CET). The 24 teams have been classified on the basis of the FIBA Ranking Men as well as geographical principles with teams from the same continent being evenly distributed in six teams pots. Teams will be picked from these pots and placed into the four Preliminary Round groups – A, B, C and D. Pot 1: Argentina, Lithuania, Spain and USA. This pot consists of the top four teams in FIBA’s Men Ranking (#1 USA; #2 Spain; #3 Argentina; #4 Lithuania). FIBA.com

January 27, 2014 Updates

In an awkward moment for the Washington Wizards last week, USA Basketball announced Beal was among the 28 players invited to the U.S. men’s national team pool for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Wall was left off. “It’s a blessing and an honor,” Beal said of the selection. “To be a part of history and knowing that they see something in me, I’m definitely going to take advantage of that and show them what I’ve got and represent the country as best as I can.” Washington Post

“I been through it before. The main thing for me is try to be professional. I went out there and played. I did it the right way,” Wall said of his experiences with Team USA minicamp. “I just use it as more motivation. It’s nothing I could do. It’s nothing I can say, and I don’t want nobody to babysit me or try to make it work for me. They made their list, they made their decision and that’s what they’re happy with, and I just have to look past that. It’s more motivation because I didn’t make McDonald’s game. I wasn’t national player of the year. I wasn’t rookie of the year. So those are just tabs I keep to motivate myself to prove people wrong.” Washington Post

January 26, 2014 Updates

When Derrick Rose suffered a second straight season-ending knee injury on Nov. 22, the basketball fan in Jerry Colangelo hurt. The Chicago part of Colangelo suffered more. "Being a Chicago guy myself, there's always a little something there where you pull for those guys to do well," Colangelo said in a phone interview. "When he went down with his (ACL) injury, it bothered me big-time for him — the fact that this young star would have that kind of traumatic injury. And then to be re-injured? "But he'll bounce back. He's a terrific kid." Chicago Tribune

"Here's the story with Derrick: We felt that any player who has come through our program has earned equity. That is certainly true in Derrick's case," Colangelo said. "I want to believe that his participation with us in Istanbul and the World Championships in 2010 served as a little bit of a springboard for him to have the year he had and of course that was the MVP year. I was really happy for him because he's a great kid. Chicago Tribune

"My attitude with him is this: He's earned the opportunity. He has equity. No one really knows what his status is, other than it could be that come summer he's going to be ready to participate. If nothing else, for him to have the confidence and look forward to that opportunity goes a long way I think toward him coming back all the way. That's what I would hope would take place for him." Chicago Tribune

January 25, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose is planning to return in the summer from his second major knee surgery in two years and he expects to participate with Team USA ahead of the World Cup games. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the court this summer and having the chance to represent our country," Rose said in a statement on his official Facebook page. "It's an honor to play for Team USA and Coach K." RealGM

Derrick Rose issued a statement Thursday that he’d like to be ready to play for USA Basketball in this summer’s FIBA World Cup in Spain, and according to a source close to the situation, because Rose is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, he will. ‘‘No doubt he will [play],’’ the source said Friday. Chicago Sun-Times

January 24, 2014 Updates
January 23, 2014 Updates

Being among the players from which the 2016 U.S. Olympic team will be formed does not mean LeBron James will definitely play in games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. James was among the 28 players named Thursday morning to the pool from which will be formed the team to represent the United States during international competition the next three summers. "I don't know where I stand for 2016," James said before Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "Obviously, if I'm healthy in 2016 that summer, if I can get to leading our country by playing, then that would be great to be a part of that. But I can't commit to it right now." FOXSports.com

Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that Blake Griffin, James Harden and Dwight Howard have all expressed a desire to USA Basketball, health-willing, to make the trip to Spain. Given the stature of those three players – and the fact that injuries prevented Blake and Dwight from going to London – expect all three to be there alongside Durant, Love and Aldridge. ESPN.com

Despite being selected for Team USA's 28-player pool over the next three summers, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will not play in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. "I think it'd be tough, given what's going on the last two years for me, to play this summer," Williams said. "I would love to, but you just gotta see how it goes, you know?" ESPN.com

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