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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

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And so Batum went for 35 and 27 points in the final two games of the World Cup to give France the bronze medal, and he noticed his Portland teammates urging him in training camp: Shoot, Nic. Shoot. “I try to do everything on the court, but I know I got to be more aggressive,” Batum told RealGM. “The team needs it. Everybody’s pushing me here. When Tony Parker didn’t play with us this summer, Boris Diaw and I had to step up our games. That was a cool learning experience for me. Here, we’re all young and I would like to be the guy for LaMarcus and Damian. I would like that a lot. But I know I need to be aggressive, and it is coming.” RealGM

December 11, 2014 Updates

The United States team may be going to Qatar to defend its basketball World Cup title in 2019 as the emirate seeks to add to its sports portfolio. Qatar is among six bidders to host one of the tournament's next two editions, in 2019 or 2023, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) said Thursday. China, Germany, the Philippines and Turkey also want to host one of the events. Germany may bid alone or with France. USA Today Sports

December 1, 2014 Updates

In early September, months after the last N.B.A. season had ended, Mike Conley tuned in to watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup on television. He saw someone with a resemblance to his Memphis Grizzlies teammate Marc Gasol: same bushy beard, same stern game face and same backward shuffle down the court after shooting a jumper from just beyond the free-throw line. Except that this player was much thinner. “I was like, Man, that can’t be Marc,” said Conley, the Grizzlies’ point guard. “It looks like he lost 50 pounds.” New York Times

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Adam Silver: “I realize you can’t just take the existing 82 game schedule, regular season plus playoffs then just plop another tournament down on top of it. I think you’d have to take a serious look at the All-Star break if it were a midseason tournament, the game itself, events around All-Star, but conceivably what a midseason tournament could look like is some number of teams, you could either begin with all the teams and have a single-elimination tournament, it’s another area where through floating the idea, I’ve gotten some really interesting suggestions. It may be an opportunity to bring in international clubs, there’s been talk about the NBA sponsoring a world championship, of course there’s a world cup now which the United States participates in, but for the NBA, club championships are very different. We, I and others at the league office have studied the champions league for European soccer. They have other types of cups and midseason tournaments. Basketball Insiders

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Fewer scouts watch international games than NCAA games, making these exhibitions especially important to international players. In fact, a slew of athletes turned their performances this summer in the FIBA World Cup into NBA interest. These games are especially vital for Americans who found playing time abroad after being unable to make the leap into the NBA. Case in point: Alba Berlin’s game-winner against the Spurs came from James McLean, a forward from Xavier. The Fields of Green

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

Is Andre Iguodala on your list for this season, for what happened this summer? (Iguodala poked fun at New Zealand traditional pregame dance - the haka - during the FIBA World Cup, Adams seemingly took offense on Twitter, saying "@andre, show some respect for my culture.") Steven Adams: Oh, he’s alright. He's all good. I just read (Iguodala's comments) in the morning and it kinda got to me. It wasn't like anything bad or anything. It was just misinformed, I guess. I knew he meant it not to downplay New Zealand. I just thought differently about it. Hopefully he come down to New Zealand. He’s still a good dude. Oklahoman

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