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September 13, 2014 Updates

Gay took a vicious elbow to the top of his mouth in the third quarter of Team USA's Thursday win over Lithuania, and the damage done will be coming home with even after Sunday's gold medal game against Serbia in this FIBA World Cup comes to an end. "I've got a fracture in my jaw, a broken tooth and am going to probably need a root canal," Gay told USA TODAY Sports. "The top is where I got hit. It's painful. It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man." USA Today Sports

What it was, as Gay sees it, was an unnecessary play that he was sure to voice his opinion about at the time. While Gay had to leave the game because of the hit, he spoke up in the handshake line after the game. That sparked a shouting match between the two teams, included USA coach Mike Krzyzewski waving his arms amid the chaos and trying to play peacemaker. "I think (the elbow) had a little bit to do with (the situation afterward)," Gay said. "It was a dirty play, man. It was a dirty play." USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Lakers decided to offer a tryout period to Ukrainian point-guard Pooh Jeter. The player ended World Cup in Spain with 15.4 points and 5 assists per game. Sportando

And when all the pressure is on the other team, as it will be for the United States on Sunday, it can be an enormous equalizer. Just ask Spain. “We’re not going to be scared, for sure,” Krstic said. “Some players never get this chance — the chance to do something great in our lives.” SheridanHoops

Do yourself a favor and turn off the football for two hours and see what happens. When the Serbs are involved in a gold medal game, you really never know what you are going to get. “If they beat us, when it is over I will shake their hands,” Djordjevic told me. “But we are going to play our game.” SheridanHoops

September 12, 2014 Updates

Q: So guys were really weren't mad or disappointed when Durant removed himself from the roster? Kenneth Faried: No. We all understood. We respected his decision. We said: "Get your rest and we'll see you in the regular season. But we still want to go after this gold right here and get this World Cup." ESPN.com

Mickael Gelabale: On a personal level, Gelabale is an active member of the French national team, but he is also a free agent. What will be his future and how’s that is affecting him? “I was not in a hurry during the summer. Ι have self confidence and I wanted to play in the World Cup in order to prove that I am in great shape. NBA is always on my mind, but I also know that my agent is in talks with a big European club. But this can wait for now. We have a semifinal in a few hours”. EuroHoops.net

Gustavo Ayon has drawn interest from some NBA teams after playing the World Cup with the Mexican national team. Encestando

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

So the guy from Slovenia brought a bottle of wine with him Friday night, and he was not going to take “no” for an answer from Krzyzewski under any circumstances, no matter how uncomfortable it was making the FIBA media officials. “I have a gift for you,” the reporter said. “Don’t bring anything up here,” Coach K warned. But security being just a tad lax at this event compared to previous versions of the World Cup (back when it was known as the World Championship), the reporter was undeterred. “It’s not such great wine, but sometimes you have to be modest,” the reporter said as he walked the bottle up to the podium and handed it to Coach K, who was gracious enough to go with the flow and accept it. SheridanHoops

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