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September 14, 2014 Updates

Since starting the national program in 2007 that was previously Serbia and Montenegro, this group has never faced the Americans. Nor have they won an international tournament, with a second-place finish in the 2009 Eurobasket and a fourth-place finish in the 2010 FIBA tournament as top showings. "They have a lot at stake here I feel, and they're outspoken about it," Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports about Serbia. "This is their opportunity they've been waiting for, and they have a dream. But so do we, so it works both ways." USA Today Sports

"They're probably the hottest team, and they're playing at a high level," USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Serbia. "They have stars on their team, and Teodosic, I loved him when I saw him in the World Championships in '10, Bogdanovic is a rising star. Their big guys (including former NBA big man Nenad Krstic) are good, they're well coached, and they're strong. They can hurt you from many different positions. "They're just playing great basketball right now. Actually, it's beautiful to see. I hope I don't see that beauty tomorrow night." USA Today Sports

Pistons center Andre Drummond was an active participant in the practice’s final 15 minutes, open to the media, shooting free throws and working one-on-one with U.S. assistant coach Andre Griffin. “We’ve played hard this whole tournament and have given it our all,” Drummond told the Free Press after Saturday’s practice. “We’re excited to be here and we’re mentally ready for this game.” Detroit Free Press

Gordon Hayward: It was great being able to work with some of the talented players and coaches on the team. Coach Krzyzewski and Coach Thibodeau are very detail oriented — very similar to Brad Stevens, my coach at Butler. They make sure you’re focused on everything being sharp and precise. When we practiced, they weren’t necessarily long practices, but it was intense. I like that. When you practice, it should be focused and tough training. I got great feedback from the coaches, and that’s was definitely a confidence booster. Those guys are really well respected. To have them pay you a compliment is a pretty big deal. They’ve been around the best ever to do it. I also picked up a lot playing with some of the great players on the team. It’s not a situation where you go up to a guy and ask him to show you something, but you can view them from afar when they’re training. After practices, everyone kind of went and did an individual workout on their own, so you can pick up little things that guys are doing. Gordon Hayward

After that game and the uproar which was created, fueled by a twitter comment made by Goran Dragic, FIBA announced that disciplinary proceedings against Australia were opened. According to FIBA bylaws Australia is facing a fine of up to 500.000 US dollars and/or suspension from international tournament play if found guilty. Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis also could face a fine of 100,000 US dollars or suspension if found to have willfully manipulated the result. The reaction of the Australian federation was a denial and also the will to cooperate in the proceedings. Eurohoops posed the question about the ongoing investigation, asking also if a draw after the end of the group phase in order to determine the couplings for the rest of the competition could be a future solution and the answer of Baumann was the following, implying that what happened in Spain can be used as an example for the future: “As you know there are open proceedings for this case. The point is that something like this can’t happen again in the future. As for the draw, we are happy with our current format and we are not expecting to change it”. EuroHoops.net

Collet hopes to have Joakim Noah back with the team after three years of absence. Noah missed Olympic Games in London in 2012, Eurobasket 2013 and this year’s FIBA World Cup. “I hope Joakim Noah will return to the France NT” Collet said. “He helped us to win the silver medal at Eurobasket 2011 and I think he is now a better player. He became one of the best big men in the world” added Collet. Sportando

September 13, 2014 Updates

In fact, Rose, on the eve of Team USA's gold medal match vs. Serbia, called his FIBA World Cup an unqualified success. "I would give it an A in my mind," Rose said. "Just coming off of what I had to go through and actually getting a spot on the USA team after missing two years of basketball? Like, c’mon man. It shows that I at least worked somewhere and hard work pays off. If anything, it gives me more confidence to head into the regular season." Chicago Tribune

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

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