HoopsHype World Cup rumors

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

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

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