USA Basketball Rumors
It doesn’t matter now, but Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says he would have been fine with coaching Carmelo Anthony in Houston. “Oh yeah. We all get a little bit, hopefully, better at what we do. And it’s a whole different situation and we know that James (Harden) and Chris (Paul) are good friends (of Carmelo’s) so it’s a whole different thing,” D’Antoni said Monday. “Actually after New York, we went to USA Baskteball and we won a gold medal again so it’s not like it’s anything new.” Anthony and D’Antoni weren’t exactly on the same page at the end of D’Antoni’s Knicks tenure. D’Antoni acknowledged in an ESPN The Magazine story that he quit in 2012 after Anthony told the team it needed to choose between he and D’Antoni. Anthony’s preferred trade destination over the summer was Houston, but he ended up being dealt to Oklahoma City.
USA Basketball: FINAL: 🇺🇸 #USABAmeriCup 81, 🇦🇷 Argentina 76. What. A. Win. The USA erases a 20-point second half deficit to claim #AmeriCup2017 gold!
American big man Jameel Warney has been named MVP of the FIBA AmeriCup. The NBA G League alum led Team USA to the final victory against Argentina with 21 points and 7 rebounds. He averaged 12.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the tournament. FIBA also released the All-AmeriCup First Team: Facundo Campazzo (Argentina). Francisco “Paco” Cruz (Mexico). Nicolás Brussino (Argentina). Darrun Hilliard (USA). Jameel Warney (USA).
Argentina and the USA earned the right to play for continental gold after capturing wins in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 Semi-Finals. USA arrived as favorite, and met everyone’s expectations, after defeating the Virgin Islands, 90-62, and will play in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 Final. Once again, their strong defense allowed them to compensate their low effectiveness in outside throws. Fast attacks, short possessions and making the most out of the rivals’ errors were the victory’s convincing tactics. Munford, with 20 points and 10 rebounds, was the game’s outstanding player.
Jeff Van Gundy has studied everything available to him to understand what awaits him and the NBA Development League players in these coming FIBA qualifying events. Yes, he has studied everything and come to a conclusion. “I told myself, ‘You better get your s— together and not f— this up,” Van Gundy said. “You better be ready.”