USA Basketball Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: If there’s gonna be a team that beats [USA Basketball[ in a one-game setting… I always thought it would be a team that’s been together for a long time — that’s not intimidated… [France] is equipped to do it. Rudy Gobert: We are. I deeply believe that it’s gonna happen. One of my dreams is to win an Olympic gold medal with the French National Team. Hopefully in 2020 we can put a team together to try and compete with them.
Marc Stein: League sources say @nbagleague stars Elijah Millsap and Amile Jefferson (@iawolves) as well as Donald Sloan and Jameel Warney (@texaslegends) have earned spots on Jeff Van Gundy’s 12-man Team USA roster
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.