HoopsHype Jerry Colangelo rumors

March 9, 2014 Updates

In soccer, pro leagues around the world take a break for World Cup qualifying. It's called the international break, where England's Premier League stops play so its national team can play, say Spain, in a qualifier. Spain's La Liga takes a break, too, so the two nations can play a home-and-home series in the span of a week and have access to their top players. The NBA does not plan on taking such a break to allow its players to participate, but FIBA will try to convince other pro leagues to take a break during qualifying windows which fall during the season. USA Today Sports

Using college players in November and February seems unlikely. Even if it were possible to schedule a qualifying game where a player from Kansas would be available, how willing would Jayhawks coach Bill Self be to let a player participate in one of those games when he's trying to win a conference and national championship? D-League players and Americans playing overseas might be the best option for some games. "We have to look at everything," Tooley said. USA Today Sports

February 19, 2014 Updates

Colangelo was referring to Greece's 101-95 triumph over the USA in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. "We lost our only game, our only blemish on our record of 62-1," Colangelo said. "From that point on, we've been undefeated. We've learned. "We've shown the respect that I referred to, and I think that people have shown respect us for what we've accomplished. "The good news is that our pipeline is full. The young players all aspire to represent their country, so, so far, so good. "It's been great but the important thing is to keep it going." FIBA.com

"I was very unhappy back in 2004 when the USA finished third at the Olympics, not so much for finishing third but how they looked, how they acted," Colangelo said. "To me, there is a way to conduct yourself both on and off the floor. "So that all had to change. "I'm proud to be an American, I’m proud to represent the USA on the international stage, I love the game. I have a passion for the game. So for me, it's giving back to the game that I love so much." FIBA.com

"We're going to have a solid, strong roster," he said. "It's way too early to assume who's going to be there. "I've been told that (James) Harden and (Russell) Westbrook want to participate. "Derrick Rose may be somewhat ready to come back at that time." Rose is recovering from a serious knee injury. "But we've got a lot of good, young players - Paul George, Damian Lillard," Colangelo said. "(LaMarcus) Aldridge will be a part of our roster this year. FIBA.com

February 8, 2014 Updates

And at some point during the evening, new Commissioner Adam Silver leaned on Jerry Colangelo for a little help. "He wants me to broker everything going forward between the NBA, the NCAA and all the constituents," said Colangelo, current chairman of USA Basketball. "He wants to lift the bar in terms of youth development and where the game is going." USA Today Sports

January 26, 2014 Updates

When Derrick Rose suffered a second straight season-ending knee injury on Nov. 22, the basketball fan in Jerry Colangelo hurt. The Chicago part of Colangelo suffered more. "Being a Chicago guy myself, there's always a little something there where you pull for those guys to do well," Colangelo said in a phone interview. "When he went down with his (ACL) injury, it bothered me big-time for him — the fact that this young star would have that kind of traumatic injury. And then to be re-injured? "But he'll bounce back. He's a terrific kid." Chicago Tribune

"Here's the story with Derrick: We felt that any player who has come through our program has earned equity. That is certainly true in Derrick's case," Colangelo said. "I want to believe that his participation with us in Istanbul and the World Championships in 2010 served as a little bit of a springboard for him to have the year he had and of course that was the MVP year. I was really happy for him because he's a great kid. Chicago Tribune

"My attitude with him is this: He's earned the opportunity. He has equity. No one really knows what his status is, other than it could be that come summer he's going to be ready to participate. If nothing else, for him to have the confidence and look forward to that opportunity goes a long way I think toward him coming back all the way. That's what I would hope would take place for him." Chicago Tribune

January 23, 2014 Updates

The next step in the pool process for Rose would be showing he’s healthy enough to qualify for the team, and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo addressed that in a teleconference, singling out both injured guards Rose and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. “Certainly Derrick Rose, we’re not sure about,’’ Colangelo said. “We have a fluid roster. We continue to watch players and prepare ourselves.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

USA Basketball announced Thursday its 28-player pool for the next three summers that features a wide variety of American standouts, stretching from Miami's reigning MVP LeBron James to mercurial Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins to Atlanta Hawks shooting specialist Kyle Korver. The pool, chosen by USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski, is headlined by well-known stars such as James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- none of whom are expected to compete at the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain. It also includes a number of the game's rising talents while also keeping injured Team USA vets Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook in the fold. ESPN.com

“Our first challenge will be the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup that is being held in Spain. With 24 teams competing for the world title, including host Spain who we have had memorable games against in the last two Olympic gold medal games, we know it will be a challenge to repeat as world champions. In the history of the FIBA World Championships/World Cup, only Brazil (1959 and 1963) and Yugoslavia (1998 and 2002) have won back-to-back titles, so repeating will not be easy and is a challenge we look forward to.” NBA.com

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

Sources told ESPN.com that the formal announcement Thursday morning from USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski will be headlined by well-known stars such as James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- none of whom are expected to compete at the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain -- but will also include a number of the game's rising talents while also keeping injured Team USA vets Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook in the fold. ESPN.com

ESPN.com has obtained a copy of the complete 28-man list from which Colangelo and Krzyzewski will choose 12-man rosters for both the World Cup which starts in late August and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The other national-team veterans to make the cut alongside James, Paul, Anthony, Rose and Westbrook are Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Davis. ESPN.com

December 10, 2013 Updates
November 5, 2013 Updates

Over the summer, Jerry Colangelo inquired with Gay about the possibility of returning to USA Basketball for a minicamp compiled of guys mostly in their early twenties. As much as anything, the Team USA architect was offering Gay an opportunity to surround himself again with hungry, aspiring players. Gay had considered Colangelo’s call, his invitation, to participate in the program with which he played a reserve role in the gold medal of the 2010 World Championships, but he ultimately declined. “Mr. Colangelo respected that I couldn’t be involved with it this summer because I had a lot of things going on in the summer,” Gay told RealGM. “I still want to be part of USA Basketball, part of the experience. Of course.” RealGM

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