HoopsHype Olympic Games rumors

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Marc Stein: In chat for @SportsCenter to air this week, Kevin Durant tells ESPN he intends to be on Team USA for 2016 Olympics after his '14 summer off. Durant withdrew from Team USA in August shortly before 2014 FIBA WC in Spain but says he plans to make himself available for 2016 in Brazil. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

September 19, 2014 Updates

Meeks is expected to compete with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the starting shooting guard spot. Meeks expanded his game a year ago, becoming more than just a spot-up shooter in L.A. He has improved his ballhandling skills and ability to get to the basket. With Drummond clogging the middle, Meeks is expected to help the logjam by creating offense with his 3-point shooting, And the Olympics could be in his future. "(Being on the Olympic team in 2016) would be an honor and a dream come true," Meeks said. "I know it's a long way down the line, and we still have a full season ahead, but anytime you have a chance to play for your country, it's an honor." The Bellingham Herald

September 11, 2014 Updates

The result could have some influence on Brazil's Olympic bid in 2016, when it will host the event in Rio. FIBA officials in Madrid confirmed to ESPN.com that Brazil has not yet been awarded a berth in its own Olympics with a proposal on the issue to be put before the governing body's board next spring. The team might have to qualify via next summer's FIBA Americas Championship. "It's very sad because we know we could have gone further but we didn't," Barbosa said. "We have a great team. Right now, we lost but we're still together. This was just a bad day." "If it's in our hands we will take this," Teodosic said. "We will not give it away. If we have a chance in the semifinal, we want to go on." ESPN.com

September 10, 2014 Updates

What that might do to increase interest in the U.S. remains to be seen, especially since the NBA has already said it won't release players for games during its season. "Well, in the case of basketball, there's no question that the Olympics has been historically a bigger event," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said before the tournament. "Basketball has been an Olympic sport since the 1930s, so the World Cup, just renamed from the world championship of basketball, is still developing into a world-class event." USA Today Sports

September 5, 2014 Updates

A man who was a ball boy for the 1984 USA men's basketball team at the Olympics is giving up his prize possession: Michael Jordan's sneakers. The man, who prefers to remain anonymous, consigned the shoes he says Jordan wore in the gold medal-winning game over Spain and then on the medal stand to Grey Flannel Auctions for its auction in mid-October. The shoes are white Converse, the brand Jordan wore at North Carolina, thanks to a $10,000 a year deal that was given to his coach, Dean Smith, at the time. ESPN.com

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Cuban said the Olympics made significant revenue from NBA players. He pointed out that players in all sports, not just basketball, often declined to participate in international tournaments when they were free agents, or were about to be, out of fear that they would be injured. That, he said, was the smart financial decision. Cuban said the only parties left financially vulnerable in such situations were the league and its clubs. “We are so stupid that we are willing to commit what amounts to more than a billion dollars in salaries to help the Olympics line their pockets so we can pretend that the Olympic Games are about national pride,” Cuban said. Dallas Morning News

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For example the dates for the qualification round of the 2019′s World Cup are: 20-28/11/17, 19-27/2/18, 25/6-3/7/18, 17/9-25/9/18, 26/11-4/12/18 and 18/2-26-2/19. Also, Fiba decided to organize four qualification rounds for the Olympic games of 2020 in Japan. EuroHoops.net

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Former Soviet basketball great and Olympic gold medalist Sergei Belov has died at 69. His death was announced by CSKA Moscow, the team he played with for 13 seasons. The club said Belov died Thursday in the Ural Mountains city of Perm. It didn't give a cause. Belov helped the Soviets to the gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics, scoring 20 points in the famous 51-50 win over the United States in the final. The shooting guard also won three Olympic bronze medals and two FIBA world championship titles. USA Today Sports

September 26, 2013 Updates

Dennis Rodman says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has asked him to train his players to compete in the 2016 Olympics. Days after returning from his second trip to visit Kim Jong Un — in which he said he became the first foreigner to hold the leader’s newborn daughter — Rodman announced plans Monday to stage two exhibition games in North Korea in January. Chicago Sun-Times

And Rodman, who joked that he hadn’t drawn such a crowd in New York since he wore a wedding dress to a book signing, was adamant that this venture was serious — “groundbreaking,” in Rodman’s words. “People think this is a gimmick. I would love to make this a gimmick ... but it’s not about the money,” he said. Chicago Sun-Times

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Dirk Nowitzki might not be done with international basketball, even at the age of 36. Germany coach Frank Menz said Monday that the Dallas Mavericks forward would consider a return to FIBA competition if the national team looks capable of making a run at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Nowitzki last played for Germany at the 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. But Nowitzki was fatigued after the Mavericks' run to the NBA title, and the Germans failed to reach the quarterfinals, ending hopes of reaching last summer's Olympics in London. ESPN.com

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