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"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

February 16, 2014 Updates

Beyond the long-running legacy of Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich will be attached to perhaps the most successful and accommodating system in NBA history for international talent. The San Antonio Spurs coach reminisced about his first international experience during last week’s visit to Boston. “My first year in the league was in ’88 with coach (Larry) Brown, and I didn’t know jack, but I knew I wanted to go overseas, so I begged him to let me go over for the ’88 European Championships in Koln, Germany,” Popovich said. “The only other NBA guy in the room was (Don Nelson). There was nobody else in there. That’s when he was bringing Sarunas Marciulionis back (from Lithuania). “I was like a kid in a candy store looking around,” he said. “That’s when Yugoslavia was Yugoslavia and they had that team. It was ridiculous. The Russians were really good when they were the Soviet Union; players everywhere. I knew early on it was a market we wanted to tap. That’s why we did (Tony) Parker at (pick No.) 28, and Manu (Ginobili) in the 50s, and (Luis) Scola after him. Boston Herald

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LeBron James took one step closer to Olympic history Thursday when he was named to the USA Basketball men’s national team roster again for the next three summers. James and Carmelo Anthony could become the first USA men’s basketball players to play in four Olympics if they compete in the 2016 Games. But that is not yet a sure thing, despite his inclusion on the roster. “I don’t know where I stand for 2016,” James told reporters in Miami on Thursday. “If I can give to our country by playing, then that would be great to be playing.” Akron Beacon Journal

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With a taste for the unconventional, he now has his eyes fixed on an alternative summer job. In 2012, his British passport arrived in the mail, sparking a frenetic but ultimately fruitless courtship to recruit him for Great Britain’s Olympic squad. He was in, then out. Confusion reigned when he was taking part in a training game in Charlotte on the same day his no-show for London was announced. There was no misdirection, Mullens affirms. “I had a toe injury in April that year. It really messed everything up about the Olympics. It sucked not going there. But it was better for me. My son was born in August so there was no chance of me missing that.” BT.com

October 16, 2013 Updates

Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been a fan of Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose for a long time, so it should come as no surprise that the Hall of Fame coach is excited to see the former MVP back on the floor and hopeful that he will represent his country in the near future -- including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. When asked specifically if he would like to see Rose on the Olympic team, Krzyzewski said he was excited about the possibility, assuming the point guard's surgically repaired left knee holds up throughout this NBA season. Rose is just returning to the floor after missing almost a year and a half as he recovered from an ACL tear in his left knee. "Oh yeah," Krzyzewski told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday night. "There's a process that [USA Basketball chairman] Jerry Colangelo will orchestrate all that. But it's not just 2016, we have to play in Spain next summer. It used to be the world championships and now it will be called the World Cup. And Derrick was our starting point guard when we won the world championships in Istanbul in 2010 and did a really good job. He was only 21 years old at that time and probably would have been on our Olympic team in London." ESPN.com

September 4, 2013 Updates

Pau Gasol remains an avid traveler and a highly-cultured person, ranging from reading historical novels, making trips to countries in need as a UNICEF ambassador and attending operas. But Gasol’s latest excursion serves a different person. He landed Wednesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he will represent Madrid’s 2020 Olympic bid committee in hopes that his native Spain can host those Summer Games. Los Angeles Daily News

August 29, 2013 Updates

Madrid's 2020 Olympic bid committee says it has appointed Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol to act as one of its spokesmen. In a statement issued Tuesday, the committee says Gasol, one of Spain's most well-known athletes and a two-time Olympic silver medalist, will address the International Olympic Committee during Madrid's final presentation in Buenos Aires next month. ESPN.com

August 27, 2013 Updates

Madrid's 2020 Olympic bid committee says it has appointed Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol to act as one of its spokesmen. In a statement issued Tuesday, the committee says Gasol, one of Spain's most well-known athletes and a two-time Olympic silver medalist, will address the International Olympic Committee during Madrid's final presentation in Buenos Aires next month. ESPN.com

August 10, 2013 Updates

In another ruling, the IOC declined FIBA's request to increase the number of basketball teams in the Olympics from 12 to 16. The intent was to add more teams but limit the number of games played. Instead of two groups of six with five preliminary round games, FIBA wanted four groups of four with three preliminary games. USA Today Sports

The request to increase the number of teams was viewed as a compromise with those pushing for a 23-and-under age restriction for the men's competition. While there is no age limit for the 2016 Olympics, it will be a possibility for the 2020 Games, especially as FIBA tries to capitalize on the 2019 World Cup. In international basketball, the World Cup, formerly world championships, is more prestigious than the Olympics. USA Today Sports

July 17, 2013 Updates

Bosh, who was also part of the Olympic gold medal-winning United States team in 2008 at Beijing, said he doesn't want to represent his country in the Games again, as he wanted to spend time with his family. "I don't think so. I have kids and a family. Our summers are short. We work so hard during season that I want to give them some time in summer. Plus I want other guys to experience it, because it is such a great game. I want other guys to enjoy it and have great stories, just have a good time playing international basketball because it is a great thing," he said. Deccan Chronicle

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