HoopsHype USA Basketball rumors

July 14, 2014 Updates

It appears Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, has withdrawn from the Team USA training camp at which the team that will represent the United States in the FIBA World Cup tournament will be selected. Sources familiar with USA Basketball’s plans for the camp, scheduled to begin in Las Vegas on July 28, said the Spurs forward has not yet given a firm commitment to participate in the camp and may be pulling out. USA Basketball is to issue a press release on Monday about the players who will be at the camp. San Antonio Express-News

July 12, 2014 Updates

Frank Isola: I'm also hearing that Carmelo will not be going to the World Cup. I can confirm that I won't be there either. (Don't get me started.) Twitter @FisolaNYDN

July 11, 2014 Updates
July 8, 2014 Updates

Brian Mahoney: USA Basketball announces withdrawal of Westbrook, who was always far from a lock to play this summer anyway to rest knees. Twitter @briancmahoney

July 7, 2014 Updates
July 1, 2014 Updates

In an interview Sunday with Yahoo Sports, Rose — who missed all but 10 games last season with a torn meniscus in his right knee — indicated he might not try out for the U.S. team that will compete this summer in the Basketball World Cup in Spain. The tournament begins Aug. 30. That was news to the Bulls. ‘‘In terms of if he’s ready to go, he’s going,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘He wants to go. That’s what he’s told me; that’s what he’s told USA Basketball. But it’s a step-by-step process. He’s coming along fine. The next step is to participate in summer league. If that goes well, he goes to USA [camp]. And if that goes well, he’ll play in those games. Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘You don’t know the context in which it was said. From what we’re seeing, he’s making good, steady progress. He looks great, and that’s all he can go by.’’ General manager Gar Forman said he hadn’t talked with Rose about the latest questions regarding his participation in Team USA’s camp, but he reiterated that ‘‘from a physical standpoint, [Rose] is doing terrific.’’ Forman also said all indications have been that Rose would try out for Team USA. ‘‘I still don’t know yet,’’ Rose told Yahoo Sports. ‘‘If I’m feeling right and the time is [right], for sure I will go out there. My body is responding good, but you never know.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

June 19, 2014 Updates

Moments after the San Antonio Spurs came off the barges at the Riverwalk, from their championship parade Wednesday, Spurs center Tiago Splitter and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard spoke with the media. In Splitter and Leonard’s media sessions, both players confirmed to Project Spurs, they plan on representing their countries in FIBA play this summer. “Yes, I will,” confirmed Splitter of playing for Brazil at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this August. “Yeah, that’s the plan,” said Leonard of trying to make the roster for Team USA in Las Vegas this summer. “Right now, I’m just going to rest and take it slow. But when that time comes, I’ll be ready.” ProjectSpurs.com

June 18, 2014 Updates
June 12, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is one of the young players knocking on the door of the national team. Selected in the USA's 28-player pool for 2014-2016, the former University of Kentucky product wants to represent his country at this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. "It would be fantastic for me to be part of the team that will defend the world title in Spain. It's one of my main goals this year," Cousins told FIBA.com. FIBA.com

After failing to make the final roster for the 2012 Olympics and being publicly criticised for his lack of maturity by Colangelo, Cousins showed improvement last summer. "What happened in 2012 has been blown out of proportion. The file is closed. I am very thankful that Mr Colangelo gave me another chance last summer," he stated. "I think that I have been doing well during the 2013 training camp and I know that I can bring something to the national team. "I can bring athleticism in the paint, rebounds and high energy. I am a competitor and I want to help the team keep winning titles. One of my dreams is to win gold medals with my country. "I am looking forward to the training camp to show what I can do. Everyone wants to be on the final roster and I am going to do my best in order to convince the coach to select me in the team that is going to defend the world title. I want to be one of the 12 players who are going to Spain," he said. FIBA.com

May 16, 2014 Updates
April 18, 2014 Updates

The NBA and USA Basketball announced a partnership with the Department of Defense to support armed forces members and their families. It will create a full schedule of events across the world including USO tours, exhibition games, clinics, open practices for military members, speaking engagements and game tickets. It will include NBA and WNBA teams as well as Team USA. ESPN.com

April 11, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose, who hasn't played since tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee in November, remains a wild card. Rose told USA Basketball he would like to come to training camp July 28-31 in Las Vegas, and the Chicago Bulls — coach Tom Thibodeau is a U.S. assistant coach — would like Rose to participate if he's ready. "As far as we're concerned, we want him to come if he's capable of doing so. If that's the case, then everyone will know where he is in terms of his status," Colangelo said. "It's just an unknown. He's on our roster. If he's prepared and equipped to go, then great. Since that's not until the end of July, there's plenty of time here for him." USA Today Sports

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