Olympic Games Rumors

Interviewed by Davide Chinellato of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Danilo Gallinari confirmed once again that he will play for the Italian National Team at Eurobasket during the summer. The goal for the Italian National is to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio (at least for the pre-Olympic tournament). “Our goal is to qualify for Rio 2016” Il Gallo said. “A medal at Eurobasket would be amazing and I think it will be possible even if we are in the strongest group (the Group B in Berlin with Germany, Turkey, Serbia, Spain and Iceland). I feel I am a leader of the National Team. We know each other since we are very children. I hope the other three Italians in the NBA will be in the roster as well” added the Nuggets forward who hopes to have Melvin Hunt as head coach for next season too. “Our goal next season will be to make the playoffs. I hope Melvin Hunt will be our coach next season. He knows basketball very well, also European basketball, something that can make the difference in the NBA. He is a very positive person and he is great in motivating the players. I think he has the qualities to succeed as head coach” continued Gallinari
The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston is shaking up its management. Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca is taking over the bid committee, replacing construction magnate John Fish. The group is trying to revive its chances of bringing the Summer Games to the city after early stumbles left the USOC second-guessing its decision to pick Boston as the American bid city. The USOC would have to submit a formal bid to the IOC in September. The host nation will be picked in 2017. Boston is expected to compete against Rome; Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary.
Nash also said he is committed to making sure the Canadian basketball explosion is not just a one-off. “It’s up to us now to continue that and to give the next generation an opportunity to be the same as this one. Make this a sustainable flow of talent and make us a real presence on the international stage, where we are actually going and competing for medals at world and Olympic games,” he said.

Joakim Noah: Playing for France not my priority

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The Bulls big man reiterated that playing for France is not one of his priorities. “Playing for France is a great experience as I have always said. But it has never been my priority” said Noah to L’Equipe. “I have always been very frank about it but some players and people don’t understand that” added the Bulls big man. “My priority is my career. Before making a decision I will first speak with the other players that I respect a lot. At the moment I have no answer for the technical director of France NT. I am not in the position to make a decision” added Noah. Coach Collet said that if Noah is not at Eurobasket he won’t play also in Rio if France makes it to the Olympic Games.

Tony Parker wants to play with France this summer

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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has stated during his French radio show that he will play for Team France this summer at Eurobasket 2015 to help the team qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. “I am not thinking about that for now since I’m focused on the Spurs, and making a good season to finish in style. Then I will focus on the Blues. But I have said… I will be with team France this summer, ” he has assured on Monday night on RMC, his show TP Show .
The NBA’s global growth is a fascinating thing to learn about. During your travels for Team USA exhibitions, Olympic games, promotional events, etc., which locales outside the U.S. made the biggest impression on you for the fans’ enthusiasm and love for the game? In no particular order … Japan, for sure. 34-35,000 in the Tokyo Dome was a pretty serious statement. And, we had great games there. Mexico – Great, passionate NBA fans. Lithuania – Small country – GREAT players. Medals to prove it. Australia – A country where SPORTS matter. Brazil – They gave us OSCAR! Spain and Italy and France – The cornerstone of the NBA’s international footprint in 1980. Look how it’s grown.
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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.”
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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.”
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.”
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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.