World Championship Rumors
Adam Silver: “I realize you can’t just take the existing 82 game schedule, regular season plus playoffs then just plop another tournament down on top of it. I think you’d have to take a serious look at the All-Star break if it were a midseason tournament, the game itself, events around All-Star, but conceivably what a midseason tournament could look like is some number of teams, you could either begin with all the teams and have a single-elimination tournament, it’s another area where through floating the idea, I’ve gotten some really interesting suggestions. It may be an opportunity to bring in international clubs, there’s been talk about the NBA sponsoring a world championship, of course there’s a world cup now which the United States participates in, but for the NBA, club championships are very different. We, I and others at the league office have studied the champions league for European soccer. They have other types of cups and midseason tournaments.
I asked Pelicans coach Monty Williams how he planned to handle the minutes of star Anthony Davis after the forward spent so much time this summer with Team USA for the FIBA World Championships. He had a pretty interesting answer (and even got a bit animated). “We’ve talked to our training staff to make sure we give him the proper rest but at the same time he’s 21 (years old),” Williams said. “He doesn’t get tired until he’s like 28.
In 2006, after two poor international showings by Team USA, Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski called a lock-down defensive specialist: Bruce Bowen. They wanted the then three-time NBA All-Defensive first-team selection to be the glue guy the national team had missed in previous tournaments. But he was cut just three days before the start of the World Championship that Japan hosted that year. It seems Bowen hasn’t forgotten. “I’m an american, I had an opportunity to represent my country and I was thrilled about that. It was one of the highlights of that year… Until I was cut”. “It’s not that I couldn’t make the team, I got cut. I still have problems with that”, Bowen said half-jokingly, half seriously in Madrid, Spain.
Ginobili wrote in detail about the disappointment of receiving word from the Spurs that they would not allow him to play despite improvement with the stress fracture in his lower right fibula. But Ginobili, despite considering options to circumvent the Spurs’ wishes, said he finally realized the risk was too great upon experiencing persistent soreness in the injured area. For the bone to be well sealed and not remain any doubts, I had spent 42 days without being able to train as usual, no jumping or running, so as not to put stress on the fibula. And that made me reach the training camp in a painful physical condition. When one is 37 years old, it is not easy to return and start from nothing, so we tried to accelerate a little at a time. I started the physical work in the pool acceptably, but when I went to the treadmill there began to emerge some pain, mostly in the right ankle and left foot.
The veteran guard wrote about his side of the saga in his latest column for Argentina’s La Nacion, describing himself as “sad and disappointed” at being unable to represent his country for what might have been the last time. I very much regret the bad news. I wanted to say goodbye to the team on the court and be with my friends, but it cannot be. I’ll be with the team as long as possible, trying to add from the outside and supporting at all times.
Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer’s USA Basketball roster because of his uncertain NBA status, leaving the Americans without one of their most experienced international players. Team USA announced the decision on Saturday. Love, who won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 world championship and was one of the first players to commit to play this summer, told USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo that he would be unavailable for training camp that starts Monday.
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Colangelo still really likes the U.S. roster and says it is more experienced and talented than the 2010 world championships team. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Davis won an Olympic gold medal in 2012 and Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose played in the 2010 world championships. “We’re more talented than 2010,” Colangelo said. “I’m not demeaning that team, but those guys were young.”
USA begins its World Cup play in Spain on Aug. 30. USA can also add more players to the roster, but Colangelo doesn’t think that’s a likely option. “There is no one to add at this stage. We will adjust accordingly,” Colangelo told Yahoo Sports. “It opens up other opportunities for other guys.”
Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been selected to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men’s National Team, USA Basketball announced today. Wall will join 18 other players, including teammate Bradley Beal, who have been selected for the 2014-2016 USA Men’s National Team pool. The 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, will be selected from that pool. “I am honored to be invited back to participate with USA Basketball and to have the opportunity to represent my country,” said Wall. “I am also proud that Bradley and I will be able to represent the Wizards organization together while competing for roster spots against our peers from around the league.”
“I appreciate the invitation to play for Team USA this summer,” Griffin said. “It is a special opportunity anytime you have a chance to represent your country, and I was honored to be included. However, right now I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the Clippers.”
Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin today announced that he will not participate on the USA Basketball Men’s National Team this summer. Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.
“Victor Claver this year has had a difficult year in Portland but one that has strengthened him mentally,” Orenga said via Fiba.com. “It’s been a year of barely playing after a very good EuroBasket, both in defense and attack, and (he) had little or no court time. He’s remained strong both physically and in the head. He is versatile and can play three (small forward) or four (power forward).”
So with star center Alexis Ajinca announcing shortly before the start of the preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup that he will remain with his pregnant wife, who is due to give birth during the tournament, instead of playing this summer, Collet is okay. He’ll have his squad ready when they arrive in Granada, Spain, for Group A games against Serbia, Brazil, Iran, Egypt and the tournament hosts. “This is a blow,” he said of losing his 2.15m tall starting center, “but we must move forward with those who are there.”
On Thursday, France also announced that big man Kevin Seraphin was not being released for the World Cup by his NBA team, the Washington Wizards. Seraphin has not fully recovered from arthroscopy surgery on his knee.
In an interview with the Argentine website Canchallena.LaNacion.com, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili revealed Monday that he no longer feels pain in the area of his stress fracture on his right leg, and though he remains optimistic he might still have a chance to play for the Argentine National team in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, he’s still being cautious and fearful not to make a definite decision just yet. Here is what Ginobili had to say Monday: “It does not hurt. I’m Optimistic, but I have doubts, I have fears. Perceive that it is (the injury) is definitely much better. When I finished the season touch felt pain when I touched that area, not now,”
Serge Ibaka: “I think Spain can win the gold medal against the United States. After the Olympic final in London, everything is possible. We have the players to accomplish something big.”
The 23-year-old Leonard will still be in the pool of players considered to make up Team USA’s 2016 Olympic roster. Still, he called the decision to remove himself from the pool for the World Cup “a very difficult decision.” “I want to go out and compete [with] the guys from these other countries, but I need the time to heal and just rest my body from the long season,” he told the newspaper.
Kawhi Leonard withdrew from consideration for the U.S. basketball team’s roster for the FIFA World Cup, saying he’s learned that he needs to take a break after watching the struggles of Spurs teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili during the regular season after they played through last summer for their national teams.
Speaking of USA Basketball, how do you feel about the team? Kevin Durant: I’m excited. I can’t wait. I was actually thinking about it last night as I was going to sleep, about how fun it was going to be to play with so many great players and how much I am going to learn while I’m there. I’m looking forward to it.
“The Las Vegas training camp will be the start of our preparations for the World Cup, so this is a critical time for putting in place the foundation required for this USA Basketball team to be successful like its recent predecessors. This USA team will have a special opportunity to become the first USA team to repeat as world champions.”
With the FIBA World Cup in Spain six weeks away, Team USA announced its training camp roster on Monday. There is a gold standard again for the group that’s headed by national team managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski, who led Team USA to gold medals in the 2008 Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Cup and the 2012 Olympics as well. This list of 19 will meet in Las Vegas for training camp from July 28 to August 1, then be whittled down to 12 for the final roster that will head to Spain. If Team USA wins gold at the World Cup, they’ll receive an automatic qualification to the 2016 Olympics and won’t have to take part in the 2015 World Cup.
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‘‘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.’’
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.