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Despite the FIBA ban imposed to the Spanish national team for Eurobasket 2017 and also the threat about the Olympics, coach Sergio Scariolo believes that the “La Furia Roja” will be in Rio. As he said to Marca.com: “I can not conceive the Games without the Spanish team that won on the court the right to participate. Those who have to work in order to resolve this situation are doing well, We work as if there is no possibility to miss the Olympics”.
With being ahead of schedule, do you think there’s any possibility of playing in the Olympics? Tiago Splitter: The Olympics is something that I’m going to miss because I really want to get back well next season. And the Olympics if I play, it will be rushed and I won’t be 100 percent. And I don’t want to do that. But it gives other players a chance. I’ve been on the national team for 14 years—I started on the senior national team at 17 years old—so it’s going to be a real pity to be out of the Olympics. But on the other hand, I want the national team to be as strong as they can be and really try to make something important [happen] this summer.
Eight new faces have been included in Nigeria's 27-player preliminary squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics, the country's basketball federation (NBBF) announced on Tuesday. Among the newcomers are Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli and Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the New York Knicks' D-League affiliate Westchester Knicks, with both players set to compete for final roster spots.
"The 28th name was supposed to be Victor Oladipo but he has not yet decided and we don't want to put his name out before his decision," Tijjani told the local media. "He has been in training camp with the US national team and he has not made the team. So, sometimes decisions can be very tough when it comes to that."
Nikola Mirotic: "I'm eager to return to the National Team. I've been focused on finishing the season strong and be ready so (head coach Sergio) Scariolo calls me. The rest is not up to me. I'm totally available and of course I will respect whatever the head coach decides."
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Anthony is vying to become the first U.S. men’s Olympic basketball player to win three gold medals. But during his Gillette media tour, Anthony left doubt about whether he’s all in, saying he needed “a little more time to think about it.’’ Several factors could be in play, namely his buddies Chris Paul and LeBron James likely won’t be there. Paul pulled out in late March, although Anthony was unfazed at that time.
Ben Bolch: The doctor I spoke with earlier this month said PRP-type therapy plus rest should make Blake Griffin as good as new. Blake Griffin didn't opt for this procedure when initially hurt because it would have ended his season. Olympics are out for Blake Griffin because he'll be unable to engage in basketball activities for several months.
According to a tweeter thing from my guy Alvaro Martin, a broadcaster we met at the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico last fall, Scola is the unanimous choice of the Argentina Olympic Committee to carry his country’s flag at the opening ceremonies of the Rio Games.
James spoke at Cleveland’s shootaround Sunday before a playoff game at Detroit. When asked if he has committed to the Rio Games, he said: “I have not.” James would have a chance to win his third Olympic gold medal if he plays in Brazil this summer.
While the Jazz would prefer he get what general manager Dennis Lindsey refers to as “active rest,” Gobert hopes to play in the Rio Olympic Games if the French national team qualifies in June. “I haven’t made a decision yet about that (qualifier). I’m going to be smart. We’ll make decision,” Gobert said. “The Olympics are in August. I think I’m going to go if my team qualifies.”
Following the decision of the FIBA Europe Board taken during its last meeting in Paris, the FIBA Executive Committee met on 23 April at the House of Basketball. After receiving a report by FIBA Europe on the latest developments in European club competitions, the FIBA Executive Committee decided to fully support FIBA Europe’s decision. The Executive Committee requested FIBA Europe to meet this week with all concerned European National Federations in order to review and discuss their domestic initiatives. The implementation of the decisions at European and World level would follow this consultation process. FIBA's Executive Committee will invite Euroleague Commercial Assets to meet at the House of Basketball in the next days.
Chris Bosh on Kobe Bryant: We went to the village to hang out a few times while the Olympic Games were going on, and I remember everybody walking through the arcade that they’d set up for the athletes. There were a bunch of games, but in particular, they had those mini pop-a-shot basketball games that you can find in just about every arcade in the world. Kobe and Michael Redd started playing, and things got competitive. After a few games, I got tired of watching, so I left to meet up with some friends. I had to have been gone for a couple of hours. When it was almost time to head back to the hotel, I stopped by the arcade again and those guys were still playing! Both of them were in a full sweat with a focus like it was a real game. That was pretty funny to me because I’d always heard about how competitive Kobe was and in that moment, I got to witness it for myself.
On whether or not he'll be playing for Greece: "Hopefully. I have to have a discussion with the team and my head coach obviously J-Kidd. Until then, I have to see what they'll tell me and try to decide. Hopefully, I'm on the team. "Definitely going to be some discussions. I want to play. The Olympic Games are something amazing."
Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson is very unlikely to play in Pre-Olympic tournament with Philippines this Summer, as announced by Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan. “We are leaning towards bringing in Andray Blatche instead of Jordan Clarkson,” Pangilinan said. “Blatche is already on board. The contract has been signed.”
Because rival teams protested about the potential for conflicts and player tampering after Jerry Colangelo partnered his duties as chairman of the Philadelphia 76ers and managing director of USA Basketball, the NBA restricted Colangelo’s reach in an apparent attempt to limit his access and influence over star players, league sources told The Vertical. Among rival executives, there was concern that Colangelo’s powerful pathways and year-round lines of communication to elite American players could be leveraged into a free-agent advantage for the 76ers.
After the hiring of Colangelo’s son, Bryan, a two-time NBA executive of the year, as the 76ers president of basketball operations on Sunday, Jerry Colangelo relinquished his title of chairman of basketball operations for the 76ers. He will keep a title of special adviser to Philadelphia ownership, and league sources said the new guidelines will continue to apply to Jerry Colangelo as long as he has a working agreement with Philadelphia.
The specific guidelines that apply to Colangelo: While he still is part of the group that selects the Team USA roster and Olympic player pool, he is no longer allowed to vote for the final national team and Olympic rosters as a member of the USA Basketball board of directors, and he must make opposing general managers aware of any contact with their players or their players’ agents, league sources told The Vertical.
Marv Albert has not called Olympic basketball on NBC for a dozen years. Now, he’s coming back. Hoops informants tell us Albert, TNT’s voice of the NBA, will do play-by-play of men’s basketball for NBC during the network’s coverage of the Rio Summer Olympics, which begins in August.
But last week, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul withdrew himself from Olympic consideration, citing the toll and time required to participate in the tournament. The 31-year-old Paul won gold in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012. He was a shoe-in to make Team USA again for the chance to win gold a third time. His absence creates an open spot in the back court, where a logjam of talented point guard candidates include Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and Damian Lillard. Could Wall step in and seize it? “I don’t know,” Wall said last week. “There’s still other guys out there. Steph’s out there, Kyrie’s out there, that played in it. Russ is still out there. So you have to wait and see.”
“Everybody would always want to win a gold medal,” Wall said. “But I feel like there’s a lot of guys in it that’s already been on the team. I’d rather have my summer to get better and work on my craft if I don’t have a real shot at going to it.”
After another miserable season with the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony said he is looking forward to winning some games with the U.S. basketball team this summer. "From a morale standpoint as a player, if you've been through the things I've been through the past couple of years, you want to feel what that success feels like," Anthony told reporters in Dallas on Tuesday. "You want that success. So the Olympics for me is great timing, especially coming off this season and injuries, and mentally it's good for me to get out there and feel what that feels like again.''
“I just spoke to you guys yesterday,” Anthony grumbled Tuesday. “You got anything new?” In this instance, there was something different and topical: the Olympics. So Anthony perked up at the chance to discuss winning for a change. “From a morale standpoint as a player, if you’ve been through the things I’ve been through the past couple of years you want to feel what that success feels like. You want that success,” he said. “So the Olympics for me is great timing.”
The Argentinian National Team received unexepected good news last week when Manu Ginobili announced he would play at the Olympic Games. News is not so good on the Pablo Prigioni front. The 38-year-old Clippers guard wrote this morning on Twitter that he’s passing on the Olympics.
Tiago Splitter: The surgery is designed specifically to allow me to return to a NBA level of physical performance. The toughest part of the decision is missing the Olympics. Brazil has been dreaming of this moment for a long time and to have the games in my home country is really special for every Brazilian athlete. It hurts that I can’t play, but my Brazilian brothers in the NBA have been really supportive.
Danilo Gallinari can’t wait to play for the Italian National Team this summer. Il Gallo spoke with Marco "Barzo" Barzizza of Eurosport. “I can’t wait to play for the National Team. It is going to be a great summer and we have the chance to make great things” Il Gallo said. “I have spoken with Messina a lot. I look forward to work with him” Gallinari added.
Jose Calderon can’t say for certain if he’ll be a Knick next season, but he guaranteed he’ll play for the Spanish National Team in this summer’s Olympics as it vies to be the biggest obstacle to Team USA’s bid for a gold medal. Spain has played in the gold-medal game two straight Olympics with Calderon manning the point. And that’s where the classy 34-year-old has been most appreciated.
Nikola Jokic would love nothing more than to cap an unexpectedly stellar calendar year than to be named to the Serbian National Team for the Olympic qualifying tournament this summer. "Oh my gosh," Jokic said. "I would be really honored to play for my country."
“Marc is hoping to be there, but health comes first and the main thing is he recovers 100 percent,” Scariolo told the Spanish media yesterday. “When the time comes, he will tell us what’s his situation and his club’s opinion because with Marc there’s a lot of factors at play. I wish it was only up to him to make the decision.”
USAB Chairman Jerry Colangelo said Wednesday that the two-time defending Olympic gold medalists are turning to analytics to help cut a 31-man player pool down to a final 12-man roster. Speaking at the USOC’s Media Summit at the Beverly Hilton, the longtime executive said that USAB has constructed a “model” to help its player analysis process. “Most often, when you have experienced basketball people who have been around the track and understand how to evaluate talent, you take that experience and most often the analytics will justify what you thought in the first place,” Colangelo said. “There are things you can pull from analytics that can make your situation better.”
​Colangelo, who was recently named chairman of the Sixers, whose front office also includes the analytically-inclined Sam Hinkie, said that USAB is looking at shot charts, end-of-game situations and lineup analysis in weighing its decisions. “[One thing we’re looking at is] combinations of players,” he explained. “Certain players play better with certain players, and sometimes it’s water and oil. [Analytics] is kind of a new venture for us, but only as a tool [in the decision-making process]. I’m excited about that.”
While players like LeBron James and Paul George have not publicly committed to playing in the Olympics, Colangelo said he’s not concerned. Players who wanted to be part of the selected process were required to be at camp in Las Vegas last summer, and all 34 showed. “That was a pretty good sign that everyone wanted to at least keep their options open,” he said. “The beauty of having a roster as deep as we do – people basically are saying, how are you going to pick 12? How could you leave off certain people? Well, some of that takes care of itself. We’re not looking for commitments, and quite honestly if there were a few who decided not to participate it makes my job a lot easier.”
Asked how close he is to knowing the 12-man roster already, Colangelo said: "I play that game in my own mind almost every day. And it changes every other day in my mind. We've got so many great players and they all want to participate. We may be in for a surprise or two at the end of the day, where someone is not going to make themselves available, but because of the depth on this roster, we could take a few hits and still be in great shape."
"So I'm just keeping all my options open. And I'm interested always to hear other people's opinions, but you can trust me: I'll make the final decision based on what I think is right for us in conjunction with Coach K and our staff ... what's the best 12 to put us in the best position to be successful? And I'll go right back to something we said many years ago. It's not an All-Star team. It's: 'Let's put a group together that puts us in this best position to win.'"
Colangelo, chairman of USA Basketball, said he is confident Mike Krzyzewski will coach the Americans in Rio. “He should be OK. We’re told that it’s going to be a non-issue. We didn’t know the exact status, but that’s the latest status for sure,” he said at the U.S. Olympic Committee's media summit Wednesday. “He’s committed. He doesn’t feel he has any issue whatsoever. He’ll get through the surgery and he’ll be fine.”
As for Krzyzewski, who is making his coaching farewell with the national team in Rio before ceding the position to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and moving into an advisory role for the 2019 World Cup in China and 2020 Tokyo Games, Colangelo said: "Coach K is going to be my assistant in all that we do, so he stays involved."
As with 2004 in Athens, Team USA plans to house its players in Brazil from both the men's and women's basketball teams on a cruise ship docked in Rio to ensure maximum security. "We have sent our people [to Rio] on four or five occasions," Colangelo said. "We have researched everything we could on accommodations. And we made our decision as to what we're going to do. Bear in mind that, since '92, [USAB's] basketball teams haven't stayed in the Olympic Village. Also bear in mind that basketball is one of only two sports that runs the entire length of the Olympic [Games]."
"Because of the high visibility of our athletes, we're better served by [going] above and beyond what the Olympic people provide for us in the way of security and so forth. We do our own things to make sure we've protected our people. There's a big investment here that we'll have in Rio. ... We will not be in the Village, but our players will be in there a lot, like they have been in the last two Olympics."
Colangelo told ESPN that, to this point, he hasn't "heard one question from any of our players" raising concerns about the Zika virus or the widely reported water issues in the host country that have received increasing media coverage in recent months. "First of all, we feel very confident that we're being taken care of, in the sense that the different organizations who are dealing with this health issue or problem are doing everything they possibly can," Colangelo said.
Carmelo Anthony has visions of winning an unprecedented third Olympic gold medal this summer in Brazil, and isn’t concerned that his knee will prevent him from playing. Anthony, who has experienced soreness in his surgically repaired left knee this season, believes he will be fine and will be able to commit to playing in a record fourth Olympics for the men’s national team. “I want to go,” Anthony said. “I look forward to being a part of that. Not too many people can say they played in four Olympics and have a chance to win three gold medals. Not too many people can say that. To me that’s the way I look at it and the way I approach the Olympics.”
Bill Simmons: You're skipping the Olympics, right? Or are you playing? Andrew Bogut: No, no I'm playing. Simmons: But no Ben Simmons bcause they left him off two years ago. [Bogut laughs] Simmons: Is that true? Bogut: You've done your research. Simmons: Yeah, I've done my research. I have to do research. When Ben Simmons is involved, I do research. Bogut: Yeah-look Benny's got a very busy offseason with the [NBA] Draft coming up. I know he's still a little burned by not making the 2014 team. Simmons: He was like 15 years old, how could he be mad about that? Bogut: Can you call him for us and get him on the team and help us out?
Basketball New Zealand and the Tall Blacks have been informed that Steven Adams will be unavailable to play for the Tall Blacks this year as they prepare for and play in a FIBA Rio Olympic Games qualifying tournament in July. Adams has reluctantly made the call that he will not be available due to the congested and unpredictable nature of the NBA post-season, but has indicated this as early as he can to best allow Head Coach Paul Henare to select and prepare the team knowing he will unfortunately not be a part of it.
“I will not be participating in the Olympic competitions with the Tall Blacks this summer,” said Adams. “This was a very difficult decision as I take tremendous pride in being a New Zealander. The Tall Blacks organisation has been extremely supportive and we felt it was best to make an announcement now as preparations have already begun for the qualifying tournament and the Games.”
“Steve and his support team have made it clear that they want to keep in touch about the possibility of future participation. Steve has not ruled anything out in that regard, so perhaps we’ll see him in a black singlet one day. The door is always open and Steve is aware of that. We look forward to continued positive and open dialogue with Steve and his team, something we have enjoyed these past 18 months.
Me: You're going to play for France this summer? TP: Mmm-hmmm. Me: What was the process of making that decision, with your wife due to give birth during the qualifying tournament? TP: Because we had a great discussion, with my wife. I've been playing for the national team for 15 years, and it was kind of weird to tell myself my last game was last year. It would be weird if I decided not to play this summer. So we both came to an agreement, like let's finish on a good note, so I can really enjoy my last summer, really enjoy the last time playing in France for the national team. As long as I don't miss the birth, I'll be fine.
TP: I think the national team is in great hands. I think we've got talent. Rudy Gobert is improving, and Fournier is improving. I think Nicolas Batum is going to become the leader now of that group, and I think it's in great hands. We did a lot of improvement with the national team in the last 10 years. When we won our first medal in '05 it was 50 years that a French national team had never won a medal. And in my 10 years we've won the gold medal. It was the first time in the history of French basketball. And now I've got four medals. I think we've brought France to somewhere that people can be really proud, and now they can get inspired and want to try to do better than us.
As for suiting up for Team France this summer, Diaw stated clearly he will play and only an injury will keep him out of action. The only thing that could prevent me from playing with the Blues this summer, is an injury. If I’m healthy, I will play for France, there is no doubt about it.
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Andre Iguodala: “I mean, if I’m the coach, I’m going to Steph. You know, that’s common sense. I got that. I got common sense, so yeah, I’m going with Steph just because of his body of work, like the dude different. But I understand I’ve had great moments because Steph is so good. He getting all the attention and they leaving me open, I made an open shot and he just made the right play.”
Even though Geriot is now in the G League, getting an opportunity to run a team for the first time while learning day-to-day head-coaching responsibilities, he will still work closely with the Cavs. On July 26, the G league affiliate was officially announced as the Cleveland Charge — and they will work out of the Cleveland Clinic Courts practice facility while playing home games at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center. Following the abbreviated 2020-21 season where the Charge played in the Orlando G League bubble due to COVID-19 protocols, the Cavaliers chose not to renew their lease with the Canton Memorial Civic Center, relocating the Charge downtown.
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