Fomer Bulls coach Jim Boylen, I'm told, is indeed locke…

Fomer Bulls coach Jim Boylen, I’m told, is indeed locked in to coach USAB’s World Cup qualifying team in its next two games in February after going 1-1 last month against Cuba and Mexico. Boylen might well end up coaching the qualifying team in all six two-game windows it must complete through February 2023 to secure a spot in the 32-nation field for the 2023 Worlds in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, but that will depend to an extent on Boylen’s NBA future and whether he returns to the league after this season.

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Adrian Wojnarowski: USA Basketball is finalizing a decision to name Steve Kerr as the next national coach with an assistant coaching staff that will include Monty Williams, Erik Spoelstra and Mark Few, sources tell ESPN. A formal announcement is expected in the near future.
Adrian Wojnarowski: This is Grant Hill's first major decision as the new managing director of USA Basketball. Hill's been meeting with potential candidates for several months and comes away with a staff that includes significant accomplishment on international, NBA and college stages.
Tim Reynolds: USA Basketball opens qualifying for the 2023 Basketball World Cup with a 95-90 win over Cuba. Isaiah Thomas had the dagger, a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left that sealed matters for the Americans and capped his 21-point night.
Anthony Chiang: Popovich on coaching Bam with Team USA: "The best way to put it is that he was a joy in every way, shape and form. ... His day to day perseverance was exemplary." Popovich added that Spoelstra's advice as the select team's head coach "was huge in trying to figure things out."
The biggest bump in Bradley Beal's contributions to the Wizards this season may not come from any on-court improvements. After all, there isn't much in his game to improve. Instead, the recognition of a growingly necessary offseason trend could be what helps Beal, and the Wizards, the most in the long run: recruiting. "In order to win and compete, you got to pick up that phone. I learned that on Team USA, honestly," Beal said in a conversation with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller. "I couldn't breathe. I couldn't breathe without someone asking me what I wanted to do this summer. Would I play with that person."
When drawing from his time in Las Vegas with the loaded cast of NBA stars on the national team, Beal's biggest takeaway seemingly was how willing his fellow stars were to ask for help. "So that was really eye-opening in a lot of ways. Can I get that done here? Can I bring somebody down here?" Beal told Miller. "What we have, it's a great city, it's a sports town. Basketball is the only team that needs to win... You got to pick up the phone, I would say for the first time in my career, I was using those [phone] minutes."

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However, Harris, who turned 29 on Thursday, is out of the country on vacation. He is scheduled to return Saturday evening. The U.S. has two exhibition games remaining in Las Vegas. It has a scheduled rematch with Australia on Friday before facing Spain on Sunday.
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Beal will be tested multiple times in the coming days, according to the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the player involved for USA Basketball was not revealed publicly. The results of those tests will likely determine if he remains on the roster, the person said. USA Basketball could still replace Beal before heading to Tokyo.
Shams Charania: Wizards star Bradley Beal has entered health and safety protocols at Team USA camp, placing his return to play status up in the air, sources tell me and @Joe Vardon.
The U.S. men’s national basketball team got a reality check on the road to Olympic gold this week, losing two consecutive exhibition games against Nigeria and Australia. But for Mark Tatum, the deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the NBA, those defeats marked a victory of sorts, in the league’s decades long quest to internationalize the game of basketball. “The world is getting better, and I think that makes basketball a much more attractive game for the world to follow,” Tatum said, in an interview on Yahoo Finance Live. “We're happy to see that level of competition continue to grow and grow.”
Wes Goldberg: Pop after Team USA's win over Argentina tonight: "I thought both (Bam) and Draymond facilitated a lot of action. They were very active, got everybody involved, and that's something that's really important for us."
Chase Hughes: Team USA bounces back by beating Argentina by 28 points, 108-80. Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant led the way, each with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

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Chris Fedor: #Cavs Darius Garland had a very minor knee-to-knee thing his first day with USA Select Team that kept him out of some of the stuff on Day One, a source tells @clevelanddotcom. But he’s been full go since and has looked really good in scrimmages, I’m told.
Wes Goldberg: Draymond Green said that he didn't try to push Steph Curry to play for Team USA. "I don't need to try to push him to play for Team USA because I already know the reasons why."
Omari Sanfoka II: Jerami Grant on making the Olympic team: "I was blessed when I got the call. It was an honor. I love to play the game, that’s why I’m here. I told my family, everyone was excited for me."
Wes Goldberg: Pop on what makes Draymond Green an elite defender: "a natural affinity and desire to be a great defender... understanding spatial arrangements, able to do the work early. Understanding angles and distances."
This week at Team USA's training camp ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Popovich is getting to see Beal up close and personal to a degree he hasn't before. One thing has surprised him in particular. "He's stronger than I expected. He's a strong young man. I always used to think of him as wiry and thin, but I was totally wrong. He's thick," Popovich said.

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Souichi Terada: Bradley Beal on playing with Jayson Tatum: "We're both excited. For one, we grew up 5 minutes from each other. To have two of the same guys from the same high school on the same team, I don't know if that's ever happened for USA Basketball."
Ava Wallace: After USA Basketball practice today, Gregg Popovich is asked what he likes best about Bradley Beal. "His movement. He is hard to keep up with." Pop also said Beal's stronger than he thought. Assumed was wiry but in fact, he is thick. So it shall be
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