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Thompson did not sound as definitive as he walked through an arena hallway following practice on Wednesday. Thompson mused, “I don’t even know what I’m getting for tonight, bro.” Thompson then added, “my focus is on winning this game tomorrow.” Still, it appears unlikely Thompson will play, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Thompson has appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals. He wants to focus on his pending free agency and a planned trip to China as part of his work with Anta from July 12 through 22.

Barea has his annual basketball camp for kids on July 1, before the expected birth of their son, and his charity golf tournament is in Puerto Rico in early August. Also, it’s still possible Barea could be involved with the Puerto Rico national team in the basketball world cup. “I 100 percent want to do it,” Barea said. “It’s a possibility. A couple weeks before, I’ll decide. It’s going to be hard to do, but I don’t want to close the door on it. My doctors say I should be able to do whatever I want on the court by August.”
1 week ago via FIBA

Schroder, who averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in four games in the European Qualifiers, is excited about Germany’s chances long-term, especially since he was one of seven Germans in the NBA or the NBA G-League this past season, including the now-retired Dirk Nowitzki. “We have so much potential. We have never had so many NBA players. There was a lot of potential with Dirk Nowitzki and those great players. But right now with the young players we have, it’s exciting for sure. I am looking forward to the future,” Schroder said.
2 weeks ago via FIBA

Serbia will play the first game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, against Angola, on August 31, at 9:30 CET (15:30 local). Full list of preparation games: Borac Cacak v Serbia (Cacak, August 4). Serbia v Finland (Zrenjanin, August 7). Serbia v Lithuania (Belgrade, August 10). Lithuania v Serbia (Kaunas, August 12). Acropolis Cup with Greece, Italy, Turkey (Athens, August 16-18). Serbia v Italy (Shenyang, August 23). Serbia v New Zealand (Shenyang, August 25) . Serbia v France (Shenyang, August 27)
3 weeks ago via FIBA

The director of the Dominican Republic national team, Eduardo Najri, made it clear in March that the Puerto Plata-born Horford is in his thoughts, as are Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Los Angeles Clipper Angel Delgado. “The percentage (of each playing) is high,” Najri said to Nuevo Dia. “I feel very confident … We maintain communication with all our players around the world so they are well informed. I understand that we are going to take our best team.”
2 months ago via ESPN

If you thought the trans-Tasman rivalry was off-limits during the NBA season, you would be sorely mistaken, as verbal barbs between the Australian contingent and Adams continue across the Pacific. “Oh yeah, they chime in bro, they chime in because we’ll check out the NBL because we have the New Zealand Breakers so [Joe] Ingles will chirp up and say, ‘hey you see the score mate?’ and it’s like, ‘yeah, carry on with the game, w—–,'” Adams said with a laugh.
3 months ago via ESPN

Nogueira is now training in Sao Paulo and has had some calls from the NBA, he said. His plan is to be good to go by June so he could participate in tryouts and pre-season games. Is he ready to go back to the NBA? “If you asked me the same question four months ago, I’d say I didn’t know. Now I say I will be back. What makes me so confident is my training and my attitude. I’m ready for the challenge like I’ve never been,” he explained. Nogueira will play for Brazil in the Fiba World Cup in August in China.
3 months ago via FIBA

Going into it, it’s fair to say the USA are the favorites. Do you think there’s any team that can challenge them or cause them problems? Kobe Bryant: I do, but it’s such a short window of preparation of time, so generally you look at teams that do really well in this type of tournament or teams that have played together since they were 9, 10, or 11 years old and kind of grew up in the club system. It’s just such a small window to really get together. USA does a really good job because guys know each other relatively well, and since we got our butts kicked a few years ago, we understand the significance of checking the egos at the door and playing for each other. That being said, it’s going to be tough to knock off the USA, but there are other teams out there who have the opportunity to do so.
3 months ago via FIBA

You once called former Lakers teammate Pau Gasol your brother. He’s seventh on the all-time scoring list at the World Cup and can get into the top five if he plays anywhere near what he’s capable of in China. Kobe Bryant: It would be a huge honor. He’s so passionate about playing for his country, and like I said, he and his guys have been playing together for a very long time. They grew up together. Personally, I know it would mean the world to him. As his brother, as his friend, it would probably mean more to me. It would be a great accomplishment.
3 months ago via ESPN

As for the World Championships, the Americans won it only once between 1986 and 2010, and you really had to be watching closely to find much outrage. In 2002, Team USA finished a disgusting sixth and that event was held on home turf in Indianapolis. That said, Team USA is the two-time defending champion and no country has ever won it three times in a row (the U.S. hadn’t ever even defended until winning in 2014 in Spain). With a new coach in Gregg Popovich, the closeness to the Tokyo Olympics next summer and so many of the top stars dedicated to growing their personal fanbases in China, the expectation is a full slate of top American players will take part this summer in China.

“He was remarkable, spectacular, off the charts, what he did to qualify USA for the world championships,” Popovich said of Van Gundy, who has worked as a television analyst since being fired by the Rockets. “He put together about five different teams, of mostly different players every time, and had a short amount of time to get ready. If they didn’t do well, the U.S. doesn’t go, and he deserves a lot of credit for doing that. I’m very grateful to him for what he did.”

Led by Doncic, Dragic and Kokoskov, Slovenia made a Cinderella run to the title at the EuroBasket tournament in 2017 — something Doncic described as “more amazing than anything in my life.” “To be European champions and not be in the World Cup, it’s tough,” Doncic said Friday. “I don’t know why they changed it.” Asked how his countrymen were taking it, Doncic referred to the fan support Slovenia received during its EuroBasket run and said: “You saw the final in Istanbul. They live for us.”
8 months ago via FIBA

“Growing up in Italy and spending many years visiting China, I have always appreciated the global impact that basketball has had on the positive development of young people,” Bryant said. “I’m honored FIBA has invited me to serve as an ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. I hope my participation inspires and motivates the best players from the 32 participating teams to represent their respective country on the world’s biggest stage. I look forward to seeing who will lift the trophy next year.”

Germany was down at 92-90 with 0.4 seconds left, but Dennis Schroder and Max Kleber were not ready to quit. Schroder lobbed the ball from inbound, Kleber finished it and Germany beat Israel 110-98 after overtime. The Germans got the ticket to the FIBA World Cup by remaining perfect with an 8-0 record, while Israel still has a chance despite a 3-5 record. Schroder was amazing with 30 points and 13 assists in 42 minutes of action, a performance that wasn’t overshadowed by his seven turnovers and 1/9 threes. Robin Benzing added 22 points and Kleber had 13 points.

The USA will continue its training through Sept. 13 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. The USA, playing in the first competition window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games, will meet Uruguay on Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion, then meet Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. The USA roster is capped by Bryce Alford (Oklahoma City Blue); Dwayne Bacon (Charlotte Hornets); Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons); Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive); Isaiah Hicks (New York Knicks); Dakari Johnson (Free Agent);Frank Mason III (Sacramento Kings); Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Chasson Randle (Capital City Go-Go); Travis Trice (Milwaukee Bucks); Jameel Warney (Texas Legends); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).

The format of the qualifiers has created many problems for the national teams but also the NBAers who, despite their given willingness, were not given the OK by their clubs to attend. … There are, however, also those who will be reinforcing their countries in September’s qualifiers. Based on the facts we have so far, 17 NBA players will be present in the European “window,” while there were also 17 in the games of June and July. Eurohoops rounded up the biggest names from the NBA we will enjoy watching, barring any unforeseen circumstances…

It’s the first time in years (ten, to be exact) that Boris Diaw is not included in the French NT squad for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers and the rumors of his retirement have circled the press. As reported by L’Equipe, Diaw hasn’t played or been to practice since July 2nd when France conquered Russia in Krasnodar, which could mean that the 2014 NBA champion is close to announcing his retirement. According to the same report, it is suggested that Diaw will not only retire from the National Team but from playing altogether.

Saying it all depends on his health, Gasol told Spanish site El Dia he is leaving the door open to help Spain qualify for the next Olympic Games. “I want to have the best possible regular-season and once I finish I will see how physically I am. I am about to turn 39. I love playing with the national team and I would like to continue, and qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo and help the team with my presence, if I am physically well my belief and my wish is to be in the World Cup.”

Featuring 10 players who played for NBA teams in 2017-18, and the return of two players boasting of previous World Cup Qualifying game experience, USA Basketball announced today 14 players who will vie for a roster spot with USA’s September World Cup Qualifying Team. The hopefuls will open training camp on Sept. 6 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. The Las Vegas training camp will be used to determine the 12-man team for the USA’s first competition window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games. The U.S. will square off against Uruguay on Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion, then meet Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.

Returning to contend for a USA roster spot after previously playing with USA World Cup Qualifying Teams are guard Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive) and center Jameel Warney (Texas Legends). Hearn played with the USA’s November 2017 and June 2018 World Cup Qualifying Teams, and while getting the starting nod in all four games, averaged 12.3 points a game. Warney played for U.S. in the November World Cup Qualifier and averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. Both players were also part of the USA AmeriCup Team that finished 5-0 to claim gold in August 2017. Warney, who was selected the 2017 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, earned AmeriCup MVP honors after posting 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Hearn contributed 10.0 points a game. Rounding out the U.S. training camp roster are Bryce Alford (Oklahoma City Blue); Dwayne Bacon (Charlottw Hornets); V.J. Beachem (Free Agent); Jordan Crawford (New Orleans Pelicans); Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons); Isaiah Hicks (New York Knicks); Dakari Johnson (Free Agent); Frank Mason III (Sacramento Kings); Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Chasson Randle (Capital City Go-Go); Travis Trice (Milwaukee Bucks); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).

Sasa Djordjevic on Divac doing his best to help the Serbian national team: “Divac is exceptionally positive towards us, he understands our obligations. There are a few more details to be taken care of regarding Bogdanovic, but as far as Bjelica goes it’s done. Bogdanovic underwent a surgery at the end of the season, so we have to keep an eye, but Vlade is a man who remembers the problems he had while playing with NBA teams and he is exceptionally willing to help.

That connection has been very important for the Serbian team as two important players are bound by the Kings at the moment – Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica. Djordjevic noted that Divac understands the situation as he also experienced the same problems during his career and has provided real help: “Huge! Divac is exceptionally positive towards us, he understands our obligations. There are a few more details to be taken care of regarding Bogdanovic but as far as Bjelica goes it’s done. Bogdanovic underwent a surgery at the end of the season, so we have to keep an eye, but Vlade is a man who remembers the problems he had while playing with NBA teams and he is exceptionally willing to help. We’ve been in touch for the past three or four nights talking about it. I’m so glad both of them are on his team because it will help them in their further careers”, Djordjevic told the Serbian press, per Basketballsphere.

Luka Doncic: “Although I can not be with you, I’m sure you will do your job well. One of my most important achievements in my life was being part of the winning team that won the first and only gold medal in Slovenia. My intention is to be one of the leading members in our next battle in an elite level competition. Next month, I’ll be watching and cheering! But to my boys: Show them who you are! Continue what we healed together! I’ll be with you soon.”

Teodosic, Marjanovic won't play World Cup qualifiers

L.A. Clippers guard Milos Teodosic and center Boban Marjanovic won’t join the Serbian national team for the first two games of Round 2 of the World Cup Qualifiers, held in September. Per Serbian website Novosti, Serbia head coach Sasha Djordjevic won’t include either Teodosic and Marjanovic in the roster for the matches vs. Greece (September 13) and Estonia (September 16), following discussions with Clippers general manager Lawrence Frank.

On whether Teodosic and Marjanovic will play for Serbia in September: “On Tuesday, I have a final meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers‘ General Manager, Lawrence Frank, after which I will know everything on Milos Teodosic and Boban Marjanovic’s situations and whether they’ll join the team. Both of them travelled to Los Angeles to meet with doctors and athletic trainers. On Monday and Tuesday they will practice, and then a decision will be made. Most likely on Wednesday, the roster will feature 16 players.”
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