Paul George Has A Guaranteed Roster Spot For The 2016 Olympics

Paul George, who broke his leg a week ago during a Team USA scrimmage, will be given a roster spot no matter what for the 2016 Olympics. Here's what Jerry Colangelo, the managing director of USA basketball, said Thursday: » 8/08/14 5:04pm 8/08/14 5:04pm

Anthony Davis Catches/Steals Alley-Oop, Goes Coast-To-Coast For Dunk

Here's Anthony Davis casually catching an alley-oop—Basketball Twitter is saying he invented the block-steal, but you can't block an alley-oop before the oop happens, c'mon—and then dribbling to the other end for a dunk during a USA Basketball scrimmage. He's still a mutant basketball player of terrifying skill. [… » 7/25/13 9:45pm 7/25/13 9:45pm

LeBron James Is Done Playing For Team USA, Unless He Wants To

Yahoo's Marc Spears reports that, right now, LeBron James is "doubtful" to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics, and that USA Basketball is unlikely to even ask him to play in international competition in 2014. This is a great way to get people to freak out right now, before LeBron reconsiders. » 7/24/13 9:15pm 7/24/13 9:15pm

Jerry Colangelo Says He Punched A Bulls Fan During The '93 NBA Finals

The man in charge of USA Basketball once owned the Suns and the Diamondbacks, the WNBA's Mercury, and the arena league's Rattlers. He was also responsible for bringing the NHL to Phoenix. But if you were to say something nasty to his mom, Jerry Colangelo wasn't always above behaving like some beer-soaked barfly in… » 5/20/13 6:55pm 5/20/13 6:55pm

Andre Iguodala Too Busy Eating At McDonald's To Pose For Photo With…

This photo was posted by Serena Williams, and it looks like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler, Deron Williams, James Harden, and Kobe Bryant were eager to go along. Not Andre Iguodala, however. Maybe when the photographer said to say, "Cheese," he just couldn't help himself. » 8/09/12 2:20pm 8/09/12 2:20pm

Ryan Lochte Update: Ryan Lochte Is Hanging Out With Ludacris At The…

Here's a photo of Ryan Lochte watching Team USA square off against Argentina (where the referees seem to have placed their chips on "untimely player death" and Team USA is dominating) with famous American rapper/star of 2 Fast 2 Furious Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. The other guy is apparently also a swimmer. » 8/06/12 6:58pm 8/06/12 6:58pm

This Was The Only Positive For Nigeria In The Basketball Game They Just…

The final was 156-73, and as we watched the end of it here in the Deadspin office, we kept marveling at how Andre Iguodala, James Harden, Deron Williams, and Kevin Love kept chucking three-pointers in the final minutes. It was as if the U.S. would lose if it didn't win by 70. » 8/02/12 7:25pm 8/02/12 7:25pm

Kevin Durant, James Harden, And Deron Williams Are On A Segway Tour…

Durant posted this picture of himself and a couple USA basketball teammates on Segways this morning with the caption, "Barcelona." The 1992 Dream Team partied with the locals 'til all hours; the 2012 version of USA Basketball Instagrams photos of themselves on Segways, wearing helmets. » 7/25/12 12:40pm 7/25/12 12:40pm

The Dream Team Even Practiced Better Than Anybody Else Did

Michael. Magic. Bird. Barkley. Mullin. Drexler. Malone. Robinson. Pippen. Ewing. Stockton. (Oh, yeah, Laettner, too.) Lang Whitaker has put together a terrific oral history of the 1992 Dream Team over at GQ, and if you haven't already, you really ought to read it. » 6/11/12 6:40pm 6/11/12 6:40pm

Ricky Rubio Talks Some Olympic Trash To Kobe Bryant: "You Know You're…

After the Laker game in Minnesota, Pau Gasol was catching up with countryman Ricky Rubio when Kobe Bryant strolled over. The friendly conversation, as transcribed by Complex: » 1/30/12 6:05pm 1/30/12 6:05pm

Last Night's Winner: Mike Krzyzewski, Restarting The Cold War

In sports, everyone is a winner-some people just win better than others. Like the revival of Soviet-American tensions, exacerbated by a little trash talking from Coach K at the FIBA World Championships. Duck and cover, kids » 9/09/10 10:30am 9/09/10 10:30am

USA Basketball Beat Spain By 37 With Perimeter Shooting, Superior…

The United States' And 1 Mix Tape Tour » 8/16/08 1:54pm 8/16/08 1:54pm quest for their first gold medal in basketball in eight years claimed another victim this morning. America shot 12-of-25 from as Spain was blown out, 119-82. Eight Americans scored in double-digits as Spain was held to just 39 percent shooting from the field. Kobe then embraced…

US Dominates China, Yao Is Hobbled

The US Men's basketball team is off to an excellent start on their bid for international redemption following a breezy 101-70 win over Yao Ming and the host nation. Dwyane Wade, looking every bit as unstoppable as he did before being beset by injuries, set the tone with 19 points on a perfect 7-7 from the field and… » 8/10/08 1:00pm 8/10/08 1:00pm

If We Know Anything, It's That You Can't Beat The Greeks At Basketball

Looks like The Mighty MJD won his bet. We glumly welcome you this morning with the news that Team USA lost to Greece 101-95 in the semifinals of the World Basketball Championships. » 9/01/06 10:15am 9/01/06 10:15am

USA Basketball Barely Escapes (And We Don't Mean "From China")

We don't mean to ruin it for those of you who had your Brazilian Tivos all set up, but USA Basketball just had its first serious scare in preparation for the World Championships, edging Brazil 90-86. The Americans led by 14 at halftime, but Brazil — led by the immortal Tiago Splitter — closed it late. A controversial… » 8/08/06 12:15pm 8/08/06 12:15pm

Free Darko, Live On Scene, And Loving Jim Gray

Generally speaking, we think it's silly for online writers — who are the only ones free from the PR/press pass/everybody-play-nice circle jerk of commercialized athletics — to salivate over press passes as if they had, at last, been invited to the ball. But we will make an exception when the folks from Free Darko sit… » 8/07/06 12:00pm 8/07/06 12:00pm

Evidently, Larry Flynt Is In The Basketball Court Painting Business

I'm a little disappointed in myself that I didn't notice this. What you are looking at is the court on which Team USA drubbed Puerto Rico last night in an exhibition basketball game. And, as was noted at sethgunderson.com, the lane looks a little... well, penile. » 8/06/06 5:10pm 8/06/06 5:10pm

New Team USA Looks Like Old Team USA

The preliminary/final/tentative/whatever they're calling it roster for USA Basketball has been set, and the talk continues to be about how "cohesive" and "team-oriented" the new roster is. (It helps when you have a leader who just happens to coach basketball.) » 7/26/06 1:15pm 7/26/06 1:15pm