Why Not Let Kobe Play In One Last Olympics? 

The USA Basketball apparatus gathered in Vegas this week for their annual confab, and most of the talk centered around which 12 players will be selected for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Like it’s been for both of the Olympics since the 2004 disaster in Athens, the roster is going to be stacked, and some of the best… » 8/14/15 9:40am 8/14/15 9:40am

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

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 Serena Williams And Other USA Basketball Players

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 USA-Argentina Game

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 Lost To The U.S. By 83 Points

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 Across Europe

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

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

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…

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