Candace Parker is one of the best players in the WNBA, a two-time MVP who does cool dunks and has made the All-WNBA first or second team in every season she’s been healthy. She has also won two gold medals with the United States Olympic team, but according to a report from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, she won’t get a…
Anthony Davis will undergo surgeries on his knee and shoulder and be out for several months, prompting a very important question: who will start at center for the United States at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Exactly 15 years ago today, Vince Carter jumped over 7-foot-2 French center Frédéric Weis and dunked the ball at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. You remember, right? Right.
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…
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:
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. […
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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…