Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 World Cup Basketball

[9/14/14] USA defeats Serbia for the gold

[9/11/14] France upsets Spain in quarterfinals, spoiling dream matchup with USA

[8/24/14] USA Basketball's men's national team trimmed its Basketball World Cup roster by cutting Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward and Kyle Korver late Friday.

With the cuts, USA Basketball trimmed its roster to the needed 12-man team ahead of the Aug. 30 start of the FIBA tournament in Spain. The final squad includes Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis, Kings forward Rudy Gay, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee. USA Basketball announced the roster after its 112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico on Friday evening in New York.

Mason Plumlee?

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[7/14/14] Coach Mike Krzyzewski hopes Derrick Rose's NBA comeback begins in a USA uniform.

Even if Rose isn't ready, the Americans have plenty of talent for another run at a world championship.

Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men's basketball champions were among the 19 players selected Monday for this summer's U.S. national team roster.

Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers from London, and there were new additions of Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas.

Players will report to training camp this month in Las Vegas, where Rose will try to show he's recovered from his latest knee surgery.

''We'd like to see him play like the Derrick of old, because he's one of the best players in the world, an MVP in the NBA,'' Krzyzewski said during a conference call. ''What we've heard is that he's in great shape.''

The rest of the roster: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), Gordon Hayward (Utah), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Bradley Beal (Washington), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the roster could be trimmed to 15 after the camp in Las Vegas that begins July 28, with the final 12 selected before the Americans depart for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain in late August.

[7/25/14] Blake Griffin withdraws [7/29/14] back injury disclosed

[7/26/14] Kevin Love withdraws too.

[7/28/14] John Wall added to World Cup roster
[7/28/14] Paul Millsap added to National Team roster

[8/4/14] Wall, Millsap, Beal cut from roster

[8/7/14] Kevin Durant to withdraw from Team USA

[8/9/14] Team USA adds Rudy Gay to roster

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