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USA Basketball Hires Steve Kerr As Head Coach

Dec 10, 2021 2:54 PM

Steve Kerr has been selected as the next head coach of USA Basketball, replacing Gregg Popovich.

Kerr will be head coach for the 2023 World Cup and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Kerr's coaching staff will include Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Gonzaga coach Mark Few.

Kerr was an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich in Tokyo. 

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Isaiah Thomas Leads Team USA To Win To Open World Cup Qualifying

Nov 29, 2021 8:34 AM

Isaiah Thomas acknowledged getting back to the NBA remains his primary goal. In the meantime, Thomas will settle for leading Team USA to victories in 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifying.

Thomas scored 21 points, including a game-clinching three-pointer with 13.3 seconds left as Team USA won their opening qualifier. That shot gave the USA a 93-88 lead over Cuba. The United States erased a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to get the win.

Following the game, Thomas said he's open to playing overseas, if he can't land a deal in the NBA.

“For me, personally, the ultimate goal is to get back in the NBA,” Thomas said. “But I just love playing the game of basketball. So, obviously, at some point, if the NBA isn’t an option I’ve got to look at options overseas. But I’m in love with the game. No matter where I’m playing, I have no pride whatsoever. I love competing and I love playing against the best players in the world.”

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Kevin Durant, Sue Bird Added To USA Basketball Board Of Directors

Oct 26, 2021 9:01 PM

Kevin Durant and Sue Bird have been added to the USA Basketball board of directors. 

Martin Dempsey was reelected chairperson of USA Basketball. Dempsey will remain in the role through the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Joining Bird and Durant are Seimone Augustus, a three-time winner, and Jennifer Azzi and Harrison Barnes, who won gold once.

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Steve Kerr Emerges As Favorite To Become Next USA Basketball Head Coach

Sep 30, 2021 11:41 AM

Steve Kerr has emerged as the favorite to replace Gregg Popovich as head coach of USA Basketball, sources tell Marc Stein of Substack.

Erik Spoelstra is another natural candidate but he lacks prior experience on the national team coaching staff, which is believed to be a prerequisite for the job.

Kerr was an assistant under Popovich on the Olympic team that overcame a loss to France in its opener in Tokyo to win the gold.

The decision on who to hire as head coach is the first one for Grant Hill since replacing Jerry Colangelo. 

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USA Basketball Hopes To Hire Next Head Coach Before Start Of NBA Season

Sep 16, 2021 5:11 PM

Grant Hill hopes to hire a new head coach for USA Basketball before the start of the 21-22 season on October 19th.

Gregg Popovich spent five years as head coach, culminating in winning the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

A source told Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated that a current NBA coach with previous USA Basketball would likely be hired.

Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers, Nate McMillan, Monty Williams, Tom Thibodeau, Erik Spoelstra and Lloyd Pierce all fit that description. Jeff Van Gundy is another potential candidate as a former NBA coach with previous USA Basketball experience. 

Hill was asked what he's looking for in a head coach. 

“Someone who understands and has a healthy respect for the international game," said Hill. The dynamics are a bit different in that environment than they are in the NBA regular season. You’re going to be dealing with some tough love of players, and being able to mentor them. That’ll check the boxes, if you will.

“Someone who can manage a locker room, who understands the international play, obviously can coach, and understands this isn’t over. Spending the last year just really studying the international game, it’s different. It’s a different game than our game, and understanding that and respecting that is vitally important and not just for the staff but for the players as well.”

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United States Beat France 87-82 To Win 4th Straight Olympic Gold Medal

Aug 7, 2021 3:44 PM

The United States defeated France 87-82 to win their fourth consecutive gold medal in the Olympics. 

Kevin Durant led Team USA with 29 points to win his third gold medal.

"This is one of those special journeys," Durant said. "When you're a part of a team that's evolving by the second, it's amazing to see. Each game we continued to grow. I'm grateful we all committed to it, we stuck with it and we finished it off."

France defeated the United States in the opening games of the preliminary round and kept the game within striking distance until the final seconds of the game.

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USA, France Rematch For Olympic Gold Medal

Aug 5, 2021 9:04 AM

Team USA will meet France in a rematch of the 2020 Olympics opener, but this time it'll be for the gold. The United States topped Australia 97-78 in one semifinal, while France held on to beat Slovenia 90-89 in the other semifinal.

Kevin Durant led a US comeback with 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting. NBA finalists Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton also played a big role in the victory. Booker scored 20 points, while Holiday add 11 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and his usual stellar defense. Middleton carried the bench scoring with 11 points.

The United States fell behind by 15 points midway through the second quarter. In the second half, Team USA locked in defensively and turned the game around with a 32-10 third quarter margin.

Durant's new teammate Patty Mills led Australia with 15 points and eight assists. Newly added San Antonio Spur Jock Landale scored 11 points, while NBA free agent Dante Exum added 14 points off the bench.

On the other side of the bracket, Nic Batum scored only three points, but saved the day for France against Slovenia. Batum blocked a layup attempt at the buzzer as France survived.

Longtime French National Team point guard Nando De Colo led the way with 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists. NBA players Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert had big games too. Fournier continued his excellent Olympics with 23 points, while Gobert added nine points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.

Playing through a sore hand, Luka Doncic put up a triple-double for Slovenia. Doncic scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 18 assists. Mike Tobey led Slovenia with 23 points.

Team USA and France will meet for the gold medal on Friday night here in the United States. The game is scheduled to tip at 10:30 PM ET. Australia and Slovenia will play for the bronze at 7:00 AM ET on Saturday morning.

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Marc Gasol Confirms He'll Return To Lakers In 21-22, Retire From Spanish National Team

Aug 3, 2021 11:27 AM

Following their 95-81 loss to the United States in the Tokyo Olympics, Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol announced they will retire from the Spanish national team.

"It is time to get off the rollercoaster that we went on many years ago," said Marc Gasol.

Marc Gasol, however, confirmed that he will return to the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

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Team USA Blows Out Czech Republic Behind Durant, Tatum

Jul 31, 2021 11:52 AM

Team USA completed a second straight dominating performance, as they rolled past Czech Republic 119-84. The United States was trailing 25-18 after the first quarter. The US then turned up the defense and got their offense rolling in the second half. After the break, USA had a 72-41 scoring margin.

Kevin Durant became USA Men's Basketball's all-time leading scoring in the victory. His 23 points pushed him past Carmelo Anthony for the top spot on the list.

Jayson Tatum led Team USA with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-10 from behind the arc.

Zach LaVine, Jrue Holiday and JaVale McGee all scored in double-figures for the US.

Tomas Satoransky of the Chicago Bulls had 12 points, six rebounds and eight assists for Czech Republic.

The United States now moves on to the knockout phase of the Olympics. Their first opponent in tournament play will be determined after group play finishes early next week.

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Kevin Love Initiated Contact On Team USA Roster Spot, Thought He Was In Shape To Play

Jul 30, 2021 8:51 AM

Kevin Love withdrew from the United States' Olympics roster after he played poorly in two exhibition games while citing an injury.

Jerry Colangelo explained what happened with Love.

"I didn't think Kevin Love was going to play. I wasn't even sure he had much left to play," Colangelo said. "He reached out to us and said he was in shape and said he felt he owed us. And on the basis of that, we're looking at someone with international experience who at one time was a heck of a rebounder and could still shoot the ball. You know, being like a 12th man on a roster.

"Well, it didn't work out. He wasn't in shape. And he was way behind as it turned out. So you move on. Call it a mistake. Call it giving someone an opportunity. Someone who had equity with us."

Brian Windhorst shared on The Hoop Collective podcast on Friday that scouts were discussing how Love also looked bad during the Team USA practices. 

Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers could explore a buyout in the coming months.

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Team USA Bounces Back With 54-point Drubbing Of Iran

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Luka Doncic Scores 48 Points In Olympic Debut

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France Beats United States In Opening Game Of Olympics

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Zach LaVine Enters Team USA's COVID-19 Protocols

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Gregg Popovich: We've Been Preparing For France For Two Years

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Jerami Grant To Clear Quarantine, Travel With Team USA To Tokyo

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Team USA Adds JaVale McGee, Keldon Johnson To Olympics Roster

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Kevin Love Withdraws From Olympics, Team USA Down To Six Currently Available Players

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Bradley Beal To Miss Tokyo Olympics Due To COVID-19 Protocols

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Bradley Beal Enters Team USA's COVID-19 Protocols

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Team USA Loses To Australia 91-83 In Exhibition

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United States Wins FIBA U-19 World Cup, Chet Holmgren Named Tournament MVP

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Gregg Popovich On Loss To Nigeria: 'I'm Kind Of Glad It Happened'

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Team USA Stunned By Nigeria In Exhibition Loss

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Nigeria Training Camp Roster For Olympics Features Eight NBA Players

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Saddiq Bey, Darius Garland, Keldon Johnson Promoted To Team USA

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Stephen Curry Calls Declining Olympics Invite 'A Hard Decision'

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Juancho Hernangomez Dislocates Shoulder, Out For Tokyo Olympics

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Immanuel Quickley, PJ Washington, Miles Bridges Enter COVID-19 Protocols At USA Camp

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Anthony Edwards Suffers Sprained Ankle At Team USA Training Camp, Not Believed To Be Serious

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