Austin Rivers Prefers Arrogance Over Grace

A year and a half ago,  Austin Rivers gave the uninitiated a peek into the private world he inhabits with his coach/father. It was effective as a strategy to change the perception of him as spoiled, entitled and immature. Perhaps inadvertently, Austin let slip that he and his father’s relationship is basketball only. It doesn’t…

The “B” Team and their “B” Team Moment

If Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant and the non-superstars USA Basketball Olympic team find a way to blow the gold medal and come back home with silver because they can’t make perimeter shots and they are bullied down low because they can’t compete physically, then USA Basketball will have returned to their lowest moment. It…

The Carmelo Season: Olympic Basketball

Carmelo Anthony’s Olympic history, like his NBA career, is mixed.  He was part of the infamous 2004 team which lost to the eventual Gold Medal winners Argentina.  The U.S. was awarded the bronze medal in an embarrassing moment for USA Basketball.  Carmelo then went on to be a part of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic…

Paul George Has Rio On His Mind

Nearly two years after a gruesome injury derailed Paul George’s FIBA World Cup aspirations and sidelined him for 76 games of the NBA season in 2014-15, Paul George is returning to international competition, via the 2016 Olympic team. He’s accepted the invitation and is now on board to be one of the key participants in…

Kobe Says No to Rio Olympics

Kobe Bryant’s last gold medal will be his last gold medal. His Olympic career is done. Before a road games against the Utah Jazz, Bryant said he wouldn’t play in Rio this summer as part of USA Basketball. He wouldn’t try for his third gold medal. He wouldn’t walk off the world’s stage for the…

Kobe Bryant In Rio?

At the close of their mini-camp, USA Basketball held a scrimmage last night. It capped off three days of light workouts and training as 34 NBA players gathered to impress USA Basketball’s Managing Director and Chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski. Together they are jointly selecting the Olympic team in Rio in 2016. Now that the mini-camp is over what…

USA Basketball Sends Out Invites: No Rose, No Lillard

The pool of 34 players that Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski will have at their disposal on behalf of USA Basketball was announced on Thursday afternoon. Eight members of the 2012 Olympic team were invited to the Las Vegas mini-camp that begins on August 11th and ends on August 13th with a scrimmage. Four players were…