May 5, 2010 |
Newly named NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans has been selected for the USA Basketball national team. Evans, a 6-6 guard from Chester, averaged 37.2 minutes, 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 72 games this season for the Sacramento Kings. Three other players were added to the 2010-12 roster yesterday: Detroit's Tayshaun Prince, Oklahoma City's Jeff Green and Golden State's Stephen Curry. There now are 31 players on the national team roster. The national team competes in world championships and will play in the 2012 Olympics in London.
August 13, 2002 |
USA Basketball privately has approached Michael Jordan about joining the American team that will participate the FIBA World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis, the Chicago Tribune reported yesterday. The team will open training camp Friday in San Francisco. The USA's first game is Aug. 29, against Algeria. Committee insiders told the Tribune they believe it is a longshot that Jordan would be interested in playing. But they approached him with the thought that his participation could lead to a possible appearance in the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.
July 28, 2007 |
The U.S. men's basketball team finally made its way into the win column at the Pan Am Games, but it was not enough to get them into the medal round. The Americans beat favorite Argentina, 74-71, last night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But their 1-2 record was not good enough to reach the medal round. Argentina fell to 2-1. Uruguay beat Panama (1-2), 76-68, to also finish at 2-1. The Americans, coached by Villanova's Jay Wright, were led by Indiana's D.J. White, who scored 22 points and added seven rebounds.
July 4, 2012 |
76ers point guard Jrue Holiday has been added to the 2012 USA men's select team, it was announced Monday. The team will train July 6-11 against the 2012 USA Basketball men's national team during training camp in Las Vegas, Nev. Holiday is the 15th player USA Basketball named to the USA select squad. "In naming Jrue to our select team we've added an athletic guard who can get to the rim and someone who is also a good three-point shooter," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman.
July 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — OK, so the back-and-forth among Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley about whether the 2012 USA men's Olympic team could have defeated the original, one-and-only "Dream Team" was fun. For what it's worth, I think the 1992 team was better, but not by as big a margin as Jordan, Barkley and now even President Obama have suggested. In a seven-game-series, I think the Dream Team wins, 4-3. But one factor that no one can dispute is that the competition the United States will face starting in London is far superior to anything the 1992 squad faced in Barcelona.
March 14, 1992 |
A dispute between USA Basketball and agent David Falk over the licensing rights of three of his clients has led to an apparent showdown concerning the Olympic participation of Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and John Stockton. The point of contention is the players' willingness, along with the willingness of the other seven members so far selected for the U.S. Olympic basketball team, to abide by an agreement made between USA Basketball and the NBA Players Association. "We agreed that a fair idea was that, in order for USA Basketball to generate the money they needed to fund their programs, the players, as a group, would receive 34 percent of revenue generated by the sale of apparel and other items and USA Basketball would get the rest," said Charles Grantham, executive director of the players' union, who was at the Spectrum last night when the 76ers played the Phoenix Suns.
December 31, 2004 |
Dawn Staley, the women's basketball coach at Temple, was named USA Basketball's female athlete of the year yesterday for the second time. Staley, 34, won her third Olympic gold medal as the captain and starting point guard of the U.S. women's basketball team last summer in Athens, Greece. The North Philadelphia native was chosen by U.S. team captains in the other sports as the flag bearer at the opening ceremonies. The award from USA Basketball, the sport's governing body, makes Staley eligible for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Award as the female athlete of the year.
April 30, 2003 |
USA Basketball officially announced that 76ers guard Allen Iverson has been selected for the national basketball team, which will try to qualify for next summer's Athens Olympics. Also confirmed yesterday were the selections of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and Indiana Pacer Jermaine O'Neal. The player selections were made by the senior national team committee of USA Basketball, the sport's governing body. The committee has named nine "core group" players for the 12-member team.
March 25, 1994 |
The already powerful Dream Team II got a huge boost yesterday when Shaquille O'Neal was cleared to join the squad. A deal was reached between the Pepsi-Cola Company and USA Basketball that will enable O'Neal, the NBA's leading scorer, to play for Team USA at the World Championships Aug. 4 to 14 in Toronto. Pepsi said that "for the good of the game" it was "standing aside, this one time, on certain contractual rights so O'Neal can be named to Dream Team II. " USA Basketball next week is expected to announce O'Neal as the 11th player on the 12-man team.
April 2, 1997 |
Purdue's Nell Fortner, a head coach for one only season, yesterday was put in charge of America's international women's basketball team through the 2000 Olympics. Fortner, 38, who played at Texas, was successful in her season with the Boilermakers despite losing several key players after Lin Dunn, Fortner's predecessor, was fired. Under Fortner, Purdue was 17-11, shared the regular-season Big Ten title with Illinois and Michigan State, and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.