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May 5, 2010 | Daily News Staff Report
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.
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August 13, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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July 28, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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July 4, 2012 | By John Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 18, 2012 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
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.
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March 14, 1992 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Associated Press contributed to this article
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.
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December 31, 2004 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 30, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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March 25, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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April 2, 1997 | By Mel Greenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This article contains information from the Associated Press
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.
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April 8, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
TAMPA, Fla. - They all go to Connecticut now with the same thought: Get to the Final Four, play a couple of more games, cut down nets. When Breanna Stewart was a senior in high school, at Cicero North outside Syracuse, already committed to UConn, talking on the phone with her future coach, she used to up the ante, saying she wanted to win four NCAA titles. Who was Geno Auriemma to throw water on it? "Expecting to do it and then being good enough to do it and then paying the cost of what it takes to do it, those are all variables that you don't know going in," Auriemma said Monday afternoon at Amalie Arena, preparing to face Notre Dame on Tuesday with his 10th NCAA title on the line.
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August 6, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
CONSIDERING the millions of guaranteed dollars they invest in players, I can certainly understand why the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban and other NBA owners might want more say in their players' involvement in international competitions like the upcoming FIBA World Cup of Basketball. After Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George broke his right leg while practicing with Team USA this weekend, how could an owner not cringe at the thought of a franchise player going down for a tournament that many feel does little to help the NBA?
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July 20, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - Nerlens Noel is learning that life in the NBA will involve bumps and bruises in the early going. That's why the 76ers center's goal is to get stronger before his inaugural season. The next step "is being right in the weight room and eating a lot of food," said Noel, who sat out Friday night's 91-87 overtime loss to the NBA Development League Squad at Cox Pavilion. "I'm getting ready for the league. " The Sixers finished with a 2-4 record after losing the NBA Summer League consolation game.
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June 4, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova University basketball recruit Tim Delaney will leave Pitman High School and spend his senior year at Blair Academy, a prep school in Warren County. The 6-foot-9 Delaney averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season as a junior, helping Pitman to the Group 1 state title. Delaney's mother, Jeanine, confirmed Monday that her son would enroll at Blair Academy but declined further comment. Delaney returned early Monday morning from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he played on the winning team in the USA Basketball three-on-three national tournament.
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May 7, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
JAY WRIGHT will be at the Pentagon tomorrow afternoon to take part in a strategic seminar for military officers, an event that includes a panel discussion on leadership for more than 400 service members. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting the event in conjuction with USA Basketball, the NBA and NBA Cares Hoops for Troops program. It will be televised on the Pentagon Channel and webcast starting at 1:30. Wright, the Villanova's men's coach, will join colleagues Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma, who both just won the men's and women's national titles, respectively, at Connecticut, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Pitt's Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.
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October 18, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - It is now a choice. You can look back and wish nothing had ever changed. Or look forward and imagine the possibilities of what comes next. Nobody really knew what the Big East might become when it was formed almost 35 years ago. The league became a dominant basketball force in the 1980s, expanded dramatically and became a force once again in the 2000s - Final Fours and national championships an annual expectation. It began as a basketball league. It is a basketball league again.
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September 6, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
GENO AURIEMMA will return to coach the U.S. women's basketball team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press. USA Basketball will discuss the move at a news conference today in Connecticut. The person spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday because the appointment of the Connecticut coach has not been announced. Auriemma, a Norristown native, will be the first repeat coach for the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team, which has won a gold medal at the past five games.
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July 11, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware could be back on the court by October. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said yesterday that he's encouraged by Ware's rehabilitation, which recently has included riding a stationary bicycle. Ware broke his right leg in a gruesome incident during Louisville's regional final victory over Duke and his injury became a rallying point in the Cardinals' run to their third NCAA title. "He's just riding the bike and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing," Pitino said.
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Val Ackerman has been through this type of challenge before, helping turn a startup organization into a major success. The former WNBA president plans to do the same with the reconstituted Big East Conference. "I am very sure that the new Big East Conference will be a force," Ackerman said yesterday during a conference call to officially announce her hiring as the 10-team league's commissioner. Ackerman was the founding president of the WNBA, the women's professional basketball league that was created in 1996 and enjoyed a steady rise in popularity since.
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June 26, 2013
Great Valley's Mikal Bridges, a 6-foot-7 forward and one of the area's top basketball recruits, told Villanova's coaching staff Tuesday that he was orally committing to play for the Wildcats as part of the new Big East. The league will announce that Val Ackerman, the first president of the WNBA and a former president of the USA Basketball, is the new commissioner, according to a league source. The announcement could come as soon as Wednesday. The league will begin play with this fall season, formally becoming an NCAA-sanctioned league on July 1. A former basketball player at the University of Virginia, Ackerman grew up in Pennington, Mercer County, graduating from Hopewell Valley High.
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