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Team USA news: Jerry Colangelo has a message for those who backed out from FIBA World Cup.

Team USA news: The US men’s national basketball team had a disappointing campaign in the FIBA World Cup, bowing out in the quarterfinals and ending up in the seventh place. USA Basketball executive Jerry Colangelo admits that with the success that the Americans had in the international scene over the past decade, losing in the World Cup is something that will bother him for a long time.

Now, Team USA will shift its focus on the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. It is expected that the NBA’s best players will compete to make the official roster, but Colangelo might not favor those who backed out from playing in the FIBA World Cup during the process of selecting the Olympic team, per his interview with NBC Sports.

“Going forward for USA Basketball, we’re going to need the cooperation of teams, agents and then there has to be communication with players 1-on-1 to solidify those commitments. I Team USA news am going to be anxious to see how many players reach out early to indicate that they wish and want and desire to play. But I’ll make this statement: It’s as much about maybe who we don’t want as much as who we want.”

Some of the players who chose not to play in the FIBA World Cup despite committing to the team a few months before the tournament are Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Houston Rockets’ James Harden, Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, and Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal. All of them actually had the same reason for backing out, and that is so that they can focus on their respective teams’ campaign for the 2019-20 NBA season.

If these guys end up not making the Olympic team next year, at least fans have an idea why. Still, even without these four All-Stars, Team USA is still capable of assembling a world-class team for the tournament. In fact, one player had already made it known that he wants to play for the team in 2020, and that's Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Over the next couple of months, expect guys like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, and Paul George to commit to Team USA as well.

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Mavs news Lamar Odom calls his time with Dallas the worst part of his career.

Mavericks news: After winning back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, Lamar Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, a move which would jumpstart his career’s downfall.

Odom recently wrote an article for DMagazine, where he said he never wanted to be with the Mavericks, but he did everything he could to act as a professional during his time with the team.

“I was as professional and cordial as I could possibly be, but I was already planning my escape. I simply did not want to be in Dallas.”

One of the main reasons why Odom wanted the Mavericks to send him elsewhere is because of Mark Cuban, the team’s owner. The former Sixth Man of the Year winner said that he thought of hurting Cuban on multiple occasions because of the way he treated him.

“During one homestand, I was having possibly the worst game of the season. Head coach Rick Carlisle subbed me out, and I looked for a seat near the coaches, but none were available. So I went down to the only open seat at the end of the bench. Right next to Cuban.

Cuban extended his right foot and kicked my shin. … I was stunned. This wasn’t a tap. I felt it.

In an instant I was transported back to Linden Boulevard, where the slightest act of disrespect could be fatal. As I sprang up, Vince Carter, who was sitting next to me, grabbed my arm tightly and leaned in.”

This is something that wasn’t known by the public during Odom’s playing days with the Mavs. Cuban probably felt the lack of motivation in the veteran’s part, which resulted in him treating Odom the way he did.

In the summer of 2011, the Mavs finally decided to let go of Odom, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. The 39-year-old ex-NBA-er called his time in Dallas the worst part of his career.

“On June 29, the Mavericks dealt me to the Clippers as part of a four-team trade. At the very least, the worst chapter of my basketball life was over. But my downward spiral would only pick up steam. I was about to spin out of control.”

However, Odom wasn’t able to rejuvenate his career, as his personal issues got the best of him. He once tried to end his life through drug overdose. Fortunately, he was saved.

If Odom had just embraced his role with the Mavs, his NBA career would’ve ended differently. Who knows? He may still be in the league up to this point Mavs news if he just decided to focus on playing basketball and not anything else. Then again, what’s done is done, and all he can do right now is to make sure that he’s always on the right track.

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NBA news: Chris Bosh satisfied with his career accomplishments despite early retirement from professional basketball.

NBA news: After years of trying to make a comeback, former Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat star announced back in February that he’s retiring from the NBA. The two-time champion said that he’s at peace with his decision and that he’s proud of everything he was able to accomplish in the league.

“The story’s there. I was able to have big moments. The proof is NBA news in the work, even if it takes time for people to understand. … If people wanna dive into it, they can. They can dissect it. I’m proud of it. It’ll live on forever.”

Bosh, the fourth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, spent 13 and a half seasons in the league before blood clots ended his career. Despite his efforts to make a comeback, the NBA wasn’t willing to give him another shot, as his condition could get worse. It took Bosh some time to admit that his playing days are over, but he later accepted everything and he chose to finally move on.

“After a while, after a couple of years, I didn’t want to put myself out there and have that letdown again,” Bosh said. “I don’t want to be mad at the game. I don’t want to resent the game. Let me just walk away now cause I haven’t told any doctors.”

Aside from his two championships, Bosh is an 11-time All-Star, a member of the All-NBA second team back in 2007, and was a vital piece in the USA men’s national basketball team that won the Olympics in 2008.

Bosh is still just 35 years old, and if it wasn’t for his medical condition, he would still be playing in the NBA and he would’ve been a perfect fit in today’s game. He’s a player who can shoot 3s on a consistent basis and he’s also capable of defending multiple positions. Teams would’ve gone after someone as versatile as he is.

While it is unfortunate that Bosh’s career had to end the way it did, it’s also good to know that he’s already contented with where he is now.

And for someone who had to make an extremely difficult decision, finding peace is what really matters.

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Nets news on scouts' takes as to who is a better fit for Nets; Kyrie Irving or D'Angelo Russell

Brooklyn Nets news: After landing superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this summer, the Nets officially became a legitimate championship contender. However, in order to bring those two on board, Brooklyn had to let go of D’Angelo Russell, arguably their best player last season.

Russell made it to the All-Star team for the first time in his career last season, where he averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game. He led the Nets to the playoffs as the sixth seed in the East, but they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.

A lot of people were impressed with Russell’s growth as a player, which led to some fans believing that Brooklyn made a mistake by replacing him with Irving. In an interview with Ian Begley of SNYTV, an anonymous scout thinks that D’Lo is a better fit for this Nets roster.

“I would say for this group, I thought D’Angelo was better, to be honest with you. He was younger, healthier than Kyrie. And just the way (Nets head coach) Kenny (Atkinson) wanted to play, I thought D’Angelo fit better.”

Of course, the consensus around the league is that Irving is a better player, and that’s one of the main reasons why another scout believes that the Nets adding him was indeed the right move to make.

“I think Kyrie’s a superstar. D’Angelo’s going to be a really good player. But Kyrie is just at the next level. If his head’s straight and he’s going to be all in, with the core they have, I think (the Nets) have a really bright future (with Irving)….I think (replacing Russell with Irving) is an upgrade.”

Irving had a disappointing run with the Boston Celtics last season. Although he was also able to lead them to the postseason, fans expected a lot more from him. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to co-exist with the Cs’ young players, Blazers news which eventually led to him deciding to walk away from the team.

The main problem now is that the Nets also have a young squad, which means that they could also face the same problems that the Celtics had with Kyrie. However, if the one-time champion will learn to be more patient, he should have no problems fitting in with this team.

As for Russell, another great opportunity is ahead of him as he is set to join the Golden State Warriors, one of the best teams in the league over the past five years. Playing alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green should make him an even better player, especially since he will also be coached by one of the NBA’s best, Steve Kerr.

Only time will tell if the Nets will thrive with Irving or not. He will have an entire season to prove doubters wrong, and if he does end up making Brooklyn better, imagine how good they will be when Durant returns from injury.

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Nuggets news: Carmelo Anthony responds to Chauncey Billups’ criticism about his scoring mentality Nuggets news: Carmelo Anthony responds to Chauncey Billups’ criticism about his scoring mentality

Nuggets news: Carmelo Anthony’s free agency saga is still one of the biggest storylines in the NBA heading into the upcoming season. A lot of fans and players have shown their support for the former scoring champion, but up to this point, he remains unsigned. There have been rumors about him possibly joining the Brooklyn Nets or the New York Knicks, but nothing has materialized up to this point.

One of the biggest reasons why teams aren’t willing to take a risk on Melo is his reluctance to accept a reduced role despite the fact that he’s no longer the star that he once was. Anthony’s stubbornness to adjust to the team that he’s in is making it difficult for him and his camp to convince teams that he suddenly has a change of heart.

Even when Chauncey Billups, Melo’s former teammate with the Denver Nuggets, has said that his obsession with scoring a ton of points has impacted his career negatively, he didn’t deny it.

Melo admitted that scoring indeed meant a lot to him during his recent appearance on ESPN’s First Take.

“To his comments, if I didn’t score 30, it was 40, it was 50. If I didn’t score those points, I felt like I didn’t do my job, because that was my mentality — it was to go all out at that point in time.”

Melo said that he carried that type of mentality ever since he started playing basketball in high school.

“Coming out from high school, to college, to the NBA, I had a different mentality.. It was kill or be killed. I had to go eat. I was 23, 24, I had to eat, and whatever I had to do to put us in a situation to win, I was willing to do that. I was doing that.”

Melo was once an unstoppable offensive force, especially during his final years playing for the Denver Nuggets and first few seasons with the New York Knicks. However, the playing style in the NBA has evolved since then and it’s become more focused on getting everybody else involved. Anthony, who’s an excellent individual talent, struggled and has been heavily criticized as a bad teammate.

Still, he didn’t feel bad about Billups’ comments. Just like what he said on First Take, he’s already a humbled man. He sees the words of his former teammate as a way for him to reflect on Nuggets news his past and become a better person and player as he hopes to end his career on a good note. However, he also admitted that he didn’t like the timing of it.

“I don’t take his comments any type of way. I take that as a learning tool and I think a lot of people out there, up-and-coming athletes should take that as a learning tool. My only issue was the timing of his comments. Because of everything that surrounded me on these comments, on this narrative around Melo, I don’t think it was the right time for him to say, “Oh, he liked scoring 30 in a loss, but he didn’t like scoring 20 in a win. I just think that narrative, that conversation, was [happening at] the wrong time.”

Billups made those remarks during the first few weeks of free agency, so it is understandable why Melo was a bit upset about it. After all, he’s trying to convince everyone that he can still play at a high level in the NBA, and those statements by Mr. Big Shot could’ve hurt his reputation even more.

Still, Anthony understands what he needs to do, and that is to just keep doing the right things as he waits for another team to give him a shot. Hopefully, he’ll get another opportunity to prove himself, whether it’s with the Knicks, the Nets, or any other team, Melo needs to remind everyone that he’s still here, and that he’s ready to silence the doubters.

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Magic news: Steve Clifford wants Orlando to take advantage of roster continuity, be a better offensive team.

Magic news: After an impressive 2018-19 season that saw them barge into the playoffs for the first time since 2012, the Orlando Magic have decided not to make any major changes in the offseason. Over the past couple of months, everyone on the team, from head coach Steve Clifford to his players, have been talking about how important it is to have continuity, but that they also have to work on some things in order to improve.

In a recent interview, Clifford said that while it is good to have most of his players back from last season, the Magic need to take advantage of that familiarity and find ways to get better as a team, especially on offense.

“...being able to bring (Nikola Vucevic), (Terrence Ross), Khem (Birch) and Michael Carter-Williams back, that’s so big for us. Those are four guys who played really well for us last year.

As good as our defense was late in the year, we have to be able to score the ball better,” Clifford told John Denton of Magic.com. “We have to do similar things in terms of protecting the rim, not fouling unnecessarily, not giving up fastbreak points and being a good defensive rebounding team. By the numbers, we forced teams to take the shots that we wanted them to take last season, but we didn’t create much offense with our defense.

Orlando averaged 107.3 points per game last season, Magic News 24th in the NBA, and in order to address their issues on offense, Clifford believes that they need to have a fast-paced offense.

“We talked about this a lot last season, but when we were good offensively, the ball hit the paint. And when we weren’t (good offensively) – like in the playoffs – it didn’t. So, we need to improve our pace offensively because we were better when we played quicker and the ball has to get going toward the basket more consistently.”

The Magic is riding a good wave of momentum as they prepare for the upcoming NBA season. The team is more confident now more than ever, and that’s one of their biggest assets moving forward. Every member of the team believes in what Orlando is trying to build, and every member of the roster will definitely make the necessary adjustments in order to help the team succeed.

How far will they go this season? That depends on the improvements they’ll show on both ends of the floor, but right now, the future is bright for the Magic.

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Grizzlies news: Taylor Jenkins plans to build a solid relationship with all of his players.

Grizzlies news: The ‘Grit & Grind’ era is officially over and the Memphis Grizzlies are in the midst of a rebuild. They team recently hired Taylor Jenkins to be the new head coach, and the first thing that he wants to do is to establish a solid relationship with his players.

“To me, the number one thing is relationships. You talk about adversity. Well, there’s going to be plenty of success in life, and there’s going to be adversity in life.

There’s going to be both success and adversity on the court. For us, if we have strong relationships and compete together, we all focus on getting better, the relationships that you have … well, I was (recently) at breakfast with Jae Crowder. It was, ‘Let’s talk about family.’ He’s had a lot of transition in his career. Let’s talk about who you are and what your journey has been like in life. When you show that true care, and I think Popovich is the greatest at it, when you can look across the table at someone and say ‘I’ve got your back and I know about you,’ you can handle and face the ups and downs together throughout the season.”

The Grizzlies aren’t expected to have a legitimate shot in the playoffs, but they have two solid young players that they can build around in Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant, this year’s second overall pick.

Jenkins understands that coaching a rebuilding team isn’t going to be easy, especially since he can be replaced if the team fails to show a significant amount of improvement this season. Still, he believes that continuity is the key for Memphis to be successful, which is why he is focusing on building a solid bond with each and every member of the team.

“That bond can carry you throughout. Hopefully, what we’re trying to build here in Memphis is sustained success, and that’s only done through impactful relationships. In the NBA, there’s a ton of turnover and players come and go, but hopefully, as we witnessed with the Grizzlies News previous era here in Memphis, with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley and Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, we can create that again where the community feels that.”

It might take some time for the Grizzlies to become a championship contender again, but if the management won’t rush anything, this team could become something special. Of course, it will depend significantly on how fast Morant and Jackson can improve, but having a solid foundation between the players and coaches will also play a key role in making this happen.

And Jenkins seems to be on the right track at the moment.

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Grizzlies news: Andre Iguodala already had a hunch that he was going to be traded to Memphis

Grizzlies news: Andre Iguodala is currently in a stalemate with the Memphis Grizzlies after both sides failed to reach an agreement regarding a contract buyout. The three-time NBA champion is set to make $17 million this season, and he has no plans of letting go a portion of it just so he waived and be free to join a contender. Iggy would rather wait for the team to find a suitable trade for him.

Iguodala’s current situation with the Grizzlies is something that nobody thought would happen, as he was a valuable member of the Golden State Warriors franchise. When Kevin Durant announced that he was joining the Brooklyn Nets, everyone thought that they’d be keeping Iggy, but he already knew that he could be traded to Memphis.

“I [had] a sense that something is going down; Bob Myers and I are pretty cool. We [had] our conversations, so we’re on the same page. It was, ‘It might happen, but it might not. Most likely, it will. So, we’ll see.’

So, I’m texting my wife, telling her I’ll probably get traded because I think it’s 100 percent sure, even though everyone else is saying, it’s only a chance. Then, once KD left, I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll probably get traded. They’re probably going to do a sign-and-trade, so they can get something back, to at least get assets for him.’ No one was thinking that. But I was thinking they’ll want to get assets back because they can’t just let him go. And they’ll probably move me as well. So, she asked me where I thought I would go. I said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll probably end up in Memphis or some s**t.’ She says, ‘For real?’ I was like, ‘Maybe. But probably not. I don’t know.’

The next day, I got the message. It was Memphis. I fell out laughing.”

Iguodala’s guess was right, as the Warriors were able to convince Durant to agree to a sign-and-trade, which allowed them to acquire D’Angelo Russell from the Nets. However, in order to accommodate D’Lo’s contract, Golden State had to make some room, which made Iggy expendable.

But Iguodala understands the importance of the trade for the Warriors and he seems pretty okay with it. After all, he still loves that franchise the same way that he did when he was still a part of it.

It is possible that Iguodala won’t be Grizzlies News playing at least until the trade deadline. If the Grizzlies won’t find a trade partner who’s willing to give valuable assets in exchange for his services, they could decide to pay him the full amount that he’s owed this season.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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