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  • Irving get start at PG vs. Slovenia (The SportsXchange)
    Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers will start at point guard for Team USA on Tuesday against Slovenia in its final tuneup heading into the FIBA World Cup.

  • Big names missing in final U.S. roster for Spain (Reuters)
    (Reuters) - The United States team will travel to Spain without some of the sport's biggest names to defend their title at the Basketball World Cup after a selection process described as one of the "most difficult" in recent years. With marquee players LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love opting out of selection and All-Star Paul George hurt, the U.S.

  • USA Basketball announces World Cup roster (Yahoo Sports)
    Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard was among the final players cut.

  • Dunk History: Michael Jordan embarrasses, like, all of the Knicks (Ball Don't Lie)
    As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History .  Today, Kelly Dwyer revels in Michael Jordan doing terrible things to John Starks, then Charles Oakley, and then Patrick Ewing during Game 3 of the first round of the 1991 Eastern Conference playoffs. The...

  • U.S. hammers Dominican Republic in exhibition, but questions and 'great, tough decisions' still remain (Ball Don't Lie)
    NEW YORK — Here's what we learned during the U.S. men's national basketball team's 105-62 pasting of the Dominican Republic in an exhibition tuneup for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, now just nine days away : • James Harden (12 points, four assists, three steals in 16 minutes) will see a lot of the ball with the first-team U.S. offense, and he will attack a lot, and he will shoot a lot, as befits a man of his confidence ; • Anthony Davis (seven points, four rebounds, two blocks, one steal in 16 minutes) has quickly...

  • Andre Drummond finishes a tough alley-oop, makes his case for a Team USA spot (Video) (Ball Don't Lie)
    With only a few weeks left until the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain, Team USA must cut four players from the current injury -and- withdrawal -depleted group of 16 to a roster of 12. While the majority of that dozen seems decided already, several players are left to fight for the final few spots. That includes Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond, a 21-year-old with incredible athleticism that allows him to serve as a force on defensive, on the boards, and the finishing side of alley-oops. He's still a little raw and must prove himself to earn a...

  • NBA roundup: Veteran ref Bavetta retires (The SportsXchange)
    Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta is hanging up his whistle after 39 years.

  • The 10-man rotation, starring Anthony Randolph, to whom it's so hard to say goodbye (and yet we must) (Ball Don't Lie)
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Upside and Motor . Bidding farewell to Anthony Randolph, a collection of athleticism and skills enticed the early positional revolutionaries and whose inability to put it all together consistently on the grand stage confounded the Internet and NBA lifers alike. He belongs to Russia now. Vaya con dios , Anthony. PF : Regressing . Missed this...

  • Kyrie Irving comes clean: 'I haven’t been a leader' (Ball Don't Lie)
    The idea of an obvious NBA leader is a tricky thing. Point guards are typically asked to act as a team’s leader because they tend to walk the ball up court and call the plays, but oftentimes the best NBA offenses don’t – or shouldn’t – rely on a point man dominating the ball. The top overall pick in a draft is usually added to a team to become its franchise player, but working as a high lottery selection usually means you’re paired with players on a terribly poor team. They could include aging and disinterested...

  • Cousins 50-50 to play Wednesday for Team USA (The SportsXchange)
    DeMarcus Cousins puts the probability of playing in Team USA's exhibition game on Wednesday night at 50-50.

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