Global Basketball News for 11 Sep 2019
The Americans fail to medal for the first time since 2002.
The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships.
Jayson Tatum has been upgraded to a game-time decision ahead of Team USA's World Cup quarterfinal against France on Wednesday. Tatum has missed the past three games after rolling an ankle last week.
Jayson Tatum has been sidelined with an ankle injury since USA Basketball’s win over Turkey last week and the former no. 3 overall pick was expected to miss the remainder of the tournament. However,... according to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Tatum was participating in shootaround and is a game-time decision. Kemba Walker […] The post Jayson Tatum Is A Game-Time Decision For Team USA vs. France appeared first on SLAM.
The “venomous toxic” reception OKC greeted Kevin Durant with during his first game back in the city as an opponent was deeply hurtful. Durant says he will “never be attached to that city again... because of that.” KD adds that he considers folks within the Thunder organization “fake.” Per The WSJ: "People coming to my […] The post Kevin Durant: ‘I Don’t Trust Nobody’ in OKC appeared first on SLAM.
Kevin Durant, over time, grew to realize he was simply “different” from the rest of his now-former Warriors teammates. “I’ll never be of those guys,” Durant says after bolting from the Dubs... as an unrestricted free agent this summer. KD also believes Golden State’s motion offense “only works to a certain point.” Per The WSJ: […] The post Kevin Durant: ‘I'm Just Different from the Rest’ of the Warriors appeared first on SLAM.
Twenty-eight counterfeit NBA championship rings have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport.
France defeated Team USA 89-79 in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals, snapping the United States' 58-game winning streak in international tournaments with NBA players on the roster.
Team USA will have to wait till the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo to win gold. Earlier today, Rudy Gobert (21 points, 16 rebounds) led France to a 69-79 upset over the U.S. in the quarterfinals of the 2019... FIBA World Cup, breaking the U.S.’s 48-win streak in international play. Team USA’s loss to the French […] The post Rudy Gobert Leads France to Upset over Team USA at FIBA World Cup appeared first on SLAM.
Patty Mills scored 24 points and Australia moved into the World Cup semifinals with an 82-70 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday night.
Rich Paul has made waves as a powerful agent in the NBA and it appears his group, Klutch Sports, will expand to the NFL. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Paul is in talks with Damarius Bilbo about... leading the company’s football division. Bilbo has a long list of NFL clients, including Melvin Gordon, Jarvis Landry, […] The post Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports Group To Open NFL Division appeared first on SLAM.
Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard considers All-Star guard Bradley Beal a “core player” in the NBA. Beal is someone “every team would love to have,” says Sheppard, who is committed to... keeping the 26-year-old in D.C. Washington offered Beal a three-year, $111 million extension this offseason, which he declined to sign: he’s instead eyeing a […] The post Wizards GM: ‘Every Team Would Love’ to Have Bradley Beal appeared first on SLAM.
Kobe Bryant believes his former Lakers teammate Dwight Howard is much more “ready” for the pressure-cooker of Los Angeles. Bryant says Howard will “do whatever is necessary” to help the Purple... and Gold in their NBA title chase. “I think he’s ready for this next time around to do whatever is necessary to help this […] The post Kobe Bryant: Dwight Howard ‘Ready for this Next Time Around’ appeared first on SLAM.
Kevin Durant hates the NBA some days. “I hate the circus of the NBA,” says Durant. KD adds that he’s especially bothered by how “the business” of the League can negatively affect players.... Per The WSJ: "Some days I hate the NBA," Kevin Durant says wearily. He's facedown on a padded table, wearing dark workout […] The post Kevin Durant: ‘Some Days I Hate the NBA’ appeared first on SLAM.