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- Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup (The Associated Press) August 29, 2014Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. Neither are Spurs teammates Tony Parker of France and Manu Ginobili of Argentina. Plenty of big names remain, from Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving with the Americans to Spain's Gasol brothers. The veteran center is an NBA free agent at the moment but currently has a job as the man in the middle for the Philippines.
- Weakened US team aims for world basketball title (The Associated Press) August 28, 2014The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. Paul George broke his right leg in a horrific collision that shook up teammates and perhaps the future of international basketball. Finally, Kevin Durant, the Americans' best player and the NBA's MVP, changed his mind about taking part in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. We're trying to prove that wrong.'' The former world basketball championship begins Saturday at four sites throughout Spain and the Canary Islands.
- Guard Shannon Brown signs with Miami Heat (The Associated Press) August 28, 2014Shannon Brown signed Wednesday with the Miami Heat, the ninth team the veteran guard has been part of in his career. Brown appeared in 29 games last season with New York and San Antonio. He has appeared in 403 games for seven different clubs, and was briefly with Washington last season though never appeared in a game. Brown played for the Los Angeles Lakers when they won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.
- U.S. and Spain on course for World Cup showdown (Reuters) August 27, 2014By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain on Saturday. The holders, together with the hosts, will be strong favorites to reach the final of the marathon 24-nation event, while European champions France, a rejuvenated Croatia plus Brazil, Lithuania and Greece are likely to feature among the dark horses at the tournament, which runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. The Americans completed their build-up with Tuesday's 101-71 rout of Slovenia, one of the teams they could meet en route to the final, after emphatic wins against Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
- Dunk History: Vince Carter leaps over 7-foot-2 Frederic Weis (Ball Don't Lie) August 27, 2014As 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, Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger recalls Vince Carter's stunning slam over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympics and how it became the basketball legacy of the dunk's victim. Many of the victims of the best dunks in NBA history have enjoyed such accomplished careers that being emasculated on national TV is a mere footnote in their careers. Not so for the man nicknamed "French Toast." Since former New York Knicks first-round draft pick Frederic Weis never played a minute in the NBA, he is best known by American basketball fans as the man on the wrong end of a gravity-defying Vince Carter dunk in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Carter stepped in front of an ill-fated behind-the-back outlet pass from one of Weis' French teammates, took two dribbles and leapt over the unsuspecting 7-foot-2 center to deliver one of the most memorable dunks of his highight-riddled career. The dunk was the signature moment of Team USA's gold medal run and earned the nickname "Le dunk de la mort” — the dunk of death — in the French media. It remains a staple of highlight shows and YouTube more than a decade later, a fact the good-natured Weis insists doesn't bother him. "It was just him doing something incredible," Weis told HoopsHype.com in 2005 . "I can only imagine... If he jumped over me, he can jump over anybody! If people laugh, I laugh too. At least I can I say I once played against him." Perhaps Weis would have gained notoriety among NBA fans for better reasons if he had been able to take advantage of being selected by the Knicks. The combination of the language barrier and strength and stamina issues made Weis' NBA summer league debut an embarrassment for both himself and the Knicks in 1999. The team wanted him to return the next few years for a second chance to prove he was NBA-worthy, but Weis never again donned a Knicks jersey. In 2000, he was recovering from a back injury and didn't feel he was in good enough shape to make a push for a roster spot. In 2001, he balked over the Knicks' desire to evaluate him against rookies and free agents before tendering him a contract offer. Weis enjoyed a solid 15-year career in France, Spain and Greece before retiring in 2011. He won a French League championship with Limoges in 2000 and helped France earn a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics and a bronze at the 2005 European Championships. Nonetheless, in the eyes of NBA fans, Weis will be remembered for two things — and two things only: He is the guy the Knicks selected ahead of Ron Artest in 1999 and he is the guy Vince Carter put in a poster the following summer. - - - - - - - Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @JeffEisenberg
- Stephon Marbury the Musical: A Tale of Making It in Beijing August 28, 2014The mutual love affair between the former N.B.A. player and his adopted home of Beijing will reach a new milestone this fall when “I Am Stephon Marbury,” a musical about his life in China, opens in the capital.
- LeBron James and Cavs Open vs. Knicks August 14, 2014The N.B.A. on Wednesday released its schedule, which begins on Oct. 28 with the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks in one of three games.
- From Metta World Peace to 'The Pandas Friend' August 11, 2014Metta World Peace, the American basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, is changing his name once again as he joins the Sichuan Blue Whales.
- Knicks Trade for Kings Forwards August 7, 2014The Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.
- Knicks Sign Cleanthony Early August 2, 2014The Knicks signed forward Cleanthony Early, their first draft pick under Phil Jackson.