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- National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters) August 19, 2014(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Knicks will add Jim Cleamons to new coach Derek Fisher's staff, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Cleamons, a longtime NBA assistant, served on former Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew's staff last season. Knicks president Phil Jackson and Cleamons have a long history of working together - first with the Chicago Bulls and then with the Los Angeles Lakers. Cleamons was on Jackson's coaching staff for numerous NBA titles. ...
- NBA roundup: Cleamons expected to join Knicks' staff (The SportsXchange) August 18, 2014The New York Knicks will add Jim Cleamons to new coach Derek Fisher's staff, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
- Raptors add F-G Hamilton (The SportsXchange) August 18, 2014The Toronto Raptors signed forward-guard Jordan Hamilton on Monday to an undisclosed contract.
- Coach K 'surprised' by Kevin Durant's withdrawal, says offensive changes ahead for Team USA (Ball Don't Lie) August 15, 2014Kevin Durant's decision to withdraw from Team USA three weeks before the start of the 2014 FIBA World Cup due to to mental and physical exhaustion came as a shock to many observers who expected the Oklahoma City Thunder star to serve as the undisputed focal point and linchpin of the squad heading to Spain this month. One of those shocked observers, evidently, was the guy who coached Durant to gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London: U.S. head coach Mike Krzyzewski. From Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago : "Yeah, I was [surprised]," Krzyzewski said after Team USA's practice in Chicago on Thursday. "No question. I was." Krzyzewski wasn't the only one surprised, but he might have been the most frustrated. Durant, the reigning NBA MVP, was expected to be the leader on and off the floor for Team USA. "It's one of those things; you don't replace Kevin Durant," Krzyzewski said. "You look different. And so we have today and [Friday] to look different before we play a really good team. That's of concern for me because we were pretty far along. We had our best camp ever in Vegas since I've coached [Team USA]. Those guys were terrific. We had more in [game plan-wise], but we had more in to play a certain way. And then Kevin deciding not to play ... it's concerning. "But hopefully we'll be good enough on Saturday, and then we use New York and Gran Canaria to get better and get better during pool play." The sheer downgrade in offensive firepower that comes with bidding adieu to a player who has led the NBA in points scored for five years running, who averaged 22.8 points in 28.2 minutes per game en route to winning 2010 tournament MVP honors , and who set an American Olympic tournament scoring record in London will obviously have a major impact on the U.S. squad. Coach K's bigger issue, though, seemed to be with the late-in-the-process timing of Durant's announcement, which left Krzyzewski and his staff with precious little opportunity to reconfigure their approach, according to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com : “We had a whole camp building what we’re doing around him,” Krzyzewski said. “So that’s the very first thing: You had one of the great scorers at the [power forward position]. So how does that change your offense? That changes your offense immensely. “You have to do more to get your guards shots. I mean, these guards are really good, but they were complementing one another – Kevin with those guards. … Now we have to look at developing our inside and getting the guards more involved.” Developing that inside game might have gotten a bit harder on Thursday, as center DeMarcus Cousins went down with a right knee injury during Team USA's first practice since Paul George suffered a horrific broken leg during a showcase scrimmage that closed the team's Las Vegas training camp. Thankfully, the Sacramento Kings big man's injury was nowhere near as severe — an MRI revealed no structural damage, USA Basketball officials listed Cousins as "day-to-day" and Boogie himself later tweeted to assure fans he's fine — but with the likes of George, Kevin Love , Blake Griffin and now Durant out of the mix, the U.S. can ill afford additional frontcourt injuries that put an even greater strain on the backcourt. Or, y'know, maybe that's not true. Remember, this isn't your average team's backcourt — this is some combination of James Harden, Stephen Curry, a back-in-business Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard ... you get the idea. "Our guard play is amazing," Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver, who could go to Spain as Team USA's designated zone-buster, told Aschburner on Thursday. "And that’s going to be the strength of our team now. A lot of what we do is going to be predicated off of our guard play. … I don’t think we’re going to get to the end of the shot-clock much.” The hope, then, is that Team USA's guards can handle the heavy lifting on both ends of the court — pressuring opposing ball-handlers up top to create live-ball turnovers that fuel the U.S.' open-court transition game, drilling enough 3-pointers from behind the shortened FIBA 3-point arc to pull defenders away from the rim, and using their off-the-bounce quickness and creativity to blow past their marks on the perimeter to get to the basket at will. If Krzyzewski can get enough productivity and pace-setting from his guards, and enough rim protection and rebounding from a frontcourt led by Anthony Davis and (based on reports of his impressive activity in camp) the Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried, that would decrease the two-way burden on the tweener forwards expected to step in for Durant and George, like Chandler Parsons of the Dallas Mavericks, Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and the most recent addition to the U.S. training camp roster, Kings forward Rudy Gay, who was part of the 2010 squad that won gold in Istanbul, but isn't exactly a ready replacement for the best scorer in the world. “I wish I could play like the MVP,” Gay said Thursday . “No, I’m not coming here to fill his footsteps. I just want to play hard and help this team get a W. I’m not going to do it just like him.” Short of getting that dude who just moved back to Cleveland to break off his vacation in Greece and lace 'em up, nobody is. The question, though, is whether what's left on the roster is potent and varied enough to get the U.S. through to a gold-medal matchup and, if the bracket plays out as many expect it to, past a revenge-minded , very good and very big Spanish squad in the championship game. If Coach K and company can't shuffle the deck satisfactorily enough in the next couple of weeks to answer it in the affirmative, the result could be something even more surprising than Durant's late-in-the-game opt-out: the United States' first loss in a major international tournament since September of 2006 . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
- NBA roundup: Cousins injures knee at Team USA practice (The SportsXchange) August 14, 2014Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins injured his right knee in Thursday's practice, the first since Team USA lost Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George to a leg injury. Cousins will undergo what national team general manager Jerry Colangelo said is a precautionary MRI exam and is out for Saturday's exhibition against Brazil at the United Center. Team USA is practicing this week at Qwest MultiSport training facility in Chicago, site of the NBA Draft Combine. In addition to Kevin Durant, who withdrew last week citing mental and physical fatigue, the preliminary roster of 16 is reduced to 14 players for the exhibition this weekend.
- Kenneth Faried reportedly starting for Team USA August 21, 2014Denver Nuggets’ power forward Kenneth Faried has won the starting job for USA Basketball’s Men’s National Team that will be competing in the FIBA World Cup starting August 30th in Spain. Kenneth Faried told reporters he was 'very surprised' he got the starting gig with Team USA. — Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) August 21, 2014 Faried unexpectedly beat out DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, and Mason Plumlee for Team USA’s starting power forward job. Faried started alongside Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis in Team USA’s first exhibition game against Brazil last Saturday. He played 23 minutes and put up 11 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in USA’s 95-78 victory. He started again in Team USA’s matchup with the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, but played just 11 minutes in the 105-62 rout. Faried made both of his shots for four points with five rebounds and a block. The 24-year-old grabbed the attention of USA Basketball officials at last su...
- Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried Keeps His Team USA Starting Spot August 21, 2014Two international exhibition games for Team USA meant two quality starts for Denver Nuggets’ power forward Kenneth Faried, and now we can worry about him becoming the official starter instead of worrying he’ll get cut on Saturday. Coach Mike Krzyzewski had solid options when deciding on his starting power forward for Team USA’s game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, and Mason Plumlee all […] Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried Keeps His Team USA Starting Spot - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - Analysis, Opinion and Stats All About The NBA
- NBA Teams Spent The Day Making Some Quality Movie Poster Spoofs August 21, 2014Embiidlejuice #NBAMovies pic.twitter.com/pktadV04iu — Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) August 20, 2014 The NBA offseason has fully set in now that the free agency frenzy is over, so it’s understandable that the teams have some time on their hands to have some fun. Hence, NBA team’s Twitter accounts have spent the day trying to one-up each other in movie photoshops and puns. No lie, I’d see Embiidlejuice. "You ever see him jump that high?" #NBAMovies pic.twitter.com/qgGJa6c5k9 — Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) August 20, 2014 Forgetting Kendall Marshall #NBAMovies pic.twitter.com/znDdiyxBmi — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 20, 2014 21 Shump Street #NBAMovies (cc: @I_Am_Iman) pic.twitter.com/mmnSTIMOOM — NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) August 20, 2014 Casino ROYale. #NBAMovies pic.twitter.com/Y9WS2IfKyX — Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) August 20, 2014 Million Dollar Big Baby #NBAMovies pic.twitter.com/zSxFrHpfFE — Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) August 20, 2014 Home Malone ...
- Kenneth Faried hits long-distance shot during Team USA shootaround August 20, 2014Later on tonight, USA Basketball will play an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden against the Dominican Republic as a tune-up for the FIBA World Cup. As the players got some early practice time at MSG, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried decided to do a little bit of long-distance shooting. Check out the below Vine video which shows Kenneth hitting a shot from 3/4 quarter court: *** Faried image courtesy of Getty Images
- Nate Robinson Is Dunking Again August 18, 2014ACL surgery and standing 5’9″ be dammed. Just six months after undergoing knee surgery, former dunk champion Nate Robinson is dunking again. In reserve role with the Nuggets last season before suffering a season ending injury. Robinson averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. The post Nate Robinson Is Dunking Again appeared first on Hooped Up.
- Suns Mount Comeback to Overcome Love’s 36 March 24, 2014Phoenix trailed by 22 in the first half but shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor to overcome Kevin Love’s 36 points and 14 rebounds.
- Late Charge By Wizards’ Gooden Dooms Nets March 16, 2014Washington erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to move ahead of the Nets for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
- Knicks Can’t Win, Even if They Play to Lose March 5, 2014Because they owe their first-round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets, the Knicks cannot even benefit from additional losses that would set them up for a favorable draft position.
- George Karl Sees a Talent Adrift as Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks Fade March 2, 2014Karl, Anthony’s former coach in Denver, believes the Knicks’ star is missing “mental toughness” around him.
- Special Night for Collins, and a Win for the Nets February 28, 2014Jason Collins, who played the final eight minutes of the Nets’ rout in Denver, planned to meet afterward with the parents of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student murdered in 1998.