USA - Spain 107-100 USA claimed the 14th Olympic Gold. They defeated Spain in the championship game in London tonight to clinch the trophy. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) led all scorers with 30 points and 9 rebounds. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the starting quarter. Finally Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony gave Team USA a 25:16 lead. They finished the opening quarter up by 8 points 35:27. But Spain opened the second term with seven points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Rodriguez drained a triple to put Spain in front 39:37. The teams exchanged baskets as USA managed to eke out a 59:58 lead at halftime. The teams continued to go neck and neck throughout the third term. Kobe Bryant helped the North American team gain a 77:72 lead. But Serg Ibaka and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) dragged Spain within one at the final intermission 82:83. Kevin Durant organized a 7:1 run from the USA as they posted a 97:87 lead with under five minutes remaining. Spain trimmed the deficit to 6 points but LeBron James (203-SF-84) hit a triple and Chris Paul followed a jumper to secure a 104:93 lead with 51 seconds remaining. USA hung on in the dying seconds and celebrated historic victory at the end. LeBron James accounted for 19 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for USA. Kobe Bryant added 17 points in the victory. Pau Gasol answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for Spain. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had 21 points in the loss.
Argentina - Russia 77-81 Russia clinched the Bronze medals at the Olympic basketball tournament. They snatched the win over Argentina in a heart-stopping thriller. Alexey Shved scored 25 points, distributed 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds to pace the winners. The lead changed hands for several times throughout close first quarter. Argentina eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Argentina stretched the lead to 6 points midway through the second quarter. However Russia answered with 12 points in a row to surge ahead. Alexey Shved capped the half with a three-pointer to make it 40:38 for Russia. The teams continued their roller-coaster action throughout the third term. The lead changed hands before Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) gave David Blatts team a 56:48 lead. Russia soon gained an 11-point advantage 61:50. But the Latin American team answered with seven points in a row to narrow the margin at 4-point mark 57:61. Argentina quickly denied the deficit setting up a thrilling finale. The teams were tied at 74 with under 90 seconds remaining in regulation. Carlos Delfino scored just one free throw, while Vitaliy Fridzon sank both his attempts to put Russia in front with 56 seconds remaining. Emanuel Ginobili replied with a tough layup to pull Argentina in front 77:76. Alexey Shved answered with a three-pointer and then Vitaliy Fridzon converted a layup to seal the victory for Russia. Vitaliy Fridzon finished with 19 points, while Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili responded with 21 points for Argentina. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
The new head coach Ettore Messina announced the preliminary squad for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, when Italy will play in Turin to earn a spot for Rio 2016. This the list of 24 players for coach Messina: Awudu Abass (199-SF-93, agency: Players Group) (Acqua Vitasnella Cantu) Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) (Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia) Andrea Bargnani (213-F/C-85) (Free Agent) Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) (Sacramento Kings) Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group) (EA7 Armani Mi... [read more]
The new head coach Ettore Messina announced the preliminary squad for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, when Italy will play in Turin to earn a spot for Rio 2016. This the list of 24 players for coach Messina:
D'Tigers Aiming for Glory in Rio 2016 - May 7, 2016
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The Nigerian national basketball team, D'Tigers are aiming to reach greater heights at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero scheduled to begin on Friday, August 5, 2016. It will be recalled that the D'Tigers recorded a feat by being the only African nation to ever qualify for the Summer Olympics through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2012. D'Tigers beat the world elite teams of Lithuania and Greece to reach the Olympics proper. However, due to several factors,... [read more]
The Nigerian national basketball team, D'Tigers are aiming to reach greater heights at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero scheduled to begin on Friday, August 5, 2016. It will be recalled that the D'Tigers recorded a feat by being the only African nation to ever qualify for the Summer Olympics through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2012. D'Tigers beat the world elite teams of Lithuania and Greece to reach the Olympics proper. However, due to several factors, D'Tigers went on to set the worst record in the history of the Olympics as they were thrashed 156-76 by the all conquering Dream Team of the United States of America. The Dream managed just one victory over fellow Africans Tunisia to end up in 10th position at the end of the basketball event. Immediately after the London Olympics, the Nigeria Basketball Federation under Tijani Umar rang changes in the technical crew as well as the playing personnel and there was positive result as the D'Tigers emerged champions of Africa in 2015. Ahead of the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship in Tunisia, the NBBF replaced Ayo Bakare with a foreign tactician, Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ) while some players were also dropped from the team. The move to sign the former Head Coach of Bakersfield Jam in the National Basketball Development League was a tactical one as he has coached two players that represented Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympics - Diogu Ikechukwu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) and Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) while he was in the D-League. Courtesy of: dailytrust.com.ng
Chris Paul withdraws from Team USA consideration for 2016 Olympics - Mar 29, 2016
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At the 2012 Olympics in London, Chris Paul (183-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) went to see the volleyball, the swimming, the track. He brought Russell Westbrook (190-PG-88, college: UCLA) with him to root on Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. He sat in the cheering section for Michael Phelps. 'What we do is such a small thing compared to what the people do who protect our freedom,' Paul said. 'But when I put on that USA jersey it always gave me goose bumps because you realized you... [read more]
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Chris Paul (183-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) went to see the volleyball, the swimming, the track. He brought Russell Westbrook (190-PG-88, college: UCLA) with him to root on Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. He sat in the cheering section for Michael Phelps. 'What we do is such a small thing compared to what the people do who protect our freedom,' Paul said. 'But when I put on that USA jersey it always gave me goose bumps because you realized you were part of something so much bigger than yourself.' Paul's first experience with USA Basketball was in high school, when he played for the North team at the Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was on the squad that lost to Greece at the 2006 World Championship in Japan-'I remember sitting at my locker,' Paul recalled, 'trying to figure out how we were going to go back home"-and he was a leader of the group that redeemed itself with gold medals in '08 and '12. 'Coming from where we were,' Paul said, 'that was the best feeling.' After more than a decade of contribution to USA Basketball, Paul told SI.com on Monday that he is withdrawing from consideration for this summer's Olympic team, likely ending his international career. 'I feel my body telling me that I could use the time,' he said. Few NBA players have expended more this season than Paul. Although his traditional stats do not vary much from his career norms-19.9 points and 9.8 assists in 33.2 minutes-he has piggybacked the Clippers in Blake Griffin's absence. Since Griffin was initially injured on Christmas night, Paul has accounted for nearly half of L.A.'s assists, keeping the team fourth in the Western Conference. Last week, ESPN Stats & Information suggested that he has been 'the most important offensive player in the NBA' over the past three months, given the wild disparity in the Clippers' production when he is on and off the court. Paul, the best point guard of his generation, has a hard time recalling a summer when he was not either injured, recovering from injury, or playing for Team USA. The Olympics are synonymous with other touchstones in his life. His wife, Jada, became pregnant with their son, Chris Jr., right after the '08 Olympics and gave birth to their daughter, Camryn, right after the '12 Games. 'Just a few days ago, Little Chris asked me, 'Daddy, will you play in the Olympics again?'' Paul said. 'Part of me wanted to say yes, because he's never been part of it. But I told him, 'I want to spend more time with you.'' Paul, a fixture at his son's Little League complex and basketball gym even during the NBA season, opted to stay home. Drafted two years after LeBron James (203-SF-84), Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and Dwyane Wade (193-G-82, college: Marquette), Paul and the others helped bring back USA Basketball, one card game at a time. 'I think we once played cards 35 nights in a row,' Paul joked. Whether or not James, Anthony and Wade continue their international careers-or follow Paul's lead-a new generation is on the way. 'Of course, you'll have Steph (Curry) and those guys,' Paul said. 'Someone else I think would be great is Kyle Lowry (183-PG-86, college: Villanova). I love watching him play. You need that grit.' Oddly, Lowry is not on the list of 30 finalists, but Curry, Westbrook, Mike Conley (185-PG-87, college: Ohio St.), John Wall (193-PG-90, college: Kentucky), Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke) and Damian Lillard (190-PG-90, college: Weber St.) are. The NBA has no shortage of premier point guards ready to take the torch. As Paul spoke Monday, he was on his way to Staples Center, for a game against the Celtics. He thought about the Olympic rings he earned in '08 and '12, which his wife recently unearthed while cleaning out his closet, and he sounded wistful. 'Tonight, we'll play the Celtics, and the fans in Boston will cheer hard against us,' Paul said. 'The fans in L.A. will cheer hard against them. The thing I'll always remember about Team USA is that everyone cheers for you.' Courtesy of: si.com
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