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An American sport was transformed into a global phenomenon when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and the rest of the NBA's best arrived in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics. They sparked an interest in basketball that continues to impact the NBA - on and off the court.
Tournament MVP Kyrie Irving made all six of his 3-point attempts and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup in Madrid. James Harden added 23 points for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to a tournament full of them.
The feel of contentment filled the air Sunday, as the Phoenix Mercury celebrated its championship with its fans at US Airways Center. Multiple members of the organization spoke, as well as Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton, but the person who spoke most prolifically was, of course, Diana Taurasi .
By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer MADRID - Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup. James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to a tournament full of them.
14, 2014. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake complained of shortness of breath and chest pains during the city's Star-Spangled Banner celebration over the weekend and was taken to a hospital for tests.
United States' James Harden, left, and Serbia's Nemanja Bjelica vie for the ball during the final World Basketball match between the United States and Serbia at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.
With the 2014 WNBA Finals concluding on Friday night -- and congrats to my beloved Phoenix Mercury on their third WNBA Championship -- the focus moves towards the 2014 World Championships. I've always talked about how I'd love to see the USAB program transition toward hiring a dedicated coach and building a sense of continuity, essentially improving upon the program that we've seen become a reality for the US in the last two Olympics.
Last Tuesday, the 17 players with the U.S. women's national team had lunch at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the site of their three-day training camp that ended Wednesday. They were not alone.
Brett Hundley #17 of the UCLA Bruins throws against the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Lakers vs. FC Barcelona The Los Angeles Lakers face off with Pau Gasol's former team and European Champions FC Barcelona on October 7, 2010.
France came from behind in the final quarter to beat Lithuania 95-93 and win the bronze medal at the Basketball World Cup on Saturday. Lithuania led by seven points entering the fourth period, and center Jonas Valanciunas scored five points to put Lithuania ahead 80-77 with three minutes to play.
No games have been close in the final minutes, and only one was even competitive entering the final period. This depleted team that was supposed to be vulnerable has instead been invincible.
Derrick Rose dribbles the ball while being pursued by Kyrie Irving during the USA Basketball Showcase. BARCELONA, Spain - When Derrick Rose boards USA Basketball's charter flight headed stateside Monday, gold or silver medal in tow, just two weeks remain until Bulls' training camp begins.
Diana Taurasi knew. The Chicago Sky knew. The popcorn vendor in the upper deck knew.
Those are the summers of sacrifice, of committing yourself to a culture unlike the one you are used to in the NBA, where there are journeyman and role players scattered among stars, superstars and global icons throughout locker rooms around the league. No one has to worry about those distinctions with USA Basketball.
Milos Teodosic scored 24 points and Serbia reached the championship game of the Basketball World Cup by beating France, 90-85, on Friday night. Teodosic helped Serbia lead by as much as 18, but Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers nearly brought the French all the way back, finishing with 35 points.
Two European teams make the unlikely pairing in the other semifinal round of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. France pulled off the biggest upset in the basketball world championships while Serbia is peaking at the right time beating favoured squads on the way to the final four.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 03:12 am
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