Jeff and Stan Van Gundy calling first game together
Jeff and Stan Van Gundy both dealt with plenty of drama while coaching in the NBA. On Wednesday night, they get to call a matchup between the two teams that have the most drama in the...
US is Popovich’s team now, but he won’t lobby players for it
NEW YORK (AP) — Now the U.S. really is Gregg Popovich's team.
He's been the Americans' national team coach for a few years but there was never a guarantee he'd actually get to lead them in...
Dramatics: Hearn’s jumper gives US 84-83 win over Argentina
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reggie Hearn is not going to play in China at the FIBA World Cup this summer.
Van Gundy set for final game of USA qualifying rounds
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy is about to coach his final game for the United States in the qualifying rounds for this summer's FIBA World Cup.
Team USA wrapping up World Cup qualifying
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The job is done. The United States is going to the FIBA World Cup, which makes its last two qualifying games ahead of that tournament seem irrelevant.
Jeff Van Gundy on All-Star Game: Eliminate it
MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game.
His plan: Eliminate it.
Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and...
US falls to Argentina in FIBA World Cup qualifier, 80-63
LA RIOJA, Argentina (AP) — The U.S. will have to wait at least a few more days before clinching a berth in the 2019 Basketball World Cup.
Nicolas Laprovittola scored 17 points, Lucio Redivo added 14 and Argentina shook off a slow start to beat the U.S. 80-63 in a World Cup qualifying game on Thursday night. The win put Argentina (8-1) atop Group E qualifying in the Americas region, one game up on the U.S. (7-2) with three contests remaining for both teams.
Jeff Van Gundy has Americans on brink of World Cup berth
The challenge that Jeff Van Gundy accepted 16 months ago was a daunting one: Take a group of G League players, and turn them into a team that would be good enough to earn USA Basketball a spot in next year's FIBA World Cup.
USA Basketball picks roster for World Cup qualifiers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Basketball has picked the 12 players who will compete in the next two-game round of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Most of the picks are coming from the G League — Joel Berry II, Reggie Hearn, Scotty Hopson, John Jenkins, DeAndre Liggins, Chasson Randle, Cameron Reynolds, Richard Solomon and Travis Trice. NBA free agents Eric Moreland, Jarnell Stokes and Tyler Zeller were also chosen for the roster.
US heads to Panama for next FIBA qualifying test
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The arena where the Americans will face Panama when qualifying for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup resumes is named for boxer Roberto Duran, which seems appropriate to U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy. He is expecting a fight.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — USA Basketball's quest to qualify for next year's FIBA World Cup will resume Sept. 14 in Las Vegas, where the Americans will face Uruguay.
That will be the first U.S. game in the second qualifying round for next year's world championships in China.
Like the first round, the U.S. will continue being coached by Jeff Van Gundy and will have a roster made up primarily of G League players. The Americans went 5-1 in the first round.
Mexico stuns US in World Cup qualifying, 78-70
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy warned the Americans that they were in for a serious challenge.
To his chagrin, he was right, and the U.S. was handed a rare loss.
Francisco Cruz scored 24 points, Mexico opened with an 18-0 run and went on to beat the United States 78-70 on Thursday night in a qualifying game for next year's FIBA World Cup.
According to USA Basketball, it was just the second loss by the U.S. in 30 games against Mexico — with the other defeat coming in the 2011 Pan Am Games.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Josh Longstaff, coach of Erie in the NBA G League and a former assistant with Oklahoma City and New York, will be an assistant coach for the U.S. Basketball World Cup qualifying team.
USA Basketball said Wednesday that Longstaff will join Jeff Van Gundy's staff for games on June 28 in Mexico and July 1 in Cuba, as well as second-round games in September.
He replaces Ronald Nored, who recently was hired as a Charlotte Hornets assistant.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — John Thompson III and coach Ronald Nored of the G League's Long Island Nets will assist Jeff Van Gundy in the U.S. basketball team's next two rounds of World Cup qualifying.
USA Basketball announced Tuesday that Thompson, the former Georgetown coach, would return after serving on Van Gundy's staff during the qualifying games in February. Nored, who played on Butler's consecutive NCAA Tournament runner-up teams in 2010-11, replaces Mo McHone.
US clinches 2nd round of Basketball World Cup qualifying
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. remained unbeaten with a spot secured in the second round of qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup, beating Puerto Rico 83-75 on Monday night.
The Americans got big shots down the stretch from Rodney Purvis and Aaron Harrison after blowing almost all of a 22-point lead and improved to 4-0. They have two games left in the first round but are guaranteed to finish among the top three in Group C and reach the second round.
US remains unbeaten in Basketball World Cup qualifying
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Rodney Purvis scored 14 points, Xavier Silas had 13 and sparked the Americans' strong start, and the U.S. beat Cuba 84-48 on Friday night to remain unbeaten in qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.
The Americans raced to a 15-0 lead and improved to 3-0 in Group C. Silas had 10 points by halftime, when the U.S. led 41-24.
Next up for the Americans is Puerto Rico on Monday, also at the home of the Golden State Warriors' G League affiliate.
US names roster hopefuls for Basketball World Cup qualifiers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. has invited 14 players to training camp it will use to select its roster for the next stage of qualifying games for the Basketball World Cup.
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Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?
Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning.
What happens when Curry and the offense come back?
The defending champions went into the season as favorites to repeat, though Boston and Houston looked like title threats while running off lengthy winning streaks and LeBron James has played some of the best basketball in his career.
The G League announced a new format for the All-Star Game, which will be 4:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Now called the NBA G League International Challenge, a 12-player team will face Mexico's National Team. The G League USA team, to be coached by former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, will be chosen by a six-member USA Basketball Men's World Cup Qualifying Committee. The team is expected to also compete for the U.S. at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Cuba on Feb. 23 and Puerto Rico on Feb. 26. Mexico is ranked 15th in the world rankings.
NBA G League stars to play Mexico at NBA All-Star Game
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A team of top players in the NBA G League will play the Mexican national team in the NBA G League International Challenge at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
US to host 2 basketball World Cup qualifiers in Santa Cruz
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. men's basketball team will host its next two World Cup qualifying games in Santa Cruz, California, at the home of the Golden State Warriors' G League affiliate.
The Americans will play Cuba on Feb. 23 and Puerto Rico on Feb. 26 at Kaiser Permanente Arena, USA Basketball announced Monday.
The Americans beat Puerto Rico last month during their 2-0 start in the new qualifying format for the 2019 World Cup in China.
US tops Puerto Rico in World Cup qualifying opener, 85-78
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For USA Basketball, the first World Cup qualifying test is out of the way.
Jameel Warney and Reggie Hearn each scored 17 points and the United States opened qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup with an 85-78 victory over Puerto Rico on Thursday night.
Xavier Munford scored 12 points and Markel Brown added 10 for the Americans, who trailed 57-51 late in the third. A 10-0 run late in that quarter gave the U.S. the lead, and a 22-12 burst in the fourth decided things.
‘JV squad’: US opens World Cup qualifying with G Leaguers
If Jeff Van Gundy had his way, the USA Basketball team that he's coaching in the qualifying round for the 2019 Basketball World Cup would have been together for a month of practices to get ready for what he calls a daunting challenge.
US selects 12-man roster for basketball qualifying games
NEW YORK (AP) — Tournament MVP Jameel Warney and three other players who helped the U.S. win the AmeriCup gold medal will suit up for the Americans in their first two Basketball World Cup qualifying games.
The Americans will play Puerto Rico on Nov. 23 in Orlando, Florida, a game moved from Puerto Rico because of hurricane damage. The U.S. will host Mexico three nights later in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Ewing coaches Georgetown past Jacksonville 73-57 in debut
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Ewing led Georgetown to the pinnacle of college basketball, then had a Hall of Fame career in the NBA. His first game back at his alma mater as coach, though, provided him an entirely new experience.
"As a player, I never really got nervous," Ewing said. "As a coach, I got nervous. The biggest difference is I'm counting on these guys. As a player, I'm counting on myself."
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USA men’s basketball picks Greensboro, NC, for 1st home game
The U.S. men's basketball team has selected Greensboro, North Carolina, to host its first home World Cup qualifying game.
The Americans will play Mexico on Nov. 26 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Fieldhouse, the home of the NBA G League's Greensboro Swarm.
Former Snider standout Reggie Hearn and Warsaw native Marshall Plumlee have been selected to play for the U.S. national team in the AmeriCup tournament that starts Monday in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy will lead the U.S. men's basketball team through the early stages of qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup, USA Basketball announced Wednesday.
He will guide a team made up of mostly NBA G League players in this summer's FIBA AmeriCup 2017 tournament and in qualifying games between November and September 2018.
The first-half list of baskets for Golden State's Kevin Durant in Game 1 of the NBA Finals went like this: layup, dunk, jumper, dunk, dunk, dunk, dunk, layup, dunk, layup.
Most were easy.
And easy isn't supposed to happen, especially not at the rim in the NBA Finals.
Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. A video game simulation has them going the distance.
All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning.
Beaten last year by Cleveland's historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the Cavaliers again, the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Jackson has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN to continue calling NBA games, including the NBA Finals.
Jackson and partners Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will work the finals in June for the eighth time, extending their own record for a TV team.
The deal with Jackson was announced Tuesday. Last week, ESPN laid off about 100 employees, including some of its high-profile TV talent.
HOUSTON (AP) — Nene has spent 15 years in the NBA and many still struggle in pronouncing his name.
Count ABC's broadcasting team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson among the offenders. As Houston's backup center made play after play on Sunday they repeatedly called him "NAY-NAY," something many of his teammates also do routinely.
It's been happening for years, but for the record the proper pronunciation is "neh-NAY" according to the Rockets media guide.
Jump it up: NBA poised for season unlike any it has ever had
The story lines are as long as a Stephen Curry 3-pointer.
With a superteam in the West, a megastar in the Midwest, superstars all around the league, its global popularity at an all-time high, more revenue than ever and labor peace looming, this season has the potential to be like no other the league has ever had. Yes, rivaling the Celtics' run in the 1960s, possibly topping Magic-Bird rivalry of the '80s and Michael Jordan's run of the '90s.
Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a summer of upheaval the NBA has rarely seen before, and the teams left behind begin their searches for new identities after saying the hardest of goodbyes.
"You never would've been able to convince me a couple years back that Wade wouldn't finish his career in Miami or Durant would have moved on in his...