International basketball

U.S head coach Gregg Popovich talks to player in a time-out during their exhibition basketball game in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 29, 2019 - 1:00 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — Even now, U.S coach Gregg Popovich remains a military man. Nearly a half-century after his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, it hasn't been uncommon in recent San Antonio Spurs offseasons for Popovich to return for workouts on the wooded trails of that campus in Colorado...
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U.S. men's basketball coach Gregg Popovich signs autographs for fans Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at the team hotel in Shanghai upon arrival for the World Cup. The team will play three first-round games starting Sunday. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)
August 29, 2019 - 3:13 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — After a month of practice and years of planning, the U.S. men's basketball team has arrived at the World Cup. An all-night flight from Sydney to Shanghai that landed early Thursday brought the two-time defending World Cup champion Americans to China's most-populous city, where they'...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, United States' Kemba Walker is shown during the second half of an exhibition basketball game against Spain in Anaheim, Calif. The Boston Celtics will have at least three and possibly four players on the final 12-man roster that USA Basketball will take to China next week for the FIBA World Cup. So these Team USA practices have been a get-to-know-you bonus of sorts for new Celtics guard Kemba Walker and Boston teammates Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 28, 2019 - 10:08 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — It is gold or bust for U.S. as the two-time defending World Cup champions try to become the first nation to win three straight. Serbia, Spain and Greece are among the top teams that won't make it easy for the Americans. The tournament starts Saturday and there will be two teams...
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United States' Harrison Barnes, center right, is defended by Spain's Marc Gasol, center left, during the first half of an exhibition basketball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
August 26, 2019 - 11:41 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — Marc Gasol is 34 years old, which means he's particularly fond of offseasons. He didn't get much of one this year. There's a very good reason for that — a most unusual and, he thinks, worthwhile opportunity. After helping the Toronto Raptors win the NBA championship in June, Gasol...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, prepares for a free throw, during a game against Italy, at the Acropolis basketball tournament at the indoor Olympic stadium of Athens, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
August 25, 2019 - 8:09 am
The reigning NBA MVP is headed to the basketball World Cup. So are three other members of this past season's All-NBA squad, and so is the starting center from the team that won the NBA championship a couple months ago. Most of those guys won't be playing for the United States. The majority of...
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August 24, 2019 - 8:06 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — USA Basketball said Saturday that Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers has a left ankle injury that will keep him from playing in the FIBA World Cup. Kuzma's absence finalized the U.S. roster for the tournament, which starts Aug. 31 in China. The Americans had 13 players...
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Australia's Andrew Bogut, left and United States Donovan Mitchell, right compete for the ball during their exhibition basketball game in Melbourne, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 24, 2019 - 6:36 am
The U.S. men's basketball team had never lost to Australia. It had gone nearly 13 years without losing a game with an NBA-stocked roster. It was in the midst of the longest winning streak in team history. Until Saturday. The Americans went Down Under, and went down. Australia beat the U.S. 98-94...
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U.S head coach Gregg Popovich talks to player in a time-out during their exhibition basketball game in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 22, 2019 - 11:34 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not everyone was happy in the biggest crowd to watch a basketball game in Australia. Kemba Walker scored 23 points to lead the U.S. over Australia 102-86 on Thursday before a crowd of 51,218 at a stadium that usually features cricket, soccer or Australian rules football...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, United States' Kemba Walker is shown during the second half of an exhibition basketball game against Spain in Anaheim, Calif. The Boston Celtics will have at least three and possibly four players on the final 12-man roster that USA Basketball will take to China next week for the FIBA World Cup. So these Team USA practices have been a get-to-know-you bonus of sorts for new Celtics guard Kemba Walker and Boston teammates Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 21, 2019 - 9:45 am
Red, white and blue. The colors of USA Basketball. Except this summer, green — Celtics green, to be precise — would work on that palette as well. The Boston Celtics will have at least three and possibly four players on the final 12-man roster that USA Basketball will take to China next week for the...
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United States' Jayson Tatum, right, is defended by Spain's Rudy Fernandez during the second half of an exhibition basketball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
August 17, 2019 - 1:37 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Gregg Popovich was cut from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball roster, those making the decision took the easiest way out. They posted a note. "Clueless people," Popovich said, 47 years later, grinning to at least try to suggest it doesn't still bother him too much. It'll...
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