Tuesday, July 22, 2014

USA Basketball - Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 22, 2014) - Featuring eight players owning USA Basketball experience, including four members of the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie first team, USA Basketball today announced 13 players for the 2014 USA Men's Select Team that will train July 28-31 with the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 Named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad were: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls);  Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris(Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic);Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

"USA Basketball's Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game's brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director.  "Again this summer, as was done in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, the members of the USA Select Team will play an important role in helping prepare the USA National Team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

"Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball's National Team program in the future. In the past, current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team."
Friday, June 13, 2014

Summing Up The Finals So Far Without Words

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Who Said The Spurs Lack Personality?

There is a myth buzzing around the league that the San Antonio Spurs are boring.  That they lack personality. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Well luckily for you, I live to break and debunk myths.  Fun fact, I actually turned down a starring role in Myth Busters because I do it for fun anyways.  Maybe that was a lie. Who really knows. Anyway,  below are my five favorite Spurs commercials from their HEB endorsements.  If you don't live in San Antonio, this will come as a treat for you.  If you already live in the great state of Texas this will just be a reminder on how well these commercials are made.  Cue the laughter.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Meet McKinley Freeman, TV's Hottest Baller

I spoke to McKinley Freeman, star of VH1's Basketball Drama "Hit TheFloor" recently and we spoke about his hit breakout show, our NBA rooting interests, Finals predictions, and of course- the Space Jam Starting Five Game. Not familiar with it? Scroll down to learn the goods.

Let's start off with you career. You played college ball, but ended up working in corporate America.. and now you're an actor on a hit tv drama. Not the most common of paths. What made you pursue acting over an NBA career?

When David Stern didn't call I was like well I guess that's not going to happen. For me I was actually pursuing corporate America, I worked for IBM there for a while, so I was more so really focused on that and the opportunity came up and I did it and I was like oh this could be cool if I actually dedicated myself to getting good at it who knows where it could take me.
It's definitely where my passion lies and for me it's about following your passions in life because life doesn't last forever. I want to be able to at least say I tried.

I read somewhere that your dream co-star would be Denzel Washington. Does that mean you're hinting at the opportunity to be the star of He Got Game 2?  Or maybe Space Jam 2?

I heard that. Who knows man. At this point, opportunity wise I'm always open to participate in whatever so at this point I would love to. If that was an opportunity that presented itself it would be an amazing thing to be a part of. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

NBA Finals Predictions

Spurs in 6 - Jacob Noble

It takes defeat in order to win.  Every star has had this same dilemma.  Lebron lost twice before winning his first Finals.  Pierce, Garnett and Allen all lost many times in the playoffs before reaching their goal.  The Spurs lost last season to the Heat in the Finals in seven games has left a bad taste in their mouths.  As Tony Parker said, Popovich played both games 6 and 7 on the first day of camp to the team.  They meant business from day one this season and everything up to this point prove that.

Miami on the other hand is coming off their third straight NBA Finals appearance, winning two of the three and playing about a billion games in that span.  Their bench isn't as deep as they'd like.  Their players are a little older (news flash, Miami is an older team than San Antonio, go figure).  However, with the best player on the planet, they still have a shot in this series, because you know, they are the defending champs.

This series will come down to the bench and this is where I give the nod to the Spurs.  Miami will rely too heavily on the big three, more so Lebron and hoping for a healthy Dwyane Wade who was on a strict regular season schedule to preserve his knees for the playoffs.  The bench for the Spurs is deeper, allowing Popovich to play chess with the match ups.  This series will be a pleasure to watch and i don't see the score of each game really telling a fan who missed the game the real story.

Spurs in 7 - Matt Davis

This is the rematch just about all NBA fans wanted, and it's the rematch that NBA fans will get - Spurs vs Heat 2.0

Last year's series was an instant classic. LeBron and the Heat looking to repeat and add to their credibility, and Duncan, Pop, and the gang searching for that last championship before calling it quits.
Some say the Spurs lost last year more so than the Heat won. Sure, the ball bounced Miami's way in critical moments and Ray Allen hit what is now an iconic shot in NBA history - but the series still went 7 games and when Miami was given the opportunity in crunch time to make THE play, they did.
But that's all neither here nor there. Tonight we get spoiled for a 2nd year in row. Miami is looking to cement themselves in NBA lore as one of the greatest teams ever and San Antonio is still searching for that last ring. The Spurs, however, are also looking for something else, something that has been driving them all season, something that will be the key factor in this series - Redemption.

Miami has by far the best player, but they aren't as good as they were last year. Although Dwayne Wade has been spectacular this postseason, it's still worth mentioning he's another year older. The Heat's supporting cast has taken a step back and has been wildly inconsistent this postseason. LeBron can't beat this Spurs team by himself. Wade will give at least 20 points and some timely three's will be made, but it's tough to see them emerging victorious unless the supporting cast is consistently good. LeBron will have to put on an Herculean performance - especially since history is already against them.

It's truly remarkable that the Spurs are back where they are after such a heartbreak, and amazingly enough - they've come back even better than last year. They're completely clicking on all cylinders. They move the ball as well as any team ever has, they're deadly from long range, they defend, they rebound, they have a very deep and effective bench, they have the best coach in basketball, AND they have Tim Duncan. It's also worth mentioning that they have home court - which should serve as a bigger advantage with the format returning to 2-2-1-1-1. Tony Parker's health could be a factor, but not a deciding factor. They're a possessed team on a mission for redemption, and they couldn't be better equipped to do so. 

It's tough to pick against the best player on the planet - especially in the NBA. These teams have proven their excellence by reaching this stage a 2nd year in a row. The Spurs, however, are the superior team from the far superior conference. It's going to be an absolutely legendary series, but the San Antonio Spurs will exorcise their demons and both teams will enter an offseason of uncertainty that could change the face of the league.

Heat in 7 - Rawan Eewshah

I've never been so unsure about making a finals prediction in my life. Last year's Finals was a complete coin toss. Had it not been for Ray Allen's shot coupled with LeBron going into god-mode in the fourth quarter after playing a pretty lethargic first half- Spurs would have been champs. Or perhaps, if the AAA staff didn't start roping off the court before the game ended, igniting a fire under the Heat players, Spurs might have been champs. The final 2 minutes of Game 6 we're bizarre in a way the NBA Finals could only be- Everything that could have gone wrong for the Heat in a 90 second span- went wrong. In the final 28 seconds of the game, everything that could have gone wrong for the Spurs, went wrong. I'll never forget Kawhi missing that free throw that allowed Miami to make a game winning three. I'll never forget Kawhi's absolute break through performance throughout those playoffs. I won't forget thinking "man, LeBron really doesn't want to win tonight" - until the magical moment his headband flew off- taking his talent to another gear I didn't know existed. I will never forget thinking, as LeBron missed the three at the top of the queue "Oh man, that's it, game over" not even realizing that the greatest 3-point shooter of all time was a systematic robot- one that didn't even have to look down to see if he was behind the 3point line before he took that game tying shot.
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