Marc J. Spears

  • Forward Rudy Gay added to Team USA roster

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports14 days ago

    Rudy Gay, a member of USA Basketball’s gold medal-winning FIBA World Championship team in 2010, was added to Team USA’s roster Friday.

    USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Thursday it was considering adding a player after Kevin Durant opted to depart due to fatigue from last season and his off-season commitments, and Gay was the choice.

    Team USA’s 16 players will resume training in Chicago on Aug. 14-15 and conclude with an exhibition contest against Brazil on Aug. 16. The final roster will feature 12 players when Team USA opens World Cup of Basketball play in Spain against Finland on Aug. 30.

    Team USA’s frontcourt is thin with forwards Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Durant withdrawing from competition and with Paul George suffering a broken leg in an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1. Gay hopes his presence will help.

    “I actually went to a practice not too long ago,” Gay told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview Friday. “I just realized how much fun I had playing for Team USA, coach (Mike Krzyzewski) and all those guys. To see how Paul George went down, I feel like it’s not only for the country but we have to do it for him, too. I just want to be a part of it.”

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  • Adding player still option for Team USA after Kevin Durant's withdrawal

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports14 days ago

    USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo said Team USA could still add players to the roster after Kevin Durant withdrew from the World Cup team on Wednesday.

    Durant told Colangelo and USA coach Mike Krzyzewski that he was withdrawing because of mental and physical fatigue from his lengthy NBA season and offseason commitments. USA Basketball currently has a roster of 15 players it is considering for 12 spots for the World Cup in Spain. While Colangelo said he isn’t adding any players at the moment, that could change depending on what Krzyzewski wants.

    "I’ve had a couple of calls," Colangelo told Yahoo Sports. "I know a couple agents are offering a good couple of their clients who could fit the bill. I’m going to be on the phones tonight. I was just talking with coach. I’m going to see what our deal is going to be.

    "Probably it won’t be anything other than we go forward. But don’t rule out the possibility. …I really need to touch with Coach K so we can have a little discussion. We talked earlier, but because of these calls I wanted to discuss some things with him. As of now, I say no add-ons with a possibility."

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