July 31, 2012 |
LONDON -- How does the U.S. spell weak defensive effort? Apparently, it's T-U-N-I-S-I-A. The men's basketball team came out slowly, if not embarrassingly, and gained a surprisingly limp 46-33 halftime lead Tuesday against Tunisia in an Olympic preliminary-round game. Worth mentioning: Oddsmaker Bovada had the U.S. as a 54-point favorite. Also worth mentioning: Tunisia actually led, 15-12, on a run that included a coast-to-coast dunk by Makram Ben Romdhane at the Olympic Park basketball arena.
July 7, 2012 |
Clippers All-Star power forward Blake Griffin was selected for one of the three final spots on the U.S. Olympic basketball team. Thunder guard James Harden and 76ers forward Andre Iguodala landed the other two roster spots. The rest of Team USA, the defending gold medalists, is made up of the following: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Clippers guard Chris Paul, Nets guard Deron Williams, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Heat forward LeBron James, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Knicks center Tyson Chandler.
April 7, 2012 |
KATIN REINHARDT, SANTA ANA MATER DEI, SENIOR The 6-foot-5 Reinhardt, a Nevada Las Vegas signee, averaged 18.6 points and was a prolific shooter from three-point range for the Monarchs. XAVIER JOHNSON, MATER DEI, SENIOR Consistency was the strength of the 6-7 Colorado-bound Johnson, who averaged 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Division I state champion 34-2 Monarchs. MARQUEZE COLEMAN, MISSION HILLS ALEMANY, SENIOR The 6-4 senior who signed with Nevada averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds.
August 21, 2012 |
No matter what happens to the UCLA basketball team during a series of exhibition games in China over the next week, do not expect any finger-pointing. The players have been warned about that particular gesture - it does not sit well with the Chinese. No pointing. No whistling. And if you give someone a gift, please use both hands. "There are a bunch of rules," forward David Wear said. "It's going to be tough to remember a lot of that stuff. " With an itinerary that includes ceremonies, sightseeing and official dinners - as well as games against two colleges and a professional team - the Bruins have been thoroughly instructed on Chinese etiquette.
December 9, 2011 |
Sheila Nelson spoke to Ben Howland on Friday morning, and it wasn't an easy telephone conversation. The UCLA basketball coach told Nelson that her son Reeves Nelson had been dismissed from the Bruins basketball team. "Reeves behaved poorly," Sheila Nelson said later in the day during a telephone conversation. "He admits to that and he's taking full responsibility for his actions. He still wants to be on the team. But quite frankly, I love my son, but he just turned 20 and he's been a boy in a man's body since he was 14 and there are things he needs to work on, and he will work on them.
July 27, 2012 |
Is there any scenario Team USA could lose in the 2012 London Olympics? Pretty much no. The U.S. men's basketball team remains such an overwhelming favorite to win its fifth gold medal in the last six games that oddsmakers are being creative in enticing gamblers to bet on something involving the team. Vegas oddsmakers don't take bets on the Olympic Games, but RJ Bell of Pregame.com says a high number of websites and bookies in London tab the men's basketball team as 1-8 favorites.