August 8, 2012 |
Team USA (5-0) faces Australia (3-1) in the quarterfinals in the 2012 London Olympics beginning Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. PDT. Below are five things to watch. 1. Team USA should have an easy game against Australia. The stakes are higher because it's the medal round. But the reality still remains the same - there's absolutely no way Australia will come close to beating the U.S. The Aussies only feature one NBA player in Patty Mills, who's tied with Pau Gasol in the Olympics as the leading scorer (20.6)
July 24, 2012 |
Below are five things to take from Team USA's 100-78 win Tuesday over Spain in an exhibition game in Barcelona: 1. Team USA overcame slow start. Even if Spain professed to care very little about the outcome, the hometown team played strongly enough anyway. It appeared Team USA had no answer for Spain's size and ball movement even without Marc Gasol because of a shoulder injury. Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka played a large part in Spain storming to a 22-13 first-quarter lead with 1:13 left in the first quarter.
January 15, 1994 |
With 53 games behind him and the first Olympic faceoff only four weeks away, Team USA Coach Tim Taylor remains concerned about his hockey players' defensive shortcomings. "In selecting this team, we looked for speed, skill and hockey sense, and in doing that, we perhaps did not look at the defensive end of the game," he said. "We ended up with a team with a lot of players who are skilled and gifted offensively. In losing to San Jose (5-4 last Saturday) we took 38 shots and held them to 18.
August 24, 2010 |
Team USA is down to its final 12 players for the World Championships, for better or worse. Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo asked to leave the team Tuesday, according to a Team USA news release, though earlier Rondo said he was on the "bubble" to make the squad. That left Lakers forward Lamar Odom, Clippers guard Eric Gordon and 10 other players on their own for the tournament that starts Saturday in Turkey. Team USA wasn't exactly a world-beater in two exhibitions last weekend, struggling most of three quarters before beating Lithuania, 77-61, and then barely fending off Spain, 86-85, which played without Pau Gasol.
January 2, 2010 |
The names of the 23 members of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team were announced almost too fast to grasp what was happening. But when the list went from Chris Drury to Patrick Kane without stopping at Scott Gomez or Bill Guerin, and when Ryan Malone's name was followed by Zach Parise's without mention of Mike Modano, it became clear the U.S. team in Vancouver will represent a changing of the guard and of strategy. Modano, Gomez, Guerin, Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk, mainstays of countless U.S. teams, were passed over in favor of youngsters with lesser credentials but more specialized assets such as faceoff dexterity, penalty killing and toughness.
July 7, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Buried in a ballroom amid the opulence of a high-rise casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, the 12 members of the U.S. Olympic basketball team were unveiled Saturday. They hope to hit the jackpot in London next month. Nine players were already on the team before Saturday - LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The final three players added to the roster were Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Oklahoma City guard James Harden and Philadelphia forward-guard Andre Iguodala.
February 24, 2010 |
The panel of general managers who built the U.S. Olympic team knew what they didn't have at their disposal. They didn't have a game-breaker like Canada's Sidney Crosby or Russia's Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. They didn't even have at their disposal what's considered the best generation of American players, since Mike Modano, Jeremy Roenick, Doug Weight and their contemporaries have aged or retired. But they made sure they had one asset in ample supply. "One thing we said about this team is that it would play hard," said Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who was an advisor to Team USA General Manager Brian Burke along with Nashville's David Poile, Pittsburgh's Ray Shero, Atlanta's Don Waddell and Philadelphia's Paul Holmgren.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON -- Kevin Durant is one of the more polite and accessible stars in the NBA. Thus, it wasn't surprising when he patiently listened to a long-winded question from a foreign journalist asking how the U.S. can win Sunday's gold-medal game against Spain when it's more a collection of superstars than a true national team that trains together for four years. What was mildly surprising was how edgy Durant's answer defending his team sounded. "Not one guy that you named is averaging what we average with our [NBA]
December 13, 2005 |
The Kings' Craig Conroy and Aaron Miller have secured spots on the United States' Olympic hockey team, a source familiar with the Team USA program said. Conroy, a 34-year-old center, was considered a longshot last summer, but his play this season has impressed Team USA officials. He has displayed considerable offense, with 11 goals and 29 points in 31 games, as well as being a strong defender and penalty killer. He played for Team USA in the 2004 World Cup.
July 13, 1996 |
Mike Lambert's 12 kills and three blocks helped Team USA to a 15-8, 15-7, 15-6 victory over Bulgaria in Tucson in the final exhibition match before the Olympics. Team USA (18-5) won its third consecutive match for the first time since beating Greece in April. * The teams of Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes and Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh easily advanced in the Miller Lite/AVP Championships of New England at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, in the final tournament before their participation in the Games.