Friday, March 26, 2010

The Butler Did It!

Featuring two members of USA Basketball's U19 World Championship Team that captured the gold medal last summer, Gordan Hayward and Shelvin Mack, Butler stunned USA National Team assistant coach Jim Boeheim and his Syracuse squad to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Butler, a 5 seed, took out the top seeded Orange 63-59, busting even more brackets around the country. Although Lynn Zinser in the NY Times asks if upsets like this can really be deemed an upset anymore.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Jerry Colangelo's Q&A

A month after the announcement of USA Basketball’s new national pool of players, Jerry Colangelo, national director for USA Basketball and the former owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, was able to squeeze in some time for an interview with the BusinessMirror.

Did you know Marion Jones once was on a USA Basketball Team? Now she's headed to Tulsa to resume her basketball career and talks about the joy Jones has found on the court.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The (Not So) Little Team that Could

Following a dominating showing by the 1992 Dream Team, the 1994 USA World Championship and 1996 Olympic teams continued to collect gold on the world stage with teams featuring NBA players. With stars like Vin Baker, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tim Hardaway, Grant Hill and Gary Payton named to the squad, the 1998 USA World Championship Team looked to be on the same gold medal track as its predecessors. However, the locomotive that the world thought would steam into the gold medal station in Athens that summer, got derailed when the labor negotiations between the NBA and the NBA Players Association took a turn for the worse...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Brandon Roy Still Has Hopes for 2012

Brandon Roy, who is sitting this summer out in order to rest his knee, still has hopes of being on the USA National Team in the future.

The city of Hartford submitted a bid to play host to the USA Women's National Team this fall ... former USA Basketball player Marion Jones, better known for her prowess on the track, worked out for the Tulsa Shock ... Cindy Blodgett is taking the time to rebuild the program at her alma mater, Maine ... DeMatha star Quinn Cook finds a safe haven on the court (be sure to watch the video) ... James McAdoo continues to shine for Norfolk Christian ...

And of course we'd be remiss not to include the stories on USA National Team head coach Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies' 70-game winning streak: