2014 Basketball World Cup: 24 Players To Keep An Eye On

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In years past, Americans have considered the Olympics to be the only relevant international basketball competition. Stateside, the other quadrennial tournament formerly known as the FIBA World Championship went largely unnoticed until Team USA embarrassed themselves in 2002, losing three times in Indianapolis and finishing sixth after never having lost with NBA players. The rest of the world sees things differently. Other basketball federations have been viewing the World Championship as the more important international competition. Also, because the very best Americans play

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Mitnick: “The Other Dream Team” of the Basketball World Cup

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It seems unlikely that a country with a smaller population than Connecticut could challenge the United States on basketball’s international stage. But that is exactly what Lithuania plans on doing. Runner-up in the 2013 European Championship and Jerry Garcia’s favorite national team, Lithuania will be a medal contender in the inaugural 2014 Basketball World Cup and could pose as Team USA’s lone threat on the road to the championship game. “The Other Dream Team” will be playing without its leader Linas Kleiza,

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Mitnick: Can The Spanish National Team Upset Team USA?

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After Kevin Durant quit (to borrow a phrase from Sheridan) and Paul George’s devastating broken leg, the hosts of the 2014 Basketball World Cup have emerged as legitimate contenders for a gold medal. While Team USA remains the odds-on favorites according to sportsbettinginfo.com to take the gold, despite clearly sending a “B” team, they will have their work cut out for them overcoming a cohesive Spanish team in a potential Gold Medal game. The Spanish national team will be in Group A with France

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Mitnick: Evaluating Andrew Wiggins after Vegas Summer League

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LAS VEGAS – Is Andrew Wiggins worth giving up? That is the question we are left with as Summer League comes to a close and the Minnesota Timberwolves continue their efforts to trade Kevin Love — but only if there is a bushel of goodies coming back. On draft night, Wiggins, the super-athletic wing from the University of Kansas, was poised to be Kyrie Irving’s running mate and part of a core that had endless potential moving forward. A lot has changed

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Mitnick: The best International Prospects in the NBA Draft

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With the 2014 NBA draft merely a few hours away, teams are gearing up for all of their possible choices as the clock is winding down. In what should be one of the stronger drafts in recent years, despite being significantly weaker than the famous 1984, 1996 and 2003 drafts, there is a very strong crop of international prospects going into the draft. This year there are three prospects who could be picked in the lottery (Dante Exum, Dario Saric, Jusuf

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Bobby Brown Signs 3-year Deal In China

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After a sensational season in the Chinese Basketball Association, former Cal-State Fullerton guard Bobby Brown has agreed to a three-year extension with the DongGuan Leopards. One of the most sensational scorers outside the NBA, Brown was the second-leading scorer in China at 30.7 PPG, fresh off of leading the Euroleague in the prior season with Montepaschi Siena. Over the past two seasons, Brown has had some ridiculous scoring nights, going off for 74 points in a two-point win over Sichuan (whose

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From Zagreb to the NBA: Two Potential Lottery Picks Coming Out of Croatia

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We can be fairly certain that Dario Saric and Jusuf Nurkic did not watch the Cleveland Cavaliers win the draft lottery. Yes, they have a vested interest in knowing who is picking where. But business comes first, and both players were sound asleep, resting up for the final round of the Croatian League before their domestic Final Four. The 6-10 Saric, a 20-year-old forward for Cibona Zagreb, has been having fantastic season, averaging 16.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in the Adriatic League,

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German League Decides On A Do-Over After Botched Call Decides Playoff Series

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Credit: http://www.mhp-riesen-ludwigsburg.de/michael-stockton/ Can Adam Silver and the NBA learn a thing or two from the German League on how to handle blown calls that can decide the outcome of a series? One week after Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Co. lost Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinal after the referees botched what should have been a foul on Matt Barnes, the German League has decided to go in a different direction. MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, a squad

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