Australia qualifies for Rio; Joins Hunt for Silver Medal


The field for the Rio Olympics is up to three, with Australia in. The race for the gold medal remains at one — as it will for the next calendar year. Nobody is going to come within 30 points of Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s SuperTeam next summer, and it will be five long years before we know whether Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Olynyk, Tristan Thompson and coach Jay Triano can build a team good enough to throw a scare into the Americans at


Sheridan: From Lafayette to Las Vegas: Elfrid Payton’s Team USA Cameo


LAS VEGAS — It was a warm, muggy morning in Lafayette, Louisiana on Wednesday as Elfrid Payton was going through his usual daily workout when his cellphone rang. It was his agent, telling him he had been invited to Team USA training camp to help fill out the roster for the end-of-mini-camp exhibition game. A two-hour drive to New Orleans followed, then a restless night, then a 6 a.m. flight to Las Vegas where a room awaited him at the Wynn


Sheridan: Colangelo and Krzyzewski planning to pick Team USA in late June

USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp

LAS VEGAS — The next version of Team USA will be chosen in late June, 2016, and there will be no alternates. A dozen players will be named to the team, a training camp will be held in Las Vegas, and the team will take a domestic tour of the United States before traveling direct to Rio de Janeiro from Houston, Team USA executive director Jerry Colangelo told Wednesday. “We don’t want to have any cuts, we don’t want to have


EXCLUSIVE: Kobe Bryant in the Mix for 2016 Rio Olympic Team


LAS VEGAS — Kobe Bryant has a chance to be a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, even though he is not attending Team USA’s minicamp this week, USA Basketball Executive Director Jerry Colangelo told SheridanHoops Tuesday. “If he had a great year, it would be a great story for him to try to close out his career by winning a gold medal,” Colangelo said. Bryant and Colangelo actually discussed the possibility in June during an NBA/USAB sponsorship conference in New


Sheridan: How Many Team USA Spots Are Truly Up For Grabs?


LAS VEGAS — Practically every top American basketball player is descending on Las Vegas this week for Team USA’s mini-camp. All of them have their sights set on being a part of the 2016 Rio Olympic team. But how many have a realistic shot at joining the very best of the best on what can only be called the SuperDreamTeam? Put it this way: James Harden is a fringe player. So is Blake Griffin. And Kevin Love. The United States has enough talent


Could Team USA Beat a European or South American All-Star Squad?


Team USA hasn’t lost a game in eight years and is widening the gap between itself and the rest of the world. We now know, after its singularly dominant tear through the 2014 FIBA World Cup, that there is simply no team on the horizon that can compete with this rebooted juggernaut of a U.S. basketball program. In reality, Team France (if Tony Parker and Joakim Noah returned to the team) could pose the stiffest competition in coming years. But even


Sheridan: The World Cup mattered, and Team USA did America proud


MADRID — Team USA’s bus was parked in the narrow street outside the Palacio de los Deportes, and a crowd dozens of people deep — folks from Espana, Serbia and America, too — broke into a chant of “M-V-P” for Kyrie Irving as he exited the arena and made his way on board. He heard them, and he let them know that he had heard them. Kenneth Faried got a lot of love, too, and gave some back with that whiter-than-white


Sheridan: How Team USA Could Lose to Serbia in Gold Medal Game


MADRID — The Red Foxes dance team held their practice right after Team USA held its practice, and many of the American players stayed around to watch. And why wouldn’t they? The Foxes, from Ukraine, are an extraordinary confluence of genetic brilliance with a ballerina meets pole dancer sexiness. Not one of them is shorter than 6 feet tall. The should call themselves the unicorns. They are a pleasure to watch, and a number of the American players did just that before posing