SH Blog: Kobe Bryant Wants To Model His Game After Paul Pierce, Speaks On Players He Respects

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As a veteran of the game, Kobe Bryant has seen his fair share of players adapt over the years. It’s easy to see how he’s picked up on traits from his peers and also rivals in his quest to becoming the great player that he is today. Having recently turned 36 years old, and coming off a season where he was limited to just six games, Bryant would be wise to take measures to revamp his style of play.

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VIDEO: What Are Team USA’s Weaknesses?

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The latest version of Team USA that is preparing to defend its title at the World Cup of Basketball in Spain is much bigger than previous editions. But is it better? Previous American squads were built around perimeter players such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, none of whom are here this time around. The stud of this squad appears to be Anthony Davis, who was entering his senior year of high school when the last World Cup was

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Tweet of the Night: Team USA cuts roster size to 12, players react

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With Team USA preparing to leave for Spain on Saturday, it’s decision time for Coach Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo on the final 12-man roster. Our Chris Sheridan predicted the following players to be cut from the roster: Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver, Chandler Parsons and Damian Lillard.We already know that Hayward is the first to be unofficially cut from the team, according to Marc Stein of ESPN:

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Karl Towns, just 18, faces NBA all-stars before Kentucky career begins

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Team USA smothered the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, the inconsequential final score was 105-62, but the Americans didn’t have the tallest or most intriguing player in the game. In fact, the tallest and most intriguing player in Wednesday’s contest hasn’t even started college yet. Meet Karl Towns, the 7-foot-1 big man from New Jersey who plays for the Dominican team and will soon start his freshman year at the University of Kentucky as one of the top NBA prospects

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PODCAST: Anthony Davis will be Team USA’s anchor

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It is always great going on the air with ESPN Radio in Lexington, Kentucky, because the hosts on that station know more about basketball than most folks have forgotten. Did you know that Anthony Davis used to be a ballhandler extraordinaire before undergoing a growth spurt that has turned him into one of the NBA’s top big men? That nugget of knowledge was one of many pieces of wisdom tossed around in this interview with hosts Chris Cross, Mike Cameron and Matthew

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Rose misses practice with knee soreness; Cousins 50-50 to play Wednesday

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Knee soreness kept Derrick Rose out of practice Tuesday, making it the third straight day he has not played any basketball. And that left Team USA officials wondering whether Rose will be capable of handling the rigorous World Cup schedule. Also, DeMarcus Cousins practiced Tuesday but listed himself as 50-50 for Wednesday night’s exhibition game against the Dominican Republic, an assessment that appeared to catch Mike Krzyzewski by surprise when the comment was relayed to the coach. It

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SH Blog: USA Basketball News

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Photo NBAE / Nathaniel S. Butler Chicago — USA Basketball held their first practice since the gruesome injury that befell Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George. Practice was held at the Quest Multisport Center in Chicago, where the team will remain until after their exhibition game versus Brazil at the United Center on August 16. They will then travel to New York where they’ll continue training before exhibition games at Madison Square Garden versus the Dominican Republic (Aug. 20)

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Sheridan: Cousins Injured at Team USA Practice as Post-Durant Era Begins

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CHICAGO – DeMarcus Cousins watched the end of practice sitting on a trainer’s table, his knee wrapped in an ice pack. A trip to a hospital awaited, where an MRI would bring further news: no structural damage. Nobody knew quite for sure earlier Thursday whether Cousins’ injury was serious as Team USA resumed training camp, but they did know one thing for certain: Never has there been a U.S. team preparation period quite like this one, with players dropping out, getting

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