U.S. to meet Serbia for hoop gold

Aug 20, 2016

U.S. to meet Serbia for hoop gold

Gone was the all-offense, all-action play that turned the last two gold-medal games into classics. To get by Spain again, the U.S. Olympic team would have to win ugly, so unusual it’s practically un-American. “It was just a real different game today,” coach Mike ...

Durant provides spark for Team USA

Aug 19, 2016

Durant provides spark for Team USA

The words, scrawled in marker on the tops of his sneakers, remind Kevin Durant why he started playing basketball in the first place. Even in the Olympics, it’s just a game. On his left sneaker, Durant scribbled, “Have Fun.” On the right one, “Smile.” ...

Serbia takes U.S. down to wire in loss

Aug 13, 2016

Serbia takes U.S. down to wire in loss

Written in Portuguese on one wall above center court at Carioca Arena is the phrase “Um mundo novo.” Translation: A new world. It didn’t seem that way in men’s basketball to start the Rio Games, but it’s getting closer. Threatened by Australia in its ...

Team USA throttles Venezuela

Aug 9, 2016

Team USA throttles Venezuela

Red, white and blase for one quarter, the U.S. Olympic team woke up and won with ease. Shaking off a sluggish, sloppy start and maybe some Brazilian boredom, the Americans regrouped in the second quarter and romped over Venezuela 113-69 on Monday, taking another ...

Durant, U.S. men cruise past China in Rio opener

Aug 7, 2016

Durant, U.S. men cruise past China in Rio opener

Kevin Durant looks ready to lead a new group of Americans to the gold-medal podium. Durant picked up right where he left off in the 2012 Olympics with 25 points, and the U.S. men’s basketball team routed China 119-62 on Saturday night in its ...

Durant shines in first game at new home arena

Jul 27, 2016

Durant shines in first game at new home arena

Oh yeah, Kevin Durant fully planned on putting up the initial shot for the U.S. as he played his first game at Oracle Arena since joining the Golden State Warriors. Kyrie Irving promised to get the ball in his hands to do so, too. ...

U.S. routs China in warmup ahead of Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

U.S. routs China in warmup ahead of Olympics

Just two games into the U.S. basketball team’s pre-Olympic tour, coach Mike Krzyzewski already sees the start of something big. Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17 and the Americans rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory, 106-57 over China on ...

Team USA starts prepping for Rio

Jul 19, 2016

Team USA starts prepping for Rio

Coach Mike Krzyzewski got his first glimpse at the new-look U.S. national team, as the squad opened camp in Las Vegas with just two players back from the 2012 national team that won the gold medal in London. Carmelo Anthony returns for his fourth ...

Durant rocks NBA in move to Warriors

Jul 5, 2016

Durant rocks NBA in move to Warriors

Kevin Durant decided his best chance for “growth” means leaving his beloved Oklahoma City behind for a big move out West to join the star-studded, record-setting Golden State Warriors and play alongside Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. In the most anticipated move ...

Jun 28, 2016

NBA stars Durant, Anthony headline 12-man U.S. Olympic team

Kyrie Irving took one last shot on the flight home from the NBA Finals, hoping LeBron James would play in the Olympics. James isn’t going to Rio, and neither are many more of basketball’s best players. The Americans think they’ll be just fine with ...