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Stephen Curry dribbles the ball up the court, crosses up his overmatched defender, rises with picture-perfect form and uses his quick release to splash a self-created triple through the basket to give his Golden State Warriors a lead. Simultaneously, but all the way across the country, John Wall is using his speed to help the Washington Wizards.
It's been a hectic summer for the beloved Splash Brothers of the Golden State Warriors, and it ended in a success; Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will return the Bay Area world champions as part of Team USA, which beat Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the final of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Thompson had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and Curry finished with 10 points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team White guard Klay Thompson passes the ball during the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Klay Thompson wasn't a sure lock to even make it onto Team USA's roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but you can bet coach Mike Krzyzewski is glad he chose Thompson.
Now, the Warriors' star is again shining for the stars and stripes, this time with a more expansive role. At 26, Curry is the second-oldest player on a U.S. team whose average age is the youngest among the 24 teams competing in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
The experience of playing next to other elite talents and working with world-class coaches can only really be viewed as beneficial as these players prepare for the NBA season. Thompson are certainly no exception.
It took the Americans about a half before they could solve the Lithuanian puzzle but when they did, Team USA delivered another convincing blowout victory with a final score of 96-to-68 over Lithuania in the semifinal round of the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. Team USA now advances to the final against the winner of the France-Serbia tiff, which is scheduled on Saturday .
Good enough to part with former coach Mark Jackson after 98 wins and two playoff appearances in as many years. Good enough to resist breaking up their core , even though the process could have netted them perennial All-Star Kevin Love.
There's been some movement this offseason in the Miami Heat 's coaching staff, and this could produce a bit of change in team dynamics. will join the Heat broadcast booth and analyze games.
In less than three weeks, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will be back playing alongside Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon for the start of training camp. But until then, he's got more important business to tend to.
Jerry West, smiles after being introduced as a new member of the Golden State Warriors basketball club's Executive Board, during a news conference in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. West, 72, will assist the Warriors ownership group and represent the organization in a wide variety of team-related functions in his role with the club.
In the aftermath of Mark Jackson's firing, numerous reports surfaced highlighting a tense relationship between the then-Golden State Warriors head coach and team executive Jerry West . The Warriors further solidified their siding with West on Wednesday, agreeing to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016-17 season.
Aug 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Puerto Rico guard Jose Juan Barea controls the ball in front of United States guard Stephen Curry during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports On offense, Curry is one of the best point guards in the league, dishing out assists and lighting up from behind the three-point line.
Although his box score may not have showed it, Andre Iguodala was the backbone of what the Warriors did on both ends of the court last season. His distributing, rebounding, sharpshooting, perimeter defense and leadership all were integral in the team's success last season.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 05:11 pm
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