NBA News: Player News and Updates for 9/16/14
NBA Player Updates 9/16: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 16, 2014
It might be hard to believe, but we’ve got just a couple more weeks until the NBA preseason begins. In the meantime, there will be plenty to talk about concerning players around the league, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the notable storylines out there and see what’s happening this week.
World Cup Final Thoughts: With Team USA’s victory on Sunday over Serbia 129-92 which clinched the gold medal in the World Cup, American basketball is on top of the international stage once again.
The victory marks a return to form for US basketball, a transformation that’s been years in the making. It’s a bit painful to remember, but the American team was dragging as recently as 2002, when they finished in sixth at the World Championships.
Those days seem far behind now, however, Team USA now has four straight gold medals in international competitions (World Cups and Olympics), and boasts a 45-game winning streak. The program is running strong now, thanks to a revamped selection and training process along with a competitive talent pool of willing NBA stars who want to represent their country on the international stage.
Kyrie Irving’s star shines perhaps the most brightly this year, as he was selected as the World Cup MVP. He’s in for a big season as he returns home and gets ready for the NBA campaign; His Cavaliers are among the favorites to win the East and threaten for a championship. He’ll be a fun player to watch over the coming months.
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Derrick Rose World Cup Wrap-Up: Though Bulls star Derrick Rose’s World Cup numbers don’t look all that impressive, there’s a general sense of hope in Chicago that he’s coming into the NBA season strong.
Rose has missed the bulk of the last two seasons dealing with a pair of knee injuries, and this international tournament was his warm-up opportunity. He posted just 4.1 PPG, 3.1 APG and a 25.4 percent shooting percentage, though, which seems to show he’s still got some rust on him.
That makes sense, though, when you think about it; Rose is definitely going to need some time to get back up to speed. He won’t be the force he once was right out of the gate, but with a little luck he can get back to his old self at some point over the course of the regular season. It’s just one of those things we’ll have to wait and see on.
USA World Cup Run: Here’s a look at Team USA’s dominating run through the World Cup, complete with dates and final scores.
August 30: USA-Finland 3:30 PM ET (W 114-55)
August 31: USA-Turkey 3:30 PM ET (W 98-77)
September 2: USA-New Zealand 11:30 AM ET (W 98-71)
September 3: USA-Dominican Republic 3:30 PM ET (W 106-71)
September 4: USA-Ukraine 11:30 AM ET (W 95-71)
September 6: USA-Mexico 10:00 AM ET (W 86-63)
September 9: USA-Slovenia 3:00 PM ET (W 119-76)
September 11: USA-Lithuania 3:00 PM ET (W 96-68)
September 14: USA-Serbia 3:00 PM ET (W 129-92)
NBA Daily Schedule: Let’s start looking forward to the upcoming 2014-15 NBA regular season. Here’s a look at opening night on October 28.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT)
NBA 2014 Off-Season Schedule: It’ll be a long off-season, but we’ll have plenty of happenings (and rumors) around the league to keep us busy. Here’s a look at what we’ve got left.
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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