No ''I'' in Team USA hoops?
It has become a regular occurrence to see NBA players deciding against playing for Team USA for a myriad of reasons, ranging from legitimate injuries to simple lack of interest. Managing director Jerry Colangelo calls it a ''broken record'' problem and it played out again over the weekend with Kevin Love bowing out amidst swirling trade rumors that have him headed to Cleveland in the not-too-distant future.
However, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski will still have a strong core, including three players from the 2012 gold medal team from Beijing (Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and James Harden) as well as a budding superstar in Paul George.
Does the roster shuffling make you nervous about Team USA's ability to retain the gold medal? And before we get ahead of ourselves, what about winning the FIBA Basketball World Cup? That would eliminate the need to participate in the qualifying tournament next summer.
pollcenter:category=5465+no''i''inteamusahoops?July 28, 2014Jul28
After Stage 18 of the Tour de France, Polish rider Bartosz Huzarski's legs looked like something out of a horror movie:Facebook/Bartosz Huzarski
Huzarski's viral vascularity garnered so much attention -- including chatter about doping allegations -- that he updated his initial Facebook post with the following statement:
"I did not expect that picture of my legs would cause the confusion it did. For me it's totally not a revelation, because I can see this view -- maybe not everyday -- but still often, especially after a hard race at high temperature. People write and think different things, that is impossible, that is not normal, it is unhealthy, refer to doping, etc. Of course I will not have legs like Victoria's Secret models, or Mary from a nearby vegetable shop ... Unfortunately it does not work like that and what you see in the picture below is not unhealthy."
You can check out Huzarski's original upload, including his most recent message, here.
Lakers to hire Byron Scott
According to sources, the Lakers have decided on a head coach: Byron Scott, who won three titles with the team and was a key teammate of Magic Johnson's. Scott, according to sources, will earn $17 million over four years and has Kobe Bryant's endorsement. Will he be able to turn the struggling franchise around?
LeBron James chooses No. 23
LeBron James' other decision has been made. After four years of wearing No. 6 with the Miami Heat, the newly returned Cavalier will go back to 23 for his second stint in Cleveland. Now there's the small matter of finally bringing a championship to Northeast Ohio -- aided, perhaps, by a trade for Kevin Love.
pollcenter:category=5464+lebronjameschoosesno.23July 25, 2014Jul25
Watching kids try to guard NBA players never gets old, because it seems like the grown-ups never take it easy on them. Shots are blocked, posters are created off of massive dunks, and in the case of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, children are faked right out of their socks:
Poor kids. Gordon knows right away just how badly he crossed them up, and he doesn't stick around for the aftermath (tears?).