By Chris Ramirez,
Colorado Springs, CO – USA Basketball has added DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons to its training camp roster for the 2014 World Cup.
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By Derek Wiggins,
Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans is in his 2nd year in the NBA. Davis New Orleans Pelicans team’s winning percentage is below .500 currently with a 16-25 record. Even though his team is struggling, last year’s number 1 overall pick is averaging a double double, averaging 20.2 points per game and 10.3 rebounds a game.Davis was selected Thursday for Team USA, meaning he’ll have a chance to compete for a spot on the final Olympic roster for the 2016 Rio Games. Davis also represents New Orleans’ best shot to have a player in the All-Star game, which the city hosts on Feb. 16.
By James Schrader
Kentucky coach John Calipari is a master at enabling his freshman stars to play at their highest levels. Year after year, Calipari effectively eliminates any learning curve a young player might have, helping players like Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist look like savvy veterans from day one. Critics question his ability to bring his players up to speed each pre-season, but Calipari has yet to disappoint. This season is no different. Flat-top shot-swatter Nerlens Noel is the crown jewel of the latest Kentucky recruiting class and has recently garnered some of the sharpest criticism of any Calipari freshman. Noel played in the Adidas Nation counselors game and according to witnesses, failed to live up to his billing as the number one player. (more…)
Ainge said the team has been in contact with the representatives of Mickael Pietrus, who had been somewhat of an afterthought. “We have been in contact with the whole list of guys you would look at,” Ainge said. “I don’t want to mention names, but we have been in contact with them. We’ll continue to find the best player we can. “We’ve added a couple of great professionals in Jeff Green and Jason Terry, and we drafted three guys that I think are very professional and add to the locker room. Talent is a hard thing to find but we put a great deal of value into what goes on in the locker room also.” Boston Globe (more…)
Craig Stouffer: Awesome evaluation sample for Andre Drummond workout with #Wizards: he goes 1-for-4 at the line, workout over. #top3pickright? Twitter
A deal for Evans has been much speculated upon everywhere. But the Kings are said to want a lot and would hardly add the No. 5 pick with him. Maybe you get the pick for Noah. Hardly Evans and the pick. Maybe you get Evans and the pick for Noah and Deng, which would be ridiculous for the Bulls to do. It makes little sense for either side. NBA.com
I can never ever remember when the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the NBA drafted has waited this long to sign with an agent or agency. But Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is still mulling his choices, apparently between the Wasserman Media Group, Creative Artists Agency and Bill Duffy’s BDA Sports. Racine Journal-Times
Thomas Robinson worked out for the Washington Wizards on Wednesday afternoon in an audition for his hometown team, which could select the 6-foot-9 forward from Kansas with the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft. Washington Post
Up until this point, Drummond has been working out in Manhattan with trainer Idan Ravin. He’ll begin scheduling workouts with teams over the next few days. In the meantime, Drummond is saying all of the right things. He’s vowing to work hard and focus all of his energy on improving as a player. “All I can tell you is that no matter what team I get drafted to, whoever I’m with, I’m going to work my hardest,” Drummond said. “I’m going to do the best I can and play to the best of my abilities. I can’t dictate the future and know what I’m going to do. All I know is that I’m going to go out there and give it my all.” HoopsWorld (more…)
CSNNW.com has learned the Portland Trail Blazers are high on Weber State’s point guard Damian Lillard, University of Illinois’ center Meyers Leonard, North Carolina’s wing Harrison Barnes, and Kentucky’s wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. CSNNW.com