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Re: OT: 2018-2020 USA Basketball Men's National Team - Updated Schedule, Page 5 

Post#121 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:02 am

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Intrasquad Scrimmage Awaits National Team as Las Vegas Training Camp Comes to a Close
With the fourth and final Las Vegas training session wrapping up Thursday at Mendenhall Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, all that’s left for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team in Las Vegas is tomorrow’s Blue vs. White intrasquad exhibition game.

But there was still plenty of work to do. Similar to the past couple practices, four sets of drills ran in the gym. Assistant coach Ime Udoka helped with post-ups, Steve Kerr worked with more assortments of motion offenses, Lloyd Pierce ran three-on-three pick-and-roll coverage while Jay Wright ran half-court sets for different types of down, drag, and flare screens.

The drills were more or less similar to the ones that were run all week. The focus of everything seemed to just get familiar with each other — a primary focus of camp. As the Select Team started filing in, the National Team players were partaking in more repetition with catch-and-shoot drills from the perimeter to floaters and mid-range.

The National Team coaching staff started the first scrimmage small going with Donovan Mitchell, Jaylen Brown, De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes and P.J. Tucker. The Select Team countered with Derrick White, Pat Connaughton, Torrey Craig, John Collins and Jarett Allen.

Within the first few possessions, it was evident that the defensive zone schemes that the coaching staff has been emphasizing with the players seemed to finally translate to actual game play. The National Team converted a string of consecutive defensive stops to create easy offense and jumped out to an early 6-0 lead.... Tatum then ended the first scrimmage with a fadeaway bank shot to help the National Team take the first scrimmage 25-19.

The National Team decided to go with a more traditional look to start the second and last scrimmage with Kuzma, Myles Turner, and Harris joining Mitchell and Fox in the starting lineup. Van Gundy and assistant coach Mark Few ran out the same starting five as they did in the first scrimmage.

As he’s done on several occasions around this brief week, Mitchell got his team firing on all cylinders as he was essentially the floor general that gave his team a nice 17-5 cushion at the midway part of gameplay. The drills that were run earlier came into full effort as the National Team guys ran fluid, efficient aspects of their motion offense with decisive and precise passes to open shooters on the wings and corners. A barrage of 3s soon followed and essentially wrapped up the final scrimmage for the National Team with a 31-19 win.

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Re: OT: 2018-2020 USA Basketball Men's National Team - Updated Schedule, Page 5 

Post#122 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:05 am

Practice 4 Interviews (compilation, not all are from the fourth practice, but they're all before the Friday Blue vs. White game):
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USA head coach Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)
I noticed in the scrimmage part we saw that some of the bigs were not playing:
We sat two yesterday and two different ones today. Just to be able to get a better look at everybody. Doesn’t mean anything....

How have you worked with the players in these sessions getting them used to the international game?
We are running drills and working at it. Like the shell drills we ran today we had to get everybody in the lane because we aren’t used to it. There isn’t any defensive three seconds, so you just drill it. Some things you don’t have an opportunity to take care of until you get there. Most things that we’ve seen in the past we will work on before we get there. We’ve all watched all the teams and all the games through the last Olympics. Coach Van Gundy is in charge of the scouting for right now, so he’s got people out looking at the teams now as they prepare, and we’ll be as ready as we can be.

Does he (Van Gundy) go to the exhibition games?
He’s like the central depository so to speak. We’ve got guys, somebody is in China, somebody in Australia to see games and to send reports back. He and Will Hardy will work on putting reports together on the opponent and they’ll give them to us, and the coaching staff will sit down and figure it out as best we can, and we’ll present to the team. That’s the process.

Jeff Van Gundy, USA Select Team head coach
Have you been told to throw certain things at the USA National Team?
Some zone, yeah. Just trying to give them an idea of what they’re going to be playing against a little bit. So, that’s the thing about international basketball, there are no illegal defenses. You face a lot more varying defenses (internationally)....

The team is going to Anaheim and then to Australia before going got China. Would you say the heavy lifting will be done here or will there still be the spirited, strenuous practices?
It all depends on how far they come. Certainly, there is a lot of work to be done in LA so we will see. Pop will make those decisions on how hard we need to go depending on travel and things like that.

Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
Have you picked up on a growth in the team over the past few days of scrimmaging?
Oh, for sure. Today was a bright spot for our team. Starting on the defensive end is where you can really see the cohesiveness and chemistry really building. Today we did a great job of trusting each other and that is going to continue to build over time....

Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
On many of the players coming up through the USA Basketball junior ranks:
It’s a rite of passage to be able to come up from high school to the select to the national and the Olympic group. It’s kind of a ‘pay your dues’ thing.

https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2019/08/mnt-quotes-aug-8.aspx
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Re: OT: 2018-2020 USA Basketball Men's National Team - Updated Schedule, Page 5 

Post#123 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:00 am

A highlight of the fourth practice was the coaches and players meeting with members of TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), a wonderful organization that cares "... for the families of America's fallen heroes" through resources, programs, and events:
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Gregg Popovich met with family members from T.A.P.S. (Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors) after practice. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

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Re: OT: 2018-2020 USA Basketball Men's National Team - Updated Schedule, Page 5 

Post#124 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:33 am

Rosters Announced for USA White – USA Blue Exhibition Game in Las Vegas
Featured on the 15-member USA Blue Team are USA National Team World Cup training camp members Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat); Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); and Thaddeus Young (Chicago Bulls). Additionally, USA Select Team members De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings) and Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets) will suit up for the USA Blue, while USA National Team members Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics) will attend but will not play due to injuries.

The 11-member USA White Team includes Select Team players Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets); Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings); Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns); Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks); John Collins (Atlanta Hawks); Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks); Torrey Craig (Denver Nuggets); Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic); Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs). Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) will miss the exhibition because of an eye-infection.

The USA National Team coaching staff features USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. Serving as USA assistant coaches are Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.

Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who served as head coach of USA Basketball’s six 2017-19 World Cup Qualifying Teams and the gold medalist 2017 USA AmeriCup Team, will serve as head coach of the 2019 USA Basketball Select Team. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, who was head coach of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Team, will serve as the USA Select Team assistant coach.

Following Friday’s intrasquad exhibition, selected USA World Cup Team finalists will take a short break and will reassemble in Los Angeles to train Aug. 13-15 and play an exhibition contest versus FIBA’s No. 2 world ranked team, Spain, at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Aug. 16 (7 p.m. PDT).

https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2019/08/mnt-blue-white-teams.aspx
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Re: OT: 2018-2020 USA Basketball Men's National Team - Updated Schedule, Page 5 

Post#125 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:41 am

Day 5, Las Vegas (9-8-2019) Blue vs. White Game Day!:
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Post#126 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:49 am

Prior to the game, TAPS members were honoured and treated to the courtside experience:
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Post#127 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:43 am

Catching up, the Blue Team USA defeated the Select Team White handily, despite the Select team keeping it far closer during scrimmages before this tilt. In fairness, a couple of players from the Select Team - Fox and Harris - were switched to the Blue Team, this after the former had already lost Young to injury.

The Blue Team started a bit slow, falling behind early in the game. But as competitive juices flowed, Blue scored in waves, especially in the second quarter; after a quick first quarter lead, White had a difficult time scoring for much of the game. Despite some stages of the game in which the O was not yet flowing in the cohesive way it will be - some ISOs that stopped player movement, some erratic passes, and a lot of misses by both in the third, the defensive intensity was steady throughout. Guys got after each other which was good to see.

Although the team concept is being instilled in every practice, some players stood out: Fox was a blur, and Tatum had a really nice overall game with great offensive impact from the 3 and on creative drives. They're going to be dangerous in this tournament. Overall, I liked the competitive nature. It's early days and line-ups aren't even set yet (nor the team itself for that matter), but it's good to see the players buying in:

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Post#128 » by GREY 1769 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:53 am

Derrick had nice stats, but it frankly wasn't his best showing:
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Some of it was lack of familiarity, guys not expecting passes. Other times it was pressure on him as a PG that contributed to his game-high seven turnovers. Still, at this stage of the game, and with his defensive instincts and familiarity with Pop's system, I think he has a fighting chance to stick with the team.

Shortly after the game, Derrick and Bagley (who has since decided to leave) were chosen for Team USA to be among the finalists competing for a spot.
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Post#129 » by GREY 1769 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:43 am

Game interviews and quotes:



Team Blue Beats Team White 97-78 To Cap Off Men’s National Team Training Camp
National Team players got to show the progress they’ve made in a week of training camp in front of fans at T-Mobile Arena
After a week of closed practices, the USA Basketball Men’s National and Select Teams were finally able to showcase some of their talent in front of the fans in a White vs. Blue intrasquad game at T-Mobile Arena — with Team Blue prevailing 97–78....

The final score of 97-78 maybe makes the contest look a little closer than it was, as Team Blue outscored Team White 78-48 after three quarters. Naturally, the intensity dropped down a bit in the fourth quarter, with Team White outscoring Team Blue 30-19.

Team White did manage to outrebound Team Blue 45-37, something that has been a constant issue throughout the week of training camp, much to the chagrin of Joe Harris.

“We have to take a little more ownership of keeping guys off the glass,” Harris said postgame. “Making sure we get a body every time down because we are so talented offensively as long as we get the ball and get out in transition we’re going to allow ourselves to get some easy buckets.”

Kemba Walker finished with 14 points and 4 assists, on 6-11 shooting in 16 minutes. With Walker being one of the leaders, it makes sense to limit his minutes in preparation for the games that officially count at the World Cup in China.

“I think I played pretty well,” he said. “Thought the team did a great job of helping me get open. As far as a team I think we got better. From day one of practice to the second day to the third day we got better. We are trying our best to teach each other as much as possible as fast as possible. I think we are on a great pace right now.”

With his college coach and past USA National Team mentor Mike Krzyzewski looking on, Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 17 points on 6-8 shooting with four rebounds and a game-high plus-20 while he was on the court. The Boston Celtic thought that at times the consistency of playing at a high level without being penalized was something the team needs to continue to work on.

“One thing I know we can work on is not fouling so much,” he said. “We fouled a little bit too much tonight. The more time we spend with each other the better we’ll get.”

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Post#130 » by GREY 1769 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:20 am

I found these later, the full Blue vs. White game and post-game press conference:


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Post#131 » by GREY 1769 » Yesterday 1:22 am

A rare cross-over tweet: Pop was honoured with a basketball made with an Aboriginal design:
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Ahead of the Team USA-Team Australia exhibition game, San Antonio spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was given a special basketball designed by Australian Aboriginal artist Trent Duffy. The basketball reflects Australia's passion for basketball.

Popovich was honored with the gift for his work on and off the basketball court as well as for his coaching of Spurs guard Patty Mills.

The gift was presented to him by Joel Khalu, CEO of Australian Indigenous Basketball, where he also thanks Popovich for his continued support of the Australian Aboriginal community.

"Patty wouldn't be where Patty is without you. What he tells us about you, the cultural support as part of the Spurs. That means a lot to us."

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Post#132 » by GREY 1769 » Yesterday 1:45 am

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