Tagged Joe Harris

Olympics 2020: Building a Gold Medal Roster for Team USA Men’s Basketball

The last time Team USA played in an international tournament was an embarrassment. The inaugural FIBA World Cup took place in China this past summer and, after taking home the gold in the previous five events, the Americans finished seventh. They lost back-to-back games against France and Serbia to close out the tournament. It was…

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Optimal Lineups for Team USA at 2019 FIBA World Cup

After an entertaining, yet tumultuous pre-tournament schedule, Gregg Popovich’s men’s national squad arrived in China to defend its throne at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. He experimented with a variety of lineups throughout the exhibition slate, and it’s time to hone in on some optimal combinations. While the U.S. hasn’t lost a World Cup or…

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PODCAST: Team USA 2019 FIBA World Cup Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Brandon Jefferson (@Jefferson_Hoops) of The Basketball Writers preview the 2019 FIBA World Cup. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Team USA’s roster? Which teams pose the biggest threat to the Americans? Is Team USA in legitimate danger of…

Kyrie Irving Should Be Headed for a Career Year in Brooklyn

Prognosticators don’t have high hopes for the Brooklyn Nets in 2019-20. Oddsmakers peg them for a win total somewhere in the mid-40s, while ESPN’s Kevin Pelton projected them for 41 wins and the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO system is even more lukewarm, giving the Nets only a 57 percent chance…

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Building Team USA’s FIBA World Cup Roster

Team USA has been the single most dominant team in all of basketball over the last decade. In 2008, the “Redeem Team” won Olympic gold. They dominated the FIBA World Championship during 2010. 2012’s team was arguably more talented than the original 1992 Dream Team. By 2014, they claimed back-to-back FIBA World Championship victories. They…

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Joe Harris is About to Become Kyrie Irving’s New Best Friend on Offense

When we look back at NBA history, the 2019 offseason will be known as the summer of transformation. There was such a large quantity and quality of stars who changed teams; Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, just to name a few. There were even more role players who picked…

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The Brooklyn Nets Have Arrived

In mid-March, New York Knicks owner James Dolan boasted in a radio interview that his team was about to have “a very successful offseason when it comes to free agents.” “New York is the mecca of basketball and we hear from people all the time, from players, from representatives about who wants to come,” he…

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2019 Free Agency Player Preview: Al Horford

These have not been a great eight months for the Boston Celtics. There was genuine excitement about this team back in October. Do you remember it? (It was soooo long ago, it seems.) A core of Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward was projected to run the Eastern Conference. Add…

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Just What Are the Brooklyn Nets Up to?

We all knew Sean Marks was moving the Brooklyn Nets in the right direction. From the resurgence of the organization during the 2019 NBA Playoffs to the sudden rise of their free agent candidacy, the Nets have been considered a threat to turn the corner from rebuild to contender. When news broke on Thursday of…

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These Oft-Overlooked Shooters Will be Postseason Focal Points

The 2019 NBA Playoffs gets my inner X’s and O’s geek giddy. For eighty-two games, every team perfects its playbook and fuels its offense for prime performance when the postseason arrives. The playoffs unleash a renowned scouting focus from defenses, preparing in greater depth for opponents and the playbooks they have built. In a world…

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