Durant, Love commit to Team USA for 2014
Kevin Durant shied away from swarming media after Wednesday’s Team USA practice in UNLV’s Mendenhall Center.
There is one thing he won’t be able to escape.
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“Kevin Durant is the face of USA basketball going forward,” said Jerry Colangelo, managing director for the national team. “He loves to compete, he has a passion for the game, he’s won a lot of gold medals, he’s just going to win more — we hope.”
Oklahoma City forward Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love announced they’ve committed to Team USA for next summer’s 2014 World Cup in Spain. Durant said he made the commitment to coach Mike Krzyzewski late Tuesday night, while Love officially made his announcement during the news conference.
“It’s an opportunity to represent my country … and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to playing against the best in the world and playing with the best in the world,” said Durant, who set a record for most points scored in an Olympic basketball tournament with 156 at London.
Knicks re-sign Martin
Kenyon Martin will be back in New York. The Knicks have only minimum contracts left to sign free agents, so Martin will get a one-year deal for roughly $1.4 million — the minimum for players who have played at least 10 seasons.
Miller returns to Memphis
Mike Miller is going back to a former home, agreeing to a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. Miller confirmed the deal to The Associated Press about a week after the Miami Heat designated him as its amnesty player after three seasons with the team.
Wizards, Wall negotiating
The Washington Wizards are talking with star guard John Wall about a five-year, $80 million contract extension, ESPN reported, according to sources.
Fisher returns to Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed guard Derek Fisher.
The 38-year-old Fisher has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Thunder, averaging 4.5 points in 44 regular-season games. The five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers has appeared in 240 postseason games.
Meyer says infractions made him ‘furious’
Urban Meyer was hailed as a savior when he agreed to take over Ohio State in the wake of the tattoo scandal that sullied the program. That support became even more frenzied when he coached the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in his first season.
Like Meyer said at the Big Ten media days in Chicago, it’s been a great year — right up until last weekend.
Running back Carlos Hyde, star cornerback Bradley Roby and two freshmen were disciplined by the school after a run of legal problems that brought to mind the end of Jim Tressel’s time in Columbus, and once again raised questions about Meyer and how he disciplines his players.
“When a mistake happens or something happened, you have to react and get it done,” Meyer said. “So I’m disappointed. I think furious might be the word that would best describe when I first got the phone call, because, like I said, for 12 months it’s been really, really good.”
Delany sees NCAA reform coming soon
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany wants college officials to keep certain priorities in mind while they discuss major changes to the NCAA.
Speaking at league media days in Chicago, Delany joined the chorus of major conference commissioners calling for a new model when it comes to the governing body of college athletics. But he says schools must address some “substantive concerns” to make the process worthwhile.
Delany says his top priorities include a lifetime commitment to education, an examination of the time demands placed on athletes, the eligibility structure for at-risk students and an additional grant for full-scholarship athletes — a hot-button issue for mid-major schools.
Delany also says there is “political momentum” for change at the NCAA, and he thinks it could arrive within a year
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