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USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

Americans love college rivalries. It starts at the top with coaches, and the bloodstreams of various colors bleed through to the players and fans.With another school year upon us and USA Basketball having returned from Rio de Janeiro with a third straight Olympic gold medal, this...

Allen needs to lead without Coach K in summer

Allen needs to lead without Coach K in summer

One way Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski adapted to college basketball’s one-and-done culture was to bring incoming freshmen to his Durham campus over the summer to bond with returning players.That was especially important in 2014, when Coach K guided USA Basketball to the FIBA World...

Remember Seoul as USA Basketball Alamo

Remember Seoul as USA Basketball Alamo

USA Basketball’s recent dominance of the Olympics and World Championships has raised the question of whether the U.S. should leave NBA players behind and return to sending college players.Anyone who thinks the U.S. can still win with college athletes has overlooked the 2016 NBA...

Olympic berth reward for college foundation

Olympic berth reward for college foundation

Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Draymond Green are still reaping the benefits of decisions to stay in college another year with their selection Monday to the 12-man USA Basketball Olympic team roster.They might otherwise be forgotten names by now, but they resisted outside voices...

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

One constant throughout tributes to Dean Smith focused on words of a great man with humble deeds rather than a great coach that won games and titles. That was true in the initial comments from players, colleagues and media retrospectives following the legendary North...

Captain Mannie elected despite Chicago style voting

Captain Mannie elected despite Chicago style voting

A treasure trove of untold sports stories clearing a path to integration throughout society can be still uncovered a half-century later. The reason is the media avoided racial issues in the mid-20th century, including athletic milestones. This was demonstrated once again in...