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Team USA just won the FIBA World Championship in basketball with two rookie guards, Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry, on the team. Ever wonder why fellow rookie star Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks wasn’t selected to the squad? According to Jennings, it must be the shoes.
Jennings told Yahoo! Sports he wasn’t chosen for Team USA simply because he doesn’t endorse Nikes. Jennings has a shoe contract with Under Armour. By the way, both Evans and Curry have endorsement deals with Nike.
There have been other Nike shoe conspiracy theories in the past.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant had a U.S.-record 38 points Saturday leading Team USA to a 89-74 victory over Lithuania. The win puts the Americans into the Gold Medal game of the World Championships against Turkey.
NENAD KRSTIC GOES BEYOND BOBBY KNIGHT: HITS PLAYER FROM GREECE ON THE HEAD WITH A CHAIR
Oklahoma City Thunder center Nenad Krstic has been arrested in Athens, Greece after an on-court melee at basketball’s World Championships. Krstic, who plays for Serbia, struck Greek player Yannis Bouroussis on the head WITH A CHAIR during the late-game fight.
The brawl was so out of control that officials called the game with 2:40 left and Greece leading Serbia by one point.
Volatile Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says the rumors aren’t true. He did not come close to a physical confrontation with his boss, White Sox GM Ken Williams.
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote in his column Friday that Guillen and Williams had a “heated shouting match” and “almost came to blows” Tuesday night. The argument was over the White Sox drafting Guillen’s youngest son, Ozney, in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft. Guillen reportedly told his son that he would personally pay him $50,000 to turn the White Sox down and go to college saying, “We have a deal in my family, if you don’t get picked in the sixth round you go to college.”
Guillen’s other son, Oney, was fired from his job with the White Sox earlier this year. Oney Guillen was running his dad’s Twitter page and some stray Tweets appeared on the site which the club did not approve of. Tension from that confrontation may have bled over into Tuesday’s incident. Guillen and Williams have known each other since the mid ’80s when they played together in the minors and with the White Sox.
Guillen openly questioned whether he and Williams could still be “friends.” Meanwhile, Williams said, “I will not deny that I am growing weary of the soap opera.”
He may still be a bad Treasury Secretary, but Tim Geithner (in slacks) apparently’s got game as he shows off his basketball moves in China.
Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio turned down a chance to play in the NBA this season. The 18-year-old Pete Maravich wannabe spurned the Minnesota Timberwolves after being the fifth selection in this year’s NBA Draft. He turned down the NBA to continue playing professional basketball in Spain.
All season long, there have been stories about how Rubio is doing just fine without the NBA. Rubio makes millions of tax-free dollars, enjoys “a pop-star aura,” and gets to winter in Barcelona not Minneapolis.
Now, Rubio’s Barcelona team will meet Olympiacos from Greece for the Euroleague championship. That championship game takes place later today and will be shown live on NBA TV at noon Eastern (9:00 a.m. Pacific.) Rubio’s playmaking has been a big factor in Barcelona’s championship run. Olympiacos is led by NBA free agent acquisitions Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza.