Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico submit their final rosters for the FIBA World Championships

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marc-gasol.jpgThe selection process for Team USA rages on (and likely will until the 11th hour), but three teams — Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico — have finalized their rosters for the FIBA World Championships. Take a look:

SPAIN

G José Calderon
G Rudy Fernandez
F Jorge Garbajosa
C Marc Gasol
F Álex Mumbrú
G Juan Carlos Navarro
FC Felipe Reyes
G Ricky Rubio
F Fernando San Emeterio
F Victor Claver
FC Fran José Vázquez
G Sergio Llull

ROSTER CHANGES FROM THE 2008 OLYMPICS
Added Fernando San Emeterio, Victor Claver, Fran José Vázquez, and Sergio Llull. Dropped Pau Gasol, Carlos Jiménez, Raúl Lopez, and Berni Rodriguez.

MISCELLANEOUS

Pau Gasol’s presence would have made Spain the obvious favorites to take the World Championship, but as it stands the Spanish national team is more or less on-par with the Americans. It’s worth noting that of the 12 players on Spain’s roster, nine of them have NBA ties.

ARGENTINA

G Carlos Delfino
C Román González
C Juan Pedro Gutiérrez
F Leonardo Gutiérrez
F Federico Kammerichs
F Andres Nocioni
C Fabricio Oberto
G Pablo Prigioni
G Paolo Quinteros
F Luis Scola
G Juan Pablo Cantero
F Hernán Jasen

ROSTER CHANGES FROM THE 2008 OLYMPICS
Added Juan Pablo Cantero and Hernán Jasen. Dropped Antonio Porta and Manu Ginobili.


MISCELLANEOUS

With national team regular Manu Ginobili watching from the sidelines this summer, Argentina will rely even more heavily on NBAers Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino. Delfino has played a point-guardish role for Argentina before, and he should be able to replicate Ginobili’s ability to run the offense while still acting as a scoring threat (though obviously without Manu’s high-level production and signature flair). Argentina may have lost its top player and a natural leader, but there’s still plenty of talent here.

PUERTO RICO

C Peter John Ramos
G J.J. Barea
G Carlos Arroyo
G Christian Dalmau
G Larry Ayuso
F Angel Daniel Vassallo
F Ricardo Sanchez
C Daniel Santiago
F Renaldo Balkman
F Carmelo Antrone Lee
F Nathan Anthony Peavy
G Filiberto Rivera

ROSTER CHANGES FROM THE 2008 OLYMPICS
N/A – Puerto Rico didn’t qualify.


MISCELLANEOUS

The Puerto Rican team is a bit guard-heavy in its orientation, but those guards are talented enough to make PR an interesting squad. Still, they’re a good ways down the World Championship pecking order, and aren’t quite in the same tier as either Spain or Argentina. However, as Jay Aych noted at The Painted Area, Puerto Rico should have something of an advantage chemistry-wise after competing together through most of the summer (they’ve already played through Centrobasket and the Centro American Games). This is also Denver Nugget Renaldo Balkman’s first summer playing for Puerto Rico.

Blake Griffin gets Flagrant 1 for kicking Jae Crowder in the crotch (VIDEO)

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Blake Griffin almost got away with it.

During Friday’s matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Griffin gave Cavs forward Jae Crowder an unhelpful knee to the groin during a post isolation.

Griffin wasn’t whistled for anything on the play, and in fact Crowder was assessed a foul after Griffin made his move to the basket.

Now, the NBA has given Griffin a Flagrant 1 for unnecessary contact.

Via Twitter:

Video of the incident can be viewed above the article here, but it’s pretty egregious and indeed the Cavaliers announcers even suggested at the time that it might warrant a flagrant.

Looks like the NBA agreed.

Cleveland beat LA, 118-113, in OT.

Jeff Hornacek on Knicks standing up to LeBron: “I thought it was great”

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LeBron James totally dissed New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina. Or maybe he was just complimenting Dennis Smith Jr., and Enes Kanter likes to get in the middle of things? Or perhaps it was a barely-veiled shot at former Knicks president Phil Jackson?

No matter which way you view this little NBA drama, there’s some kind of silver lining to take away for New York after LeBron got a little too close for comfort with Ntilikina during a recent matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, that silver lining is how well Ntilikina, Kanter, and the rest of the squad did when standing up to James.

Via the NY Post:

“I thought it was great,’’ he said on the newest edition of “The Jeff Hornacek Experience” that debuts Friday night on MSG Networks after the Knicks face the Raptors. “When we played back in the day, there was a lot of that. So you don’t see as much now in today’s game.

“But, you know, whether the comments from LeBron were aimed at Frank or the Knicks or Phil [Jackson] or whatever it was, I was happy that Frank gave him a little shove and then when LeBron stood in front of him and Enes jumped in there. That’s kind of the chemistry that gets developed when guys are playing for each other. You saw Enes jump right in the middle of this and said, ‘Nah you’re not gonna do this to my young guy.’ So that’s a great sign to see the togetherness of our guys.”

So to recap:

1. LeBron was taking a shot at Phil.
2. Enes Kanter didn’t like that.
3. Jeff Hornacek likes that.

Clear? Ok, good.

The Warriors really had an eye on Joel Embiid’s trash talking (VIDEO)

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Joel Embiid has a reputation around the league already, and for good reason.

The man who continuously lobbied Rihanna to give him a chance for a date has other NBA players hoping they beat the Philadelphia 76ers just to avoid Embiid’s trash talking.

Indeed, the Golden State Warriors beat Philly on Saturday night, 124-116, thanks in part to a huge rally in the second half. A 22-point deficit had to be overcome for Golden State, and not just to add to their win column.

The team also wanted to sidestep Embiid’s silver tongue:

Both Draymond Green and Kevin Durant said they wanted to keep Embiid at bay. Durant’s comment was particularly funny, and can be seen in the video at the top of the article (fair warning, Durant used some NSFW language).

The Process is now The Reputation.

Former Knicks, Warriors F David Lee announces retirement from NBA

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One of the NBA’s more under appreciated forwards has announced his retirement from the NBA.

David Lee, who spent time in his career with the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs, told the NBA world about his retirement via his Instagram page on Sunday.

Lee, 34, played last season with the Spurs. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists for Gregg Popovich’s team.

Via Instagram:

Lee played 14 seasons in the NBA, the majority of which came with the Knicks. During his time in New York, Lee was seen as an unsung hero, nabbing rebounds and doing yeoman’s work from the power forward position.

The Knicks traded Lee to Golden State in the summer of 2010 for Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, and two second round picks. He was part of the Warriors’ 2014-15 NBA Championship before eventually being traded to Boston in 2015.