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Duke’s Zion Williamson wins USBWA, AP Player of the Year

By Zach Griffith | @ZachGriffith17

Sports Capital Journalism Program

MINNEAPOLIS – Duke freshman Zion Williamson was named Player of the Year by both the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press on Friday.

Williamson, who is projected to be the number one pick in this year’s NBA Draft, first accepted the USBWA’s […]

USA, Serbia to play for gold medal in Mike Krzyzewski’s final game

By Frank Gogola | @FrankGogola

RIO DE JANEIRO – The end is in sight for U.S. men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, and it could be golden.

Krzyzewski will coach his final game as the head coach of USA Basketball in the gold-medal game against Serbia at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Carioca Arena 1 in Barra’s […]

U.S. men’s basketball looks beatable heading into quarterfinals

By Frank Gogola | @FrankGogola

Sports Capital Journalism Program

RIO DE JANEIRO – Even though Olympic basketball games are eight minutes shorter than the NBA, Paul George feels the U.S. men’s team has struggled to put together a complete-game effort.

The U.S. (5-0) finished group play with the only unblemished record, but the games have […]

Coach K comfortable with USA Basketball’s new identity

By Frank Gogola | @FrankGogola

Sports Capital Journalism Program

CHICAGO – There’s no concealing the fact that this is Mike Krzyzewski’s most inexperienced Olympic team. There’s no LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul. In fact, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant are the only players on the 12-man roster with Olympic experience.

That doesn’t mean […]

USA Basketball notebook: Kyrie Irving and Coach K reunite, Tom Thibodeau returns to Chicago, and more

By Frank Gogola | @FrankGogola

Sports Capital Journalism Program

CHICAGO — On July 20, a live shot of USA Basketball practice on NBA TV captured head coach Mike Krzyzewski cursing Kyrie Irving. The recently crowned NBA champion interrupted an inbound drill by laughing at the way his coach ran coming off a pick. The internet […]