https://youtu.be/WluqMabgTJA USA Basketball announced its list of 57 finalists, including 15 new additions, for the mens national team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. . . The final team this summer will be coached by Gregg Popovich and feature 12 players. . . LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant are among the big names on the initial list, while the additions include younger players like Zion Williamson and Trae Young. . . With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics from 2020 to 2021, its important that we continue to remain flexible and consider all players who can contribute to our efforts to field the best USA team possible, managing director Jerry Colangelo said. These additions we are announcing today will help ensure that we are doing that. . Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Marcus Smart was invited, but opted out due to injury concerns from playing late into consecutive seasons and a shortened offseason this summer. . . The United States has won gold in each of the last three Olympic Games, including going 8-0 in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games behind Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony. . . LeBron was on the last team not to win it allthe 2004 squad took home a bronze medalbut he helped the 2008 and 2012 teams earn first place. After skipping the 2016 Games, the 36-year-old said he is undecided about playing this summer. . . Its always predicated on. one, my body, how my body is feeling at the end of the seasonI hope to make a long playoff run, he told reporters in February. And then where my mind is and then where my familys head is. So its a lot of factors, but my name is in the hat. . . Curry has never competed in the Olympics, but the 32-year-old has won gold with Team USA at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. . . While several players will certainly drop out before the list is finalized, the overall talent ensures the Americans will be the favorite to win it all.
Anthony Davis hasn’t had the season that he wanted, but in the eyes of NBA coaches, he’s still an All-Star. . The Laker forward was selected as an All-Star reserve on Tuesday night, as voted on by the league’s coaches. It’s Davis’ eighth consecutive selection to the NBA’s marquee midseason exhibition, which will be played on March 7 in Atlanta in a pared-down format that won’t involve the event’s usual flair. . Davis hit the game-winning free throw in last year’s exhibition, but he is unlikely to participate this year due to his ongoing struggles with a right calf strain that has affected his Achilles tendon. It is unclear if he will travel to Atlanta to participate in any events. Commissioner Adam Silver selects injury replacements for the game. . Davis, 27, has averaged 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.8 blocked shots in 23 games this season. The Lakers aren’t expecting him to return until after the All-Star break, and he could miss games in the second half of the season as well. . He joins a list of Western Conference All-Star reserves that includes Portland’s Damian Lillard; Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell; the Clippers’ Paul George, New Orleans’ Zion Williamson and Phoenix’s Chris Paul. Notable misses who could replace Davis include Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Utah’s Mike Conley, New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram and San Antonio’s DeMarcus DeRozan. . Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden highlighted the Eastern Conference reserves. He’s joined by Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown; Chicago’s Zach LaVine; Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons; and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic. Julius Randle, the Lakers’ No. 7 overall draft pick in 2014, made the All-Star roster for the first time as a New York Knick. . . LeBron James, one of the team captains pitted against Kevin Durant, theoretically will have the chance to pick his teammate again when they draft their teams from the pool of available starters and reserves on March 4 5 p.m. PT. He has chosen Davis in three previous All-Star games. Utah’s Quin Snyder is already set as the coach of Team LeBron. . Enthusiasm for the All-Star Game has waned greatly among its participants this year. James said earlier this month that he didn’t understand why an All-Star Game was being played in light of the pandemic and compressed schedule, and said he had “zero energy” for the exhibition. He referenced that response on Monday night when talking about the All-Star break. “I really don’t have too much of a comment about the All-Star break. You guys know how I feel about that.”. . LAKERS REPORTEDLY RELEASING QUINN COOK. The Athletic was first to report that the Lakers are anticipating waiving Quinn Cook, a well-liked but seldom-used guard who was a light-hearted locker room presence during the championship run. Cook, 27, has appeared in just 16 games totaling 62 minutes this season. His veteran’s minimum contract was set to become guaranteed this week.
DALLAS – Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 of his 29 points while Dallas built a big first-half lead without much help from Luka Doncic, and the Mavericks returned from a weather-induced break with a 102-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. . Dallas was playing for the first time in eight days after two postponements because of a wintry weather blast in Texas. Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play after showing up on the injury report the day of the game with back stiffness. . Doncic scored 14 of his 21 points after halftime in his first game since the soon-to-be 22-year-old became the first Dallas player to be voted an All-Star starter in consecutive seasons. The Slovenian star’s franchise record of 14 consecutive games with at least 25 points ended. . Two nights after falling behind by 31 at halftime in a 31-point loss to Phoenix, the Grizzlies were down 23 in the second quarter after scoring a season low for any quarter and trailing 26-13 after the first. . Ja Morant had 22 points and nine assists for Memphis. The NBA leaders in field goal percentage coming in shot 39% and went 6 of 31 from 3-point range 19%. . SUNS 132, TRAIL BLAZERS 100. . PHOENIX AP — Devin Booker scored 34 points, Deandre Ayton added 19 and Phoenix kept rolling with a lopsided win over Portland. . It was the largest margin of victory this season for the Suns, who have won nine of 10. Portland has lost two straight following a six-game winning streak. . Booker had 17 points in the first quarter and 22 by halftime. He finished 12 of 17 from the field and 8 for 8 at the free throw line. . . Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 24 points. . JAZZ 132, HORNETS 110. . SALT LAKE CITY AP — Donovan Mitchell had 23 points and eight assists as Utah enjoyed a record-breaking performance from long range against Charlotte. . The Jazz 25-6 set a franchise mark for 3-pointers with 28, including 19 off the bench — the most by any team’s backups in NBA history, according to STATS. . Joe Ingles and Georges Niang led the way, making a career-high seven 3s apiece. Each player finished with 21 points. Jordan Clarkson added 20. Charlotte gave up 54 total 3-pointers in two games against Utah this season. . Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball scored 21 points apiece to lead the Hornets. Malik Monk added 20. . BULLS 120, ROCKETS 100. HOUSTON AP — Coby White scored 24 points and Chicago used a big third quarter to pull away from short-handed Houston. . Zach LaVine scored 14 of Chicago’s 46 third-quarter points, finishing with 21, and the Bulls outscored the Rockets by 20 in the period to break open a tight game. . David Nwaba had 22 points off the bench to lead Houston, which has lost eight straight. The Rockets had their previous two games postponed because of a winter storm and subsequent utility outages in the Houston area. . Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four of five. . HEAT 108, THUNDER 94. . OKLAHOMA CITY AP — Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, leading the Miami Heat over Oklahoma City in the finale of their seven-game road trip. . Kendrick Nunn added 20 points and nine assists, Bam Adebayo had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and they hooked up on an alley-oop dunk during Miami’s 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter. . Robinson ended it with a 3 that gave the Heat a 94-77 lead midway through the final period. Miami won the final three games of the trip to finish 4-3. . Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points for the Thunder, who were outscored 63-40 after halftime.