Ten-year-old Ferious Nieves was among 100 children of Nellis airmen who participated in the USA Basketball Hoops for Troops clinic at the base’s 3-month-old Warrior Fitness Center. “It was fun,” said Nieves, the son of Tech. Sgt. Jason Nieves. Legendary NBA coach Lenny Wilkens said the program “shows young people we have a lot of interest in them.”
The hurt will never completely leave Kevin Durant’s soul until he wins a championship. Fortunately, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward has a new goal to pursue, freeing himself mentally and emotionally from coming up short in last month’s NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Miami Heat: Olympic gold.
Kobe Bryant has been in Las Vegas practicing with the U.S. Olympic basketball team. He said “we have our work cut out for us” at the London Games against teams such as Brazil, Spain and Argentina.
USA Basketball announced its official team roster for the Summer Olympics, with the final three spots on the 12-man roster going to Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala and James Harden. They join LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Deron Williams on the team, which will defend its gold medal won at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
He now possesses everything a professional basketball player can want – an NBA championship ring to go with an Olympic gold medal. So why would LeBron James want to come back and play more basketball after enduring a grueling season in leading the Miami Heat to the world title?