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Candace Parker Makes It To USA Training Camp

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
How does it feel to be back with the USA National Team
It feels great to be back out here. Obviously I’m excited. It’s weird to think that four years ago I was just starting with USA Basketball on the National Team level. It’s always good to get a head start, I’m excited. I think we’re doing really well in training camp. I’m looking forward to it.

On playing without the recently retired USA Basketball veterans:
It’s weird they’re not here. Lisa texted me on the bus ride. I told her I missed her. It’s weird, especially with me playing with her in LA and USA Basketball, it’s weird not to have her here. But I think that every good thing has to come to an end for something else to start. That’s what we’re doing, we’re going for our fifth Olympic gold medal in a row and I think it’s a good start.

On some of the younger players:
There are a lot of young players here who have done well with this being their first training camp. I think Tina Charles has done a remarkable job. She’s had great practices, as well as Maya Moore. Other players who have been here have done well also. Crystal Langhorne, she’s my age and has been here before, she’s played well. I’m excited about where this is headed.

On playing for Geno:
It’s great. You know, everybody hears about the rivalries of Tennessee and Connecticut, but when we come here everybody puts away those jerseys and puts on a USA Basketball jersey and plays on the same team. I’ve learned a lot just in the two days I’ve been here, from him and his coaching staff. It’s a great way and direction that USA Basketball went.

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Posted by on October 4, 2009 in basketball, CANDACE, fiba, USA

 


  • ESPN: Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead world champion Spain to a 85-63 win over Serbia in the final of the European basketball championship Sunday.
    The victory gave Spain its first European title after six runner-up finishes, including a one-point loss two years ago to Russia in front of its home crowd.
    The Spaniards dominated from the start at both ends of the court, playing pressure man-to-man defense and getting out on the break for easy baskets to take a 15-point first quarter lead. Serbia never recovered.
    Gasol, a star with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, scored down low and blocked three shots on his way to winning the tournament MVP honors.
    “It was a great game, and obviously we won the final that we lost twice before this year, so I’m extremely happy and it’s an unforgettable day for us,” Gasol said. “We just worked so hard to win this championship and I’m just super proud of my teammates.”
    Guard Rudy Fernandez chipped in with 13 points for Spain, while Uros Tripkovic led Serbia with 15 points.
    “We lost the first half, and probably the game was finished,” Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic said. “The Spanish team was better and they deserved absolutely this title.”
    Continue reading ‘Spain clobbers Serbia to win Gold, Gasol gets MVP’

    PUBLISHED BY Chris Manning IN Video ON September 17, 2009 | 11 COMMENTS


 
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Posted by on September 21, 2009 in fiba, Gasol, LAKERS, pau Gasol, spain

 
 
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