Philippines - 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup

MANILA (2016 FIBA Asia Challenge) - Philippines coach Josh Reyes admits that the FIBA Asia Challenge will be the perfect tournament for Gilas’ news players to gain experience and learn playing at a high level.

The new look Gilas squad will travel to Tehran with a roster almost entirely made up of amateur level standouts, but they will be without two key players in Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks.

Both Parks and Ravena, who were included in the initial 24-man preliminary roster, will instead focus on their dreams to make it to the NBA.

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International Basketball

Speaking after the U.S. men's basketball team won a third straight gold medal with a rout of Serbia, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said other countries need to find a way to be more competitive.

"I'm all for raising the bar for global basketball," Colangelo told reporters Sunday. "The more interest in basketball on all levels, I'm for. I'm a lifer in the game. I love the game. Basketball is the No. 2 sport in the world, [but] we just need to see these other countries get their acts together and become more competitive."

The Americans went undefeated throughout the Olympic tournament, but several games were closer than expected, including a six-point win over Spain in the semifinals and three-point victories over France and Serbia in pool play.

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Experience, above all, led the U.S. to Olympic gold (August 23, 2016)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

At critical moments when Team USA was at risk of losing in Rio, Carmelo Anthony stepped up as he always had in international competition. Then, when gold was on the line against Serbia, it was Kevin Durant who carried the U.S. to victory. Elsa/Getty Images

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Ten first-time Olympians. Six players who had never played a game for the senior national team before they got here. The shock to the system of three single-digit games in one single Olympics wasn't all that surprising to USA Basketball officials once you did the roster math.

So that's why USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo didn't need a lot of time Sunday night, after the medals were handed out here in Rio, to make an immediate declaration about the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

"We can't go back again with 10 new players," Colangelo said. "That's not going to happen."

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Cousins, USA get their prize (August 23, 2016)
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5 Kevin Durant (USA) - 12 Demarcus Cousins (USA) - Serbia v USA, 2016 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men (BRA), Rio de Janeiro - Carioca Arena 1 (Brazil), Men's Gold Medal Game, 21 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - DeMarcus Cousins capped a roller-coaster Olympic Basketball Tournament with a dominating effort for the USA and stepped up to the top of the podium for the second time in three years.

A member of his country's 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup-winning side, Cousins came off the bench and had 13 points and 15 rebounds in the Americans' 96-66 triumph over Serbia on Sunday in the Carioca Arena 1. Serbia did not, Cousins said, do themselves any favors when they threw a scare into the United States in their Group A meeting. The USA won that game, 94-91.

"I think it was the best thing to happen for us because it let us know we had to take it to another level," Cousins said. "It let us know it's not going to be just a walk in the park."

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After three Olympic golds, Carmelo Anthony retires from Team USA (August 23, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Carmelo Anthony announced his retirement from international basketball after helping Team USA beat Serbia 96-66 en route to his third Olympic gold medal. He also addressed recent police-related social unrest seen across the United States. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

An emotional Carmelo Anthony announced his retirement from international play Sunday after helping the United States men's Olympic team win gold.

Anthony is the first American men's basketball player to win three gold medals, the third coming after Team USA's 96-66 win over Serbia on Sunday. He will also retire as the all-time leading scorer in men's U.S. Olympic play with 336 points and is the program's all-time leading rebounder.

"I know this is the end. This is it for me, this is it for me. I committed to something ..." Anthony said in an interview with NBC, trailing off for several seconds to gather himself. "I committed to this in [2004]. I've seen the worst and I've seen the best, and I stuck with it -- we stuck with it. And I'm here today, three gold medals later."

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11 Klay Thompson (USA) - Serbia v USA, 2016 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men (BRA), Rio de Janeiro - Carioca Arena 1 (Brazil), Men's Gold Medal Game, 21 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Klay Thompson on Sunday added a special piece of silverware to his trophy cabinet as the USA cruised past Serbia, 96-66, in the Gold Medal Game of the Olympic Basketball Tournament.

In the space of two years, the sharpshooter has won a FIBA Basketball World Cup, won his first NBA ring and now is taking home an Olympic gold medal. 

But the most recent of these achievements, he says, ranks among the highest moments of his still young basketball career.

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U.S. men win third straight hoops gold with romp over Serbia (August 22, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Kevin Durant turned it on in the gold medal game as the United States took top honors in men's basketball for the third straight Olympics. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team ended up right where expected.

The Americans got their gold, and they did it easily.

Saving their best for last in a tournament that had been tough, the U.S. convincingly won its third straight gold medal, beating Serbia 96-66 on Sunday.

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