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All those years on Serbia's national team, and one chance kept eluding Milos Teodosic and Nenad Krstic. They finally get that shot at the U.S. -- with a world title on the line. Teodosic scored 24 points and Serbia reached the championship game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup by holding off France 90-85 on Friday night. The Serbians will face the defending champion and unbeaten Americans on Sunday. AP
"We're not going to be scared for sure," said Krstic, a former NBA center now playing in Europe. "Now our confidence is high and OK, we have a chance, maybe some players never get this chance to play against U.S., great U.S. team in the final of the World Cup. It's an unbelievable chance to do something great in our lives." The teams have never met at the senior men's level since Serbia became an independent nation. AP
Teodosic helped Serbia lead by as many as 18, but Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers nearly brought the French all the way back, finishing with 35 points. Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs added 13 for France, which will play Lithuania on Saturday for the bronze medal. AP
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have re-signed free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu. “We are happy to welcome Hedo back to the Clippers,” Clippers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “Hedo is a versatile, veteran presence who contributed to the championship culture we are building in Los Angeles.” Inside Hoops
Last weekend in the Caribbean, InsideHoops.com was on hand to watch New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert lead the Island Hoops St. Maarten basketball camp September 6-7. On Day 2 of the event, young Carribean basketball players attempted to throw down some dunks, while Shumpert did his best to assist and teach. Inside Hoops
The following statement was released by Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin: “This afternoon, Danny Ferry requested, and I have approved, taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately. This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family and it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing. As a human being, manager and friend, I wish him well as he undergoes this process." Inside Hoops
Danny Ferry: ""No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng. Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world. I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them. Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize." Inside Hoops
Statement of NBPA Acting Executive Director Ron Klempner Regarding the Atlanta Hawks: “We’ve had continuing discussions with the league office about the incidents of disturbing statements attributed to representatives of the Atlanta Hawks’ franchise. We recognize that there is an ongoing investigation regarding the circumstances, and we will continue to monitor these events and take any action we deem appropriate." NBPA.org
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Friday that they will sell single-game tickets through an unprecedented monthly lottery system. With demand at an all-time high thanks to the return of LeBron James, the team decided the best way to allow fans to get a shot at seeing the team that is now favored to win the NBA title was through a random drawing. "There was an internal desire to make sure we could get as many different fans in to see our games as possible," Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski said. "These fans have been with us for the good times and the bad and we want the tickets in their hands instead of the brokers, who are going to buy them with the intention of taking them, reposting them and selling them for a profit." ESPN.com
Doug Davis, the son of the legendary Clive Davis, could be the next owner of the Hawks. The New York Post ran a story Friday that the entertainment and sports attorney is assembling a group that is interested in buying the Hawks. I was told Friday night that Davis is indeed a legitimate candidate. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The woman who sued former L.A. Lakers player Devin Ebanks for sexual assault is DROPPING her lawsuit against the ex-NBA'er ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... Ebanks -- a 2nd round pick in the 2010 Draft -- was sued by a woman who filed the lawsuit anonymously back in 2012 claiming he raped her after partying at a Hollywood nightclub together. TMZ
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