Aug 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA; United States guard Stephen Curry (4) controls the ball in front of Puerto Rico guard David Huertas (12) during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: FIBA World Cup, Day 1

Good morning, Boston Celtics fans, and welcome to Day One of the FIBA World Cup!

Sadly, there are no players representing the Boston Celtics on Team USA.   Even so, I’m in need of some hoops to watch!  That’s incentive enough for me – but let me help you!

Here it is, then: your final primer on the 2014 FIBA World Cup!  Lots of reasons to be watching folks – did you know there are a record 45 NBA players competing in this year’s tournament?   Or that this year’s Team USA is far better than the one that won it all back in 2010, according to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo?

“By far,” Colangelo told ESPN.com. “Because we have a couple of Olympic gold medalists on this roster in Anthony Davis and James Harden. We have three players from that team in 2010‎ in Steph CurryDerrick Rose and Rudy Gay. And they’re not 21 this time. They’re 23 or 24. A little bit older and more mature‎.”

So sit back and enjoy!  It should be entertaining.

If you don’t think the NBA was horrified by the injury that has seemingly claimed the 2014-2015 season of Indiana’s Paul George, think again:

The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety.

Sounds like this conversation began a while ago, but you better be sure that George’s injury helped seal the deal, if it wasn’t sealed already.

Last but not least – I’m in a hurry to get my preview of today’s Team USA game up! – here’s a poll I found interesting: Who is your favorite team in Boston?   Read for the results, and reactions!

Thanks!

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