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  1. Lakers owner Jerry Buss underwent surgery last week

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    Lakers owner since 1979 Jerry Buss has been in poor health at points in the last year and the Lakers confirmed the 78-year-old had surgery last week. What kind of surgery? They won’t say. From the Los Angeles Times. “He did have surgery and it went fine,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “He’s not home…

  2. Chris Paul and subtle art of taking over a game

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul is athletic, but not Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook athletic where he can make a move that has your jaw drop like you’re in a Tex Avery cartoon. Chris Paul can shoot and score, but he’s not unstoppably pure like Kevin Durant or Ray Allen. Chris Paul did not put up a monster…

  3. Coach K says he is done, so who coaches in Rio in 2016?

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Popovich, Rivers

    Mike Krzyzewski says he is done. He came in as USA Basketball restructured following the 2004 bronze medal in Athens, and he has coached two World Championships and two Olympics. USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo says he is going to try and talk Coach K into staying, but Kobe Bryant couldn’t talk him into coming…

  4. Lakers coach Brown says Howard is going to bail him out on defense, basically

    Aug 13, 2012, 12:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers were a pretty pedestrian defensive team last year, despite coach Mike Brown’s pedigree. They were 13th in the league in points surrendered per possession, giving up 101.7 points per 100 possessions (the league average was 101.8). And they struggled against the pick-and-roll, particularly against the roll man who shot 49 percent against the…

  5. Spain pushes USA, but too much LeBron, CP3, Durant makes USA golden

    Aug 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    US forward Kevin Durant and US forward L

    Spain had what they needed — spark plug Juan Carlos-Navarro couldn’t miss early and would not let the USA run away with the game. Pau Gasol took it right to the USA’s weakness in the second half and had 15 points in the third quarter to put his team ahead at one point. But the…

  6. USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end

    Aug 11, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate

    USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end. USA gold. Spain has some real talent — Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol team up to make what would be the best front line in the NBA (well, maybe not anymore) and they surround the brothers with smart, playmaking guards who…

  7. Westbrook suffers mild ankle sprain, will play in gold medal game

    Aug 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook

    UPDATE 9:56 am: Relax. Go back to drinking your morning coffee and not worry, Thunder and Team USA fans. The update on Westbrook is that he will go for Team USA Sunday in the gold medal game against Spain. Reports out of the Team USA camp are that he is “fine” and will play Sunday,…

  8. Video: Stoudemire talks working out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Aug 11, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    For the past few years, NBA big men (and a few wings like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James) have been making a pilgrimage to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon like it’s the Holy Land of post play. Why? What is it like? Amare Stoudemire was down there recently, and wherever Stoudemire goes his…

  9. Spain gets another shot at Gold after dominant second half vs. Russia

    Aug 10, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Sergio Rodriguez

    There were questions about how good Spain could be because they had not been all that impressive in the Olympic tune-up games, then in group play they lost to Russia and Brazil (although the Brazil loss was more of a laydown). Then in the first half against Russia Spain played down to its worst, scoring…

  10. It’s official: League approves four-team deal, Howard a Laker

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Some Lakers fans were convinced David Stern was going to try to kill this blockbuster, balance changing trade. And you could bet if he really could have some owners (*cough*Mark Cuban*cough*) would have pressured him to do so. But the league had no real standing to block this trade — because it can be justified…

  11. Shockingly, Kobe likes acquisition of Dwight Howard

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    I would love to have been in the Team USA breakfast/meeting round Friday morning in London when Kobe Bryant walked in, walked right up to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden and did his best Matt Damon impression — “How do ya like them apples?” The Lakers got Dwight Howard as part of a…

  12. Doug Collins’ comments on trade of Iguodala for Bynum

    Aug 10, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    DCollins_Sixers

    Doug Collins is in London as part of the NBC broadcast team coving the Olympics, specifically the semi-final games Friday (Russia vs. Spain, USA vs. Argentina). He’s also the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the four teams involved in the blockbuster Dwight Howard trade. The Sixers get former Lakers big man Andrew Bynum…

  13. Report: Cavaliers begin talks to extend Byron Scott’s contract

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Byron Scott is a good basketball coach. Yes, he is 40-108 in two seasons with Cleveland, but considering he walked into the post-LeBron trash pile that was the Cavaliers roster, that’s not all that bad. So they are working to keep him beyond this next season, when his deal expires. So reports the News-Herald (via…

  14. Ginobili says Argentina has “5-10 percent chance” of beating USA

    Aug 10, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It’s going to take an almost perfect game from Argentina — and a little help from Team USA — for the Argentines to pull the upset Friday and advance to the gold medal game. And they know it. Look at what Argentina’s Manu Ginobili said, via Reuters. “The odds are against us. We have a…

  15. Afflalo handles it like a pro, says he is excited to be in Orlando

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:52 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    George Karl loves Arron Afflalo on the court because he was a consummate professional — he plays hard on defense, can knock down the three and gives you his best effort nightly. Now he’ll be doing that in Orlando. And just like on the court, Afflalo handled news of the trade like a professional. Here…

  16. Did Orlando blow Dwight Howard trade? Too early to tell.

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

    Rob Hennigan

    With the Lakers, we’re going to know very quickly how this blockbuster four-team Dwight Howard trade worked — they are in win-now mode and with Dwight Howard it is possible for them. With the Sixers, we’ll know in a few years — Andrew Bynum gives them a true center (on several levels) for their young…

  17. Bynum gets fresh chance to show maturity, be a leader

    Aug 10, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    It was more than just Andrew Bynum’s play compared to Dwight Howard’s that had the Lakers working hard to put together a blockbuster four-team trade that sent Bynum to Philadelphia and brought Howard to L.A. It also was about whether the Lakers thought Bynum could be the face of the franchise after Kobe Bryant retires…

  18. Denver, Philadelphia, Iguodala all winners in blockbuster trade

    Aug 10, 2012, 2:16 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    Yes, we’re calling this the Dwight Howard trade. And yes, the Lakers certainly come out of this winners. But two other teams in this blockbuster four-team trade did well for themselves — and it was a win for Andre Iguodala as well. It’s a win for Iggy and Denver because he is a better fit…

  19. Did the Lakers just become the NBA’s best team? Looks like it.

    Aug 10, 2012, 12:57 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Four years ago at the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers made what was considered a blockbuster move — they traded a package centered around Marc Gasol (although at the time we thought it was Kwame Brown) for Pau Gasol. Pairing him with Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to three straight finals and two NBA…

  20. Report: Four-team deal sending Howard to Lakers finalized, awaits league approval

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:27 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Finally, Dwight Howard is being traded. A complex four-team trade that sends Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets and involves the 76ers and Magic has been approved in principle by the teams and will go to the league for formal approval on Friday, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources close…

  21. Delfino says he will sign with NBA team after Olympics

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:11 PM EST

    610x

    Carlos Delfino has been a kind of easy to overlook in the NBA the past couple seasons — he started 53 games for the Bucks last season and gave them 9 points a game, he shot 36 percent from three, but he was not making a big impact on the games. He will be harder…

  22. Report: Four-team Howard deal close… unless it is not

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:56 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    The Dwight Howard Tilt-A-Whirl started spinning again today and we all just want to get off. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard a complex four-team deal to ship Dwight Howard to the Lakers is “close.” A four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is “very close” to happening and could be…

  23. Thursday And-1 links: Remembering the 1972 Gold Medal game

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

    1972 Olympics

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like US Women’s soccer players love gold medals. • If it does end up…

  24. Video: Zach Randolph donates $10K to help injured pit bull

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:29 PM EST

    Tennessee Daily Life

    Zach Randolph‘s reputation is not exactly the “Mr. Charitable Cause” guy around the league. And early in his career, in his years in Portland and even beyond, he didn’t deserve it. Immature would be a kind word to describe him. But people grow up. And evolve. And Randolph does have a charitable side, helping out…

  25. Argentina may be tougher test for USA than gold medal game

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:06 PM EST

    US guard Kobe Bryant (R) stands by Argen

    Argentina is not more talented on paper than the Spanish men’s national team in these Olympics. We can have a debate about Argentina vs. Russia but it’s close. But the Argentineans could pose a bigger threat to the United States’ gold medal hopes in the semi-finals on Friday than either Spain or Russia in a…

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