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

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Report: Four-team trade involving Howard to Lakers, Iguodala trade being discussed

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    UPDATE 4:10 pm: Here’s a bit of an update on this complex blockbuster four-team Dwight Howard trade that illustrates how complex and potentially unlikely it is. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo: Orlando’s Jason Richardson has been significant name in 4-way talks too, sources tell Y! There’s a scenario where he goes with Howard to LA.…

  7. Video: Just a reminder Rajon Rondo is pretty darn athletic

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    When we talk about the most athletic young guards in the NBA right now you mention Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose first and head down the list from there. We tend to leave Rajon Rondo off that list, maybe because we tend to think of the Celtics as an older and less athletic team. But…

  8. Wizards pick Satoransky is honest, says he’s not ready for NBA

    Aug 9, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Satoransky

    I like the Wizards pick of Tomas Satoransky in the second round. The young Czech combo guard showed very well at the adidas EuroCamp then had some nice performances at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas — he made good plays at the point and looked a little more athletic than had been rumored.…

  9. Blazers coach Stotts regrets something you don’t remember

    Aug 9, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts

    There are certain interview questions you know are coming: What is your biggest weakness? (“I tend to work too hard.”) And what you may have learned or regret from a previous job. New Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was asked about his biggest regret from his two previous, unimpressive stops as a head coach in…

  10. Report: There will be no age limit for 2016 Rio Olympics

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler

    FIBA is a beurocratic institution of the old-school order. The Olympics even more so. So it shouldn’t be a shock that the idea of change — turning the Olympic men’s basketball tournament into an under-23 event — is not something that is going to happen quickly. Meaning not by the games in Brazil in 2016,…

  11. Report: Carmelo Anthony playing through sore hamstring

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It sure hasn’t shown much in the London Olympics — Carmelo Anthony is averaging 17.3 points a game on 57 percent shooting (53.1 percent from three), is chipping in 4.5 rebounds a game and is working hard off the ball. Plus, I could swear I saw him play defense. But, apparently he’s a little banged…

  12. Eduardo Najera might retire as player to become a coach

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Eduardo Najera

    If Eduardo Najera wanted to play for an NBA team next season, he could. He has recovered from a frightening fractured scull/forehead and has doctor’s clearance. There has been interest in him at the veteran’s minimum from teams like the Rockets and Timberwolves. But when he spoke to DallasBasketball.com, he sounded like a guy leaning…

  13. Michael Beasley excited for tabula rasa in Phoenix

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Sometimes a guy landing in a new place is the impetus needed for change. Sometimes, it’s the same crap in a different place. We’ll see with Michael Beasley. He was the No. 2 pick of the Heat but they were willing to let him go after a couple years. He moved on to Minnesota and…

  14. Kobe says his USA teammates can’t teach him anything new

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It was vintage Kobe Bryant. For the first half and a few minutes of the third quarter against Australia he was just not good — 0-for-5 shooting, three turnovers and Coach K had taken him off the Aussies best scorer in Patty Mills. But if Kobe is 0-for-5 he is sure the sixth shot will…

  15. Stotts’ Blazers are going to run, launch a lot of threes

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers Stotts Basketball

    There were a lot of shrugs and even some eye rolls when Portland said they were going to hire Terry Stotts as head coach — this is a guy who has had two head coaching jobs before and his career winning percentage is well below .500. Another recycled coach. But that’s not entirely fair —…

  16. Magic sign second-round pick Kyle O’Quinn

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:17 AM EDT

    Kyle O'Quinn, Terrence Jennings

    Kyle O’Quinn was kind of the perfect second round gamble pick when he came out of Norfolk State last draft. He’s got size (6’10”) and athleticism, and while there were concerns about his commitment to the game (read: “motor”) in the second round he’s a good gamble. O’Quinn impressed enough at the Orlando Summer League…

  17. Dirk Nowitzki got another ring… he got married

    Aug 9, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    I bet Mark Cuban bought them a toaster. A really, really nice and expensive toaster. Dirk Nowitzki now has another ring to go with that one Cuban bought him, he got married last month, the AP confirmed. The 34-year-old Dallas Mavericks star forward has married Jessica Olsson. State District Judge Craig Smith said Wednesday that…

  18. Clippers may stay in house to find new general manager

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers like how things are running right now — after decades of being a league punch line they have become one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. The entire culture of the locker room has changed. They like the power structure in place. They are winning and selling out the building. When things are going…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Should Bynum be frustrated with the Lakers?

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    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 3-year-olds like to throw tantrums. • If Andrew Bynum was frustrated with the…

  20. USA starts pretty blah, Kobe and LeBron help them run away from Aussies late

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

    Australian guard Matt Dellavedova (L) ch

    There are certain boxers and MMA fighters that nobody looks fighting good against. Even the fighters with all the style get sucked into an ugly grappling contest, nobody looks pretty in the ring/octagon against these guys. That is Australian basketball. For three quarters against Team USA the Aussies were physical, they mucked up the game,…

  21. Good news Bulls fans: At least you’re not getting McGrady

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    After finally signing Marquis Teague, the Bulls have enough money left under the hard-cap apron to sign one more player — a rookie on a minimum deal. Not a second year player, their minimum is too high. Rookie minimum only. You want some good news, Bulls fans? That means you can’t sign Tracy McGrady. You…

  22. Argentina grinds down Brazil for win, wants another shot at USA

    Aug 8, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Argentina’s “golden generation” will be playing for a London Olympics medal. And (barring a major upset) they are going to get one more crack at the United States first. Argentina beat Brazil in an emotional South American rivalry game Wednesday thanks to their savvy team play and defense. That team play turned out to be…

  23. Batum tweets apology for punching Navarro in the, um, groin

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    French forward Nicolas Batum (R) clashes

    If you haven’t seen “the punch” you can by just following this link. I’m not sure an “I’m sorry” quite makes up for that. However, a few hours after France was eliminated from the Olympics by Spain in a game that got ugly at the end and included that punch, Nicolas Batum took to twitter…

  24. Roy Hibbert helping fulfill wish of dying child

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    This is a great story. Professional athletes (at least some of them) do more of this than gets made public, but this is a special situation and special move. Roy Hibbert, the center of the Indiana Pacers (who got a max contract extension this summer), is flying across the country because the wish of one…

  25. Avery Bradley thanks Ray Allen for being a good tutor

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    We know what kind of reception Ray Allen is going to get from the fans when he returns to Boston as a member of the Miami Heat. We know how Paul Pierce feels about Allen bolting for the enemy. But Avery Badly, the guy who basically took Allen’s starting job, he feels differently. He was…

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