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  1. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

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    When USA Basketball sends a dozen players to the Olympics in London this summer, the roster will come from these 20 finalists, released by USA Basketball on Monday: Guards: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo…

  2. Kyrie Irving might play for Australia in Olympics

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Here’s something I didn’t know about Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving — he has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia. He was born down under while his father was playing professional basketball there. Which means Irving has a choice to make in the next few weeks — does he want to play for…

  3. Monday And-1 links: Schedule wearing everyone down

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to our 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). Is fatigue setting in for the Chicago Bulls? Maybe a little, but it is the same for every team. Yao Ming is getting into politics in…

  4. Full slate of NBA on tap for Martin Luther King day

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

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    The NBA has tried to make Martin Luther King Day it’s sporting day — and it’s a good fit (well as good as any sporting attempt to claim the day). The NBA has become a league about inclusion on a lot of levels: If you can ball well enough it doesn’t matter if you are…

  5. Kendrick Perkins returns to Boston for first time Monday

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:51 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    It’s going to be weird. With all due respect to Jeff Green, nobody in the Boston locker room wanted the Kendrick Perkins trade to go down. Perk was part of the family, part of the foundation, part of the reason there is banner 17 at the Boston Garden. Celtics fans didn’t like it much either,…

  6. Video: Pistons new locker room way nicer than your place

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

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    The Palace at Auburn Hills got some upgrades this off-season. Which it needed. So thank you Tom Gores. (He owns the Pistons and the building now, so he wrote the check.) But the coolest of those was the new locker room for the Pistons, which has a lounge sweeter than half the clubs the players…

  7. Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose

    Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so. Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Who needs Manu?

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:41 AM EST

    Steve Nash Tony Parker

    What you missed while thanking you deity of choice that we don’t have to see any more “discount double take” commercials the next three weeks. Please tell me we don’t….. Spurs 102, Suns 91: Even without Manu Ginobili, the Spurs have more depth than the Suns, and that came through in this game. Tim Duncan…

  9. Boston is 4-7, if Kevin Garnett doesn’t turn it around neither will Boston

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    When Kevin Garnett came to the Celtics in 2008, he helped change the team culture by not putting up with excuses. He wanted his ring and this team was going to get him there — don’t pull your own weight at your own risk. To this day he still talks a good game. But this…

  10. Bulls show dominance in win over older Celtics

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:41 AM EST

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    How this story usually goes: the veteran team looks polished if disinterested at times, but when it’s over they finish it off like a contender; the younger team looks overwhelmed early, overcomes its early struggles to make a game of it but falls short. This was the opposite of that. The Chicago Bulls pulled away…

  11. Ish Smith out, Earl Barron in for Golden State

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:53 PM EST

    Ish Smith

    Kwame Brown got hurt in Golden State, and that has had the trickle down impact to other guys on the roster. Ish Smith, who had played well in limited minutes for Golden State this season, has been let go, reports the Contra Costa Times. He had not played much has a PER of 17.6 (above…

  12. Video: Magic CEO discusses Dwight Howard situation

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Amway-Center

    Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins was on Sports Biz with Darren Rovell and made his case for why Dwight Howard should stay in Orlando. The logic is a bit circular — he says they are a winning organization the last four years so Howard should stay, although Howard is the only reason they won those…

  13. Derrick Rose to play against Celtics Friday

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose has a sprained toe but he will play through it on Friday night, he told ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Rose injured the toe on Tuesday against Minnesota and sat out Wednesday against the lowly Washington Wizards (his replacement John Lucas III dropped 25). Friday against the Celtics was always another matter. You knew he…

  14. Carmelo Anthony doubtful for Saturday vs. Thunder

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:37 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    One of the biggest shows of the year is coming to Oklahoma City Saturday night — Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. But it looks like the part of Carmelo Anthony will be played by Bill Walker. Anthony did not practice with the Knicks on Friday and is doubtful for the game, tweets Howard…

  15. His new coach talks DeMarcus Cousins and maturity

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Somewhere near the top of the list of things Keith Smart has to do that his predecessor as coach of the Sacramento Kings (Paul Westphal) couldn’t do is build a good relationship with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is immensely talented but with an ego to match. He’s not loved in his own locker room, other teams…

  16. San Antonio Spurs defense suddenly their weakness

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:04 PM EST

    Richard Jefferson, Danny Green, Tim Duncan

    When they were winning rings, San Antonio did it with defense. Sure there was Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, but it was the defense that set them apart. Right now, the Spurs defense is ranked 25th in the NBA. They re giving up 103.7 points per 100 possessions, the league average is…

  17. Video: Top 10 plays from Heat vs. Clippers

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Yes, I know the game was a couple of days ago, but what do you want to watch — Blake Griffin and LeBron James or a parade of guys going to the free throw line from Thursday? Exactly. D’Andre Jordan is all over this highlight mix with blocked shots. You can decide for yourself if…

  18. Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    While he tried to be diplomatic about it, Lakers coach Mike Brown said what we’ve all thought for a while: Kobe Bryant is far more intense than LeBron James. Here is the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register: “There’s just a different feel to the two guys,” Brown said…. “LeBron is a…

  19. Rudy Gay says he got Team USA invitation

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Grizzlies Basketball

    The invitations are going out from USA Basketball to players who will be considered to make up Team USA at the London Olympics this summer. We showed you the initial reported list, Memphis’ Rudy Gay wasn’t on it. But he told the Commercial Appeals he got an invite. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo called him…

  20. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love vs. Sumo wrestler

    Jan 13, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    Welcome to our morning 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). Kevin Love vs. Sumo wrestler. Who ya got? Is there even such a thing as a “clutch player?” Our own Rob Mahoney argues no, there…

  21. Magic, Warriors GMs meet, Dwight Howard doesn’t care

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:59 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    What did Magic General Manager Otis Smith and Warriors GM Larry Riley talk about when they had lunch together Thursday in Oakland? Probably how much they hate random Internet speculation. Nonetheless, that’s what we’ve got. The two did meet for lunch, reports Matt Stenmetz of CSNBayArea.com. And as we know from last week the Warriors…

  22. Report: Rasheed Wallace wants to make NBA comeback

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

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    I feel the need… the need for ‘Sheed. (Arguably the best NBA blog name ever.) Rasheed Wallace — the veteran and versatile big man who won a ring in Detroit and was a four-time All-Star — is serious about a comeback, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. When last we saw ‘Sheed, he was the…

  23. Video: Bucks, Pistons go 41-of-41 from free throw line

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

    Carlos Delfino (10) drives upcourt after stealing the ball from Detroit Pistons' Ben Gordon

    Dwight Howard wasn’t the only one making free throw history on Thursday night. In a game we’re pretty sure you didn’t watch, the Bucks and Pistons went 41-of-41 combined from the charity stripe. They were perfect — thanks to a lane violation early on that saved the day. Pistons big man Greg Monroe led the…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: it’s a free throw-a-palooza

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    What you missed while trying to beat up a police officer with a stuffed monkey…. Cavaliers 101, Suns 90: Kyrie Irving had his best game ever matched up against Steve Nash. Our own Brett Pollakoff broke it down as our game of the night. Magic 117, Warriors 109: Mark Jackson decided the best strategy was…

  25. Dwight Howard sets record with 39 free throws in game

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    New Warriors coach Mark Jackson set the strategy — hack-a-Howard. Golden State intentionally fouled Dwight Howard all game long. In addition to the times they just fouled him as he attacked the rim — the Warriors tried to single-cover him with David Lee and other players who just are not big enough The result was…

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