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  1. LeBron thinks London Olympic team compares to Dream Team, too

    Jan 3, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    LeBron James, Beijing Olympics

    Team USA is not backing away from filling the big shoes. Last week USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said he thought the upcoming USA Olympic team was a “fair comparison” with the 1992 Dream team that featured Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and others. LeBron James thinks Colangelo is right,…

  2. Spurs face big challenge to hang on without Ginobili

    Jan 3, 2012, 1:19 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    So far this season, the San Antonio Spurs are 12.4 points per 48 minutes better with Manu Ginobili on the court than off it. He is going to be off it now for the next five or six weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand — his shooting hand. Ginobili is the team’s…

  3. Marcin Gortat injury update: Thumb improving, hopes to play without brace “in the next couple of days”

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:32 PM EST

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    Marcin Gortat had a breakout season a year ago after being traded from Orlando to Phoenix, averaging better than 15 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last two months of the season. He’s struggled to regain that form through five games this year due to the thumb injury he sustained less than a…

  4. Mark Cuban pissed league didn’t schedule White House visit

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    In the condensed 66-game NBA schedule this year, the Dallas Mavericks are not scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards. That trip to Washington D.C. also means the traditional visit to the White House for the NBA champions — Mark Cuban has worked and waited a long time for his team to win a title and…

  5. Report: Kevin Love has not been offered contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Among the no-brainers out there is that Kevin Love is deserving of a max contract extension off his rookie deal. He’s entering his fourth year as an All-Star and double-double machine who has improved his game this season. He will be at the core of any Timberwolves turnaround. But he hasn’t gotten even the offer…

  6. Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:56 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    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). Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation. Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in…

  7. Zach Randolph to miss a few games after knee injury

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Watch that video, it could have been a whole lot worse. O.J. Mayo fell awkwardly on a drive right into Zach Randolph’s knee and dropped Randolph to the ground in pain in a game against the Bulls Sunday. It’s scary. Randolph will be out on Tuesday but shouldn’t miss a lot of time, reports the…

  8. Quote of the Day: Popovich isn’t worried about Rubio

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    “These guys, they travel around the world,” Popovich said of international players such as Ricky Rubio and Manu Ginobili. “They’re more cultured than we are. Everyone acts like Americans are the ones … we have sort of an arrogance about us. Like we’re the cultured ones? Are you serious? Have you watched TV lately? Have…

  9. Kobe Bryant is going to keep shooting. What did you expect?

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:39 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant is still going to be Kobe Bryant when the Lakers take the floor Tuesday against the Rockets. To think that his 6-for-28 shooting night in a loss to Denver Sunday was going to change him was to think that arrests were going to change Lindsay Lohan. Some people are what they are. In…

  10. Wizards’ Ronny Turiaf breaks his hand, out 5-6 weeks

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Ronny Turiaf

    You thought Manu Ginobili was the only player who broke his hand Monday, but the Argentinian was not the trend setter here. Wizards backup center and energy guy Ronny Turiaf is out with a broken hand. Here is the tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Ronny Turiaf has a broken left hand –…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the living upsets

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:55 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks during a time out in the closing minutes of his team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Oregon and Wisconsin score another touchdown…. Hawks 100, Heat 92: Miami was zoned out again. The Hawks went to a zone defense a lot starting in the second quarter and it stalled out the Heat, who shot just 37 percent in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Tracy McGrady alone had 13…

  12. Mark Jackson wants Warriors to “speed up the process”

    Jan 3, 2012, 1:04 AM EST

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    Mark Jackson has a calm, yet demanding presence as head coach of the Golden State Warriors that seems like it could work long-term if the team continues to add pieces and improve from a raw talent standpoint. But as a former player who wants to make a more immediate impact, Jackson’s patience will be tested.…

  13. Manu Ginobili suffers broken hand, out indefinitely

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Manu Ginobil broke a bone in his left hand during the Spurs’ 106-96 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday, and there is no timetable set for his return according to a team release. Just as a reminder, Ginobili is left handed, so this is his shooting hand. Ginobili suffered the injury on a defensive play,…

  14. John Wall’s growth stunted by lack of veterans around him

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    John Wall was everybody’s pick to have a breakout season, so much so that during preseason prediction season it felt like you had to choose someone else and not take the obvious route. So far the Wizards are 0-4 and Wall has been pedestrian. He’s only shooting 32 percent on the year — not only…

  15. Report: DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings for road trip

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Like sands through the hourglass, so go the Sacramento Kings…. The soap opera that has become the Sacramento Kings will go on the road, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Source says DeMarcus Cousins will be joining the Kings on their road trip to Memphis and Denver. It means that some kind of truce has…

  16. Josh Howard fined $25,000 for flagrant foul against Spurs

    Jan 2, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    Josh Howard Jazz

    Late in the third quarter Saturday night Jazz forward Josh Howard put the hard foul on James Anderson of the Spurs. That got him a flagrant foul at the time. Stu Jackson at the league office looked more closely at it and decided Howard deserved a flagrant two and a $25,000 fine on top of…

  17. Kobe shooting woes sign of changes coming to Lakers

    Jan 2, 2012, 5:06 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant looks on against the New York Knicks during second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant was ice cold last night, shooting 6-of-28. That of course has led to the standard black or white Kobe discussion on the internet — his defenders act as if he can do no wrong, his detractors think he shoots for his ego not because he’s one of the game’s great all time shooters.…

  18. Steve Nash will continue to play through rib injury

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns haven’t been themselves offensively this season, and neither has Steve Nash. Traditionally one of the league’s best shooters, Nash has managed to go just 7-of-29 from the field over his last three games, and hasn’t cracked double digits in scoring since the season-opener against New Orleans. A rib injury is likely the cause…

  19. Dwyane Wade says 2012 will be his last Olympics

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Dwyane Wade is considered one of the locks for the 2012 USA Basketball roster for the London Olympics. He has Olympic experience helping the USA get the gold medal in Beijing, he is probably the best two guard in the game today and in what should be an up-tempo affair he is one of the…

  20. Video: Rubio gets the assist through Nowitzki’s legs

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

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    Ricky Rubio does flashy things on the court, but not for the sake of being flashy (like White Chocolate back in the day). It’s because it’s the efficent way to make the play. If you need to get the ball to the Anthony Tolliver for the corner three but Dirk Nowtizki is in your way,…

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