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  1. Thunder, Heat, Knicks have most nationally televised games

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s a sign of respect. And it shows popularity. But ultimately, it shows the ability to draw ratings. One of the key questions when a new NBA schedule comes out is “how many times is a team on national television? And I’m not talking NBA TV picking up the local broadcast, I mean on one…

  2. Three-team Robin Lopez trade still in limbo, moves closer

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Robin Lopez, Jose Juan Barea, Kevin Love

    It could still happen. Could, not will. But one way or another we should know in the next 24 hours or so. “It” is the three-team trade that would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick from the Suns to the Hornets; former lottery pick Wesley Johnson, Brad Miller’s expiring contract and plus a lottery-protected first-round…

  3. A closer look at the USA’s opponents in Group A

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:36 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony of Team USA fights for a ball against Federico Kammerichs of Team Argentina during their men's exhibition basketball game ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena, in Barcelona

    Anything less than a gold medal will be seen as a failure by Team USA in London. So, no pressure. Just the American basketball legacy on the line. But in reality, the pressure doesn’t ramp up until the final eight — the three knockout-round games. First, there is the group stage. There are 12 teams…

  4. Thursday And-1 links: What the Knicks can learn about USA ‘Melo

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

    USA v Argentina - Men's Exhibition Game

    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. • Great post from Beckley Mason at TrueHoop with some notes for the Knicks:…

  5. 10 NBA games this season you don’t want to miss

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    There are a lot of interesting things in the just released NBA schedule. The Spurs have two long road trips, not just the one “rodeo trip.” The Lakers “Grammys trip” includes games against Boston and closes in Miami. And the list goes on and on. But after combing threw it for a few hours, here…

  6. NBA schedule released, some big games on the front end

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

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    Would you look at that, a full 82 game schedule. Haven’t seen one of those in a while. Kind of missed it. The NBA released the full season schedule on Thursday and clearly they had some marketing in mind. Some fans liked the big splash when the league opened on Christmas Day last year after…

  7. Mark Cuban: It’s not the new luxury tax, it’s the restrictions

    Jul 26, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    Mark Cuban has led the Dallas Mavericks to be proactive — after winning an NBA championship he started to work to shed the team of long-term salary. It’s not that he didn’t want to win — come on, this is Mark Cuban we are talking about — but he saw the writing on the wall…

  8. Doc Rivers talks Olympic tournament, why he likes pros in it

    Jul 26, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Starting Sunday when you watch the USA take of France in our first game of the Olympic basketball tournament, the voice doing studio analysis on the NBC family of networks is going to sound familiar. Didn’t he used to do this for a living? He did. Now, he coaches the Celtics for his paychecks. Doc…

  9. Video: The season’s best assists

    Jul 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    Passing has really come back into style. We may have seen more creativity in dimes this year than in any year since maybe Magic’s Showtime Lakers. From Ricky Rubio to the wizardry of the Nuggets’ team to Lob City, passes are uniquely in style. And hey, there’s a video that shows some of the season’s…

  10. Which team has paid the most luxury tax ever? Thanks Isiah.

    Jul 26, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Part of the fight during the lockout was about the luxury tax — small market owners wanted to rein in the teams they saw as buying a title by just paying the luxury tax every year. They wanted a more punitive tax, and they got it, things get a lot steeper in 2014 (for example,…

  11. Video: Trailer for Miami Heat championship DVD

    Jul 26, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat celebrate their victory i

    I’m curious what the sales of this championship DVD will be like compared to Dallas last year or the Lakers the year before. Because the Heat draw a lot of interest, but a lot of those rating seemed to be people tuning in to see LeBron James (and Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh) fail. How…

  12. Kobe Bryant says he starts the trash talk on Team USA

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    After watching him smack around Kyrie Irving and challenge the rookie to a $50K charity one-on-one match, can this be a surprise at all? Kobe Bryant says he starts the smack talk on Team USA. And he does it to loosen guys up. Kobe sat down with LakerNation.com for an exclusive interview (see more in…

  13. Dwight Howard’s ultimate fallback plan? Dallas.

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

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

    Let us hope it doesn’t come to this. Not because I care if Dallas lands Dwight Howard or not but because it would mean 11 more months of this drama. None of us need that. Howard has made it clear that he wants to be traded and where he wants to be traded. And while…

  14. Bynum’s agent says there is no list of places he will play

    Jul 26, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum is in a great place, he can sit back and let the market come to him. He becomes a free agent next summer. If the Lakers trade him to Orlando or not, his options are pretty much clear — he can sign a five-year max deal with the team that has him or…

  15. Tim Duncan took a serious pay cut to get Spurs under tax line

    Jul 26, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Last year, Tim Duncan was the third-highest paid player in the NBA at $21.5 million. Next season he is going to make $9.65 million. Three other guys on the Spurs will make more than Duncan. And he’s good with that. He signed a three-year deal with raises from that level. In an age where Andrew…

  16. E’Twaun Moore waived by Rockets, headed to Chicago?

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    E'Twaun Moore

    Last season E’Twaun Moore played just about as much as you expect a second round pick rookie on a veteran-heavy Celtics team to play. Which is to say, not much. Boston liked his potential but he was shipped out to Houston in the Courtney Lee trade because Boston is in “win now” mode. But the…

  17. Nate Robinson not hurt in gunfire at legendary Rucker Park

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

    rucker-park

    NBA players swing by Rucker Park — the legendary Harlem playground pickup game/summer league — during he offseason. Heck, during the lockout last summer it was like an NBA camp out there for a while. Nate Robinson was there Wednesday watching from the sidelines and was fortunate to escape gunfire that injured five people, according…

  18. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the need for quiet time

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Moderation in all things. There’s room in our discussion for NBA players to have choices about their lives and careers, to have the opportunity to decide their own fate, to express their wishes to management and not simply shut up and play, and for us not to be left with what Dwight Howard has given us.…

  19. Kevin Love wins “best team sleeping photo” ever award

    Jul 26, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    team-usa-sleeping

    It started with the Clippers last year, who made a game of taking photos of guys sleeping on planes. It spread around the league, the “#gotem” photos on twitter were the rage. NBA players travel a lot at odd hours and so sleeping on planes is just part of the gig, but suddenly taking their…

  20. Gilbert Arenas’ old home for sale, complete with shark tank

    Jul 26, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Arenas shark tank

    Gilbert Arenas was fun. Because as fans we love guys who are wildly unpredictable. That’s different than saying you really wanted him as the anchor of your franchise, because his idea of fun crossed all kinds of lines at times. Basically vintage Arenas was great for fans and bad for locker rooms. But the Wizards…

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