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  1. Darko’s agent says his client is playing in NBA next season

    Aug 1, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic is not going to be manna from heaven for some European team. After being amnestied by the Minnesota Timberwolves there has not been teams falling over themselves to get Darko. Which led to speculation the Serbian big man might head to Europe to earn a paycheck where they might appreciate his skills. No.…

  2. Jeff Van Gundy thinks the Bulls may miss the playoffs

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    When the playoffs started last April, there was a legitimate debate if the Bulls could knock off the Heat in a seven-game series. Probably not, but it was a discussion. Now, after a Derrick Rose ACL injury that has him out until March (and not 100 percent until the following season), Luol Deng likely missing…

  3. Wednesday And-1 links: Bulls interested in Tracy McGrady? Really?

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    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 Eminem likes facebook. • The Bulls are done adding to the roster… except…

  4. The Inbounds: Team USA and an outlet pass to the future of superstar team-ups

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    Just kidding. I’m not actually going to give you the top five possible superstar teamups from these Olympics. No slideshows or top ten lists, though I have written those before and they serve a purpose. But I did want to write about that dynamic, where it comes from, and what it means. In Team USA’s…

  5. Video: If nothing else, Anthony Davis can throw down dunks

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Davis of the U.S. dunks against Tunisia during their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Maybe Anthony Davis can be a franchise player — the Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett of a new generation. Maybe he will be something less than that. We’re a long way from finding that out. What we do know — he can throw down some ally-oop dunks. We kind of knew that from his time…

  6. Winderman: Despite Dwightmare, we’ve reached NBA slow season

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    In a non-Dwight year, this is when it tends to stop, in August. As an NBA executive recently explained, there tend to be four stages to the offseason when it comes to personnel moves: — The start of the free-agency period and the resulting immediate frenzy. — The period shortly thereafter when offer sheets are…

  7. Video: LeBron James’ monster dunk against Tunisia

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 4 - Basketball

    LeBron James is a force of nature. He unleashed that with a monster dunk in the USA’s easy win over Tunisia on Tuesday. Actually, that game turned into a dunk fest for t e USA but none were more impressive than this throw down by LeBron. At least the Tunisian player didn’t ask for LeBron’s…

  8. Doc Rivers says blame him for Ray Allen leaving Boston

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Celtics fans have thrown a lot of blame around for why Ray Allen took his talents to South Beach. For a lot less money than Boston was offering ($6 million over two years less). Sometimes the talk is about Avery Bradley taking Allen’s starting job. Usually, the blame comes back to Rajon Rondo and his…

  9. Who should be the next Team USA coach? Popovich? Rivers?

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Popovich, Rivers

    Mike Krzyzewski has said this will be his last Olympics as the head coach of Team USA. Personally, I wouldn’t turn down a free trip to Rio but Krzyzewski apparently wants out. You can bet USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo will try to talk him out of leaving, and sometimes those pitches work. But if…

  10. Yes, you did see a Tunisian player ask for Kobe’s autograph

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Bryant of the U.S. gives a thumbs-up to Tunisia's Rzig after their game at the men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    After the game Tuesday came the moment this 2012 Team USA felt like the original Dream Team. Following the USA’s crushing Tunisia, in the handshake line Tunisian forward Mohamed Hadidane (who scored 11 points in the game) took off his shoe and handed it to Kobe Bryant with a sharpie and asked for his autograph.…

  11. John Wall sounds like he knows he needs to have a big year

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    John Wall

    It’s time for John Wall. He came into the league as a No. 1 overall pick with the promise that he could be one of those few and hard to find true franchise anchor players in the NBA. That he could be a guy who changed the fortune of a franchise for a decade or…

  12. Minnesota to give Brandon Roy a big role if he can handle it

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Roy Basketball

    Brandon Roy is back. Although he said he never really planned to be gone all that long and the Trail Blazers just wanted to save some money. Choose to believe whatever you wish on that. What is not in doubt is Roy’s knees were not good. As in no cartilage in his knees not good.…

  13. Timberwolves owner Taylor finds successor to buy team

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Glen Taylor Timberwolves

    Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he wanted to sell the team but he wanted someone who could take the team over slowly in phases and would not move the team out of Minnesota. Not a lot of billionaires fitting that bill. But apparently he has found one, he told the Star Tribune. Glen Taylor, who…

  14. Magic Johnson still thinks the Lakers need a shooter

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson

    Magic Johnson’s team had a big couple of days — his team is now the Dodgers. He’s the part owner. And he and his partners are now spending like a big market team again — as opposed to an over-leveraged sham of an owner. Not to name any names. But I digress — the Lakers…

  15. Just to confirm, Kevin Love’s knee injury nothing serious

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

    PICTURE TAKEN WITH A ROBOTIC CAMERA - US

    It was the one actual frightening moment in Team USA’s thumping of Tunisia on Tuesday — Kevin Love attacked the rim in the third quarter and in doing so banged knees wit the Tunisian defender. It was one of those random, unintentional things that can happen on any play. Love went off the court, grabbed…

  16. Tuesday Olympics recap: Spain wins but gets a reason to worry

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 4 - Basketball

    We’ve told you about the big games of the day… well the one big game — France’s minor but key upset of Argentina — and the other big game for us, the expected USA rout of Tunisia. But there were four other games played in London on Tuesday that you didn’t watch. That’s why we’re…

  17. Report: C.J. Miles close to decision… and it could be Lakers

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

    C.J. Miles, Randy Foye, DeAndre Jordan

    Swingman C.J. Miles has been drawing interest from a few teams looking to round out their roster with the veteran. That includes the Jazz wanting to keep him in house. But he could end up in the last place Jazz fans want to see their players go — Los Angeles. To the Lakers, specifically. So…

  18. USA handily beats Tunisia but doesn’t earn many style points

    Jul 31, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Mohamed Hadidane

    Every time the 2012 Team USA steps on the court they face two opponents. First, it’s the team lined up in the other colored jerseys. Second, there is the USA Basketball legacy — the 1960 team of West and Robertson, the Dream Team and beyond — and how they measure up. Team USA beat Tunisia…

  19. Celtics officially sign Collins, three others to round out roster

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Collins_Jason

    Except for our national Dwightmare, we’ve reached the point in the summer where teams are making small signings to round out their rosters. There are some good players still out there, but we are talking role and end of the bench players now. The big moves are done. With that, we bring you news of…

  20. First real upset of Olympics: France 71, Argentina 64

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili (L) v

    Tony Parker 1, Manu Ginobili 0. For the first time the two Spurs stars met leading their teams in international competition and in the first real upset of the London Olympics France used its speed to blow by Argentina and get the win 71-64. Parker by himself outscored Argentina 13-11 in the fourth quarter to…

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