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  1. Report: Blazers coaching search down to four that will not wow fans

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts

    We told you recently that for the first round of coaching interviews, new Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey interviewed seemingly everyone. Now that list is down to four, and not four Blazers fans are going to jump up and down about, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. The Oregonian has learned the Blazers Final Four…

  2. Outside shots, tempo, Chandler key for Team USA in London

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Sunday it gets real. For the past three weeks Team USA has been training and scrimmaging and playing some exhibition games, getting ready. But Sunday they tip off the Olympics against France and if they can go 8-0 they will have another gold medal. (They could lose one of the first five group-play games and…

  3. Yi Jianlian will carry China’s national flag in Olympic Opening Ceremonies

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    China's basketball player Yi Jianlian po

    They’ve got 1.3 billion people and they choose Yi Jianlian? Yes. Apparently so. Reports out of China say that the washout NBA player will carry China’s national flag into the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics Friday night. (Thanks to Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie for finding this.) This news leaks a day after…

  4. Another report Tom Penn is about to be new 76ers GM

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    tom penn

    UPDATE 2:41 pm: Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower also is going to be interviewed for the 76ers position, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. He reminds us that Danny Ferry also was interviewed for this job but decided to take the Hawks GM job instead. We’ll see how it shakes out, but reports remain that things…

  5. Video: Valanciunas throws down an off-the-glass ally-oop

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    For a lot of Raptors fans, and a lot of NBA fans in general, the Olympics and watching Lithuania will be the first reach chance to get a look at last year’s No. 5 overall pick, center Jonas Valanciunas. He was the guy everyone was saying maybe turns out to be the best (or second…

  6. Kobe Bryant dropped 16 pounds to get ready for the Olympics

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Kobe Bryant talks to his coach Mike Krzyzewski during a training session at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona

    Nobody questions Kobe Bryant’s condition. Shot selection? Yes. Willingness to pass? Yes. But his commitment to his craft and his body are never in doubt. So if Kobe drops 16 pounds, you know it was a choice. And he did that not only for the Olympics but the season he sees ahead, he told the…

  7. Report: Knicks to open season against Nets in Brooklyn

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Oh, this one is going to be fun. The New York Knicks will open their season against the Brooklyn Nets, opening up the new Barclays Center and a budding rivalry in New York, according to Newsday. It is a TNT nationally televised game on Nov. 1, according to the report. The Knicks would then return…

  8. Carmelo thinks his Team USA play will benefit Knicks

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony of the US Olympic basket

    Carmelo Anthony was the best player on the floor for Team USA in their convincing win over Spain. He came off the bench shooting, knocking down good look threes and helping change the momentum of the game. It’s a very different Anthony than the ball-dominating one we see on the NBA hardwood. Here is works…

  9. Pietrus will not play for veteran minimum, so goodbye Boston

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    Boston is already pretty deep with swingmen. They have Paul Pierce starting at the three with Jeff Green back behind him. Avery Bradley starts at the two guard and Courtney Lee is behind him, with Jason Terry able to play that role depending on how Doc Rivers decides his rotations. Mickael Pietrus is a luxury…

  10. Watson says Deron Williams better point guard than Derrick Rose

    Jul 25, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    Rule No. 1 once you get a new job — make friends with the key employee. That’s what C.J. Watson kind of tried to do. He has left the Chicago Bulls for a new deal with the Brooklyn Nets. He’s going from backing up Derrick Rose to backing up Deron Williams. And at his introductory…

  11. Video: Highlights of USA thumping of Spain, 100-78

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Spain actually did a reasonable job against the United States defense, they scored 1 point per possession (there were 78 possessions for each side in the contest). The problem was the USA got its offense going for three quarters, particularly once Carmelo Anthony entered the game (27 points on 15 shots), and the USA blew…

  12. The Inbounds: A Hive In Construction; How to Protect Anthony Davis With Robin Lopez

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    Hang on to your monitors, I’m going to get through the rest of this column without mentioning the busted CP3-to-the-Lakers trade. You ready? Break! When the Hornets agreed to terms with the Suns and Wolves in a three-way trade Sunday night, it wasn’t anything that was going to be bust over Ichiro Hamel’s new deal…

  13. Trail Blazers interviewed a whole lot of people so far in coaching search

    Jul 25, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    Mike Malone

    Apparently new Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey went to the “Rich Cho School of Coach Interviews.” Just like Cho did with the Bobcats coaching search, Olshey did first interviews with basically every coach West of the Mississippi and may be throwing in a few more for good measure, reports Jason Quick of the Oregonian.…

  14. Minnesota now may be frontrunner to land Kirilenko

    Jul 25, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

    Turkey Basketball Euroleague Final Four

    We told you Tuesday that Brooklyn was making a push to get the services of Andrei Kirilenko, who spent last season with CSKA Moscow but wants to return to the NBA. But Brooklyn is out now out of the running, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Not a shock because while the Nets could have…

  15. Delonte West reaches one-year deal to return to Mavericks

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:49 AM EDT

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    The chances of us seeing another “Wet Willy” in the NBA next season just went up. The Dallas Mavericks have reached a one-year deal to bring back Delonte West, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. We don’t know the size of the deal yet (likely the veteran minimum), but being just one year it does not…

  16. Celtics reach one-year deal to bring back Keyon Dooling

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    Keyon Dooling will be back in Boston. Dooling didn’t see a ton of court time with the Celtics last year and may see less on a much deeper team, but for one year at the veteran’s minimum this is a good deal for Boston. Dooling’s agent confirmed the news to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.…

  17. Report: Robin Lopez about to be sent to Hornets in 3-team trade

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Suns have been shopping Robin Lopez around this summer — with the emergence of Marcin Gortat as the guy they want at the five, Lopez became a tradable asset. They apparently have found a home for him in the Big Easy, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Hornets,…

  18. USA sends golden message to Spain with 22-point win

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    This was not the gold medal game, nothing was really at stake in Tuesday night’s exhibition in Barcelona. Spain did not put everything they had into this one — for starters, Marc Gasol did not even play. Nonetheless, the message the USA sent in the final three quarters of this rout — that their speed…

  19. The Inbounds: Dallas’ Improv High-Wire Act

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Dallas had the worst offseason. Dallas had the best offseason. Two sides, one coin. Usually when you whiff on a…

  20. Deron Williams helping Nets try to recruit Kirilenko

    Jul 24, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Would Andrei Kirilenko come back to the NBA to play for the veteran minimum? It’s kind of hard to picture, but that is what the Nets are trying to convince him to do, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. And they are using Deron Williams to do the recruiting. Sources close to the process told ESPN.com…

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