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  1. USA shouldn’t have much trouble with Australia to open medal round

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook,  Chris Paul

    The medal round. This is what we’ve been waiting for. When things get serious. Win and advance, lose and you go home. Three wins and you get a gold. The pressure is on now. Except, for the USA the first game of the medal round should be their easiest game in a week. The USA,…

  2. Report: Lou Amundson talking with Bobcats, Knicks interested

    Aug 8, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Louis Amundson

    And in today’s “I’m waiting because I don’t want to play for the veteran’s minimum” game we bring you energy big off the bench Lou Amundson. Amundson could be a nice role playing big off the bench for some team (like he was for the Pacers last season), but it’s about the money, according to…

  3. Hall of Famer Arnie Risen passes away at age 87

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    Arnie Risen

    Arnie “Stilts” Risen is in some ways a throwback — he was a 6’9” center back when that height was abnormally tall. But he was a tough son-of-a… gun that would have fit in well in any era. Risen died over the weekend in Beachwood, Ohio, at age 87. He was a big man in…

  4. Tuesday and-1 links: What would a 1968 Dream Team look like?

    Aug 7, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Lochte

    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 Brazilians love soccer. (Well, not that much.) • As you can see with…

  5. Trail Blazers hire Terry Stotts as head coach

    Aug 7, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts

    Terry Stotts, the former coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, has been hired as the new head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, the team and general manager Neil Olshey have announced. It’s a nice hiring. Not thrilling, but nice. He’ll do a solid job. His most recent gig was as an assistant…

  6. Pau Gasol on verge of tying legendary Olympics scoring record

    Aug 7, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    When Brazilian basketball legend turned broadcaster Oscar Schmidt showed up for a Team USA practice, students of the game like Carmelo Anthony went up to him and asked if they could take a picture with him. Schmidt is an international legend. And he was the leading scorer in the Olympics in 1988, 1992 (more points…

  7. Report: Josh Childress drawing interest from Wizards

    Aug 7, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    There are still some good players out there on the free agent market. Not game changers, not guys swinging the balance of power anywhere, but some decent role players. Such as Josh Childress. He was amnestied by the Phoenix Suns and is looking around for a new landing spot. The Wizards are interested, according to…

  8. Michael Jordan to headline Obama re-election hoops fundraiser

    Aug 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebs Golf

    Barack Obama had Michael Jordan’s back — the president said the current Olympic team couldn’t touch the original Dream Team. Now, Jordan has Obama’s back. Jordan will headline a celebrity hoops fundraising event with the money going to Obama’s re-election campaign, according to Buzzfeed Sports (via Ball Don’t Lie). The classic was originally scheduled for…

  9. Jazz make it official, hire Dennis Lindsey as new GM

    Aug 7, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Jazz logo

    We told you this was coming yesterday. Everyone told you this was coming yesterday. Now it is official — Dennis Lindsey has been hired as the new General Manager of the Utah Jazz, with former GM Kevin O’Conner stepping up to the role of Vice President of Basketball Operations. Which means he is still going…

  10. Former Hawks All-Star Dan Roundfield drowned

    Aug 7, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Dan Foundfield

    Dan Roundfield, the three-time All-Star and defensive stopper mostly remembered for his time with the Atlanta Hawks in the early 1980s, has drowned while swimming on vacation in Aruba, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (via SLAM). The report said Roundfield’s wife became distressed while swimming at Baby Beach and Roundfield tried to assist her.…

  11. Bulls finally reach deal with draft pick Marquis Teague

    Aug 7, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Marquis Teague

    Well, that took longer than it should have, longer than any other first-round pick. And the episode added to the Bulls reputation as run by penny pinchers. But in the end, the Bulls and draft pick Marquis Teague out of Kentucky have reached a deal, Teague told the Chicago Tribune. “It feels good to finally…

  12. Carmelo got punched in the, um, groin by Argentina. But we’ve seen worse.

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. grimaces on the court after being fouled during match against Argentina at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Things got a little testy… wait, poor choice of words. Things got a little chippy between the USA and Argentina at the end of the third quarter as the USA was running away with Monday’s Olympic pool play contest. (Yes, that’s better phrasing.) Carmelo Anthony was going up with a three as the quarter ended…

  13. Blair says he would “love” to stay with Spurs. Not happening.

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

    It wasn’t that long ago that DeJuan Blair was another Spurs success story — everybody passed on the Pitt star in the draft because he had no ACLs left, so the Spurs grabbed him the second round. And he can play — he started 62 games in San Antonio last season, gave them an efficent…

  14. Jodie Meeks looking for more than veteran minimum deal

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

    Jodie Meeks, Mario Chalmers

    We’ve been saying this for a week now, we’ve reached the “hey, wait, I’m worth more than the veteran minimum” portion of the summer. Jodie Meeks, come on down, you’re next at the podium. Meeks, who started 50 games for the 76ers last season, is talking to the Lakers, reports the Los Angeles Times. However,…

  15. Lithuanian coach not exactly singing Valanciunas’ praises

    Aug 7, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    The Olympics were going to be the coming out party for soon-to-be Raptor Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick of the Raptors from the 2011 NBA draft who will join Toronto next season. Except, it hasn’t been that way at all. What he’ll be most remembered for from these games is Kobe Bryant elbowing him…

  16. James Harden says he is “pretty sure” he re-signs with Thunder

    Aug 7, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have some serious salary cap issues to deal with in the future — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have their max extensions already, James Harden and Serge Ibaka are coming up. The Thunder need to save money somewhere. It’s not going to be with Harden. He is getting a max offer.…

  17. Dwight Howard to skip own youth hoops camp. Ugh. Just ugh.

    Aug 7, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard made changes in management of his career in recent years. Family members have louder voices in his inner circle. Since I’m not in that circle I can only judge those moves based on results and perceptions from the outside. My word of advice to Dwight Howard and his team: Once you are in…

  18. USA’s path to gold could feature rematch from 1972. Or 2008.

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (L)  and US f

    We have reached the medal round and if you look at the way the USA played the last two quarters against Argentina — pressure defense where they did not gamble, then LeBron James and Kevin Durant scoring — nobody can stop them. We’re just going to pretend the first two quarters didn’t happen. So what…

  19. Video: Baron Davis’ British alter ego interviews himself

    Aug 7, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    Baron Davis is having a lot of fun during the Olympics making videos with his English alter ego Brian Davies, so he decided to interview himself. With such questions as “Who wins a race between Michael Phelps and a hammerhead shark?” Enjoy. It’s only Tuesday, so you could use a laugh to start off your…

  20. Kings extend coach Keith Smart’s contract to 2014

    Aug 7, 2012, 2:01 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart did a nice job with the Kings last year — taking over a team Paul Westphal had lost and connecting with key players. And by Kings players we mean DeMarcus Cousins. It all starts there. Kings management was impressed enough — and is desperate for some semblance of consistency — that they have…

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