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  1. Video: Baron Davis, Swin Cash debate men’s vs. women’s basketball

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    I’m going to miss Baron Davis when he is out of the league. Not so much Baron Davis the player capable of lighting up an arena like few others of his era, that Davis has been gone for a while now. I’ve come to peace with it. But Davis the guy who puts together amusing…

  2. Thursday Olympics recap: Spain almost falls to host nation

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    On a day that the USA routed Nigeria and looked pretty invincible doing it, some of the other supposed powers of the Olympics showed signs of vulnerability. Now comes the disclaimer — d read too much into that. Once you get into the one-and-done medal round tournament a sloppy game a week before doesn’t matter.…

  3. USA 156, Nigeria 73: Is that enough of a rout for you?

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Tuesday’s game he was not trying to send a message to his players. He said that he didn’t mass substitute in the second unit then start the bench guys in the second half of the win over Tunisia as a message to USA starters after a lackadaisical opening few…

  4. Ricky Rubio’s recovery going well, may be on court in camp

    Aug 2, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Ricky Rubio is spending his summer trying to recover from his ACL and LCL injury. He’d rather be adding to Spain’s spectacular passing at the London Olympics, but he’s not ready. (Seriously, watch a Spain game. That is a great passing team, just beautiful ball movement.) So how is that recovery going? Here is what…

  5. Report: Knicks like Kenyon Martin, but he wants to be paid

    Aug 2, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Knicks would like to add a backup power forward to the roster, someone who can come in off the bench and give them some energy, defense and a few points. There are a few guys out there, but the Kenyon Martin seems to fit pretty well with the Knicks style and what they want…

  6. Greg Stiemsma formally signs deal with Timberwolves

    Aug 2, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

    Minnesota essentially swapped out Darko Milicic for Greg Stiemsma. That sounds like an upgrade to me. We’ve known about Stiemsma coming to Minnesota for a while, but he officially put pen to paper on Thursday and was introduced to the Minnesota media. This is a two-year deal although there is a team option for the…

  7. Video: Russia’s Vitaliy Fridzon’s game winner against Brazil

    Aug 2, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Brazilian guard Anderson Varejao (R) loo

    It was the best game of the Olympics so far, and that is how it ended. The run-up to that shot was amazing as well. First Alexey Shved (he will be with the Timberwolves) next season tied the game with a contested three and juts 30 seconds on the clock. Then Brazil’s Marcelinho Huertas answered, hitting an…

  8. Thursday And-1 links: Doc Rivers takes one for the team

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    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 La La loves reality shows. • Doc Rivers gets it — taking the…

  9. Russia wins best game of Olympics (so far), 75-74 over Brazil

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    This game mattered to Team USA — the winner likely ends up the No. 2 seed in Group B, which puts them on the USA’s side of the bracket in the medal round and could set up a semi-final game against the winner. But that’s not why we watched it. Brazil and Russia put on…

  10. Check out Baron Davis’ new video game “Getting Buckets”

    Aug 2, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    baron davis

    That, my friends, is the trailer for “Getting Buckets,” the new mobile video game Baron Davis has helped produce. And by helped I don’t mean “sat at a laptop and pounded out code” I mean more like he tried to do the big picture stuff. He’s an idea man. But he was in on this…

  11. Report: Lakers speaking to Leandro Barbosa

    Aug 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    The Lakers will be starting Steve Nash at point next year, with Steve Blake as his backup. So how about a little change of pace? Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted out this rumor from London. Hearing out of Brazil camp that they believe Lakers have interest in free-agent Leandro Barbosa… Question is how much Lakers,…

  12. Video: Jerry Stackhouse hits game winner at his own pro-am

    Aug 2, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    There is a North Carolina Pro-Am game because Jerry Stackhouse put it together. Has for years now, and he goes out there and gets some summer run. So, if there is a last shot to take, and Stackhouse gets to draw up the play in a game he created, who do you think takes the…

  13. Jeff Teague says he will be more of a leader in Atlanta

    Aug 2, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    For a couple years now the refrain has been the same from the Atlanta Hawks coaching staff (or staffs, it has been the same for a couple coaches now): We want Jeff Teague to take charge of this team. I remember coaches preaching that to him at Summer League a couple years back, Larry Drew…

  14. USA Basketball’s Colangelo lobbying owners against Olympic age limit

    Aug 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 4 - Basketball

    In the end, the debate about installing a 23-and-under age limit for the Olympics is about money. It will get framed other ways, but it’s always about money. NBA owners don’t want “their” players wearing themselves down and risking injury in a summer tournament — unless they are getting a piece of the profits, of…

  15. Wizards coach “wants to believe” they can make playoffs

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    Randy Wittman earned the job as Wizards head coach. He took over for Flip Saunders in the middle of last season and the Wizards improved under him. Improved enough that the Wizards ownership took the interim tag off and kept him. So what are his plans for next season in Washington? Make the playoffs. That’s…

  16. The Inbounds: How to avoid the luxury tax and influence the playoffs, a Chicago Bulls story

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    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. There’s something obscenely obvious in the fact that we, the media (but not really because most NBA media think Bird…

  17. Mark Jackson has good players in Golden State now, can he lead them to wins?

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mark Jackson Warriors

    Last season, it wouldn’t have mattered if Golden State brought in John Wooden circa 1968 to coach the team — they didn’t have enough talent on the roster to win a lot of games. And what talent they did have kept getting injured. Mark Jackson kind of had a free pass to learn how to…

  18. Preview: Nigeria next very small bump in the road for USA

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Nigeria — Team USA’s opponent in the late game Thursday — is better than Tunisia, the USA’s last opponent. Barely. Nigeria beat Tunisia by four points. Vegas odds makers have the USA as 42 point favorites, which is closer than predicted against Tunisia (it was a 54 points spread, a number the Tunisians covered). The…

  19. Orlando’s blueprint comes straight from San Antonio

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

    Jacque Vaughn, Rob Hennigan

    One of the questions around the league right now is: “What exactly is Orlando trying to do?” As they wait out the Dwight Howard trade situation, others wonder whether they want someone like Andrew Bynum to build around, do they just want to dump bad contracts, or would they rather get some young players and…

  20. Tyson Chandler aggravated dislocated finger but he’s fine

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

    PICTURE TAKEN WITH A ROBOTIC CAMERA - US

    Tyson Chandler was sitting on the bench during the second half of the USA’s rout of Tunisia with ice on his hand. That raised some eyebrows. Chandler, the only true center on the Team USA roster, aggravated an old injury, he told Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com. Tyson Chandler told me today his “left hand” injury…

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