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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Aug 2, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Trail Blazers coaching search down to two: Stotts, Canales

    Aug 1, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    Kaleb Canales

    Steve Clifford and Elston Turner, you are excused. The drawn out Portland Trail Blazers coaching search is down to two men — former Hawks head coach Terry Stotts and recent Blazers coach Kalab Canales. That according to Jason Quick at the Oregonian. Canales and Stotts will interview with Blazers owner Paul Allen once he returns…

  15. Caption This: Kevin Love has lost his head

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    It’s a slow night in NBA/Olympics news. Mostly because Matt Barnes has not been hanging out in London. So, we bring you this photo of Kevin Love during the dunk fest against Tunisia. Put your best comment in the… well, comments and our favorites will get run tomorrow as part of our And-1 links column,…

  16. Roger Mason agrees to deal with New Orleans Hornets

    Aug 1, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    The Hornets have decided to go with some veteran depth behind their young two-guard core of Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers (although Rivers clearly will play some point). Welcome Roger Mason Jr. to the fold. Mason has reached a deal with the Hornets, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Mason averaged 5.5 points in 13…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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