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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Spoelstra says Heat need to “reinvent” themselves to win again

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat celebrate their victory i

    When the Miami Heat won the NBA title in 2006 they partied the entire summer away then showed up with essentially the same roster in the fall and thought they could just roll to another title. They rolled to a first round playoff exit, then continued rolling down the hill getting worse and worse the…

  13. Brandon Roy says he never retired, just put career on “pause”

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Remember last December, when Portland used its one-time amnesty on Brandon Roy and his agent said for former All-Star “has no intention of returning to professional basketball” because of his degenerative knee condition? We were all just misreading the signs. Apparently. Roy was introduced as the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and…

  14. Dennis Rodman has written a children’s book. I wish I were kidding.

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Maybe he got the idea from Madonna. Dennis Rodman has “authored” a couple of books before. And by authored I mean he spoke to a writer and posed for the cover art. His most recent was titled “I Should Be Dead by now.” But his follow up is one he may have written himself —…

  15. As expected, Warriors ink deal with Brandon Rush

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Brandon Rush, Arron Afflalo

    We told you this was coming, consider this the formal notification it is here. The Warriors have reached a two-year, $8 million deal for Brandon Rush to remain with the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Rush averaged 9.8 points per game for Golden State last year and gives…

  16. Mike D’Antoni as a college coach? He’d consider it.

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    It’s a little odd to look down the bench of Team USA and see Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan — the two well-respected NBA coaches — without jobs. And in the case of D’Antoni, he didn’t get a lot calls from NBA teams this summer. But would he coach college ball? It seems an unusual…

  17. The Inbounds: The Warriors become tank-proof

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    The Warriors won’t be able to tank next year if they try. Well, OK, if they try they will. But it’s going to be a lot harder, because all of a sudden, their ten-man rotation isn’t just decent, it’s downright pretty good. Watching the Warriors’ moves over the past year has been an exercise in…

  18. Report: Cavaliers interested in Delfino, C.J. Miles

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino reacts after making a three point basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    The Cavaliers need some depth at the three. They’ve got Omri Casspi and in theory they can match any offer for restricted free agent Alonzo Gee, but Cleveland is looking at its options. So while the Bucks are not reaching out to him, the Cavaliers are talking to Carlos Delfino, according to a report at…

  19. Portland begins next round of coaching interviews

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

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    And the Portland coaching search that has made as much sense as gymnastics judging is moving forward again. Portland enters the second round of interviews for its next coach this week, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. The Portland Trail Blazers began round two by interviewing Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts this morning and former…

  20. Magic, Mavericks talk about Dwight Howard deal, but it’s unlikely. At best.

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures to the crowd after winning in Toronto

    If you want to know why the Orlando Magic are holding out, waiting for a better offer to come their way for Dwight Howard, it is in part because they know other offers will come. Other teams will at least probe the talks. Like, the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas has had conversations with Orlando about a…

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