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  1. 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…

  2. Raja Bell so far refuses to accept team’s buyout. Awkward.

    Jul 31, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Raja Bell

    Back on July 8, Raja Bell and the Utah Jazz reached a verbal agreement to a contract buyout. This wasn’t a rumor from some random “source,” this was something Bell himself confirmed. But here we are on the final day of July and Bell has yet to sign the actual buyout paperwork, reports the Salt…

  3. Is Daryl Morey following the Danny Ainge playbook?

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    For the past few years, the Rockets have been stuck in a rut of mediocrity — not terrible, fighting for a bottom playoff seed and either way ending up with a pick in the middle of the first round somewhere. Not a bad team, not a contender, just a team riding along in the middle.…

  4. Lakers’ Matt Barnes arrested for traffic warrant, resisting arrest

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:04 AM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    Matt Barnes, who played for the Lakers last season, was arrested in Manhattan Beach — an independent beach city in the South Bay area of Los Angeles where a number of players live and go out — and he resisted that arrest, according to and broken by TMZ. Here are the details from NBCLA:…

  5. Shane Battier played conga drums with Jimmy Buffett during concert

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

    Shane Battier

    It’s good to be the king. Or an NBA champion. Perks come your way. Like, say, getting to play the conga drums with Jimmy Buffett as he performs “Margaritaville” at a concert near your home town. Which is what Shane Battier did. Battier is a Buffett fan — Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie reminds…

  6. Lakers going to run some Princeton offense next season

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Three-man and two-man offenses on one side of the court. Motion off the ball. Always keep spacing. Read the defense and react, don’t just run set plays. Create and exploit mismatches. It sounds like the triangle offense that Kobe Bryant won rings with and clearly missed last year when the Lakers started running more traditional…

  7. Monday night and-1 links: See hoop players pictures tweeted from London

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT


    A late-night version of 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 cowboys love oversized belt buckles. • Pixable has a really cool…

  8. Clippers trade for Willie Green from Hawks

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Anderson defends against  Hawks guard Green in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    If things go well for the Clippers, Willie Green will rarely see the court. They have Jamal Crawford to play the two guard spot and they hope Chauncey Billups will be healthy and eating up minutes soon. But, things rarely to plan and the Clippers want to be prepared, so they announced they have traded…

  9. Report: Sixers will not be trading Iguodala this summer

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    For a guy who is an All-Star and Olympian, Andre Iguodala’s name sure shows up in trade rumors a lot. And there are plenty of people in Philadelphia more than happy to ship him out of town, for reasons I frankly don’t totally understand. It’s not happening, anyway. At least not in the near future.…

  10. Warriors reach deal with Carl Landry; close with Rush

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

    Brandon Rush, Arron Afflalo

    UPDATE 6:52 pm: The Warriors have reached a deal with Carl Landry for two years at $8 million, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The second year of that is a player’s option. 5:07 pm: Golden State is close to rounding out their roster and they are doing it in an impressive manner. The Warriors are…

  11. Report: Nate Robinson set to sign with Chicago Bulls

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Looks like the Bulls may be picking up another point guard and some scoring off the bench with the inconsistent energy of Nate Robinson. That according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, who spoke to Robinson’s agent and tweeted this (on Sulia): the agent for Nate Robinson, Aaron Goodwin, says the veteran point guard will…

  12. Washington can’t like this: Nene still battling plantar fasciitis

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Brazilian centre Nene Hilario (L) jumps

    Brazilian big man Nene missed a chunk of time after being traded to Washington last year because of plantar fasciitis — the foot injury that makes it painful to run. Which, it turns out, is a key part of playing basketball. The only cure for it is rest. Nene is playing in the Olympics for…

  13. Video: Rainn Wilson interviews Blake Griffin in his van

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    PBS Announces Hosts for Nine-Part PBS Arts Fall Festival, Kicking Off October 14

    I love that Blake Griffin is doing this kind of stuff (and working at Funny or Die during the lockout) now. Letting Dwight from the Office (otherwise known as Rainn Wilson) ask him questions like “why were you afraid to go to the Olympics?” Great stuff here. Totally worth taking a break from watching Olympic…

  14. Nicolas Batum thinks a few teams could beat Team USA

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    US forward LeBron James (L) challenges F

    It’s not going to happen this week. Tunisia and Nigeria are no threat to the United States, and while they have some talent Lithuania really isn’t either. But next week against Argentina then moving into the medal round play things are going to get serious for Team USA. They need to start playing better because…

  15. Video: USA vs. France game highlights replayed by LEGOs

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    French centre Ronny Turiaf (L) challenge

    In case you didn’t get to see the USA start slow then come on to thump France in the Olympics opener for both teams on Sunday, we’ve got you covered. Kind of. From the Guardian in the UK itself, we have a recreation of the highlights, but using LEGOs. Thing is, I kind of like…

  16. Preview: USA enters the easy week of the schedule vs. Tunisia

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Tunisia's Makram Ben Romdhane (R) drives

    Anthony Davis is the Team USA human victory cigar. When you see him getting serious minutes, the game is in hand. Expect to see a whole lot of Davis this week. After a nice win over France to open the Olympics, Team USA enters the softer part of their schedule this week, starting with Tunisia on…

  17. LeBron James wants Kevin Durant to shoot the rock more

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Kevin Durant led Team USA with 22 points against France on Sunday, and you can look for that trend to continue. He is the best pure shooter and scorer on Team USA (frankly, the best in the world), his role on this team is to score. And LeBron James wants him doing more of it.…

  18. Deron Williams calls international basketball “slippery”

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    A lot of things are different in International basketball — the closer three-point line, the types of zone defenses, the overall style of play. And the balls and the rims, if you ask Team USA players. Which the Star Ledger did to Deron Williams (via SLAM). “If you hit any part of the rim, it’s…

  19. Ginobili has a plan for dealing with Parker’s new goggles

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Renaldas Seibutis

    There’s a big game in Group A tomorrow — Argentina vs. France. The USA should win Group A, so the winner of this game has a real leg up on second place in the group (especially after Argentina beat Lithuania on Sunday). But Argentina vs. France is something else as well — Manu Ginobili vs.…

  20. Tony Parker admits he is “totally out of shape” for Olympics

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    French guard Tony Parker catches the bal

    When you have a shard of glass in your eye that needs to be surgically removed and can cost you your vision if it shifts, you have a really good reason to take some time off from working out. Which is what Tony Parker has done since getting hit with a bottle during the Drake/Chris…

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