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  1. Mike D'Antoni backs out of Team USA job because of his back

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

    Mike D’Antoni has been an assistant coach with Team USA for years. Remember how that was going to help his recruiting top players to New York… Well, there will be no more recruiting this summer. Mike D’Antoni will not be accompanying team USA to Turkey because of back problems, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.…

  2. Andres Nocioni questionable for worlds, another blow for Argentina

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    It’s another blow for Argentina, who comes in to Turkey as the defending World Champions. Andres Nocioni joins Manu Ginobili on the sidelines for the world powerhouse. Nocioni injured his ankle in training with the team but may be able to go for the World Championships, according to FanHouse. The Championships start Aug. 25. Even…

  3. Top 10 Lakers plays of the playoffs

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    The Lakers play pretty basketball when they run the offense. Which they do less and less, but there are moments when Pau Gasol is playing where it still comes through. Also, notice how many times Shannon Brown comes up in these. Then picture how much the Lakers would miss his athleticism. Then picture how many…

  4. Blazers sign Armon Johnson

    Aug 2, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    The Portland Trail Blazers are announcing that they have signed rookie guard Armon Johnson to a contract. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.  The Blazers took Johnson with the 34th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. Prior to entering the draft, Johnson played three seasons at the University of Nevada, leading them…

  5. Isola: Bulls at Knicks scheduled for Christmas Day

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the New York Knicks will host the Chicago Bulls on Christmas day.  It’s tempting to read into what this means — Amar’e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer’s signings weren’t the biggest ones of the summer, but they meant a lot to both the Knicks and the…

  6. Report: Brown deciding between Lakers, Knicks, Cavaliers

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    The Orange County Register has the report: Shannon Brown could be signed by the end of this week. But with who? Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein wouldn’t get into details Monday, only to say that he and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak continue to talk. “We’re working on it. It’s a work in progress,” Bartelstein said. All…

  7. Charlie Rosen says Jerry Krause's ego sent Jordan to play baseball

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Charlie Rosen — the current author former CBA (the D-League before the D-League) coach and assistant to Phil Jackson at that level — took on an oldie but a goodie today: When will Kobe Bryant’s age catch up with him. He compares Kobe to the Michael Jackson career arc. Which is nice but not the…

  8. Quote of the day, where Von Wafer is your cheerleader

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    “I’m just going to go in and try to learn all of the defensive schemes because I know that’s going to be big, depending on how much they utilize me. They haven’t told me a specific role but I’m willing to do anything they ask of me. If they need a cheerleader, that’s fine. If…

  9. Jazz owner's debate on adding Al Jefferson highlights revenue sharing issue

    Aug 2, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    We at PBT, along with most of the basketball world, have applauded what the Jazz did this offseason. They lost Carlos Boozer, but in Al Jefferson found a good replacement. They added Raja Bell. Next season, the Jazz may be a slightly better team than they were last year. But it was not an easy…

  10. LeBron James popularity, brand will return with wins

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Winning cures all ills in sports. Right now, LeBron James popularity has taken a hit. A Los Angeles based poling company, E-Poll Market Research, released the results of a survey that found his ratings on words like “appeal” and “exciting” dropped by double digits, while his rating on the word “overexposed” was up 26 percent.…

  11. Patrick Beverley reaches deal with Heat, will fight for chance to ride pine

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Patrick Beverley was that guy who had you saying, “hey, who is that?” Basketball fans would tune in to watch Olympiacos last year to catch Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza but Beverley would catch your eye. He was the point guard off the bench — replacing Von Wafer after he was let go — who…

  12. Luol Deng playing for Great Britain this summer

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    You think of Luol Deng as talented but not living up to his potential. For the English national team, he is a savior. And Deng has been cleared to play for England this summer, according to Britball. That drive starts Tuesday in a game against Hungary. He is hoping to help them qualify for the…

  13. Farewell, Rasho Nesterovic

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    This is an emotional day for all of us. After an illustrious, beautiful, 12-year NBA career, Rasho Nesterovic will leave the NBA to play for Olympiacos next season, according to TalkBasket.net (via Real GM). How the league will cope with this sudden lack of awkward layup attempts I do not yet know. Nesterovic hasn’t done…

  14. Two D-League teams to sport jersey ads this season

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    In a delightful “choose your own commercial subtext” move, two D-League teams have decided to sport ads on their uniforms beginning in the ’10-’11 season. The WNBA opened the door for this kind of development by doing the same last season, though it’s still rather unlikely that NBA teams will ever play along. The NBA…

  15. Evan Turner blames conditioning for getting his butt kicked in Summer League

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Evan Turner got his butt kicked. And in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he admitted it — Summer League was not good to him. “I’ve been playing pretty much every day against good competition,” Turner said. “It was really an eye-opener for me to get my butt kicked, but it was also a good…

  16. Clevelanders not done venting at LeBron, buy billboard

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    It takes time. We’ll forgive the fine people of Cleveland for not yet being over having their hearts ripped out and stomped on in a national television show. At least some of them are being clever about it. Like the Omada Group, which is paying $3,000 for a billboard about two miles from James’ Akron…

  17. Greg Oden confident he'll be good to go for camp

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    We’re three full seasons into Greg Oden’s NBA career, and he’s played just 82 games. It’s not fair. Not to the Blazers, who invested the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft in Oden, not to the Blazer faithful, and certainly not to Oden himself. Every nightmare must come to an end, but Oden’s…

  18. And the season schedule leaks begin: Orlando to open new arena against Heat Oct. 28

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    As it always does, the NBA has grand plans — they are going to unveil their opening games and the highlights (such as Christmas Day) on an NBATV special Tuesday night (7pm Eastern, if you want to set your DVR). But as our own Matt Moore noted at the time, it’s going to be hard…

  19. Suns about sign Gani Lawal for three years

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    UPDATE 11:08 AM: According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, it’s not a make-good deal after all. Despite earlier reports from the Republic pointing to a fully unguaranteed, make-good agreement, the Suns have signed Lawal to a three-year contract with the initial season fully guaranteed for $473,604. The second and third seasons will only…

  20. FIBA bans vuvuzelas for World Championships, kills the buzz

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The vuvuzela isn’t so much an instrument as it is a glorified kazoo, but that didn’t stop the now-mythical noisemaker from dominating coverage of the World Cup. Soccer/fútbol fans finally found the perfect audio accompaniment for their sport of choice: a bland, monotone noisemaker, significant pretty much solely because during the duration of the games,…

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