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  1. Dwyane Wade says knee surgery recovery “going very well”

    Aug 8, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Dwyane Wade we saw in the playoffs was just not right. Yes, there was the 22.8 points per game and the 46 percent shooting and the championship ring. Turns out even injured Wade is really, really good. But he left knee was an issue, so bad he had it drained once. One of the…

  2. France’s ugly finish (with Batum punching Navarro in groin) costs them in loss to Spain

    Aug 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    After three quarters, this was shaping up to be a classic. And with less than seven minutes to go France led 57-54. Then the wheels came off for France. Actually, that’s too kind. France crashed and burned. They scored 6 points total in the fourth quarter and went scoreless for more than seven minutes. And…

  3. Deng says it will be tough for Bulls without Rose. Ya think?

    Aug 8, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Luol Deng is going to be there for the Bulls. There is no wrist surgery coming following his Olympic experience for Great Britain, he will be there in camp — he’s not even sure what all the fuss over his wrist was about — and plans to lead Chicago next season. How far can he…

  4. John Wall, Gilbert Arenas headline Goodman League Classic

    Aug 8, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    goodman John Wall

    Last summer was the “Summer of the Pro/Am” with locked out players taking park in games at the Drew League in L.A., the Goodman League in D.C. and Rucker Park in N.Y. in record numbers. This year, not going to be as much of that. But some stars are still doing events, and that includes…

  5. Amar’e Stoudemire filmed his marriage proposal (she said yes)

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' player Amare Stoudemire and his new fiancee, Alexis Welch watch the Miami Heat play the Boston Celtics during Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Guys, this is how you do a wedding proposal right. Not on the big screen at an NBA game. Don’t roll over in the morning and say “so, you wanna get hitched?” Do it right for her. I thought I did pretty well a decade ago when I proposed (on a gondola in a canal…

  6. Russia’s defense, running bigs move them past Lithuania

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 10 - Basketball

    Lithuania does not make it easy on you, they are a physically and mentally tough side that plays savvy basketball. Just ask Team USA. Or, ask Russia. The top seed out of Group A had to work hard for an 83-74 win to advance to the semifinals of the London Olympic basketball tournament. Russia did…

  7. Sacramento Arena could be renamed the “Sleep Train”

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

    Arco Arena

    Because the Kings and their fans have not suffered enough indignities in recent years…. Next year we could hear “Live from the Sleep Train Arena, we bring you Sacramento Kings basketball.” The Kings currently play in the Power Balance Arena (formerly Arco Arena), an outdated building that is at the heart of the Maloof family’s…

  8. Grizzlies to host preseason game against Real Madrid

    Aug 8, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Grizzlies logo

    Such is the state of the world that most of us would rather see Real Madrid’s soccer team — with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka — than their basketball team, but we’ll take what we can get. Real Madrid — which includes Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez — will take on the Memphis Grizzlies in a…

  9. Rest of world not really thrilled with under-23 Olympics idea

    Aug 8, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Nike Athletes Wear Their New Uniforms and Footwear For The London 2012 Olympic Games

    After the Olympics end the discussion of whether future games should follow the soccer model and be an under-23 event will grow louder. But a lot has to happen to pull it off. FIBA has to buy in. The elite players have to by in (they have the ultimate power because if the elite players…

  10. USA shouldn’t have much trouble with Australia to open medal round

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook,  Chris Paul

    The medal round. This is what we’ve been waiting for. When things get serious. Win and advance, lose and you go home. Three wins and you get a gold. The pressure is on now. Except, for the USA the first game of the medal round should be their easiest game in a week. The USA,…

  11. Report: Lou Amundson talking with Bobcats, Knicks interested

    Aug 8, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Louis Amundson

    And in today’s “I’m waiting because I don’t want to play for the veteran’s minimum” game we bring you energy big off the bench Lou Amundson. Amundson could be a nice role playing big off the bench for some team (like he was for the Pacers last season), but it’s about the money, according to…

  12. Hall of Famer Arnie Risen passes away at age 87

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    Arnie Risen

    Arnie “Stilts” Risen is in some ways a throwback — he was a 6’9” center back when that height was abnormally tall. But he was a tough son-of-a… gun that would have fit in well in any era. Risen died over the weekend in Beachwood, Ohio, at age 87. He was a big man in…

  13. Tuesday and-1 links: What would a 1968 Dream Team look like?

    Aug 7, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Lochte

    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 Brazilians love soccer. (Well, not that much.) • As you can see with…

  14. Trail Blazers hire Terry Stotts as head coach

    Aug 7, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts

    Terry Stotts, the former coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, has been hired as the new head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, the team and general manager Neil Olshey have announced. It’s a nice hiring. Not thrilling, but nice. He’ll do a solid job. His most recent gig was as an assistant…

  15. Pau Gasol on verge of tying legendary Olympics scoring record

    Aug 7, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    When Brazilian basketball legend turned broadcaster Oscar Schmidt showed up for a Team USA practice, students of the game like Carmelo Anthony went up to him and asked if they could take a picture with him. Schmidt is an international legend. And he was the leading scorer in the Olympics in 1988, 1992 (more points…

  16. Report: Josh Childress drawing interest from Wizards

    Aug 7, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    There are still some good players out there on the free agent market. Not game changers, not guys swinging the balance of power anywhere, but some decent role players. Such as Josh Childress. He was amnestied by the Phoenix Suns and is looking around for a new landing spot. The Wizards are interested, according to…

  17. Michael Jordan to headline Obama re-election hoops fundraiser

    Aug 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebs Golf

    Barack Obama had Michael Jordan’s back — the president said the current Olympic team couldn’t touch the original Dream Team. Now, Jordan has Obama’s back. Jordan will headline a celebrity hoops fundraising event with the money going to Obama’s re-election campaign, according to Buzzfeed Sports (via Ball Don’t Lie). The classic was originally scheduled for…

  18. Jazz make it official, hire Dennis Lindsey as new GM

    Aug 7, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Jazz logo

    We told you this was coming yesterday. Everyone told you this was coming yesterday. Now it is official — Dennis Lindsey has been hired as the new General Manager of the Utah Jazz, with former GM Kevin O’Conner stepping up to the role of Vice President of Basketball Operations. Which means he is still going…

  19. Former Hawks All-Star Dan Roundfield drowned

    Aug 7, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Dan Foundfield

    Dan Roundfield, the three-time All-Star and defensive stopper mostly remembered for his time with the Atlanta Hawks in the early 1980s, has drowned while swimming on vacation in Aruba, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (via SLAM). The report said Roundfield’s wife became distressed while swimming at Baby Beach and Roundfield tried to assist her.…

  20. Bulls finally reach deal with draft pick Marquis Teague

    Aug 7, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Marquis Teague

    Well, that took longer than it should have, longer than any other first-round pick. And the episode added to the Bulls reputation as run by penny pinchers. But in the end, the Bulls and draft pick Marquis Teague out of Kentucky have reached a deal, Teague told the Chicago Tribune. “It feels good to finally…

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