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  1. Report: There will be no age limit for 2016 Rio Olympics

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

    Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler

    FIBA is a beurocratic institution of the old-school order. The Olympics even more so. So it shouldn’t be a shock that the idea of change — turning the Olympic men’s basketball tournament into an under-23 event — is not something that is going to happen quickly. Meaning not by the games in Brazil in 2016,…

  2. Report: Carmelo Anthony playing through sore hamstring

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:35 PM EST

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It sure hasn’t shown much in the London Olympics — Carmelo Anthony is averaging 17.3 points a game on 57 percent shooting (53.1 percent from three), is chipping in 4.5 rebounds a game and is working hard off the ball. Plus, I could swear I saw him play defense. But, apparently he’s a little banged…

  3. Eduardo Najera might retire as player to become a coach

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Eduardo Najera

    If Eduardo Najera wanted to play for an NBA team next season, he could. He has recovered from a frightening fractured scull/forehead and has doctor’s clearance. There has been interest in him at the veteran’s minimum from teams like the Rockets and Timberwolves. But when he spoke to DallasBasketball.com, he sounded like a guy leaning…

  4. Winderman: Summer shows love of the three not NBA fad

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    610x-4

    Well, this was quite unexpected, but apparently we’ve arrived in the summer of three love. It started with the Heat dropping a championship-winning barrage of 3-pointers on the Thunder in the deciding game of the NBA Finals, Mike Miller somehow displaying anguish and rapture at the same time while hobbling from arc to arc on…

  5. Michael Beasley excited for tabula rasa in Phoenix

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:43 AM EST

    Michael Beasley

    Sometimes a guy landing in a new place is the impetus needed for change. Sometimes, it’s the same crap in a different place. We’ll see with Michael Beasley. He was the No. 2 pick of the Heat but they were willing to let him go after a couple years. He moved on to Minnesota and…

  6. Kobe says his USA teammates can’t teach him anything new

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:45 AM EST

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It was vintage Kobe Bryant. For the first half and a few minutes of the third quarter against Australia he was just not good — 0-for-5 shooting, three turnovers and Coach K had taken him off the Aussies best scorer in Patty Mills. But if Kobe is 0-for-5 he is sure the sixth shot will…

  7. Stotts’ Blazers are going to run, launch a lot of threes

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:53 AM EST

    Trail Blazers Stotts Basketball

    There were a lot of shrugs and even some eye rolls when Portland said they were going to hire Terry Stotts as head coach — this is a guy who has had two head coaching jobs before and his career winning percentage is well below .500. Another recycled coach. But that’s not entirely fair —…

  8. Magic sign second-round pick Kyle O’Quinn

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:17 AM EST

    Kyle O'Quinn, Terrence Jennings

    Kyle O’Quinn was kind of the perfect second round gamble pick when he came out of Norfolk State last draft. He’s got size (6’10”) and athleticism, and while there were concerns about his commitment to the game (read: “motor”) in the second round he’s a good gamble. O’Quinn impressed enough at the Orlando Summer League…

  9. Dirk Nowitzki got another ring… he got married

    Aug 9, 2012, 1:06 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    I bet Mark Cuban bought them a toaster. A really, really nice and expensive toaster. Dirk Nowitzki now has another ring to go with that one Cuban bought him, he got married last month, the AP confirmed. The 34-year-old Dallas Mavericks star forward has married Jessica Olsson. State District Judge Craig Smith said Wednesday that…

  10. Clippers may stay in house to find new general manager

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers like how things are running right now — after decades of being a league punch line they have become one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. The entire culture of the locker room has changed. They like the power structure in place. They are winning and selling out the building. When things are going…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: Should Bynum be frustrated with the Lakers?

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    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 3-year-olds like to throw tantrums. • If Andrew Bynum was frustrated with the…

  12. USA starts pretty blah, Kobe and LeBron help them run away from Aussies late

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:48 PM EST

    Australian guard Matt Dellavedova (L) ch

    There are certain boxers and MMA fighters that nobody looks fighting good against. Even the fighters with all the style get sucked into an ugly grappling contest, nobody looks pretty in the ring/octagon against these guys. That is Australian basketball. For three quarters against Team USA the Aussies were physical, they mucked up the game,…

  13. Good news Bulls fans: At least you’re not getting McGrady

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

    Tracy McGrady

    After finally signing Marquis Teague, the Bulls have enough money left under the hard-cap apron to sign one more player — a rookie on a minimum deal. Not a second year player, their minimum is too high. Rookie minimum only. You want some good news, Bulls fans? That means you can’t sign Tracy McGrady. You…

  14. Argentina grinds down Brazil for win, wants another shot at USA

    Aug 8, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Argentina’s “golden generation” will be playing for a London Olympics medal. And (barring a major upset) they are going to get one more crack at the United States first. Argentina beat Brazil in an emotional South American rivalry game Wednesday thanks to their savvy team play and defense. That team play turned out to be…

  15. Batum tweets apology for punching Navarro in the, um, groin

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:54 PM EST

    French forward Nicolas Batum (R) clashes

    If you haven’t seen “the punch” you can by just following this link. I’m not sure an “I’m sorry” quite makes up for that. However, a few hours after France was eliminated from the Olympics by Spain in a game that got ugly at the end and included that punch, Nicolas Batum took to twitter…

  16. Roy Hibbert helping fulfill wish of dying child

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:19 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    This is a great story. Professional athletes (at least some of them) do more of this than gets made public, but this is a special situation and special move. Roy Hibbert, the center of the Indiana Pacers (who got a max contract extension this summer), is flying across the country because the wish of one…

  17. Avery Bradley thanks Ray Allen for being a good tutor

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    We know what kind of reception Ray Allen is going to get from the fans when he returns to Boston as a member of the Miami Heat. We know how Paul Pierce feels about Allen bolting for the enemy. But Avery Badly, the guy who basically took Allen’s starting job, he feels differently. He was…

  18. Nicolas Batum punches Juan Carlos-Navarro in nuts

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:09 PM EST

    French forward Nicolas Batum (R) clashes

    Here is what you are going to be talking about the rest of the day. You can see it by following this link. Late in the fourth quarter of France’s medal round loss to Spain — when France had shot 0-11 and let the game get away from them — their frustration boiled over. Way…

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

    Aug 8, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

    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…

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