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  1. Video: Jordan Brand commercial creates the rivalry the NBA is missing

    Aug 4, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    With all the superstar teamups, individual rivalries are getting lost. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant never really were rivals, for some reason. LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade. Carmelo Anthony has his guys  and is too buddy-buddy with LeBron or it to be a rivalry. There’s just not a lot of umph to the rivalries in…

  2. Melo says that he’s called selfish because of Linsanity

    Aug 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Carmelo Anthony apparently thinks that the whole idea of him being “selfish” started with Linsanity. Yeah. From USA Today: But he pinpoints exactly when the “Anthony is selfish” meme began. “Let’s be frank about it,” he said. “When it comes to the Knicks, we’re talking about one particular point in time. We’re talking about the…

  3. Russia upsets Spain, chance of USA/Spain gold medal rematch almost dead

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

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    We almost certainly will not have a rematch of the 2008 Gold Medal game from Beijing. But how about a rematch of the controversial 1972 Olympic Gold Medal game won by Russia? That we could get. That’s because Russia defeated Spain 77-74 Saturday, giving Russia the top spot in Group B. It’s an upset, although…

  4. Lithuania gives USA a real test, but LeBron passes it in 99-94 win

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    James of the U.S. goes in for a lay-up past Lithuania's Kleiza during their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    There is a script for beating the USA, we talked about it before the Olympics: Pack the paint on defense and hope they miss threes, play good transition defense, don’t turn the ball over, and have a hot shooting night yourself. Lithuania did almost all of that, playing their best game of the Olympics by…

  5. Paul Pierce says he’ll consider playing beyond 2014, and maybe not in Boston

    Aug 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce was drafted a Celtic. He has been a Celtic in good times and bad. From Ricky Davis to Antoine Walker, to Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Pierce has been a Boston Celtic and has defined the franchise since the turn of the century. But the end is in sight for Pierce, and he’s…

  6. Friday Night Video: Man, Oscar Robertson was something special

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

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    All the talk of the 2012 Team USA basketball squad and how it compares to the Dream Team had me thinking back today to the 1960 Olympic team — a Hall of Fame team with Jerry West and Oscar Robertson among others. Sometimes, we forget just how good Robinson was — career 25 points per…

  7. Who will be better next season, the Knicks or Nets?

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    With rosters pretty much getting set except for a few final pieces around the NBA — save for one big shakeup still to come out of Orlando… eventually — we can start to get a serious look at how rosters are shaking out. And after all the moves the Nets made so they could open…

  8. Who is left in free agency? Here’s a list of the key names.

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    We have made it through the bulk of free agency. Fans are always looking for the next, best thing, the guy who can come in and make a difference. It’s now August and time to be honest — any guy who can really help your team has already been picked up. There are a few…

  9. Friday And-1 links: Can the Brooklyn Nets be hip?

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:44 PM EST

    US rapper Jay-Z performs during a concer

    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 8-year-old girls love gymnasts. • Really fascinating post over at Nets Are Scorching:…

  10. Harden says he was not crossed-over against Nigeria. You decide.

    Aug 3, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    During the often otherwise almost unwatchable Team USA demolition of Nigeria on Thursday, this happened: James Harden got crossed. Broken ankles. Call it whatever you want. Except Harden wouldn’t call it that at all. Trey Kirby of The Basketball Jones monitors players twitter accounts (so you don’t have to) and he found this exchange between…

  11. Pierce “a little bitter” Ray Allen went to Miami, but they’re still “brothers”

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:26 PM EST

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    I think Paul Pierce and the Celtics players are handling Ray Allen’s departure to the Miami Heat better than some of the fans. That doesn’t mean they are really happy about it. As example A, I bring you what Paul Pierce told Celtics.com when asked if he had talked to Allen since he signed with…

  12. Video: The official trailer for Kevin Durant’s “Thunderstruck”

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:01 PM EST

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    What do you think the Rotten Tomatoes score will be for critics who like this movie? I put the under/over at 5 percent. That said, this strategy may be Lithuania’s best chance of slowing him in London on Saturday. This film is going to be terrible, but we will likely make it to the theater…

  13. C.J. Miles to sign with Cleveland Cavaliers

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:49 PM EST

    C.J. Miles, Randy Foye, DeAndre Jordan

    C.J. Miles was being courted by a few teams to be a backup swingman — including the Mavericks, Rockets and Lakers — but he tweeted out on Friday that he has chosen the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune this is a two-year deal. One key reason he likely made…

  14. USA needs to forget about Nigeria, focus on Lithuania and gold

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Forget about it. Or, for a New Yorker like Carmelo Anthony, fugeddaboutit. That is what USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told his Nigerian counterpart to do with the game tape after Team USA’s historic win on Thursday (Coach K actually said “flush it”). But that is exactly what his team needs to do with that epic…

  15. Quote of the Day: Magic, Barkley on huge Team USA win

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Lebron James,Kobe Bryant,  Andre Iguodala

    “I want to congratulate the guys on their continued dominance in London. This is starting to look a lot like our 1992 Dream Team. I look forward to watching them continue to drive for that gold medal and bring it home for the USA.” —Magic Johnson “That’s probably how many points they’d beat the ’92…

  16. Video: How Jeremy Lin is spending his summer vacation

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is spending his summer vacation just like you are… well, except for the filming of commercials and the professional training. But he’s hanging out with friends, too, and that’s what you are doing. This is the latest in the series of very slick, not very insightful views into how Lin is spending the…

  17. Kahn thinks Minnesota is a playoff team if they stay healthy

    Aug 3, 2012, 11:50 AM EST

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    David Kahn is right. The Minnesota general manager thinks that if the Minnesota Timberwolves can stay healthy next season, they are a playoff team. He’s right. Here is what he said to Brian Sansevere of the Pioneer Press. If we stay healthy. We learned the hard way last year what that means. Last year, we…

  18. Charles Barkley says Drexler was always jealous of Jordan

    Aug 3, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Clyde Drexler plays defense

    Clyde Drexler has been back in the spotlight, in because the entire 1992 Dream Team is back in the spotlight, in part because he’s said some outrageous things. Through it all, Drexler has come off as a little bit bitter. He sounds frustrated that the Dream Team was about Jordan and Magic and Barkley and…

  19. Jacque Vaughn wants Glen Davis to get in shape for camp

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:41 AM EST

    Orlando Magic

    Jacque Vaughn, the new coach of the Orlando Magic, has been out doing what newly hired coaches do — meet all your players. Face to face. Talk to them about what you want to do and what you expect of them. Communicate. Vaughn met with Glen Davis and he told the likely starting four for…

  20. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

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