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  1. James Harden even looks cool in tattoo form

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

    james-harden-arm-tattoo

    This guy’s James Harden tattoo is better than yours. Wait, you don’t have one yet? You will. We all will. It’s part of his master plan. This guy is just ahead of the curve. Way ahead. And while some have questioned the quality of the work done (the beard is off a bit), I will…

  2. Report: Three-team Lopez trade completed, T-Wolves to sign Kirilenko

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    Finally. News of a three-team trade that sends Robin Lopez to New Orleans leaked out a couple days ago but it took some tweaks around the edges to make it comply with league rules. Finally, it got there, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The trade sends Lopez and…

  3. Video: Wade swings by Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:41 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Sounds strange to say, but Dwyane Wade is out on his book tour. He has a book on fatherhood that comes out Sept. 4 and he is using the publicity from the Heat’s NBA championship to get out there and do some promotion. Smart business. He swung by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on…

  4. Here are all 39 NBA players taking part in Olympics

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    The Olympic basketball tournament is loaded with NBA players. Loaded. There are 39, and that is just guys currently on rosters (there are a couple not on now that likely will be by the time camp opens. Here is a list of all the NBA players in the Olympic tournament. Not a coincidence that the…

  5. The Inbounds: Team USA and the meaning of London

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    Bryant and James of Team USA react during their men's exhibition basketball game against Team Argentina ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

    It’s extremely difficult to measure what winning a gold medal does for a player, outside of you know, giving them the actual object and putting a line on a resume. When most people think Michael Jordan, 99 percent of them don’t think “Olympic Gold Medalist.” They think six-time NBA champion, the Greatest of all Time,…

  6. Pau Gasol feels ready to be a “beast” for Olympics, Lakers

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Pau Gasol, the “beast?” Gasol has been called a lot of things, like “the most skilled big man in the game” or four-time All-Star. He is a finesse player, which some people (a subset of Lakers fans in particular) mislabel as soft. Those same fans didn’t think he was soft when he held Dwight Howard…

  7. Stern says under-23 Olympic basketball not an “urgent issue”

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    David Stern

    Back when Team USA was in Las Vegas, USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo was asked about the idea NBA Commissioner David Stern was floating (on behalf of NBA owners) that the Olympics should become and under-23 tournament. As is done in soccer. He called it a complex international political problem. One he wasn’t going to…

  8. Thunder, Heat, Knicks have most nationally televised games

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s a sign of respect. And it shows popularity. But ultimately, it shows the ability to draw ratings. One of the key questions when a new NBA schedule comes out is “how many times is a team on national television? And I’m not talking NBA TV picking up the local broadcast, I mean on one…

  9. Three-team Robin Lopez trade still in limbo, moves closer

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:32 AM EST

    Robin Lopez, Jose Juan Barea, Kevin Love

    It could still happen. Could, not will. But one way or another we should know in the next 24 hours or so. “It” is the three-team trade that would send Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick from the Suns to the Hornets; former lottery pick Wesley Johnson, Brad Miller’s expiring contract and plus a lottery-protected first-round…

  10. A closer look at the USA’s opponents in Group A

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:36 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony of Team USA fights for a ball against Federico Kammerichs of Team Argentina during their men's exhibition basketball game ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena, in Barcelona

    Anything less than a gold medal will be seen as a failure by Team USA in London. So, no pressure. Just the American basketball legacy on the line. But in reality, the pressure doesn’t ramp up until the final eight — the three knockout-round games. First, there is the group stage. There are 12 teams…

  11. Thursday And-1 links: What the Knicks can learn about USA ‘Melo

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:42 PM EST

    USA v Argentina - Men's Exhibition Game

    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. • Great post from Beckley Mason at TrueHoop with some notes for the Knicks:…

  12. 10 NBA games this season you don’t want to miss

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    There are a lot of interesting things in the just released NBA schedule. The Spurs have two long road trips, not just the one “rodeo trip.” The Lakers “Grammys trip” includes games against Boston and closes in Miami. And the list goes on and on. But after combing threw it for a few hours, here…

  13. NBA schedule released, some big games on the front end

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:54 PM EST

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    Would you look at that, a full 82 game schedule. Haven’t seen one of those in a while. Kind of missed it. The NBA released the full season schedule on Thursday and clearly they had some marketing in mind. Some fans liked the big splash when the league opened on Christmas Day last year after…

  14. Mark Cuban: It’s not the new luxury tax, it’s the restrictions

    Jul 26, 2012, 6:10 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    Mark Cuban has led the Dallas Mavericks to be proactive — after winning an NBA championship he started to work to shed the team of long-term salary. It’s not that he didn’t want to win — come on, this is Mark Cuban we are talking about — but he saw the writing on the wall…

  15. Doc Rivers talks Olympic tournament, why he likes pros in it

    Jul 26, 2012, 5:21 PM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Starting Sunday when you watch the USA take of France in our first game of the Olympic basketball tournament, the voice doing studio analysis on the NBC family of networks is going to sound familiar. Didn’t he used to do this for a living? He did. Now, he coaches the Celtics for his paychecks. Doc…

  16. Video: The season’s best assists

    Jul 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    Passing has really come back into style. We may have seen more creativity in dimes this year than in any year since maybe Magic’s Showtime Lakers. From Ricky Rubio to the wizardry of the Nuggets’ team to Lob City, passes are uniquely in style. And hey, there’s a video that shows some of the season’s…

  17. Which team has paid the most luxury tax ever? Thanks Isiah.

    Jul 26, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Part of the fight during the lockout was about the luxury tax — small market owners wanted to rein in the teams they saw as buying a title by just paying the luxury tax every year. They wanted a more punitive tax, and they got it, things get a lot steeper in 2014 (for example,…

  18. Video: Trailer for Miami Heat championship DVD

    Jul 26, 2012, 3:05 PM EST

    The Miami Heat celebrate their victory i

    I’m curious what the sales of this championship DVD will be like compared to Dallas last year or the Lakers the year before. Because the Heat draw a lot of interest, but a lot of those rating seemed to be people tuning in to see LeBron James (and Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh) fail. How…

  19. Kobe Bryant says he starts the trash talk on Team USA

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    After watching him smack around Kyrie Irving and challenge the rookie to a $50K charity one-on-one match, can this be a surprise at all? Kobe Bryant says he starts the smack talk on Team USA. And he does it to loosen guys up. Kobe sat down with LakerNation.com for an exclusive interview (see more in…

  20. Dwight Howard’s ultimate fallback plan? Dallas.

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:11 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Let us hope it doesn’t come to this. Not because I care if Dallas lands Dwight Howard or not but because it would mean 11 more months of this drama. None of us need that. Howard has made it clear that he wants to be traded and where he wants to be traded. And while…

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