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  1. Kobe Bryant sends mixed messages about Andrew Bynum

    Aug 11, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    OK, this is kind of weird. It doesn’t really matter, it’s just kind of weird. Here’s Kobe Bryant‘s message on Facebook to Andrew Bynum on Friday: I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows what was a great season last year with an even better one next year. via Well, it…

  2. Westbrook suffers mild ankle sprain, will play in gold medal game

    Aug 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook

    UPDATE 9:56 am: Relax. Go back to drinking your morning coffee and not worry, Thunder and Team USA fans. The update on Westbrook is that he will go for Team USA Sunday in the gold medal game against Spain. Reports out of the Team USA camp are that he is “fine” and will play Sunday,…

  3. Report: Nets-Magic Howard deal blew up because of Orlando animosity

    Aug 11, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Business is business. But business is conducted by humans, and humans have emotions, like pride, anger, and resentment. And it turns out that what may have sunk a potential Nets-Magic deal wasn’t the deal itself, but how Orlando felt about the Nets. From the New York Daily News: A league source told the Daily News…

  4. Video: Stoudemire talks working out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Aug 11, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    For the past few years, NBA big men (and a few wings like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James) have been making a pilgrimage to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon like it’s the Holy Land of post play. Why? What is it like? Amare Stoudemire was down there recently, and wherever Stoudemire goes his…

  5. Lakers introduce Dwight Howard, who’s awfully relieved this situation he created is over

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard appeared at the podium, that big, goofy smile of his plastered on his face. He was beaming from ear-to-ear with a look that said excitement, anticipation, and most of all, relief. Yes, Howard was clearly grateful that this entire ordeal is behind him. After months and months, he can finally put this chapter…

  6. Great Argentina team loses final match against Team USA by 26 points, U.S. to play for gold Sunday

    Aug 10, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili (R) c

    Let’s take a moment and applaud this Argentina team. Lead by Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, and Andres Nocioni (no, really), this Argentina has battled for one another for a decade. They have been the biggest thorn in the side of the U.S. in international play, and were what prompted widespread changes in the U.S. approach…

  7. Maybe now Dwight Howard can learn the value of silence

    Aug 10, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    I better not wake up next week and see that Dwight Howard has taken a full-page ad in the Orlando Sentinel. I don’t want to see any grinning image of Howard in a Magic uniform, I don’t want to see any message of how much his time in Orlando meant to him, I don’t want…

  8. Lakers might only get one shot to win a championship with Dwight Howard

    Aug 10, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    For the majority of NBA teams and their respective fan bases, each season is all about the journey. Only a select few have a real shot at winning a championship, so success is relative and can be judged on everything from individual player improvement to year-over-year win totals, or on whether or not a team…

  9. The Inbounds: NBA schmoe, International Superstar of Mystery

    Aug 10, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Jose Calderon

    If you’re a casual NBA fan, most of the players on the Olympic teams other than Team USA don’t ring any bells. You’ll recognize a few. “Hey, that’s that point guard for the Canada team, right?” “You mean, the Toronto Raptors?” “Yeah, that’s what I said, the team in Canada.” Or: “Hey, didn’t that guy…

  10. Spain gets another shot at Gold after dominant second half vs. Russia

    Aug 10, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Sergio Rodriguez

    There were questions about how good Spain could be because they had not been all that impressive in the Olympic tune-up games, then in group play they lost to Russia and Brazil (although the Brazil loss was more of a laydown). Then in the first half against Russia Spain played down to its worst, scoring…

  11. It’s official: League approves four-team deal, Howard a Laker

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Some Lakers fans were convinced David Stern was going to try to kill this blockbuster, balance changing trade. And you could bet if he really could have some owners (*cough*Mark Cuban*cough*) would have pressured him to do so. But the league had no real standing to block this trade — because it can be justified…

  12. 25 Observations about the Dwight Howard trade

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    25 observations about the Dwight Howard trade to send Howard to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum to the Sixers, and very little to the Orlando Magic. 1. Let’s start with LA, since they’re the moneymaker for media and they get the best player. Wow. Holy Wow. Holy Geez Wow. The amount…

  13. Shockingly, Kobe likes acquisition of Dwight Howard

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    I would love to have been in the Team USA breakfast/meeting round Friday morning in London when Kobe Bryant walked in, walked right up to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden and did his best Matt Damon impression — “How do ya like them apples?” The Lakers got Dwight Howard as part of a…

  14. Doug Collins’ comments on trade of Iguodala for Bynum

    Aug 10, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    DCollins_Sixers

    Doug Collins is in London as part of the NBC broadcast team coving the Olympics, specifically the semi-final games Friday (Russia vs. Spain, USA vs. Argentina). He’s also the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the four teams involved in the blockbuster Dwight Howard trade. The Sixers get former Lakers big man Andrew Bynum…

  15. Report: Cavaliers begin talks to extend Byron Scott’s contract

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Byron Scott is a good basketball coach. Yes, he is 40-108 in two seasons with Cleveland, but considering he walked into the post-LeBron trash pile that was the Cavaliers roster, that’s not all that bad. So they are working to keep him beyond this next season, when his deal expires. So reports the News-Herald (via…

  16. Ginobili says Argentina has “5-10 percent chance” of beating USA

    Aug 10, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It’s going to take an almost perfect game from Argentina — and a little help from Team USA — for the Argentines to pull the upset Friday and advance to the gold medal game. And they know it. Look at what Argentina’s Manu Ginobili said, via Reuters. “The odds are against us. We have a…

  17. Afflalo handles it like a pro, says he is excited to be in Orlando

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:52 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    George Karl loves Arron Afflalo on the court because he was a consummate professional — he plays hard on defense, can knock down the three and gives you his best effort nightly. Now he’ll be doing that in Orlando. And just like on the court, Afflalo handled news of the trade like a professional. Here…

  18. Did Orlando blow Dwight Howard trade? Too early to tell.

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

    Rob Hennigan

    With the Lakers, we’re going to know very quickly how this blockbuster four-team Dwight Howard trade worked — they are in win-now mode and with Dwight Howard it is possible for them. With the Sixers, we’ll know in a few years — Andrew Bynum gives them a true center (on several levels) for their young…

  19. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the NBA’s arms race gone too far

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    “Weapons are like money, no one knows the meaning of enough.” – Martin Amis In 2008, it was the Celtics getting both an aging Kevin Garnett and an aging Ray Allen. Then it was the Lakers getting Pau Gasol, commonly a sub-star due to his market at the time. Then came The Decision, Melodrama, the…

  20. Bynum gets fresh chance to show maturity, be a leader

    Aug 10, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    It was more than just Andrew Bynum’s play compared to Dwight Howard’s that had the Lakers working hard to put together a blockbuster four-team trade that sent Bynum to Philadelphia and brought Howard to L.A. It also was about whether the Lakers thought Bynum could be the face of the franchise after Kobe Bryant retires…

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