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  1. LeBron James hints that he may not return for Rio in 2016

    Aug 12, 2012, 7:00 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

    LeBron James just won his second gold medal. He was the best player in the Olympics, he is the best player in the world, and there can be no doubt of his place in history that is still growing. And as usual, most of the time when you get through with all the work that…

  2. Jason Terry got another trophy tattoo. This one has a leprechaun, no kidding.

    Aug 12, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    Jason Terry famously got a tattoo of the Larry O’Brien trophy before the 2010-2011 season, promising to remove it if Dallas didn’t win the title. When he won the title, it was safe. Now he has another one. But this one has a bit of Boston flair. From his Twitter account: So now Jason Terry…

  3. Big Lakers news! They signed Jodie Meeks! What did you guys think we were talking about?

    Aug 12, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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    Just to review, the Los Angeles Lakers traded draft picks they’re not going to use or need for Steve Nash, and the second best center in the league, Andrew Bynum, for the best center in the league, Dwight Howard. And they upgraded their bench. The Los Angeles times reports that the Lakers have signed reserve…

  4. Spain pushes USA, but too much LeBron, CP3, Durant makes USA golden

    Aug 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    US forward Kevin Durant and US forward L

    Spain had what they needed — spark plug Juan Carlos-Navarro couldn’t miss early and would not let the USA run away with the game. Pau Gasol took it right to the USA’s weakness in the second half and had 15 points in the third quarter to put his team ahead at one point. But the…

  5. LeBron James and a golden transformation

    Aug 12, 2012, 12:45 PM EST

    Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler

    A year ago, LeBron James didn’t exist. After mourning in his house over the loss of the NBA Finals for several weeks, dealing with the way his entire world had been turned upside down, how the public had revolted against him, James was simply absent. He rarely made appearances if ever at the NBA-NBPA meetings…

  6. Reinsdorf says the Bulls will not rush Derrick Rose back

    Aug 12, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Don’t get your hopes up about seeing Derrick Rose before late, late in the season. After an initial report listed him back on the floor after ACL surgery in January, that was pushed back to February, then March. Now, in a radio interview in Chicago via ESPN Chicago, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said the Bulls…

  7. Shaq says the pressure is on Howard to win in L.A.. Related: Obvious former Lakers center is obvious.

    Aug 11, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Dwight Howard Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal, ever the critic of Dwight Howard since Howard “stole” his Superman moniker, had some strong words for Howard coming to L.A.. It’s not going to be a cakewalk, indeed it’s going to be a huge challenge. From USA Today: “The pressure that he has been feeling in Orlando has just multiplied by three…

  8. USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end

    Aug 11, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate

    USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end. USA gold. Spain has some real talent — Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol team up to make what would be the best front line in the NBA (well, maybe not anymore) and they surround the brothers with smart, playmaking guards who…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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

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    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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