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  1. Wizards coach “wants to believe” they can make playoffs

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:20 AM EST

    Randy Wittman

    Randy Wittman earned the job as Wizards head coach. He took over for Flip Saunders in the middle of last season and the Wizards improved under him. Improved enough that the Wizards ownership took the interim tag off and kept him. So what are his plans for next season in Washington? Make the playoffs. That’s…

  2. The Inbounds: How to avoid the luxury tax and influence the playoffs, a Chicago Bulls story

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    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. There’s something obscenely obvious in the fact that we, the media (but not really because most NBA media think Bird…

  3. Mark Jackson has good players in Golden State now, can he lead them to wins?

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Mark Jackson Warriors

    Last season, it wouldn’t have mattered if Golden State brought in John Wooden circa 1968 to coach the team — they didn’t have enough talent on the roster to win a lot of games. And what talent they did have kept getting injured. Mark Jackson kind of had a free pass to learn how to…

  4. Preview: Nigeria next very small bump in the road for USA

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EST

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Nigeria — Team USA’s opponent in the late game Thursday — is better than Tunisia, the USA’s last opponent. Barely. Nigeria beat Tunisia by four points. Vegas odds makers have the USA as 42 point favorites, which is closer than predicted against Tunisia (it was a 54 points spread, a number the Tunisians covered). The…

  5. Orlando’s blueprint comes straight from San Antonio

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:40 AM EST

    Jacque Vaughn, Rob Hennigan

    One of the questions around the league right now is: “What exactly is Orlando trying to do?” As they wait out the Dwight Howard trade situation, others wonder whether they want someone like Andrew Bynum to build around, do they just want to dump bad contracts, or would they rather get some young players and…

  6. Tyson Chandler aggravated dislocated finger but he’s fine

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:52 PM EST

    PICTURE TAKEN WITH A ROBOTIC CAMERA - US

    Tyson Chandler was sitting on the bench during the second half of the USA’s rout of Tunisia with ice on his hand. That raised some eyebrows. Chandler, the only true center on the Team USA roster, aggravated an old injury, he told Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com. Tyson Chandler told me today his “left hand” injury…

  7. Trail Blazers coaching search down to two: Stotts, Canales

    Aug 1, 2012, 9:51 PM EST

    Kaleb Canales

    Steve Clifford and Elston Turner, you are excused. The drawn out Portland Trail Blazers coaching search is down to two men — former Hawks head coach Terry Stotts and recent Blazers coach Kalab Canales. That according to Jason Quick at the Oregonian. Canales and Stotts will interview with Blazers owner Paul Allen once he returns…

  8. Caption This: Kevin Love has lost his head

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

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    It’s a slow night in NBA/Olympics news. Mostly because Matt Barnes has not been hanging out in London. So, we bring you this photo of Kevin Love during the dunk fest against Tunisia. Put your best comment in the… well, comments and our favorites will get run tomorrow as part of our And-1 links column,…

  9. Roger Mason agrees to deal with New Orleans Hornets

    Aug 1, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

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    The Hornets have decided to go with some veteran depth behind their young two-guard core of Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers (although Rivers clearly will play some point). Welcome Roger Mason Jr. to the fold. Mason has reached a deal with the Hornets, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Mason averaged 5.5 points in 13…

  10. Darko’s agent says his client is playing in NBA next season

    Aug 1, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic is not going to be manna from heaven for some European team. After being amnestied by the Minnesota Timberwolves there has not been teams falling over themselves to get Darko. Which led to speculation the Serbian big man might head to Europe to earn a paycheck where they might appreciate his skills. No.…

  11. Jeff Van Gundy thinks the Bulls may miss the playoffs

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:42 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    When the playoffs started last April, there was a legitimate debate if the Bulls could knock off the Heat in a seven-game series. Probably not, but it was a discussion. Now, after a Derrick Rose ACL injury that has him out until March (and not 100 percent until the following season), Luol Deng likely missing…

  12. Wednesday And-1 links: Bulls interested in Tracy McGrady? Really?

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    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 Eminem likes facebook. • The Bulls are done adding to the roster… except…

  13. The Inbounds: Team USA and an outlet pass to the future of superstar team-ups

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:46 PM EST

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

    Just kidding. I’m not actually going to give you the top five possible superstar teamups from these Olympics. No slideshows or top ten lists, though I have written those before and they serve a purpose. But I did want to write about that dynamic, where it comes from, and what it means. In Team USA’s…

  14. Video: If nothing else, Anthony Davis can throw down dunks

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    Davis of the U.S. dunks against Tunisia during their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Maybe Anthony Davis can be a franchise player — the Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett of a new generation. Maybe he will be something less than that. We’re a long way from finding that out. What we do know — he can throw down some ally-oop dunks. We kind of knew that from his time…

  15. Winderman: Despite Dwightmare, we’ve reached NBA slow season

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    In a non-Dwight year, this is when it tends to stop, in August. As an NBA executive recently explained, there tend to be four stages to the offseason when it comes to personnel moves: – The start of the free-agency period and the resulting immediate frenzy. – The period shortly thereafter when offer sheets are…

  16. Video: LeBron James’ monster dunk against Tunisia

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:06 PM EST

    Olympics Day 4 - Basketball

    LeBron James is a force of nature. He unleashed that with a monster dunk in the USA’s easy win over Tunisia on Tuesday. Actually, that game turned into a dunk fest for t e USA but none were more impressive than this throw down by LeBron. At least the Tunisian player didn’t ask for LeBron’s…

  17. Doc Rivers says blame him for Ray Allen leaving Boston

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Celtics fans have thrown a lot of blame around for why Ray Allen took his talents to South Beach. For a lot less money than Boston was offering ($6 million over two years less). Sometimes the talk is about Avery Bradley taking Allen’s starting job. Usually, the blame comes back to Rajon Rondo and his…

  18. Who should be the next Team USA coach? Popovich? Rivers?

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    Popovich, Rivers

    Mike Krzyzewski has said this will be his last Olympics as the head coach of Team USA. Personally, I wouldn’t turn down a free trip to Rio but Krzyzewski apparently wants out. You can bet USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo will try to talk him out of leaving, and sometimes those pitches work. But if…

  19. Yes, you did see a Tunisian player ask for Kobe’s autograph

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:21 AM EST

    Bryant of the U.S. gives a thumbs-up to Tunisia's Rzig after their game at the men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    After the game Tuesday came the moment this 2012 Team USA felt like the original Dream Team. Following the USA’s crushing Tunisia, in the handshake line Tunisian forward Mohamed Hadidane (who scored 11 points in the game) took off his shoe and handed it to Kobe Bryant with a sharpie and asked for his autograph.…

  20. John Wall sounds like he knows he needs to have a big year

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    John Wall

    It’s time for John Wall. He came into the league as a No. 1 overall pick with the promise that he could be one of those few and hard to find true franchise anchor players in the NBA. That he could be a guy who changed the fortune of a franchise for a decade or…

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