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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Denver, Philadelphia, Iguodala all winners in blockbuster trade

    Aug 10, 2012, 2:16 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    Yes, we’re calling this the Dwight Howard trade. And yes, the Lakers certainly come out of this winners. But two other teams in this blockbuster four-team trade did well for themselves — and it was a win for Andre Iguodala as well. It’s a win for Iggy and Denver because he is a better fit…

  10. Did the Lakers just become the NBA’s best team? Looks like it.

    Aug 10, 2012, 12:57 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Four years ago at the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers made what was considered a blockbuster move — they traded a package centered around Marc Gasol (although at the time we thought it was Kwame Brown) for Pau Gasol. Pairing him with Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to three straight finals and two NBA…

  11. Report: Four-team deal sending Howard to Lakers finalized, awaits league approval

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:27 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Finally, Dwight Howard is being traded. A complex four-team trade that sends Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets and involves the 76ers and Magic has been approved in principle by the teams and will go to the league for formal approval on Friday, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources close…

  12. Delfino says he will sign with NBA team after Olympics

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:11 PM EST

    610x

    Carlos Delfino has been a kind of easy to overlook in the NBA the past couple seasons — he started 53 games for the Bucks last season and gave them 9 points a game, he shot 36 percent from three, but he was not making a big impact on the games. He will be harder…

  13. Report: Four-team Howard deal close… unless it is not

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:56 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    The Dwight Howard Tilt-A-Whirl started spinning again today and we all just want to get off. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard a complex four-team deal to ship Dwight Howard to the Lakers is “close.” A four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is “very close” to happening and could be…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Remembering the 1972 Gold Medal game

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

    1972 Olympics

    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 US Women’s soccer players love gold medals. • If it does end up…

  15. Video: Zach Randolph donates $10K to help injured pit bull

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:29 PM EST

    Tennessee Daily Life

    Zach Randolph‘s reputation is not exactly the “Mr. Charitable Cause” guy around the league. And early in his career, in his years in Portland and even beyond, he didn’t deserve it. Immature would be a kind word to describe him. But people grow up. And evolve. And Randolph does have a charitable side, helping out…

  16. Argentina may be tougher test for USA than gold medal game

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:06 PM EST

    US guard Kobe Bryant (R) stands by Argen

    Argentina is not more talented on paper than the Spanish men’s national team in these Olympics. We can have a debate about Argentina vs. Russia but it’s close. But the Argentineans could pose a bigger threat to the United States’ gold medal hopes in the semi-finals on Friday than either Spain or Russia in a…

  17. Report: Four-team trade involving Howard to Lakers, Iguodala trade being discussed

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

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

    UPDATE 4:10 pm: Here’s a bit of an update on this complex blockbuster four-team Dwight Howard trade that illustrates how complex and potentially unlikely it is. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo: Orlando’s Jason Richardson has been significant name in 4-way talks too, sources tell Y! There’s a scenario where he goes with Howard to LA.…

  18. Video: Just a reminder Rajon Rondo is pretty darn athletic

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:07 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    When we talk about the most athletic young guards in the NBA right now you mention Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose first and head down the list from there. We tend to leave Rajon Rondo off that list, maybe because we tend to think of the Celtics as an older and less athletic team. But…

  19. Wizards pick Satoransky is honest, says he’s not ready for NBA

    Aug 9, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Satoransky

    I like the Wizards pick of Tomas Satoransky in the second round. The young Czech combo guard showed very well at the adidas EuroCamp then had some nice performances at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas — he made good plays at the point and looked a little more athletic than had been rumored.…

  20. Blazers coach Stotts regrets something you don’t remember

    Aug 9, 2012, 2:36 PM EST

    Terry Stotts

    There are certain interview questions you know are coming: What is your biggest weakness? (“I tend to work too hard.”) And what you may have learned or regret from a previous job. New Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was asked about his biggest regret from his two previous, unimpressive stops as a head coach in…

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