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  1. Kevin Garnett blocked from purchase of minority ownership in European soccer club

    Aug 5, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    LeBron James can, but Kevin Garnett can’t. And there are good reasons why not. KG wanted to buy a share in AS Roma, but the Boston Globe reports that Garnett was blocked from that bid. LeBron James is a minority owner in a club as well. The reason why one was legal and one was…

  2. Paul Millsap expected to forgo extension for free agency

    Aug 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Jazz have offered forward Paul Millsap a three-year, $25 million max contract extension, showing their commitment to the near All-Star. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, they’re not going to be able to avoid Millsap hitting the open market, according to the report: Initial indications are Millsap…

  3. Lavoy Allen’s not conceding the starting gig yet, no matter what coach Collins says

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Five

    Lavoy Allen made a name for himself in the playoffs last year as “The KG Stopper.” He did a phenomenal job against Garnett, who had been dominant in the playoffs up until that point. Naturally, Doug Collins went away from Allen and played Spencer Hawes for longer stretches, despite Garnett taking Hawes’ lunch money and…

  4. Spike Lee will not be turning in his Knicks gear for black-and-white

    Aug 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Spike Lee

    Don’t expect Spike Lee to be rocking the black-and-white at any point next season. With the Nets headed to Barclays to open their first season in Brooklyn, there will be some defections. Some fans aren’t all that committed and it won’t take much to get them on board with the idea of swapping out the…

  5. Robin Lopez had successful knee surgery

    Aug 5, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Really, New Orleans’ luck had been going too well. They draft Austin Rivers, he has surgery. They trade for Robin Lopez, now he has knee surgery. It’s fine, it’s just not the kind of thing you want right off the bat as the rebuilding project gets underway. From the team’s presser: The New Orleans Hornets…

  6. With one game to go, here’s how the Olympic groups shake out

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:54 AM EST

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    There is one more round of games to go on Monday, but you don’t really need to call the Psychic Hotline to see how the medal round is shaking out. It’s pretty clear, save for one big Spain vs. Brazil game on Monday. Remember how this works: There are six teams in each group and…

  7. The Birdman would play for veteran minimum… in New York?

    Aug 4, 2012, 8:25 PM EST

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    Tattoo artists of New York, don’t get your hopes up too high yet, but a big new canvas could be coming to town… if you can find some space on it. But like we said, don’t get your hopes up yet. We’re a long way from knowing how this story ends. Chris Andersen — the…

  8. How Darius Songaila’s play in the Olympics is a bad sign for the Raptors

    Aug 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

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    In Saturday’s Team USA squeaker against Lithuania, fringe NBA player (who hasn’t been in the league for a year) played nearly 18 minutes, particularly down the stretch. Raptors lottery pick and presumed starting center next season, Jonas Valanciunas, played just eight. It’s yet another game where Valanciunas has struggled to see floor time and struggled…

  9. Video: Jordan Brand commercial creates the rivalry the NBA is missing

    Aug 4, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    With all the superstar teamups, individual rivalries are getting lost. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant never really were rivals, for some reason. LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade. Carmelo Anthony has his guys  and is too buddy-buddy with LeBron or it to be a rivalry. There’s just not a lot of umph to the rivalries in…

  10. Melo says that he’s called selfish because of Linsanity

    Aug 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Carmelo Anthony apparently thinks that the whole idea of him being “selfish” started with Linsanity. Yeah. From USA Today: But he pinpoints exactly when the “Anthony is selfish” meme began. “Let’s be frank about it,” he said. “When it comes to the Knicks, we’re talking about one particular point in time. We’re talking about the…

  11. Russia upsets Spain, chance of USA/Spain gold medal rematch almost dead

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

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    We almost certainly will not have a rematch of the 2008 Gold Medal game from Beijing. But how about a rematch of the controversial 1972 Olympic Gold Medal game won by Russia? That we could get. That’s because Russia defeated Spain 77-74 Saturday, giving Russia the top spot in Group B. It’s an upset, although…

  12. Lithuania gives USA a real test, but LeBron passes it in 99-94 win

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:04 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

    There is a script for beating the USA, we talked about it before the Olympics: Pack the paint on defense and hope they miss threes, play good transition defense, don’t turn the ball over, and have a hot shooting night yourself. Lithuania did almost all of that, playing their best game of the Olympics by…

  13. Paul Pierce says he’ll consider playing beyond 2014, and maybe not in Boston

    Aug 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce was drafted a Celtic. He has been a Celtic in good times and bad. From Ricky Davis to Antoine Walker, to Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Pierce has been a Boston Celtic and has defined the franchise since the turn of the century. But the end is in sight for Pierce, and he’s…

  14. Friday Night Video: Man, Oscar Robertson was something special

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

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    All the talk of the 2012 Team USA basketball squad and how it compares to the Dream Team had me thinking back today to the 1960 Olympic team — a Hall of Fame team with Jerry West and Oscar Robertson among others. Sometimes, we forget just how good Robinson was — career 25 points per…

  15. Who will be better next season, the Knicks or Nets?

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    With rosters pretty much getting set except for a few final pieces around the NBA — save for one big shakeup still to come out of Orlando… eventually — we can start to get a serious look at how rosters are shaking out. And after all the moves the Nets made so they could open…

  16. Who is left in free agency? Here’s a list of the key names.

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    We have made it through the bulk of free agency. Fans are always looking for the next, best thing, the guy who can come in and make a difference. It’s now August and time to be honest — any guy who can really help your team has already been picked up. There are a few…

  17. Friday And-1 links: Can the Brooklyn Nets be hip?

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:44 PM EST

    US rapper Jay-Z performs during a concer

    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 8-year-old girls love gymnasts. • Really fascinating post over at Nets Are Scorching:…

  18. Harden says he was not crossed-over against Nigeria. You decide.

    Aug 3, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    During the often otherwise almost unwatchable Team USA demolition of Nigeria on Thursday, this happened: James Harden got crossed. Broken ankles. Call it whatever you want. Except Harden wouldn’t call it that at all. Trey Kirby of The Basketball Jones monitors players twitter accounts (so you don’t have to) and he found this exchange between…

  19. Pierce “a little bitter” Ray Allen went to Miami, but they’re still “brothers”

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:26 PM EST

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    I think Paul Pierce and the Celtics players are handling Ray Allen’s departure to the Miami Heat better than some of the fans. That doesn’t mean they are really happy about it. As example A, I bring you what Paul Pierce told Celtics.com when asked if he had talked to Allen since he signed with…

  20. Video: The official trailer for Kevin Durant’s “Thunderstruck”

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:01 PM EST

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    What do you think the Rotten Tomatoes score will be for critics who like this movie? I put the under/over at 5 percent. That said, this strategy may be Lithuania’s best chance of slowing him in London on Saturday. This film is going to be terrible, but we will likely make it to the theater…

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