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  1. Quote of the Day: Patrick Ewing’s not saying Dream Team would “cream” Team USA 2012, but…

    Jul 29, 2012, 11:44 AM EST

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    “They’re a lot smaller than we were,’’ Ewing, one of 11 Hall of Famers on that Dream Team, said on NBA TV. “(The current team is) kind of light in the middle. Myself and David Robinson, we would have had a field day… I’m not saying we would have creamed them. Best out of 10,…

  2. Steve Nash’s videos are getting stranger and stranger

    Jul 29, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the Shawshank Redemption (more than the original Stephen King novella) but it is ripe for parody. Just not sure this was the best one I’ve ever seen. Steve Nash and his production company have done some good work in the past (the Terry Fox “30 for…

  3. Magic GM says Howard could start season on Magic roster

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:29 AM EST

    Rob Hennigan

    “Process.” That was new Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan’s word of the day in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. He said the team would follow the process and trade Dwight Howard when they got to the end of the process. I would translate what he said as “these offers all suck, we’re going to…

  4. Mike D’Antoni says he would have “walked to Phoenix” to bring Steve Nash to New York

    Jul 28, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni Steve Nash

    The Knicks had dreams of Steve Nash this summer before the Lakers swooped in and took over to land Nash in their sign-and-trade. Nash eventually made his decision based on the proximity to his kids, so there may have been nothing for the Knicks to do. But you have to imagine that having Mike D’Antoni…

  5. Grizzlies re-sign Hamed Haddadi

    Jul 28, 2012, 4:23 PM EST

    Haddadi_Hamed

    Laddi-daddi-who-likes-to-party? The Grizzlies have decided to re-sign Haddadi. The Grizzlies re-signed center Hamed Haddadi on Saturday via the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The first Iranian center in the league has averaged only spot minutes for Memphis over the past five seasons, but is still an important cog for the team. They lack another legitimate reserve center…

  6. James Harden would consider signing with Suns in free agency, would have same answer for living on the moon

    Jul 28, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    James Harden will be a free agent in 2013 and there’s going to be a world of heat around the decision for the Thunder to retain him or let him free. He’s going to get max offers. If he doesn’t take a paycut to re-sign, the Thunder can’t afford to retain him if they want…

  7. Preview: Things get defensive as USA takes on France

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    France's player Tony Parker looks on, du

    If the French team that earned a spot in the London Olympics by coming in second at EuroBasket last summer were the one taking on the United States on Sunday, American fans would have reason to worry. That French team played lock down defense and had Tony Parker at his shot-creating best to spark the…

  8. Jacque Vaughn hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic

    Jul 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

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    The Orlando Magic announced Saturday, following multiple media reports including the first from the Orlando Sentinel, that they have hired 37-year-old former NBA player and Spurs assistant Jacque Vaughn as their new head coach. The move is not a surprise, as Vaughn has been in the running for weeks, and held a second reported interview with…

  9. Dwight Howard’s agent defends spin after confirming he leaked details of meeting with Magic

    Jul 28, 2012, 9:43 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    “They started it!” This is what professional business negotiations have, once again, turned into, in the NBA. A day after David Stern outed Dwight Howard agent Dan Fegan as the source of leaks concerning Howard’s meeting with the Orlando Magic this week, Fegan hit the media again, this time with regards to why he leaked…

  10. Ricky Rubio recovering, hopes to be running by September

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

    Rick Rubio

    These Olympics would be a lot more fun if Ricky Rubio were there playing for Spain. It also would make things a little scarier for the United States. But it is our loss as basketball fans. Back in March, in a fluke little collision, Rubio torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament. It ended…

  11. David Stern blames Dwight Howard’s agent for all the leaks

    Jul 27, 2012, 8:47 PM EST

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Oh, great. David Stern is getting involved in the Dwightmare. That will make everything better. One of the most annoying parts of the entire Dwight Howard trade saga has been the constant flow of leaks trying to spin the story — and keeping the news cycle going on the story. The latest of those has…

  12. The debate that will not die: LeBron says 2012 team could beat Dream Team

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:13 PM EST

    LeBron James of the 2012 USA Basketball

    Which update and debate is more annoying right now: 2012 Team USA vs. the Dream Team; or the Dwight Howard saga? It’s close for me, because at some point our Dwightmare will end but the unanswerable, theoretical Dream Team debate could go on seemingly forever. Case in point: At a pre-Olympic media session on Friday…

  13. Friday And-1 links: Marv Albert is ready for Nets vs. Knicks

    Jul 27, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    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. • Marv Albert with the imaginary first call at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the Nets take on…

  14. Raptors ink John Lucas III to deal, giving them 3 point guards

    Jul 27, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    We told you recently this was close and now it has become official. Although, that hints at other moves. The Toronto Raptors have signed John Lucas III to a new deal, the team has confirmed. Lucas played well in the absence of Derrick Rose in Chicago for much of last season, averaging 7.5 points a…

  15. Reason 4,723 Team USA doesn’t stay in the Olympic Village

    Jul 27, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    Tyson Chandler Olympic bed

    There are a whole lot of reasons the USA Olympic men’s basketball team is not staying in the wild, out of control party the Olympic village. Security for one. Second, the rooms in the village are basically dorm rooms and do you think Kobe Bryant and LeBron James want to stay in a dorm? But…

  16. Hornets Xavier Henry has minor knee operation

    Jul 27, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

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    What is it with Hornets players needing minor surgery Friday? First it was Austin Rivers needing some bone spurs taken out of his ankle, and now it is swingman Xavier Henry having his knee cleaned up a little bit, according to Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune. GM Dell Demps confirmed that Henry had arthroscopic surgery to…

  17. Team USA is running a LeBron/Durant pick-and-roll. Scary.

    Jul 27, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Lebron James

    LeBron James is the best basketball player walking the planet earth right now. Kevin Durant is, in my opinion, the best pure scorer walking the planet right now. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is a smart man. He knows what an unstoppable force those two guys are — so he started playing them off each…

  18. Lakers reportedly showing interest in Jodie Meeks

    Jul 27, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    The Lakers are pretty set at starting two guard. Got a guy they kind of like there.   But if the goal is to keep Kobe Bryant’s minutes down — he averaged a ridiculous 38.5 last season for Mike Brown — you need a reliable backup. And while Andrew Goudelock and Darius Johnson-Odom are on…

  19. Austin Rivers has ankle surgery Friday, will be ready for camp

    Jul 27, 2012, 2:05 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets Introduce Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers - Press Conference

    It’s a minor “clean up.” He is expected to be ready when training camp opens this fall. It is no bid deal. But it’s still a little disturbing to hear that New Orleans’ recent No. 10 pick out of Duke Austin Rivers had ankle surgery on Friday. This was done to clean out some bone…

  20. James Harden even looks cool in tattoo form

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

    james-harden-arm-tattoo

    This guy’s James Harden tattoo is better than yours. Wait, you don’t have one yet? You will. We all will. It’s part of his master plan. This guy is just ahead of the curve. Way ahead. And while some have questioned the quality of the work done (the beard is off a bit), I will…

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