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  1. Anthony Tolliver is reportedly drawing interest from Greece’s Panathinaikos

    Aug 19, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Anthony Randolph, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Rose

    Anthony Tolliver, despite a very strong season with the Timberwolves, continues to hang out on the free agency limb. There’s been a lot of talk but little action in terms of a contract getting taken care of. And reportedly, now NBA teams will have some competition. Prasinanea.gr reports that Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos is interested in…

  2. Michael Beasley is having an estate sale you have to see

    Aug 19, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

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    Michael Beasley is on the move again. Minnesota decided not to bring him back — you can guess why for yourself — and he is getting a fresh start in Phoenix with a three-year, $18 million deal. And by fresh start, we mean completely starting over. Rather than packing a U-Haul with his possessions for…

  3. Possessions and You: The Atlanta Hawks

    Aug 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    From time to time, we’ll take a look at what teams looked like on offense last year using some basic but nifty charts. Today the Atlanta Hawks.   I’ve done these before with overlays of production, but it’s difficult to get a real indication relative to usage. Points per minute? Still impacted by too many…

  4. Hornets agree to four-year extension with Monty Williams

    Aug 19, 2012, 8:51 AM EST

    Monty Williams

    Surviving last year with the Hornets is a pretty impressive feat for Monty Williams. Losing Chris Paul and David West, dealing with the veto debacle, having Eric Gordon perpetually injured, being drastically low on talent, the deck was stacked against Williams. But instead of the team falling apart, even though they wound up with an…

  5. Video: A reminder, the Wolves were fun, are fun, will be fun

    Aug 18, 2012, 9:01 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    The Timberwolves shook off all the doldrums and depressing mediocrity last year. Behind Kevin Love taking yet another leap forward and Ricky Rubio living up to the loftiest of expectations, along with Rick Adelman actually getting everyone on the same page, the Wolves were running and gunning every night. They were winning games until Rubio’s…

  6. The Thunder are not stuck with “Ibaka or Harden”

    Aug 18, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    With Serge Ibaka officially signed to a four-year extension worth a reported $48 millon with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a mighty cry went out across the land. “James Harden is available!” Naturally, if the Thunder paid Ibaka more than some measley sum, there was no way that they would be able to retain Harden. They…

  7. Don Nelson says he’s done coaching, not coming back

    Aug 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Coaches tend to “retire” and then drift back. You do something for so long, it gets in your blood. So you have to take what they say with a lot of salt. Not a grain. A lot. But Don Nelson is talking like there’s no question about it, he’s not coming back. Scott Howard-Cooper of…

  8. Video: JaVale McGee working on the Dream Shake with the master

    Aug 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Nuggets' McGee dunks the ball against the Lakers during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game win in Los Angeles

    Just once I ‘d like to find someone who doesn’t look great working out with Hakeem Olajuwon. OK, I probably wouldn’t look great working out with Hakeem Olajuwon. But stick any NBA big man with arguably the best overall center of all time for a few hours in his gym and you’re going to walk…

  9. Brook Lopez says he’s 90 percent

    Aug 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez broke his foot in December, before the season. After just five games, he sustained an ankle injury, and that was the season. He re-signed with the Nets during their shopping binge on a four-year max deal that will pay him over $12 million each year for the duration of the contract. Training camp…

  10. Reports: Cavaliers near three-year deal to keep Alonzo Gee

    Aug 18, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    Alonzo Gee was one of those guys waiting for a better offer — one that he thought matched his potential — that was just not going to come. Sometimes that’s how the system works. So he took the one on the table. Cleveland is near a deal to keep Gee for three years at about…

  11. Thunder agree to terms with Serge Ibaka on four-year extension

    Aug 18, 2012, 2:50 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Update 5:51 p.m. ET Saturday:  The Thunder have announced the signing as official. Sam Presti held a call to congratulate everyone… before he left to get married. Dude signed his power forward to a four-year extension on his wedding day. Those guys are machines ********** Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo Sports reports that the…

  12. Friday Night Video: Remembering Larry Bird

    Aug 17, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

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    It was 20 years ago this week that Larry Bird retired from basketball. Over at CSNNE.com, they have done a fantastic job this week of remember him and what he meant to the Boston Celtics and the city. Here’s a highlight video of Bird (if you want more, there are countless more on the Web).…

  13. Jason Terry has been learning Ray Allen’s plays

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:15 PM EST

    Jason Terry

    Jason Terry is not going to be Ray Allen. The Celtics don’t want him to be. He’s never going to be the pure shooter Allen has been (who is?) but Terry can create his own shot and do things Allen can’t. And Terry likes being the sixth man, he thrives in that role. But Terry…

  14. Minnesota might round out its roster with… Mehmet Okur? Nah.

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:58 PM EST

    Mehmet Okur

    The Timberwolves have a pretty set front line — Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic will start, with Andrei Kirilenko and Greg Stiemsma behind them. And you can throw Dante Cunningham in the mix if you want. They may want one more big to round out the roster… but Mehmet Okur? That’s the rumor from Darren…

  15. FIBA head says no to under-23 Olympics basketball

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:33 PM EST

    (From L) US centre Anthony Davis, US gua

    David Stern and the NBA owners are going to have a much tougher hill to climb to sell the idea of an under-23 Olympics tournament than they thought. They can’t just lock everyone out until they get their way this time. The players hate the idea and spoke out unanimously against it. Fans hate it…

  16. A former translator for Osama Bin Laden thinks LeBron should apologize to Cleveland. Glad his priorities are in line.

    Aug 17, 2012, 6:15 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Muhammed Rahim is a detainee at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, ad a former translator for the formerly alive Osama Bin Laden. He had his lawyer whip up a letter to the Washington Post, and in it, he asked for a cat for company, since other prisoners have them. Oh, yes, and he delightfully decided to…

  17. Who are the best left handers in the history of the NBA?

    Aug 17, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Bill Russell Red

    In the NBA, left handers throw guys off. You have to close out on shooters differently, you need to expect different moves in the post, they want their passes in slightly different locations. You need to be able to do certain things with both hands to really thrive in the NBA, but we all have…

  18. Friday And-1 links: Can Kobe and Nash coexist as leaders?

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    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 these guys love Alex Morgan. • Interesting post by the always… well, at…

  19. Bruce Bowen not sold Lakers will be better than Thunder

    Aug 17, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    Finally, we have reached that time in August when we can definitively speculate on what teams will be playing like next May and June. Because we all nailed that Mavericks championship two years ago and got that Heat vs. Bulls Eastern Conference Finals we expected last year. On paper it does seem to be a…

  20. China still loves Kobe (because he worked at it)

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    When all of his fellow gold medalists came home to do the talk-show circuit and try to get in some rest before training camp, Kobe Bryant headed off for his annual Nike-sponsored tour of China. In the world’s most populous nation Kobe is far and away the biggest NBA star. Look at that photo. He’s…

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