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  1. Stotts’ Blazers are going to run, launch a lot of threes

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:53 AM EST

    Trail Blazers Stotts Basketball

    There were a lot of shrugs and even some eye rolls when Portland said they were going to hire Terry Stotts as head coach — this is a guy who has had two head coaching jobs before and his career winning percentage is well below .500. Another recycled coach. But that’s not entirely fair —…

  2. Magic sign second-round pick Kyle O’Quinn

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:17 AM EST

    Kyle O'Quinn, Terrence Jennings

    Kyle O’Quinn was kind of the perfect second round gamble pick when he came out of Norfolk State last draft. He’s got size (6’10”) and athleticism, and while there were concerns about his commitment to the game (read: “motor”) in the second round he’s a good gamble. O’Quinn impressed enough at the Orlando Summer League…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki got another ring… he got married

    Aug 9, 2012, 1:06 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    I bet Mark Cuban bought them a toaster. A really, really nice and expensive toaster. Dirk Nowitzki now has another ring to go with that one Cuban bought him, he got married last month, the AP confirmed. The 34-year-old Dallas Mavericks star forward has married Jessica Olsson. State District Judge Craig Smith said Wednesday that…

  4. Clippers may stay in house to find new general manager

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers like how things are running right now — after decades of being a league punch line they have become one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. The entire culture of the locker room has changed. They like the power structure in place. They are winning and selling out the building. When things are going…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links: Should Bynum be frustrated with the Lakers?

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    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 3-year-olds like to throw tantrums. • If Andrew Bynum was frustrated with the…

  6. USA starts pretty blah, Kobe and LeBron help them run away from Aussies late

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:48 PM EST

    Australian guard Matt Dellavedova (L) ch

    There are certain boxers and MMA fighters that nobody looks fighting good against. Even the fighters with all the style get sucked into an ugly grappling contest, nobody looks pretty in the ring/octagon against these guys. That is Australian basketball. For three quarters against Team USA the Aussies were physical, they mucked up the game,…

  7. Good news Bulls fans: At least you’re not getting McGrady

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

    Tracy McGrady

    After finally signing Marquis Teague, the Bulls have enough money left under the hard-cap apron to sign one more player — a rookie on a minimum deal. Not a second year player, their minimum is too high. Rookie minimum only. You want some good news, Bulls fans? That means you can’t sign Tracy McGrady. You…

  8. Argentina grinds down Brazil for win, wants another shot at USA

    Aug 8, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Argentina’s “golden generation” will be playing for a London Olympics medal. And (barring a major upset) they are going to get one more crack at the United States first. Argentina beat Brazil in an emotional South American rivalry game Wednesday thanks to their savvy team play and defense. That team play turned out to be…

  9. Batum tweets apology for punching Navarro in the, um, groin

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:54 PM EST

    French forward Nicolas Batum (R) clashes

    If you haven’t seen “the punch” you can by just following this link. I’m not sure an “I’m sorry” quite makes up for that. However, a few hours after France was eliminated from the Olympics by Spain in a game that got ugly at the end and included that punch, Nicolas Batum took to twitter…

  10. Roy Hibbert helping fulfill wish of dying child

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:19 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    This is a great story. Professional athletes (at least some of them) do more of this than gets made public, but this is a special situation and special move. Roy Hibbert, the center of the Indiana Pacers (who got a max contract extension this summer), is flying across the country because the wish of one…

  11. Avery Bradley thanks Ray Allen for being a good tutor

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    We know what kind of reception Ray Allen is going to get from the fans when he returns to Boston as a member of the Miami Heat. We know how Paul Pierce feels about Allen bolting for the enemy. But Avery Badly, the guy who basically took Allen’s starting job, he feels differently. He was…

  12. Nicolas Batum punches Juan Carlos-Navarro in nuts

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:09 PM EST

    French forward Nicolas Batum (R) clashes

    Here is what you are going to be talking about the rest of the day. You can see it by following this link. Late in the fourth quarter of France’s medal round loss to Spain — when France had shot 0-11 and let the game get away from them — their frustration boiled over. Way…

  13. Dwyane Wade says knee surgery recovery “going very well”

    Aug 8, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Dwyane Wade we saw in the playoffs was just not right. Yes, there was the 22.8 points per game and the 46 percent shooting and the championship ring. Turns out even injured Wade is really, really good. But he left knee was an issue, so bad he had it drained once. One of the…

  14. France’s ugly finish (with Batum punching Navarro in groin) costs them in loss to Spain

    Aug 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    After three quarters, this was shaping up to be a classic. And with less than seven minutes to go France led 57-54. Then the wheels came off for France. Actually, that’s too kind. France crashed and burned. They scored 6 points total in the fourth quarter and went scoreless for more than seven minutes. And…

  15. Deng says it will be tough for Bulls without Rose. Ya think?

    Aug 8, 2012, 1:07 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Luol Deng is going to be there for the Bulls. There is no wrist surgery coming following his Olympic experience for Great Britain, he will be there in camp — he’s not even sure what all the fuss over his wrist was about — and plans to lead Chicago next season. How far can he…

  16. John Wall, Gilbert Arenas headline Goodman League Classic

    Aug 8, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    goodman John Wall

    Last summer was the “Summer of the Pro/Am” with locked out players taking park in games at the Drew League in L.A., the Goodman League in D.C. and Rucker Park in N.Y. in record numbers. This year, not going to be as much of that. But some stars are still doing events, and that includes…

  17. Amar’e Stoudemire filmed his marriage proposal (she said yes)

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

    New York Knicks' player Amare Stoudemire and his new fiancee, Alexis Welch watch the Miami Heat play the Boston Celtics during Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Guys, this is how you do a wedding proposal right. Not on the big screen at an NBA game. Don’t roll over in the morning and say “so, you wanna get hitched?” Do it right for her. I thought I did pretty well a decade ago when I proposed (on a gondola in a canal…

  18. Russia’s defense, running bigs move them past Lithuania

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:26 AM EST

    Olympics Day 10 - Basketball

    Lithuania does not make it easy on you, they are a physically and mentally tough side that plays savvy basketball. Just ask Team USA. Or, ask Russia. The top seed out of Group A had to work hard for an 83-74 win to advance to the semifinals of the London Olympic basketball tournament. Russia did…

  19. Sacramento Arena could be renamed the “Sleep Train”

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:29 AM EST

    Arco Arena

    Because the Kings and their fans have not suffered enough indignities in recent years…. Next year we could hear “Live from the Sleep Train Arena, we bring you Sacramento Kings basketball.” The Kings currently play in the Power Balance Arena (formerly Arco Arena), an outdated building that is at the heart of the Maloof family’s…

  20. Grizzlies to host preseason game against Real Madrid

    Aug 8, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Grizzlies logo

    Such is the state of the world that most of us would rather see Real Madrid’s soccer team — with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka — than their basketball team, but we’ll take what we can get. Real Madrid — which includes Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez — will take on the Memphis Grizzlies in a…

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