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  1. Kings extend coach Keith Smart’s contract to 2014

    Aug 7, 2012, 2:01 AM EST

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart did a nice job with the Kings last year — taking over a team Paul Westphal had lost and connecting with key players. And by Kings players we mean DeMarcus Cousins. It all starts there. Kings management was impressed enough — and is desperate for some semblance of consistency — that they have…

  2. Joel Przybilla agrees to terms with Milwaukee Bucks

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:40 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    The Bucks have themselves a backup center. Veteran center Joel Przybilla has agreed to terms with the Milwaukee Bucks for next season, his agent told Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times. “We’re excited about this,” Bill Duffy, Przybilla’s agent, said in a telephone interview Monday night. “Joel had a great meeting last week with John…

  3. Video: Russell Westbrook’s monster dunk all over Argentina

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Pity Juan Gutiérrez. He didn’t do anything wrong save be near the rim when Russell Westbrook decided to launch himself and put a monster throwdown on Argentina during the United States’ second half run to put the game away. This may well be the dunk of the Olympics, the kind of thing you should enjoy…

  4. Quick look at opening Olympic medal round games

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:26 PM EST

    Olympics Day 10 - Basketball

    Finally, we are done with the “everyone gets to play” portion of Olympic basketball. Time to get on with it. Eight teams remain in the win-or-go home medal round tournament starting Wednesday. The matchups are set after Brazil knocked off Spain (with Spain sitting key players in the fourth) and a surprise that didn’t matter…

  5. Report: Spurs assistant Lindsey near deal to become Jazz GM

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

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    We told you today that Jazz general manager Kevin O’Conner was moving on up, taking on a more presidential position within the Utah Jazz organization. Oh, he’ll still be involved in decision making and planning I Utah, but he was weary of doing the day-to-day grind work of a general manager. Enter the Spurs Dennis…

  6. USA plays one good half, that’s enough to beat Argentina handily

    Aug 6, 2012, 7:50 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    If the USA can play the next four games like they played the second half against Argentina, they will cruise to a gold medal. Let’s just forget about the six quarters before that, shall we? After a sloppy first half of the defensive end and a lot of three point shots, Team USA got it…

  7. Monday And-1 links: Photographic evidence of Celtics changes

    Aug 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

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    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 Alex Morgan loves headers. • How much have the Celtics changed the roster?…

  8. Quote of the Day: Deng tells Bulls nation to chill out. Politely.

    Aug 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    “Did I look like I needed surgery? I’m fine right now. I feel great.” —Chicago Bull Luol Deng after he and Great Britain knocked off China 90-58 to win one game in Olympic pool play and finish 9th in the tournament (better than many expected coming in). Deng has a bad wrist and there are…

  9. Utah to promote Kevin O’Connor, will search for new GM

    Aug 6, 2012, 4:44 PM EST

    Jazz logo

    The Millers run the Utah Jazz like an old-school family business in a lot of ways — it’s about relationships and once they are established they a very loyal bunch. Well, as long as they think you are going to be loyal to them (see: Williams, Deron). Along those lines comes this news, via Adrian…

  10. Celtics’ Jeff Green says he feels “awesome,” is back playing

    Aug 6, 2012, 3:05 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    Boston missed Jeff Green last year. He was going to be their sixth man, the first wing off the bench, a key contributor before he was found to have a heart condition that required surgery. We can discuss how I think Celtics fans (and at first Thunder fans before them) overvalued Green, but it was…

  11. If Jeremy Lin were a GM, he would even trade himself for LeBron

    Aug 6, 2012, 2:25 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is touring Taiwan right now, trying to increase his marketability in the country that thinks it’s not part of China but China disagrees. It’s smart marketing by Lin. And he is getting peppered with questions there: How would he explain Linsanity? (He can’t.) What he’s looking for in a girlfriend? Where does he…

  12. Report: Kenyon Martin talking to Nets, Lakers

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Things haven’t really changed that much on the Kenyon Martin front — he wants to get paid, not the league minimum but real money. And that’s not out there. The Knicks might want him back at the minimum, but that’s not who Martin is talking to, according to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Kenyon Martin,…

  13. Nets owner jokes he wants to open Barclays Center with Jay-Z

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:19 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is going to open this fall with a Mikhail Prokhorov concert… Well, not exactly. It’s going to be a couple nights of Jay-Z shows. That probably sells a little better. But the Nets majority owner apparently thinks he is going to join the minority owner and face of the franchise…

  14. The Inbounds: Indiana and defense of second

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Welcome to the Inbounds, touching on one big idea, story, or discussion point of the day.  It’s fine to think the Celtics were the second best team in the East in last year’s playoffs (factoring the Bulls post-Rose injury). I mean, they finished second, right? They pushed the eventual NBA champions to seven games, and…

  15. J.R. Smith sounds like blog commenter, says Knicks are contenders

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There are some very thoughtful, basketball smart Knicks fans out there. As a whole they know the game. And then there are the Knicks fans who vastly overestimate how good their team really is and think the franchise is still thought of like it’s 1972. Apparently, J.R. Smith falls in the later group. The Knicks…

  16. Kyle Lowry started his own juice-drink company, Famjuice

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

    Kyle Lowry

    There’s a lot of money in the juice drink market. Which is why it is a very crowded and competitive market to get into. But Kyle Lowry is in. The new Toronto Raptor (heading into a contract year) has started a company called Famjuice (via Ball Don’t Lie and Deadspin). The company’s motto — “reflavor…

  17. The Heat are looking at Andray Blatche, but it’s not serious

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Andray Blatche

    It is very much the “dating but not in a relationship” kind of deal. There have been reports that Andray Blatche was on the Heat’s radar. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Heat are looking at him, but it’s far from a done deal, especially because of Blatche’s market value: ..just because, as ESPN…

  18. Kobe Bryant says again he could finish career in Europe

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    US basketball player Kobe Bryant reacts

    This is not a new refrain, but it doesn’t make it any more likely. Kobe Bryant has said again he might choose to end his career with a couple years in Europe after the NBA. This time he said it to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports while both were in London for the Olympics. “It…

  19. Grizzlies new owner breaks silence, still doesn’t say much

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:11 AM EST

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    Over the past few months Robert Pera — the 34-year-old Silocone Valley entrepreneur trying to purchase the Memphis Grizzlies — has stayed quiet while the world has buzzed around him. the 34-year-old billionaire hasn’t spoken much at all about his efforts to buy the Grizzles, something tat David Stern likely suggested. He also hasn’t spoken…

  20. USA’s defense, outside shooting needs to return vs. Argentina

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    US forward LeBron James (L), guard Kobe

    Argentina is in some way a better version of the Lithuanian team that gave the USA trouble on Saturday — more talented but with that same experienced veteran savvy that exposed the American’s mistakes. But that’s really what Monday is about — has the USA learned from its mistakes as it heads to the medal…

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