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  1. Mark Cuban is really pissed at Jason Kidd. I mean ticked.

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban Jason Kidd

    Mark Cuban thought he had a fallback. The Mavericks were going to go hard after Deron Williams, but that might not work, the Nets were always in that picture (and really always in the lead). But if D-Will didn’t work out — and he didn’t, he signed to stay in Brooklyn — then there was…

  2. Chris Paul out eight weeks after thumb surgery, likely misses start of camp

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul injured his thumb early on in USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics, while the team was still in Las Vegas. It held him up for a few days, but he came back and played well — Paul was huge in the second half of the USA’s gold medal winning game over Spain.…

  3. Here are your top-10 NBA highest-paid players for 2012-13

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA salaries are basically set for next season, minus a few tweaks for late pickups and drops. While there are a few good players still out there as free agents, said players are discovering right now the market is pretty dry. I hope they all like the veteran minimum. So who is going to…

  4. Derrick Favors doesn’t want to start, just wants more burn

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

    favors-fined

    It’s a John Woodenism that probably goes back to well before he owned coaching — it’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it. Or, in today’s modern parlance, it’s about who gets the minutes. Derrick Favors wants more minutes. The Utah Jazz have the kind of problem most coaches want —…

  5. Video: Selby, Arenas put on show at Goodman Classic

    Aug 21, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

    The Goodman League is they place to play Pro-Am summer games in Washington D.C. It’s where Kevin Durant plays and works out in the summer when he’s not hanging out in London. The guys at The Mars Reel put together these highlights from the Goodman Roundball Classic with Josh Selby (Memphis), Gilbert Arenas and rapper…

  6. Anthony Davis says Olympics made him more confident

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis pretty much fell backwards on to the London Olympic team. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski like him as a prospect, but it took injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin (his in training camp) for Team USA to get desperate enough to grab the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets.…

  7. Akron putting up signs saying “Home of LeBron James”

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    ADDITION Lebron Honored Basketball

    While that nearby city Cleveland still treats the name “LeBron James” like Hogwarts treats the name “Voldemort,” Akron is a different place. With a different feel. And a different story. Akron is where LeBron was born and raised, and there he still has fans. Family and friends that love him. And now he has signs,…

  8. Stoudemire says he is going to focus on defense. Again.

    Aug 21, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Under Mike Woodson last season (both as a head coach and “defensive coordinator” assistant) the Knicks were a good defensive team — fifth in the NBA at 98.4 points allowed per 100 possessions. That is why they made the playoffs with an offense that can sputter and has two stars that haven’t figured out how…

  9. Video: Metta World Peace is a winner on Yo Gabba Gabba!

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace on Yo Gabba Gabba (courtesy Nick Jr.)

    We told you Metta World Peace was going on children’s television sensation Yo Gabba Gabba but I bet you forgot to set the DVR, didn’t you? Fortunately, we’re here to bail you out. In the video above you can see World Peace’s running form, see him beat out an animated fox and… well, just be…

  10. Stan Van Gundy says Derrick Rose could be next star to bolt

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Rose tosses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers' Paul after the Bulls turned the ball over during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    So who is next? LeBron James left Cleveland to team up with stars in Miami, following a blueprint seen in Boston (although how they got there was different). It’s a trend that continued on through Dwight Howard pushing his way out of Orlando and landing in Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau…

  11. Video: “The Other Dream Team” story of 1992 Lithuanian team

    Aug 21, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

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    We just spent part of our summer looking back 20 years at the Dream Team with Jordan, Ewing, Magic, Bird, Barkley and on and on, and how that group changed the face of international basketball. Plus we had that silly debate about them and the 2012 team. But the American Dream Team may not have…

  12. Yi Jianlian reiterates he wants to be in NBA, not Europe

    Aug 21, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian

    There hasn’t been much of an NBA market for former No. 6 overall pick Yi Jianlian this summer. After riding the Dallas bench last summer Yi had a strong Olympics leading China, well, until he strained his MCL in the final game. But he looked like a guy with the length, athleticism and shooting to…

  13. Clippers got better this summer, yet in L.A. it’s same old story (all Lakers)

    Aug 21, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers are a legitimately good team. They went 40-26 last season, one game back of the Pacific Division winning Los Angeles Lakers. Then this summer they went out and added Lamar Odom, Grant Hill and Jamal Crawford. They have the best point guard in the game in Chris Paul — a guy you can…

  14. Kevin Durant is very happy for Serge Ibaka

    Aug 21, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Serge Ibaka

    Serge Ibaka is making Al Horford money. He is making Joakim Noah money. Ibaka’s new four year, $48 million contract puts him up there with those All-Stars, he is making basically what they are. And Kevin Durant couldn’t be happier for him, he told the Oklahoman. “I’m happy for him. He deserves every penny. He…

  15. Lakers GM Kupchak didn’t think Howard trade would happen, either

    Aug 21, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Mitch Kupchak

    You think you were frustrated during the Dwightmare… The Lakers wanted to land Dwight Howard — it was the one guy they would move Andrew Bynum to get and see it as an upgrade, and Bynum’s value might never be higher — so they were in. They talked to Rob Hennigan (the young Orland GM)…

  16. Video: Wojnarowski talks Ibaka, James Harden future

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

    ibaka-game-4

    It’s the question we’ve been talking about, everyone around the NBA has been whispering about — What will the Thunder do about James Harden? He will want a max deal next summer — four years, $58 million — and that will put the Thunder into the luxury tax. How much are they willing to pay?…

  17. Watch the top plays from Howard, Bynum, Iguodala

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Fans in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Denver are pumped for next season after the big four-team Dwight Howard trade. As they should be. their teams got a lot more interesting. And better. Magic fans… I’d recommend watching a lot of college ball next season. Get your scouting in early. So to get you guys more…

  18. Popeye Jones’ kid expected to be top-3 pick in NHL draft

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Popeye-Jones

    Back in September 2000, a couple weeks before training camp opened, Popeye Jones was traded to the Washington Wizards. His fifth team in five years. That’s the business, but it’s tough on guys with a family. So Jones told his wife to setting in Colorado (he had played in Denver before) and he would go…

  19. Monday And-1 links: Looking at the Lakers offense with Howard

    Aug 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    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. • With all the hits Dwight Howard took on the public relations side lately,…

  20. The real question: How much tax is Oklahoma City willing to pay?

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Olympics - Opening Day

    Clay Bennett and the Oklahoma City ownership has said before they are willing to pay some luxury tax to keep the core of their team together. Next year that will be put to the test. They have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on max deals, and they just signed Serge Ibaka to a four-year, $48…

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