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  1. 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 EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 17, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 17, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Nuggets GM also says he wants to sign Lawson to new deal

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    Part of the talk at the “hello Denver, meet Andre Iguodala” press conference on Thursday involved Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri and Iguodala both saying they would be willing to talk about a contract extension. Words like that are nice, we’ll see where it goes. But another note out of the Denver Post talks about the…

  7. Video: Become a Nets intern by hanging out in Manhattan

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    brooklyn-nets-logo-0

    This is a great story… however for you college students out there trying to get an internship, we can’t really recommend this as the best way to go about it. The story goes that college student Vivek Shah is hanging out near Rockafeller Center in Manhattan when Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark is walking by, leaving…

  8. Wade says LeBron playing on Jordan’s level, but not near legacy. Yet.

    Aug 17, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It is the bar set for LeBron James — Michael Jordan set it. LeBron’s game is really more Magic Johnson — an oversized ball handler on the perimeter with great vision who breaks the mold of what we expect. But Jordan with his six rings and massive collection of hardware — not to mention the…

  9. Curry says he’ll be ready for season, Warriors a playoff team

    Aug 17, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    stephen curry

    Are the Golden State Warriors a playoff team next season? Can they beat out teams like Dallas, Utah and Minnesota for one of the final spots in the Western Conference? Maybe. A lot of that rests on the health of Stephen Curry’s ankle. And Andrew Bogut‘s health also. Both of them need to play 70…

  10. Wade doing well, a couple weeks away from basketball work

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    For those of you marking off the days on your calendar at home (do people still do that for anything?), it has been six weeks since Dwyane Wade had knee surgery following helping the Heat win an NBA title. So how’s he doing? Here’s an update from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post…

  11. The Inbounds: The Pierre-Bargnani Defensive Mirror

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Some of you will be aware of this, but for those of you aren’t, let me catch you up real…

  12. Iman Shumpert reportedly “on target” for January return

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    The Knicks need Iman Shumpert back — they need perimeter defense and he is the one guy on the roster who can deliver it every night.. But he tore his ACL in the Knicks first playoff game (like Derrick Rose in Chicago) and his return is a little bit in flux. Newsday caught up with…

  13. Metta World Peace to appear on Yo Gabba Gabba Sunday

    Aug 17, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT

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

    With that headline and that photo, what else do I need to say? For those of you who have not had the pleasure of Yo Gabba Gabba — meaning you have not had a child under 4 in the past few years — let me help you out. As best I can, I’ve watched more…

  14. Arron Afflalo says all the right things about joining Magic

    Aug 17, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    It’s going to be a long year for Arron Afflalo and his Orlando Magic teammates. They are going rack up a lot of losses and they have to know it going in — management’s plan is for them to suck so they will have a higher draft pick. But you might want to pick Afflalo…

  15. John Salley says Jordan not even his top 5 he played against

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    salley_bad_boys

    First, John Salley likes to say outrageous things on the radio. There’s a history of it. Second, there is the fact that our personal views of history — particularly our personal history and stories — tend to be skewed by the things we choose to remember and focus on. Which is to say, for example,…

  16. Lakers to officially hire Eddie Jordan, let the Princeton experiment begin

    Aug 16, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    eddie jordan

    We told you a while back that the Lakers were talking to and moving to hire former Wizards and 76ers coach Eddie Jordan. Now that is very close to reality, and they are bringing in veteran NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff and former Magic coach Steve Clifford in what is a total overhaul of the assistant…

  17. Andre Iguodala is interested in a future with the Nuggets

    Aug 16, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    When you trade for a guy on an expiring contract, there’s always the risk that, much like a date after the first night out, they won’t see a future with you. There’s still a feeling of rejection when someone says they prefer the company of others to your exclusive company. You have to worry about…

  18. NBA releases preseason schedule, games to be played in seven different countries

    Aug 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The NBA got plenty of global exposure during the Summer Olympics, where USA Basketball took home the gold by sending a team made up of the world’s greatest players to compete, all of whom just happen to be members of the Association. The league will continue to ride the international wave once its preseason schedule…

  19. Video: Yao Ming blocks a bullet in anti-poaching video

    Aug 16, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Kenya  Yao Ming

    I’d tell you not to try blocking a bullet like a lazy lay-up at home, but really this falls under the same thing as the warning on hair dryers not to use them in the shower — if you’re stupid enough to try it, well, then it’s natural selection at work. Yao Ming is working…

  20. Rose says seeing Heat win motivated him to get his own

    Aug 16, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    For much of the past couple seasons, the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls went back and forth. The Bulls were the better regular season team, but the Heat made it to the finals in 2011 and seemed to have a higher ceiling with their players. Last season, the Bulls had the better regular season record…

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