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  1. Paul Pierce says he’ll consider playing beyond 2014, and maybe not in Boston

    Aug 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce was drafted a Celtic. He has been a Celtic in good times and bad. From Ricky Davis to Antoine Walker, to Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Pierce has been a Boston Celtic and has defined the franchise since the turn of the century. But the end is in sight for Pierce, and he’s…

  2. Friday Night Video: Man, Oscar Robertson was something special

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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    All the talk of the 2012 Team USA basketball squad and how it compares to the Dream Team had me thinking back today to the 1960 Olympic team — a Hall of Fame team with Jerry West and Oscar Robertson among others. Sometimes, we forget just how good Robinson was — career 25 points per…

  3. Who will be better next season, the Knicks or Nets?

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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    With rosters pretty much getting set except for a few final pieces around the NBA — save for one big shakeup still to come out of Orlando… eventually — we can start to get a serious look at how rosters are shaking out. And after all the moves the Nets made so they could open…

  4. Who is left in free agency? Here’s a list of the key names.

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    We have made it through the bulk of free agency. Fans are always looking for the next, best thing, the guy who can come in and make a difference. It’s now August and time to be honest — any guy who can really help your team has already been picked up. There are a few…

  5. Friday And-1 links: Can the Brooklyn Nets be hip?

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    US rapper Jay-Z performs during a concer

    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 8-year-old girls love gymnasts. • Really fascinating post over at Nets Are Scorching:…

  6. Harden says he was not crossed-over against Nigeria. You decide.

    Aug 3, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    During the often otherwise almost unwatchable Team USA demolition of Nigeria on Thursday, this happened: James Harden got crossed. Broken ankles. Call it whatever you want. Except Harden wouldn’t call it that at all. Trey Kirby of The Basketball Jones monitors players twitter accounts (so you don’t have to) and he found this exchange between…

  7. Pierce “a little bitter” Ray Allen went to Miami, but they’re still “brothers”

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

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    I think Paul Pierce and the Celtics players are handling Ray Allen’s departure to the Miami Heat better than some of the fans. That doesn’t mean they are really happy about it. As example A, I bring you what Paul Pierce told Celtics.com when asked if he had talked to Allen since he signed with…

  8. Video: The official trailer for Kevin Durant’s “Thunderstruck”

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

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    What do you think the Rotten Tomatoes score will be for critics who like this movie? I put the under/over at 5 percent. That said, this strategy may be Lithuania’s best chance of slowing him in London on Saturday. This film is going to be terrible, but we will likely make it to the theater…

  9. C.J. Miles to sign with Cleveland Cavaliers

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    C.J. Miles, Randy Foye, DeAndre Jordan

    C.J. Miles was being courted by a few teams to be a backup swingman — including the Mavericks, Rockets and Lakers — but he tweeted out on Friday that he has chosen the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune this is a two-year deal. One key reason he likely made…

  10. USA needs to forget about Nigeria, focus on Lithuania and gold

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Forget about it. Or, for a New Yorker like Carmelo Anthony, fugeddaboutit. That is what USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told his Nigerian counterpart to do with the game tape after Team USA’s historic win on Thursday (Coach K actually said “flush it”). But that is exactly what his team needs to do with that epic…

  11. Quote of the Day: Magic, Barkley on huge Team USA win

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Lebron James,Kobe Bryant,  Andre Iguodala

    “I want to congratulate the guys on their continued dominance in London. This is starting to look a lot like our 1992 Dream Team. I look forward to watching them continue to drive for that gold medal and bring it home for the USA.” —Magic Johnson “That’s probably how many points they’d beat the ’92…

  12. Video: How Jeremy Lin is spending his summer vacation

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is spending his summer vacation just like you are… well, except for the filming of commercials and the professional training. But he’s hanging out with friends, too, and that’s what you are doing. This is the latest in the series of very slick, not very insightful views into how Lin is spending the…

  13. Kahn thinks Minnesota is a playoff team if they stay healthy

    Aug 3, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    David Kahn is right. The Minnesota general manager thinks that if the Minnesota Timberwolves can stay healthy next season, they are a playoff team. He’s right. Here is what he said to Brian Sansevere of the Pioneer Press. If we stay healthy. We learned the hard way last year what that means. Last year, we…

  14. Charles Barkley says Drexler was always jealous of Jordan

    Aug 3, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Clyde Drexler plays defense

    Clyde Drexler has been back in the spotlight, in because the entire 1992 Dream Team is back in the spotlight, in part because he’s said some outrageous things. Through it all, Drexler has come off as a little bit bitter. He sounds frustrated that the Dream Team was about Jordan and Magic and Barkley and…

  15. Jacque Vaughn wants Glen Davis to get in shape for camp

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    Jacque Vaughn, the new coach of the Orlando Magic, has been out doing what newly hired coaches do — meet all your players. Face to face. Talk to them about what you want to do and what you expect of them. Communicate. Vaughn met with Glen Davis and he told the likely starting four for…

  16. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    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. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

  17. The Inbounds: Nervosa Brandon Roy

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    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. For many, Brandon Roy‘s return to the NBA is a joyous occasion, a celebration of a man getting to do…

  18. Where was Anthony Davis in the first half? He forgot his jersey.

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

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    Anthony Davis is Team USA’s human victory cigar — when he enters the game you know it is over. He could have entered into the game about five minutes into the USA’s record setting rout of Nigeria on Thursday. Actually, coach Mike Krzyzewski called his number in the first half… And he couldn’t go in…

  19. Pat Riley on Heat: “Our small ball team is who we are now”

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

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    The Miami Heat won a title going small. It worked. You can bet next season you are going to see a whole lot more Chis Bosh at the five and LeBron James at the four. The Heat will be going small. And Pat Riley is okay with that. Mostly. Riley was on with friend of…

  20. Should Team USA have eased up on Nigeria? Coach K says they did.

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    Already up 57 points entering the fourth quarter Thursday, Team USA beat Nigeria 37-11 in the final frame. They were knocking down threes, creating turnovers and continuing to put up points. When the historic beatdown had finished and the USA won by 83, some were calling it poor sportsmanship — they say the USA tried…

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