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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

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

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

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

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

    US guard Kobe Bryant (L) chats with US c

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Pat Riley

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. Video: Baron Davis, Swin Cash debate men’s vs. women’s basketball

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    I’m going to miss Baron Davis when he is out of the league. Not so much Baron Davis the player capable of lighting up an arena like few others of his era, that Davis has been gone for a while now. I’ve come to peace with it. But Davis the guy who puts together amusing…

  17. Thursday Olympics recap: Spain almost falls to host nation

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    On a day that the USA routed Nigeria and looked pretty invincible doing it, some of the other supposed powers of the Olympics showed signs of vulnerability. Now comes the disclaimer — d read too much into that. Once you get into the one-and-done medal round tournament a sloppy game a week before doesn’t matter.…

  18. USA 156, Nigeria 73: Is that enough of a rout for you?

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:12 PM 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

    USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Tuesday’s game he was not trying to send a message to his players. He said that he didn’t mass substitute in the second unit then start the bench guys in the second half of the win over Tunisia as a message to USA starters after a lackadaisical opening few…

  19. Ricky Rubio’s recovery going well, may be on court in camp

    Aug 2, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Ricky Rubio is spending his summer trying to recover from his ACL and LCL injury. He’d rather be adding to Spain’s spectacular passing at the London Olympics, but he’s not ready. (Seriously, watch a Spain game. That is a great passing team, just beautiful ball movement.) So how is that recovery going? Here is what…

  20. Report: Knicks like Kenyon Martin, but he wants to be paid

    Aug 2, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Knicks would like to add a backup power forward to the roster, someone who can come in off the bench and give them some energy, defense and a few points. There are a few guys out there, but the Kenyon Martin seems to fit pretty well with the Knicks style and what they want…

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