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2012 London Olympics

  1. Spanish players trash hotel rooms after Olympic loss to USA

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Spain London Olympics Gasol

    For the second Olympics in a row, Spain made it to the gold medal game last July in London only to come up short. That’s frustrating. So the Spanish team went The Who circa 1967 and took out their frustrations by thrashing their hotel rooms. That’s the report, via the New York Daily News. Manager…

  2. FIBA head says no to under-23 Olympics basketball

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    (From L) US centre Anthony Davis, US gua

    David Stern and the NBA owners are going to have a much tougher hill to climb to sell the idea of an under-23 Olympics tournament than they thought. They can’t just lock everyone out until they get their way this time. The players hate the idea and spoke out unanimously against it. Fans hate it…

  3. After coaching LeBron, Jim Boeheim is not sure Jordan is the best he’s seen

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    The year of redemption for LeBron James is reaching dizzying heights now. NBA MVP, NBA champion, NBA finals MVP, gold medal all in one year. His arc is reaching the highest of heights. And the praise keeps pouring in for him. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is stepping away from USA Basketball after serving as…

  4. Note to Stern: Fans really liked, tuned in for Olympic hoops

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    US guard Kobe Bryant (C) celebrates with

    David Stern and the NBA owners don’t care what you think about an under-23 Olympic basketball tournament, because to them it’s about another way to make money off the players and you. This is all about money for them not whether it is good for the sport. If the ratings here on NBC are any…

  5. Eleven guys who came out of London Olympics big winners

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    The USA is the big winner in London — in our “winner take all” society they won the gold medal, they get the spoils. And no doubt they were the best team in the games. But a number of players came out of London as winners in the reputation game. Eric Freeman nailed a great…

  6. Chris Paul and subtle art of taking over a game

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul is athletic, but not Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook athletic where he can make a move that has your jaw drop like you’re in a Tex Avery cartoon. Chris Paul can shoot and score, but he’s not unstoppably pure like Kevin Durant or Ray Allen. Chris Paul did not put up a monster…

  7. Spain pushes USA, but too much LeBron, CP3, Durant makes USA golden

    Aug 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    US forward Kevin Durant and US forward L

    Spain had what they needed — spark plug Juan Carlos-Navarro couldn’t miss early and would not let the USA run away with the game. Pau Gasol took it right to the USA’s weakness in the second half and had 15 points in the third quarter to put his team ahead at one point. But the…

  8. USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end

    Aug 11, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate

    USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end. USA gold. Spain has some real talent — Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol team up to make what would be the best front line in the NBA (well, maybe not anymore) and they surround the brothers with smart, playmaking guards who…

  9. Westbrook suffers mild ankle sprain, will play in gold medal game

    Aug 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    UPDATE 9:56 am: Relax. Go back to drinking your morning coffee and not worry, Thunder and Team USA fans. The update on Westbrook is that he will go for Team USA Sunday in the gold medal game against Spain. Reports out of the Team USA camp are that he is “fine” and will play Sunday,…

  10. Ginobili says Argentina has “5-10 percent chance” of beating USA

    Aug 10, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It’s going to take an almost perfect game from Argentina — and a little help from Team USA — for the Argentines to pull the upset Friday and advance to the gold medal game. And they know it. Look at what Argentina’s Manu Ginobili said, via Reuters. “The odds are against us. We have a…

  11. Argentina may be tougher test for USA than gold medal game

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    US guard Kobe Bryant (R) stands by Argen

    Argentina is not more talented on paper than the Spanish men’s national team in these Olympics. We can have a debate about Argentina vs. Russia but it’s close. But the Argentineans could pose a bigger threat to the United States’ gold medal hopes in the semi-finals on Friday than either Spain or Russia in a…

  12. Report: There will be no age limit for 2016 Rio Olympics

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler

    FIBA is a beurocratic institution of the old-school order. The Olympics even more so. So it shouldn’t be a shock that the idea of change — turning the Olympic men’s basketball tournament into an under-23 event — is not something that is going to happen quickly. Meaning not by the games in Brazil in 2016,…

  13. Report: Carmelo Anthony playing through sore hamstring

    Aug 9, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

    It sure hasn’t shown much in the London Olympics — Carmelo Anthony is averaging 17.3 points a game on 57 percent shooting (53.1 percent from three), is chipping in 4.5 rebounds a game and is working hard off the ball. Plus, I could swear I saw him play defense. But, apparently he’s a little banged…

  14. USA starts pretty blah, Kobe and LeBron help them run away from Aussies late

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

    Australian guard Matt Dellavedova (L) ch

    There are certain boxers and MMA fighters that nobody looks fighting good against. Even the fighters with all the style get sucked into an ugly grappling contest, nobody looks pretty in the ring/octagon against these guys. That is Australian basketball. For three quarters against Team USA the Aussies were physical, they mucked up the game,…

  15. Argentina grinds down Brazil for win, wants another shot at USA

    Aug 8, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Argentina’s “golden generation” will be playing for a London Olympics medal. And (barring a major upset) they are going to get one more crack at the United States first. Argentina beat Brazil in an emotional South American rivalry game Wednesday thanks to their savvy team play and defense. That team play turned out to be…

  16. Nicolas Batum punches Juan Carlos-Navarro in nuts

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    French forward Nicolas Batum (R) clashes

    Here is what you are going to be talking about the rest of the day. You can see it by following this link. Late in the fourth quarter of France’s medal round loss to Spain — when France had shot 0-11 and let the game get away from them — their frustration boiled over. Way…

  17. Rest of world not really thrilled with under-23 Olympics idea

    Aug 8, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Nike Athletes Wear Their New Uniforms and Footwear For The London 2012 Olympic Games

    After the Olympics end the discussion of whether future games should follow the soccer model and be an under-23 event will grow louder. But a lot has to happen to pull it off. FIBA has to buy in. The elite players have to by in (they have the ultimate power because if the elite players…

  18. USA shouldn’t have much trouble with Australia to open medal round

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook,  Chris Paul

    The medal round. This is what we’ve been waiting for. When things get serious. Win and advance, lose and you go home. Three wins and you get a gold. The pressure is on now. Except, for the USA the first game of the medal round should be their easiest game in a week. The USA,…

  19. Pau Gasol on verge of tying legendary Olympics scoring record

    Aug 7, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    When Brazilian basketball legend turned broadcaster Oscar Schmidt showed up for a Team USA practice, students of the game like Carmelo Anthony went up to him and asked if they could take a picture with him. Schmidt is an international legend. And he was the leading scorer in the Olympics in 1988, 1992 (more points…

  20. Carmelo got punched in the, um, groin by Argentina. But we’ve seen worse.

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. grimaces on the court after being fouled during match against Argentina at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Things got a little testy… wait, poor choice of words. Things got a little chippy between the USA and Argentina at the end of the third quarter as the USA was running away with Monday’s Olympic pool play contest. (Yes, that’s better phrasing.) Carmelo Anthony was going up with a three as the quarter ended…

  21. USA’s path to gold could feature rematch from 1972. Or 2008.

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (L)  and US f

    We have reached the medal round and if you look at the way the USA played the last two quarters against Argentina — pressure defense where they did not gamble, then LeBron James and Kevin Durant scoring — nobody can stop them. We’re just going to pretend the first two quarters didn’t happen. So what…

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

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    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…

  23. Quick look at opening Olympic medal round games

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    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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