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  1. Tuesday Olympics recap: Spain wins but gets a reason to worry

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:02 PM EST

    Olympics Day 4 - Basketball

    We’ve told you about the big games of the day… well the one big game — France’s minor but key upset of Argentina — and the other big game for us, the expected USA rout of Tunisia. But there were four other games played in London on Tuesday that you didn’t watch. That’s why we’re…

  2. Preview: USA enters the easy week of the schedule vs. Tunisia

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    Tunisia's Makram Ben Romdhane (R) drives

    Anthony Davis is the Team USA human victory cigar. When you see him getting serious minutes, the game is in hand. Expect to see a whole lot of Davis this week. After a nice win over France to open the Olympics, Team USA enters the softer part of their schedule this week, starting with Tunisia on…

  3. A closer look at the USA’s opponents in Group A

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:36 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony of Team USA fights for a ball against Federico Kammerichs of Team Argentina during their men's exhibition basketball game ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena, in Barcelona

    Anything less than a gold medal will be seen as a failure by Team USA in London. So, no pressure. Just the American basketball legacy on the line. But in reality, the pressure doesn’t ramp up until the final eight — the three knockout-round games. First, there is the group stage. There are 12 teams…

  4. Russia, Lithuania, Nigeria round out Olympic basketball tournament

    Jul 9, 2012, 2:24 AM EST

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Finally, the Olympic basketball tournament field is set. Nigeria — led by 25 points on 14 shots plus 10 boards Ike Diogu (he formerly of the Spurs, Clippers, Pacers, Kings, Blazers and Warriors) — earned the final spot in the tournament by knocking off the Dominican Republic in a third-place game in the Olympic Qualifying…

  5. It wasn’t about money, GM Olshey chose Portland over L.A.

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    Neil Olshey

    When the Clippers — with general manager Neil Olshey at the helm —acquired Chris Paul, I kept saying that the only thing that could really screw them up now was owner Donald Sterling. With the excitement and winning on the court, we tend to think the Clippers as an organization have changed — they are…

  6. Report: Hornets taking Chris Kaman off trade market

    Feb 3, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    Chris Kaman

    Not sure what they were expecting, but what the New Orleans Hornets were offered for center Chris Kaman didn’t impress them, so they are taking him off the trade market. That means he will be reinstated on the Hornets active roster, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN. The league-owned Hornets deactivated Kaman last week and told…

  7. Winderman: Bulls should look at Knicks before going all-in for Dwight Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:04 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Ah, the mega-trade, the all-for-one and the hope that the one is the end-all. As the Magic continue to stagger, and as it becomes clearer that Dwight Howard did not sign up for this, the only remaining issue seems to be how “all in” a trade partner might go. And that, to a degree, brings…

  8. Report: Eric Gordon contract extension in Stern’s hands

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:10 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The Hornets have lost eight straight (in a heartbreaking way on Monday) and it looks like they will be without Eric Gordon for at least three more weeks due to his bruised knee, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Gordon had more tests done Monday by a specialist in New York and the report is…

  9. Grizzlies trade Vasquez to Hornets for Pondexter

    Dec 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

    VASQUEZ_GREIVIS

    In a trade that if it winds up affecting the NBA season means something has gone horribly horribly wrong, the Memphis Grizzlies traded guard Greivis Vasquez to the New Orleans Hornets for guard-forward Quincy Pondexter. Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins has spoken highly of guard Jeremy Pargo backing up it Mike Conley in preseason play,…

  10. The Hornets may or may not have overpaid for their frontcourt

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Smith_Jason

    The Hornets landed Carl Landry back in New Orleans the same day they traded Chris Paul for 1 year at $9 million. That’s not terrible, but it’s a bit much for Landry’s production. Then the Hornets brought back Jason Smith on Friday for three-years at $2.5 mllion per year. That’s not a bad bargain given…

  11. PBT Season Preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:24 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Last season: 46-36, tied with Memphis but on a tiebreaker drew the Lakers in the first round, which got them knocked out. Head Coach: Monty Williams, entering just his second season at the head of an NBA team. Key Departures: Chris Paul, who is now throwing lobs to Blake Griffin, and David West, who left…

  12. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul

    Last season: 32-50, or to frame it in context, 13th place in the West out of 15 teams. Head Coach: Vinny Del Negro, who, after the team successfully traded for Chris Paul, is now officially on the hot seat. VDN has yet to prove he can be successful coaching at the NBA level, and if…

  13. How the Hornets can rebuild in five easy steps from the Chris Paul trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:02 AM EST

    Dell Demps

    Are you a small market franchise that just lost the best player in franchise istory? Trying to understand how to move on after losing the best player to ever don your laundry? Are you the New Orleans Hornets? Then have no fear! I’m here to show you the road to redemption in five easy steps.…

  14. David Stern thinks you can get off his back now for the Chris Paul trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:45 AM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    The NBA held a conference call Wednesday night to discuss the trade of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and a first-round pick. The call was as much for the league to try and spin the damage control caused by the league’s…

  15. How much better are the Clippers with Chris Paul?

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

    chris-paul-blake-griffin

    After days of rumors, a league-vetoed trade, and a series of on-again, off-again talks with multiple teams, the Hornets have finally reached an agreement to trade Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers get Paul and two future second round picks, and the Hornets get Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and most…

  16. Chris Paul traded from New Orleans Hornets to Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Chris-Paul-lakers-trade-killed

    The NBA has approved the trade sending All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. The trade, first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, brings guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice to New Orleans.  Here’s what ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported on the trade:…

  17. Chris Paul trade talks stalled, Hornets say they are in no rush

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Taking a page out of the Orlando Magic (and before them Denver Nuggets) playbook, when major talks stall out New Orleans Hornets GM Dell Demps says he is in no rush to make a decision. Chris Paul trade talks between the Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers have stalled out, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com.…

  18. Chris Paul update: Clippers waiting for league, Lakers trying to get back in

    Dec 13, 2011, 9:02 PM EST

    Chris Paul, Quincy Pondexter

    The entire Chris Paul saga reminds me of the NBA lockout, just flipped on its head. In the lockout, the owners and league made wild demands of the players, and since the owners had the leverage they got most of what they wanted (they got the money, which is what mattered most). With CP3, the…

  19. Here we go again… Clipper, Hornets re-open Paul trade talks

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:33 PM EST

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul trades are like Freddy Krueger. They. Will. Not. Die. Ever. The Los Angeles Clippers and Hornets have re-opened talks on a Chris Paul trade, reports ESPN (and confirmed by other sources). Really, after killing this deal the league needed to re-engage the Clippers because the rest of the league was done dealing with…

  20. The tangled web of Chris Paul, David Stern, and the blockbuster trade that wasn’t

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:57 PM EST

    Chris-Paul-lakers-trade-killed

    Last Friday, David Stern — acting as some amalgam of both owner of the New Orleans Hornets and commissioner of the NBA — put the kibosh on a trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, brought Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Lamar Odom to the Hornets, and shipped Pau Gasol to the Rockets.…

  21. Chris Paul to Clippers deal dies, league’s demands too steep

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    chris-paul-looks-confused

    Chris Paul is not going to Los Angeles. Not to the Lakers because David Stern killed the deal and now not to the Clippers because he and the league drove the asking price too high, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and multiple other reports. And now you have to wonder: Next time a league…

  22. Report: Chris Paul to Clippers deal submitted to league for approval

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    This is the power of Blake Griffin. Without him, we are not having this discussion. And it’s pretty crazy we are having this discussion anyway. The Los Angeles Clippers are close to landing Chris Paul in a trade, the Los Angeles Times and ESPN report. ESPN reports the deal has been submitted to the league for…

  23. Report: Chris Paul would play for Clippers, but there are hitches

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:52 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is not going to the Lakers, they pulled out of the running for him. He’s not going to get traded to the Knicks, even Paul realizes they don’t have the young assets to make the move (even if some Knicks fans don’t). If he can’t land there, he wouldn’t mind playing along side…

  24. Report: Celtics, Clippers, Warriors “strongly engaged” in Chris Paul talks

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    The New Orleans Hornets are going to move first — Chris Paul is the superstar most likely to be moved by the start of the season. (The Dwight Howard situation has more questions.) And the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are at the front of the line, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  25. Report: Clippers will go hard after Dwight Howard

    Nov 29, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard

    This is what a star like Blake Griffin can do for a franchise. A year ago, the Los Angeles Clippers were not on anybody’s radar as a free agent until they got desperate. Now, in one day they have popped up as a potential landing spot for the two biggest free agents on the market.…

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