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  1. FIBA Americas down to 8 teams after Brazil, Paraguay eliminated

    Sep 4, 2013, 11:39 AM EST

    Venezuela World Qualifier Basketball

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament is taking the day off on Wednesday, but it’s not just because the most star-laden Eurobasket tournament tipped off. The first portion of round-robin play was completed Tuesday night, meaning two eliminations had to be made. One was surprising, one wasn’t: Brazil was sent home after losing to Jamaica in…

  2. Tristan Thompson’s free throw percentage up 20 points right handed

    Sep 2, 2013, 8:59 AM EST

    BASKETBALL-QUALIFIER-BRA-CAN

    Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson is left handed… and not a terribly good shooter that way. Last season he shot 39.7 percent beyond five feet from the rim and 60.8 percent from the free throw line left handed. Thompson went with a radical fix: start to shoot right handed. Don’t laugh — it’s working. Through his first…

  3. FIBA Americas schedule features Canada vs. Brazil on Sunday

    Sep 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Axier Sucre, Diego Bareiro

    The FIBA Americas tournament enters Day 3 on Sunday after a solid first two days of action. Sunday’s games don’t feature the marquee matchups that littered Friday and Saturday, but the first contest of the day should be worth watching. Canada and Brazil are both in the conversation for the Final Four next weekend, a…

  4. FIBA Americas Tournament became Renaldo Balkman show on Friday

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Puerto Rico's Balkman goes for a basket against Brazil's Giovannoni during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament tipped off on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, with teams from North, South and Central America attempting to move one step closer to playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It’s still a bit early to be talking about that since the tournament won’t end until September 11, but…

  5. FIBA Americas tournament tips off today

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Jose Juan Barea, Nicolas Laprovittola

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament begins in beautiful Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday morning. This is actually the fourth FIBA tournament of the year — following Asia (where Hamed Haddadi was MVP), Oceania (which was just Australia vs. New Zealand a couple of times) and Africa (where Nigeria was just upset despite featuring four players…

  6. FIBA Americas tips off Friday. We breakdown why you might care.

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

    FIBA_Americas_Championship_Venezuela_FC

    Team USA had a mini-camp workout for some younger players this summer, but that was basically it for the senior men’s team. USA Basketball largely gets to take the summer off and gear up for the World Championships in Spain next summer. But much of the rest of the world is going at it in…

  7. Anderson Varejao’s life in illustration (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 5:59 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    I found this fascinating, so we’re bringing it to you. As you likely know, Brazil is hosting the 2016 Olympics in Rio (right here on NBC) and as part of hyping up Brazilian athletes to the home audience they are doing this Web series called “Draw My Life” where a player tells his life story…

  8. Anderson Varejao saves the day for two stranded travellers

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    Anderson Varejao, Ekpe Udoh, Doron Lamb

    Imagine you, like me, speak only English. You’re visiting family in a foreign country where nearly nobody speaks English. When it’s time to fly home, the airport can be a scary place. Your family can go only so far with you before reaching an area only for ticketed passengers. But with very specific and detailed…

  9. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett officially signs with Cavaliers

    Aug 21, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    Anthony Bennett is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but his arm is working well enough to sign his first NBA contract. The Cavaliers have officially signed Bennett to his rookie deal, which is for four years and a little over $22 million, the team announced. Bennett was the surprise No. 1 overall pick out of…

  10. Who are Rookie of the Year favorites? Burke, Oladipo to start

    Aug 9, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    Trey Burke

    There’s a formula for who often wins the Rookie of the year. They have to be a good player, certainly. More than that, he needs to be a player with the ball in his hands and on a team where he is going to be asked to take on a lot of responsibility. Damian Lillard…

  11. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett talks pressure of position (VIDEO)

    Aug 8, 2013, 3:39 PM EST

    Anthony Bennett

    Nobody outside the Cleveland war room expected Anthony Bennett to go No. 1 overall, not even Bennett. He admits that to NBC’s own Kay Adams in the latest of our videos out of the rookie photo shoot that took place Tuesday. He says he doesn’t really feel pressure being the top pick and he talks…

  12. Mike Brown says Andrew Bynum, if healthy, will start at center for the Cavs

    Jul 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Now that Andrew Bynum is officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and plans to be healthy enough to play a full season for his latest team, if that ends up happening (which, admittedly, would be a small miracle), there’s no doubt in the coach’s eyes what Bynum’s role will be. Bynum has proven his…

  13. Three winners, three losers from NBA Draft. You bet Anthony Bennett is a winner.

    Jun 28, 2013, 3:04 AM EST

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    I will admit this up front: declaring a winner in the NBA draft the night of the draft is premature. We can accurately say tonight that Indiana was a winner in the 2010 draft (Paul George at No. 10, Lance Stephenson at No. 40), but we don’t know how this draft will ultimately play out.…

  14. Otto Porter’s agent seems quite certain Porter won’t slip past No. 3 in draft

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:38 PM EST

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    Otto Porter is one of the most polished prospects in the NBA Draft. He showed an ability to run Georgetown’s offense, and his smooth jumper gave him success off the ball, too. He has ideal size for his position in the NBA, which made him a good defender in college. Porter is also younger than…

  15. 2013 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — The camp’s second day was lighter on the competition for the older, draft eligible international prospects, and was focused instead on drills, coaching, and showcasing the younger teams in attendance. There was only one game featuring the event’s main attractions, and it was used by two Brazilian players to dominate the action.…

  16. Thursday And-1 Links: Your local store will soon have Shaq Soda

    May 30, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

    shaq-soda

    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. • Shaquille O’Neal is getting into the soda business… and it might not suck.…

  17. Report: Cavaliers eying scoring forward if they trade No. 1 pick

    May 29, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

    DeMarcus Cousins’ talent would tantalize any team, but according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers have a different profile in mind if they trade the No. 1 pick: The Cavs have acknowledged that they will listen to offers for the top overall pick, and rival executives say they are looking for an established…

  18. Byron Scott: “I don’t think I got a fair shake”

    Apr 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    When Byron Scott took the Cleveland Cavaliers job in 2010 they didn’t know yet if LeBron James would stay or go — although he had to know “go” was a good possibility the way things had shaken out the season before. Scott, a veteran coach with a hard-nosed style, was in charge of a rebuilding…

  19. Byron Scott: Cavaliers’ rebuild right on schedule; Tristan Thompson supports him

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:51 AM EST

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    The Cavaliers are in their third season since losing LeBron James to the Heat, and Cleveland’s records – 19-63, 21-45 and now 22-52 – have fluctuated between various stages of bad. Byron Scott, who has coached the Cavaliers during this rebuild, doesn’t see that as a problem. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal: Scott…

  20. Heat, Cavaliers enter Twilight Zone; Miami emerges with 24th straight win. Barely.

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:03 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reacts after being fouled during the Heats NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Strangest. Game. Ever… or at least this season. Rod Serling should have done the play-by-play. In the end, Miami escaped Cleveland with a 98-95 win that extends their winning streak to 24 games. That’s what the history books will show. But like life, this game was not about the results, it was about the journey.…

  21. Cavs’ rookie Waiters out week at least, may need surgery

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:32 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Waiters goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Boozer during the first half of their NBA game in Chicago, Illinois

    Someday the Cavaliers may have a dangerous backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, but we didn’t get to see much of it this year due to injury. The latest is Waiters, who had an MRI done on his left knee and loose fragments were found, reports the Associated Press. You didn’t exactly need to…

  22. Cavs’ Varejao says he’s lucky to be alive after blood clot surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 12:37 PM EST

    Anderson Varejao

    If he had not needed surgery, Anderson Varejao would be packing his bags for Houston and the All-Star Game right now. Nobody was noticing because nobody was watching Cavaliers games before Kyrie Irving got back, but Varejao was averaging better than 14 points and 14 rebounds a game with a PER of 21.8. But what…

  23. Cavaliers, Grizzlies trade Speights and Selby for Leuer

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:08 AM EST

    Marreese Speights

    Memphis has been looking for a way to get under the luxury tax line for this season — they may have just found it without shipping Rudy Gay out the door. Brian Windhorst of ESPN broke news of a trade that could benefit both teams on twitter, then Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports confirmed it…

  24. Anderson Varejao develops blood clot, now out for season

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:21 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The hits just keep on coming for the Cleveland Cavaliers. First it was Kyrie Irving missing the first third of the season, now this. Anderson Varejao, the Cavaliers big man who was playing at an All-Star level (14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds a game), had knee surgery a couple weeks ago that was expected to…

  25. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Northwest Division)

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at potential homes for players on the trading block.  Here’s a look at the trade situations for every team in the Northwest Division: Oklahoma City Thunder: 32-9, 1st in Northwest…

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