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  1. Chris Paul out eight weeks after thumb surgery, likely misses start of camp

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul injured his thumb early on in USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics, while the team was still in Las Vegas. It held him up for a few days, but he came back and played well — Paul was huge in the second half of the USA’s gold medal winning game over Spain.…

  2. Anthony Davis says Olympics made him more confident

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis pretty much fell backwards on to the London Olympic team. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski like him as a prospect, but it took injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin (his in training camp) for Team USA to get desperate enough to grab the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets.…

  3. Clippers got better this summer, yet in L.A. it’s same old story (all Lakers)

    Aug 21, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers are a legitimately good team. They went 40-26 last season, one game back of the Pacific Division winning Los Angeles Lakers. Then this summer they went out and added Lamar Odom, Grant Hill and Jamal Crawford. They have the best point guard in the game in Chris Paul — a guy you can…

  4. Blake Griffin has spent summer reworking his jump shot

    Aug 16, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    We all know Blake Griffin needs a more consistent jump shot. Spare me the “all he can do is dunk” line because first, it’s not true, and second, the dunk is the single most efficent shot in basketball and if a guy can get five or more dunks a game he should take every one…

  5. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the NBA’s arms race gone too far

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    “Weapons are like money, no one knows the meaning of enough.” – Martin Amis In 2008, it was the Celtics getting both an aging Kevin Garnett and an aging Ray Allen. Then it was the Lakers getting Pau Gasol, commonly a sub-star due to his market at the time. Then came The Decision, Melodrama, the…

  6. Clippers may stay in house to find new general manager

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers like how things are running right now — after decades of being a league punch line they have become one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. The entire culture of the locker room has changed. They like the power structure in place. They are winning and selling out the building. When things are going…

  7. Wednesday And-1 links: Should Bynum be frustrated with the Lakers?

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    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 3-year-olds like to throw tantrums. • If Andrew Bynum was frustrated with the…

  8. Video: Rainn Wilson interviews Blake Griffin in his van

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    PBS Announces Hosts for Nine-Part PBS Arts Fall Festival, Kicking Off October 14

    I love that Blake Griffin is doing this kind of stuff (and working at Funny or Die during the lockout) now. Letting Dwight from the Office (otherwise known as Rainn Wilson) ask him questions like “why were you afraid to go to the Olympics?” Great stuff here. Totally worth taking a break from watching Olympic…

  9. Deron Williams calls international basketball “slippery”

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    A lot of things are different in International basketball — the closer three-point line, the types of zone defenses, the overall style of play. And the balls and the rims, if you ask Team USA players. Which the Star Ledger did to Deron Williams (via SLAM). “If you hit any part of the rim, it’s…

  10. The Inbounds: Team USA and the meaning of London

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Bryant and James of Team USA react during their men's exhibition basketball game against Team Argentina ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

    It’s extremely difficult to measure what winning a gold medal does for a player, outside of you know, giving them the actual object and putting a line on a resume. When most people think Michael Jordan, 99 percent of them don’t think “Olympic Gold Medalist.” They think six-time NBA champion, the Greatest of all Time,…

  11. Ronny Turiaf signs one-year deal with Los Angeles Clippers

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Turiaf dunks ball during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    The Clippers know who is going to get the bulk of the minutes at center, DeAndre Jordan. When he sits Ryan Hollins will come in and play. Same thing at the four where Blake Griffin starts and Lamar Odom is behind him But as some insurance behind all those bigs, the Clippers have signed Ronny…

  12. Outside shots, tempo, Chandler key for Team USA in London

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Sunday it gets real. For the past three weeks Team USA has been training and scrimmaging and playing some exhibition games, getting ready. But Sunday they tip off the Olympics against France and if they can go 8-0 they will have another gold medal. (They could lose one of the first five group-play games and…

  13. Ryan Hollins agrees to deal with Clippers

    Jul 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Ryan Hollins, Andre Iguodala

    Looks like the Clippers have found their backup center behind DeAndre Jordan. Ryan Hollins has agreed to terms with Los Angeles, his agent tweeted (via Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com). Hollins started last season with the Cavaliers but was waived by them and picked up by Boston, where he played in a couple games. With the…

  14. Blake Griffin undergoes knee surgery Monday

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    Forget London, Blake Griffin is now focused on being ready for China. The Clippers will be in China for a couple preseason games against the Miami Heat and Griffin wants to be back and ready for camp after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during a Team USA scrimmage last week. Griffin is undergoing…

  15. Heat, Clippers to play two preseason games in China

    Jul 16, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade speak during a time out during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against New York Knicks in Miami

    Love them or hate them, the Miami Heat are the NBA’s biggest attraction right now. So the league is sending them to the world’s most populous country. The Heat and Clippers will play two exhibition preseason games and some other publicity stops in China before the start of next season, reports Ira Winderman of the…

  16. Kyrie Irving fractured his hand at NBA Summer League practice

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The NBA Summer League has had a lot of solid players doing a lot of solid things, but there hasn’t been a player able to create a buzz quite like Blake Griffin, John Wall or any of the other Summer League stars of yonder years. It looked like Kyrie Irving might be that player considering…

  17. Anthony Davis officially in for Team USA. And no Cousins.

    Jul 13, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    LAS VEGAS — Before Anthony Davis’ fourth-quarter entrance into Thursday night’s Team USA demolition of the Dominican Republic, LeBron James grabbed him, said a few words hugged him and tried to pump him up. When Davis drained a three and was fouled on the play for a four-point play, the USA Bench erupted right next…

  18. Team USA experiments its way to blowout 113-59 win

    Jul 13, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    LAS VEGAS — Exhibition games should be about experimentation, about learning things to help you later. Unfortunately, you can’t learn too much from Team USA’s 113-59 throttling of the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas We learned that teams are going to struggle with the athletes and pressure defense Team USA can bring. We learned that…

  19. Blake Griffin has torn meniscus, surgery needed. Out for Olympics, back for training camp.

    Jul 12, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    LAS VEGAS — Bad news for Team USA, which has lost another big man. Bad news for Blake Griffin as he is about to have a second surgery on his left knee just days after signing a new, max five-year, $95 million contract on Wednesday. Griffin suffered a meniscus tear in his left  knee during a scrimmage…

  20. Report: Clippers going after Hornets free agent Belinelli

    Jul 12, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

    Marco Belinelli, Nicolas Batum

    The Clippers are still looking for a two guard who can come in and rain down some threes while Chris Paul probes and Blake Griffin attacks the defense. Enter Marco Belinelli. The Hornets free agent is being courted by the Clippers, according to the Times-Picayune. The Los Angeles Clippers have had conversations with the New…

  21. Video: Blake Griffin injures knee at Team USA practice

    Jul 12, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    This is the practice where Blake Griffin injured his knee. An injury that required him to leave Team USA and head back to Los Angeles for an MRI and to be looked at by Clippers team doctors. You can’t tell a lot from the video, particularly the second play, the view is obscured. It was…

  22. Blake Griffin twists knee in USA scrimmage, getting MRI

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    This is not good, but hopefully not that severe. Blake Griffin has left Team USA to return to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his knee after tweaking it in Wednesday’s Team USA scrimmage, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The severity of the injury is not yet known.…

  23. Team USA ready to begin track meet to London against Dominican Republic

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    US Roster Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Any good coach plays to the strengths of the guys on his roster. And Mike Krzyzewski is a very good coach. He looks at a roster of elite players entering their peak, a roster deep with great athletes no other team in the world could match. He and assistant coach Mike D’Antoni…

  24. Welcome to NBA signing day tracker: Griffin, Nash, more ink deals

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    It’s official, Steve Nash is a Los Angeles Laker. And Blake Griffin is a very rich Clipper. All the deals that have been reported in the past 10 days — such as Deron Williams re-signing with the Nets — go from “agreement reached” to “pen on paper” today. The league has a 10-day moratorium on…

  25. Video: Carmelo helps Griffin work on step-back jumper

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    This is why guys come back from things like the Olympics as better players. Blake Griffin needs to work on his perimeter shot, it’s gotten a little better but it’s not a threat teams have to respect yet. Part of hitting that shot is making sure you have space to get your shot off on…

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