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  1. USA Select team officially announced, no surprises

    May 21, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    We told you already — via our man Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com — who would be on the USA Select team. But now it is official, USA Basketball announced it Monday. The USA Select team are the guys brought in to scrimmage and practice against the Team USA Squad going to London this year for…

  2. Video: Kyrie Irving dresses like old man, schools some guys on playground

    May 18, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ve all been beaten by “old man game,” just ask the Clippers what it’s like. But this is ridiculous. Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving teamed up with Pepsi Max to do a video where he dresses up like an old man, “Uncle Drew,” goes to the playground, gets in a game then just abuses…

  3. It’s official, Kyrie Irving is your NBA Rookie of the Year

    May 15, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    This race had about as much suspense as the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the Thunder/Lakers series, but now it is official: Kyrie Irving is your NBA Rookie of the Year. The announcement and presentation came Tuesday morning in Cleveland, where Irving had praised heaped upon him by his coach Byron Scott (via Jason…

  4. Orlando is in trouble now because it’s not good at drafting

    May 14, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    More and more research is showing, if you want to build a sustainable winner in the NBA you need to do it on draft day. Look at the teams still playing. Miami had to draft Dwyane Wade, which made it possible to bring in Shaq to get them one title (and LeBron James doesn’t come…

  5. Cousins, Lin, Wall, Irving head USA Select team roster

    May 14, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The USA Select team is the team in waiting — guys invited to the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas this summer to push and test the guys actually going to London. The Select Team are the guys Mike Krzyzewski and friends want to see up close, to consider for future Olympics and World…

  6. Report: Kyrie Irving to be named Rookie of the Year

    May 14, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Here’s another NBA postseason award we all knew was coming it was just a matter of when…. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will be named the NBA Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, something first reported by Marc Stein at ESPN and confirmed by the Associated Press among others. The voting should be almost a…

  7. Steve Nash named GM of Canadian national team

    May 8, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is moving into a front office job. Well, not yet in the NBA. He’ll be courted as a free agent this summer and land in New York or Dallas or stay in Phoenix, but he’ll play a few more years. Instead, he is taking over a front office role with the Canadian basketball…

  8. Tuesday And-1 links: Joe Johnson wants the rock more

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Here is our daily 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. • Joe Johnson wants more touches in the Hawks offense. He only had 8…

  9. Spurs sweep Jazz in Game 4: the Plague moves on as the youngsters have a lot to learn

    May 7, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Thank God that’s over with. Spurs win 87-81. The Spurs swept the Jazz Monday night in a contest where the Spurs controlled the entire game. The Jazz made a late run based mostly on the hustle of DeMarre Carroll, but it fell short went the Spurs picked off a pass and Manu Ginobili daggered the…

  10. You’re not going to like this, but LeBron has been great in fourth quarters this season

    May 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We all saw the NBA finals last year. We all know the knock. We’ve all heard the jokes. Why would LeBron James be a great hockey player? There’s no fourth quarter. Funny. Except, this year LeBron James has been the best second quarter player in the NBA. Over at ESPN, the fantastic Tom Haberstroh had…

  11. Wall, Irving named to Team USA’s “Select Team”

    May 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    From Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will have a busy July representing team and country in Las Vegas. The presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year not only will lead the Cavs’ summer-league squad, but also help prepare the U.S. Olympic basketball club as it readies…

  12. Dallas’ Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

    May 3, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd, who has a personal foundation dedicated to youth education efforts, has been voted the NBA Sportsmanship Award by his peers. He will be given the Joe Dumars trophy for his efforts. The NBA will make a $10,000 donation to The Jason Kidd Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving education among the youth, by…

  13. Should Olympic basketball be under-23 like soccer?

    May 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    This summer, the United States will send it’s best 12 best basketball players to London to represent our nation in the Olympic Games. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban hates the idea, and he’s not alone. This summer will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team and for some the bloom is off the rose.…

  14. My (hypothetical) end of season awards ballot

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Florida April 19

    It’s end of season award time and… well, I don’t have an official ballot. But not being official never stopped me before. So here would be my votes for the winners, plus some people I also would have put on the list. Note that the one exception is the Most Improved Player category, an award…

  15. Video: Top 10 plays from soon to be ROY Kyrie Irving

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Kyrie Irving is the run-away Rookie of the Year. There were points where we thought Ricky Rubio could be in the conversations, but really from the start Irving showed up ready and with more skill than we got to see during his injured college career. This turned out to be a great No. 1 pick…

  16. Thursday And-1 links: First look at NBA playoff schedule

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York

    Here is our daily 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. • A lot of things are still up in the air, but the NBA…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff picture starts to clear up

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Armon Johnson and Anthony Morrow leave court for final time after NBA basketball game loss to Philadelphia 76ers in Newark

    What you missed while watching a cat fight off a black bear…  Sixers 105, Nets 87: With this win Philadelphia both spoiled the Nets final home game in New Jersey after 35 years and clinched themselves a playoff spot (likely the eight seed) in the East. They controlled the game pretty much the whole way,…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  19. Cavaliers decline to keep Lester Hudson for the remainder of the season

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    From the Akron-Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd: #Cavs not renewing Lester Hudson’s contract for final week of season. His second 10 day contract expired after last night’s game Hudson gave the Cavs some minutes and some scoring while Kyrie Irving was out with an injury, but he didn’t exactly set the world on fire during his stint…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about playoff positioning

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis guard Boston Celtics Paul Pierce as he makes a shot in front of Orlando Magic Jason Richardson in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    What you missed while realizing why you act the way you do at games… Thunder 108, Suns 97: The Thunder hung with the Spurs at the top of the conference, but at the expense of the Suns chances. Brett Pollakoff was at this game for PBT and tells us that James Harden is really, really…

  21. PBT Extra: We talk Sessions, Pacers, Calipari and Top Chef

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    TV host Padma Lakshmi of the show "Top Chef"  arrives for the Bravo Media 2012 Upfront Presentation in New York

    We were taking your twitter questions yesterday (@basketballtalk) and today I answer a bunch of them with Tiffany on this edition of PBT Extra. Our topics and the best deadline pickups, the Pacers, Kevin McHale, John Calipari and Iron Chef vs. Top Chef. Things to watch for — me calling Kyle Lowry Kyrie Irving (I…

  22. Wednesday’s And-1 links: Beasley’s future is “so blurry”

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here is our daily 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. • Michael Beasley says, “My future is so blurry.” Sometimes the chronic jokes just…

  23. Monday morning one liners: Beasley may not see qualifying offer

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Here is our daily 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. • Don’t expect Michael Beasley to get a qualifying offer from Minnesota, writes Timberwolves…

  24. Cavaliers mascot hospitalized after “fight” with David West

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Moondog

    Poor Moondog. The Cavaliers loveable mascot — no, not Luke Harangody, the actual mascot — had to be taken to the hospital Wednesday following a play fight with the Pacers David West went wrong, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer (via SLAM). Moondog needed to be taken to a local hospital after suffering an eye injury…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Who forgot to tell Spurs they are old?

    Apr 9, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Can you picture a San Antonio vs. Miami finals? It’s not that hard, if you try. 1. Spurs (40-14, last week ranked number 2). Eleven wins in a row and they are percentage points ahead of the Thunder (and one ahead of them in the loss column). Are they title contenders? They have four rings…

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