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  1. 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…

  2. FIBA Americas results and recap, featuring Jack Michael Martinez vs. Luis Scola

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Argentina's LuisScola goes for a basket against Martinez of Dominican Republic during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament finished its second day of action on Saturday night. The games that were supposed to be the best ended up being the most lopsided but, on the bright side, even those games were relatively fun to watch for a weekend in August. Saturday’s featured game, according to your’s truly, took…

  3. FIBA Americas Tournament schedule continues with Canada vs. Puerto Rico

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

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

    Friday’s action was fine at the FIBA Americas tournament down in Venezuala, but Saturday’s games should offer a bit more intrigue. Four of the top five teams will be in action in the second day of round-robin play, featuring an interesting matchup of Canada against Puerto Rico. Both teams take 1-0 records into the first…

  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. Warriors’ GM talks about long road to them landing Iguodala

    Aug 29, 2013, 8:41 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    After a second round playoff run and the most optimistic season the Warriors fans have had in decades, the front office could have just tried to bring the band back together and grow the team that way. Instead, they came out aggressive getting into the fringes of the Dwight Howard conversation. But that was a…

  7. 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…

  8. How this time of year works: Cavaliers working out 40 guys to pick camp invitees

    Aug 28, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Josh Childress, Draymond Green

    This is how it is around the NBA right now: Some teams still have a roster space or two available, others do not, and there is a cluster of pretty talented players trying to get those spots. Even just the spots that are an invite to a training camp where they stand little to no…

  9. Mike D’Antoni: Phil Jackson will hang over the Lakers for next 10 to 15 years

    Aug 26, 2013, 5:22 PM EST

    Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Jackson sits with Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Buss during the NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    It’s early in the 2027-28 season, and the Lakers have struggled to a 1-4 start. The year before, an aging Kyrie Irving helped lead the Lakers to the North American Conference Finals, but they ran out of gas and were swept by Seattle. Still, the Lakers brought back their core, including Coach Monty Williams, who…

  10. Stan Van Gundy talks player minutes, criticism of resting guys

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

    Stan Van Gundy

    Stan Van Gundy still is speaking his mind. The former NBA coach and now employee of NBC Sports (doing some college color commentary, among other things) doesn’t get why so many coaches are getting fired, he still is tight with Dwight Howard, he doesn’t really think the media can impact a team (unless the team…

  11. Kyrie Irving plays cricket (VIDEO)

    Aug 26, 2013, 12:02 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    I’ll be honest — I don’t get cricket. I have spent the night awake in a London hotel room trying to adjust to the time change watching some international cricket match for hours… and I still just do not get it. Give me a good Gaelic Football game over that any day. That said, parts…

  12. Cavaliers have no interest in trading for Jimmer Fredette

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    jimmer-kings

    There were some rumors floating around not that long ago that the Sacramento Kings were shopping Jimmer Fredette, and that the Cavaliers might have been interested. But Cleveland is seemingly stocked at the guard positions, and while Fredette remains a decent option that may be expendable in Sacramento, Cleveland isn’t a team that would be…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Blake Griffin gets in on the highlights at Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am in Seattle (VIDEO)

    Aug 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    First it was Kevin Durant and Spencer Hawes (seriously), and then it was Kyrie Irving, all showing out at Jamal Crawford‘s Pro-Am league in Seattle. On Saturday, it was Blake Griffin‘s turn. In terms of sick highlights and pure entertainment value, this probably doesn’t surpass what we saw Kyrie do a day earlier. But Griffin can…

  17. Kyrie Irving puts on a show at Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am in Seattle (VIDEO)

    Aug 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    kyrie

    Plenty of stars have been rolling through Jamal Crawford‘s Pro-Am league in Seattle this summer. We’ve already seen Kevin Durant and Spencer Hawes (!) put up some big numbers, and Kyrie Irving took his turn on Friday. This highlight reel showcases everything special about Irving’s game — from the sick handles to the no-look passes…

  18. NBA’s best moments from the 2013 season (VIDEO)

    Aug 17, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The middle of August can be a pretty desolate place for hardcore basketball fans, and it’s easy to spend hours going down a YouTube rabbit hole watching highlight clips from the season that recently passed. Thankfully, the NBA put a lot of last year’s best moments together in the video clip above. While no compilation…

  19. Lakers biggest challenge: Adapting tradition to changing times

    Aug 15, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    The legend, the tradition of the Lakers is not in question. In the past 14 years the Lakers have seven trips to the finals and five titles, and since the Buss family took over it is up to 10 titles. In the past 30 years they have simply been the best run, most successful franchise…

  20. NBA’s Rookie Transition Program was nothing new for Glen Rice Jr.

    Aug 11, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    NBA: NBA Draft Combine

    The NBA’s Rookie Transition Program garnered headlines last week when Minnesota Timberwolves’ lottery pick Shabazz Muhammad was sent home and, eventually, was threatened with being sent to the NBA Development League if he didn’t start to shape up. Washington Wizards’ second-round pick had a much different experience at the RTP, however — though he’s heard most…

  21. Kyrie Irving deflects questions regarding his future

    Aug 11, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    kyrie

    Kyrie Irving is one of the best young players in the NBA right now and the centerpiece of a Cleveland Cavaliers squad that could develop into a very good team in a couple of years. The team’s point guard was hesitant to confirm that he’d still be a Cavalier when the team’s potential meets reality,…

  22. Cavs’ Tristan Thompson decided to switch shooting hand

    Aug 10, 2013, 5:48 PM EST

    Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving

    There are many disadvantages to being left-handed, something both your’s truly and Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson are well aware of. The latter  decided to do something about it, though, as he’s apparently decided to make the switch to shooting both jumpers and free-throws with his right hand instead of his left. The big…

  23. 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…

  24. Thursday night And-1 links: J.R. Smith is no longer a blond

    Aug 8, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    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. • The Knicks Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith dyed his hair blond…

  25. 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…

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