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  1. What would Team USA under-23 Olympic team look like?

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Team USA

    David Stern wants it. Mark Cuban wants it. Most of his fellow NBA owners want it. At his pre-finals press conference, David Stern again said he wants the Olympic basketball program to start following the soccer model — under-23. There would be one World Cup every four years with no age restrictions, but the Olympics…

  2. Friday And-1 links: Rally in Seattle to support new stadium

    Jun 15, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Squatch_Sonics

    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. • Plans for a new arena in Seattle, one that could house an NBA…

  3. Lottery bound Jeremy Lamb rolls ankle in Raptors workout

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - West Virginia v UCONN

    It’s always one of the concerns in the back of your mind as we head into the workout season, when guys trying to get drafted are doing private workouts for teams. What if a guy gets injured? Hopefully it’s not serious, but Connecticut guard and expected lottery pick Jeremy Lamb rolled his ankle in a…

  4. Lillard wants to go from Weber State to NBA starter in a year

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    From Weber State and the Big Sky Conference to starting NBA point guard in a year? That’s the leap Damian Lillard says he wants to make. Says he is ready to make. Not everybody is convinced, but Lillard is climbing draft boards. He was working out for the Kings (No. 5 pick) Wednesday and said…

  5. Tuesday And-1 links: Kobe Bryant is not getting divorced

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    vanessa-bryant

    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. • Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa have worked things out and are not…

  6. Bradley Beal only working out for teams with top four picks

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal feels pretty confident he is going high in this draft. You can tell because he’s not bothering to work out for the Kings at No. 5 or anyone below that, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Agent Mark Bartelstein told SI.com that he has no plans for Beal to conduct workouts with teams…

  7. Report: Austin Rivers has a promise from a lottery team

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    No, the Boston Celtics do not have a lottery pick. But somebody besides dad Doc Rivers is in love with Austin Rivers. At least if you are to believe a report from Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. (One) East scout expects Rivers to be selected in the Nos. 10-20 range, but an NBA source told…

  8. Thomas Robinson not sold on Anthony Davis like everyone else

    Jun 9, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    The hype is everywhere — Anthony Davis is the true only franchise player in this draft. He is the reincarnation of Kevin Garnett (wait, KG is still alive?). He is the best big to come out of college in a decade. He pulled Excalibur out of the stone. He shook hands with bigfoot. Possible No.…

  9. Top stories out of final day of NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks up after being fouled during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    NBC Sports Network’s Vin Parise spent the week at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago and brings us up to date on some of the big news out of the final day. Highlights of that include Purdue’s Robbie Hummel turning a few heads, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger not measuring out undersized and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist impressing.…

  10. Video: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Iowa State v Kentucky

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is going to be a top 3 pick come June 28. He’s the kind of player coaches love because he is good at just about everything — although the jump shot needs work — and he just outworks everybody. He defends hard, rebounds and is just a team leader by example — he…

  11. Complete list of NBA Draft Combine measurements

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Know this up front — rarely do the official measurements of a player impact where he gets drafted. Scouts and teams pretty much know the answers. However, when a guy measures up or down from expectations, it can get teams to give a second look. Below are all the measurements from the NBA Draft Combine…

  12. NBA Draft Profile: Damian Lillard

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    Nobody is moving up the draft board like Damian Lillard. You didn’t see him unless you were a Weber State fan (and we know you’re not), but most teams now have him ranked as the best point guard in the draft — better than UNC’s Kendall Marshall, better than Kentucky’s Marquis Teague, better than all…

  13. Video: Austin Rivers from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers is one of the tougher guys to place in this draft. No doubt Doc Rivers’ son has NBA game — great basketball IQ, good shooter well out to the NBA three-point line, good handles (very good hesitation and crossover moves) and he plays a smooth, confident game. But there’s a concern he doesn’t…

  14. Report: Kings not likely to offer Tyreke Evans extension

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Tyreke Evans

    This summer, everyone from the 2009 NBA Draft class is eligible to have their rookie contract extension. For a guy like No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin it’s a no-brainer. It’s a no-brainer for No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet, too, just for a very different reason. But what about Tyreke Evans? The Sacramento rookie of…

  15. Report: Bobcats are shopping No. 2 pick around

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    There is a lock No. 1 pick in this draft, Anthony Davis is a likely franchise player that any general manager would take without thinking. But then it gets tough — there are a lot of good players, a lot of depth, but every guy left has question marks. Nobody else is a lock. Kentucky’s…

  16. Video: Kendall Marshall from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    North Carolina Marshall reacts after scoring against the Creighton during a college basketball game in Greensboro

    He is not a franchise guy, but your franchise will run better with Kendall Marshall at the point. You could tell how much he mattered to North Carolina when he went down — he may not have been the most talented player on that team, but he was the one that kept all that talent…

  17. Video: Bradley Beal from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal is going to get drafted in the top 5 come June 28 because he can shoot the rock. Teams with penetrating guards — Washington with John Wall and Cleveland with Kyrie Irving — like the idea of having a guy paired with their existing guards who can knock down open kick-out passes and…

  18. NBA Draft Combine going on right now in Chicago

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Pat Riley

    Right now, just about every NBA decision maker — save four, and they sent key personnel — is in Chicago for the annual NBA Draft Combine. A chance to watch guys shoot, run around cones, work out and interview guys likely to be drafted by teams. You can watch it yourself Thursday and Friday on…

  19. NBA Draft: Could Barnes bounce up to Cavaliers at No. 4?

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    There was a time, more than a year ago, when it was thought Harrison Barnes could be the top pick in the draft. He still has skills — he can shoot well, defend well and has a smooth, versatile game — but it took them a while to start to come out at North Carolina.…

  20. NBA Draft Profile: Bradley Beal

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Two kinds of players rise up the draft board every year — big men and pure shooters. Florida’s Bradley Beal is the best pure shooter in the draft and he could go as high as No. 2 to Charlotte, although the Wizards are reportedly high in him for the No. 3 pick because they want…

  21. Tuesday And-1 links: The Dwight Howard loyalty T-Shirt

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    loyalty

    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. • RIP LaRoy Ellis (the first ever center of the Portland Trail Blazers). •…

  22. It’s official, Randy Wittman to be retained as Wizards coach

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    We’ve known this is coming for days now, but Washington is about to make official they are making the safe play. Monday afternoon the Washington Wizards will host a press conference to announce Randy Wittman will have the interim tag removed as coach and he will return with a two-year deal. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  23. When the process matters: Why Charlotte should trade the No.2 pick

    Jun 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s start off with some instant rebuttal to the premature outcry that headline above is going to muster. First, the basics. The Charlotte Bobcats, in a continuing pattern regarding their awful, horrendous, terrible franchise history, lost the lottery’s No.1 pick despite a 1-in-4 chance to land Anthony Davis. The Bobcats are an awful, awful basketball…

  24. Report: Suns have interest in Alonzo Gee

    Jun 3, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels, Jamario Moon, Alonzo Gee, Ramon Sessions

    Alonzo Gee is what you might call a value free-agent this summer. The Cavs forward has athleticism, youth on his side, a versatile skill-set, and strong upside. But he hasn’t played well enough or under a big enough microscope to carry with him serious buzz. So teams are going to get their shot at making…

  25. Report: Warriors targeting Iguodala, Gay, Granger, unicorns, hippogriffs

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Warriors logo

    The Warriors at this point might as well put up a big neon sign outside their offices that read “TRADE MARKET FLEA SALE TODAY!” Ever since they went into tank mode, they have made it known that their players are available for trade and that they want a small forward in return. And by landing…

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