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  1. Clippers Eric Gordon out about three weeks with wrist injury

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon, Solomon Jones, Brandon Rush

    Eric Gordon, the less flashy but equally important to Blake Griffin part of the Clippers rise in the past month, will be out for abut three weeks due to a wrist injury including a chipped bone, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. He could be out only a couple weeks, but somewhere around the All-Star…

  2. Rick Pitino in talks to coach Puerto Rico’s national team

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Louisville

    We can say that this fits the PBT format because Rick Pitino once coached professionals (you can insert your Louisville basketball jokes here), or that the Puerto Rican national team features NBA players such as J.J. Barea and Carlos Arroyo. But the honest truth is we just find this fascinating. Pitino is in talks to…

  3. Kevin Durant named USA Basketball men’s player of year

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Was there any other choice? After leading Team USA to the FIBA World Championships gold medal this summer — the first time in 16 years the USA earned that — naming Kevin Durant USA Basketball male athlete of the year seems a no brainer. He was the FIBA Tournament MVP, making the selection even more…

  4. Record 84 international players on NBA rosters this season

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Globalization has come to an NBA roster near you. The season opens this week with 84 players born outside the United States on NBA rosters, or about 20 percent. That is the highest number of international players ever in the NBA. There are 38 countries or territories represented on the list, and players are on…

  5. Turkish players given $700,000 and villa for their silver medal. Take that Durant.

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    What did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and the rest of Team USA get for winning the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The bonus was $25,000. Which in case you’re curious is about 0.4 percent of what Kevin Durant will make this season. Some nice pocket change for him. Chris…

  6. Give Marcin Gortat the damn ball

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Marcin Gortat is not just a big body in there to bang and grab rebounds and not screw up while Dwight Howard gets a blow for the Magic. He wants you to know he can shoot — sure he only took one shot a game last season but he hit 53 percent of then. At…

  7. Nenad Krstic has finger surgery, will miss Thunder training camp

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City had more than just Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Turkey for the World Championships, there was also Nenad Krstic from Serbia. It was Serbia that sent Spain packing, lost in dramatic fashion to Turkey in the semi-finals and finished fourth after losing the bronze medal game to Lithuania. In that final game,…

  8. USA Basketball reached out to Joakim Noah, but he wants to play for France

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    With the thin front line USA Basketball this summer — a lot of top names said no then Amar’e Stoudemire, Brook Lopez and David Lee couldn’t play — Jerry Colangelo was calling everyone and anyone. JaVale McGee got multiple chances to make the team. Lamar Odom was the starting center. They were looking around. That…

  9. Rondo says his heart was not totally in Team USA adventure this summer

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    USA Basketball has a consistent history of coming up with excuses for the last cut from the team. But in Rajon Rondo’s case this summer, they were more reasons that he withdrew as the 13th man. He told Ric Bucher of ESPN that he was hesitant to go in the first place (remember the in-or-out…

  10. Poll: What player is most likely to use Team USA as a springboard?

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Who best will use the Team USA gold in Turkey as a springboard to a breakout season?customer surveys

  11. USA uses "Big Ds" — Durant and defense — to beat Turkey, win gold

    Sep 12, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Think back a couple weeks ago to the start of the FIBA World Championships, to all those concerns about Team USA — they were not big enough, they lacked international experience, they were too young. You can get caught up in what a team can’t do and ignore what it can. And this version of…

  12. Durant's Gold Medal performance less magic, more an omen

    Sep 12, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    If you were surprised, you need to work on your predictive logic. There was nothing surprising about Kevin Durant’s 28 point barrage to keep the good ship Team USA afloat in their FIBA Championship victory over Turkey. Nor was there anything shocking about his stunning 38 point dismantling of Lithuania in the semifinals. This is…

  13. Preview: USA v. Turkey, the ultimate road test. With an Olympic trip on the line.

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant was part Texas playing at Oklahoma. That was nothing. Chauncey Billups has been the road team in the NBA Finals. But that was nothing like this. Lamar Odom has heard the fans in Boston during the NBA finals, but he has heard nothing like what he will Sunday. The USA is going to…

  14. Durant, Team USA level Lithuanian challenge, advance to FIBA Finals

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Hey, the good news is that Lithuania was right. Team USA probably isn’t invincible. Kevin Durant in this tournament, though? Yeah, he’s pretty close to it. Durant scored 38 points in an 88-74 win over LIthuania, as Team USA advanced to the FIBA World Championship Finals. Durant wound up 14-25 from the floor, despite every…

  15. USA's big problem today? The deer they should fear.

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    As Kurt discussed in our preview last night, Team USA has a number of concerns against Turkey in the FIBA World Championship game today. The crowd will be Roman Coliseum-like. Hedo Turkoglu has been playing like his 2007 version instead of last year’s version. But the biggest concern for Team USA needs to be shutting…

  16. Preview USA vs. Lithuanians: Now we see how far the youngsters have come

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Back in August, the USA got together to take on Lithuania in a “friendly” — and the young Americans got punched in the mouth for a half. Don’t believe me, this is what Coach K told John Schuhmann of NBA.com. “They were playing the international game and we were still playing a U.S. game that…

  17. Why is basketball so big in Turkey? Thank "The White Shadow"

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    The White Shadow is a cult classic here in America, a touchstone for men (then boys) alive in the late 1970s. The television show about a white former NBA player whose career was cut short by a knee injury so he coached at a predominantly African-American high school was the Friday Night Lights of its…

  18. Andre Iguodala called the Russians a what?

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Ah, the joys of language. A Russian player accused the USA’s Rudy Gay of calling them… well, Chris Sheridan from ESPN has the story. “He say in Russian a bad word. I don’t know how he know this. I won’t even translate it. It’s bad,” said Russian forward Andrey Vorontsevich, who got yelled at by…

  19. Next up for the USA is Lithuania, which isn't as easy as you think

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    Sadly, the Lithuanians will not be breaking out the Grateful Dead tie-dye uniforms Saturday. They will not be rolling over for the USA, either. Lithuania advanced to the semifinals of the World Championships, routing Argentina 104-85. A lot of people probably thought with Argentina gone this should be easier for the USA, but Lithuania has…

  20. Kevin Durant is still right to pick Luis Scola as the MVP of the World Championships

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    I don’t know that there’s a good player response to questions about individual accolades, but typically, a player’s answer to that kind of prompting is used to construct or enhance the public representation of a player’s personality. They can convey arrogance or humility, hunger or passivity, appreciation or entitlement. Or really, they’re just semi-canned responses…

  21. Winderman: Team USA's core may be playing themselves out of jobs

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    File this one under “conundrum” when it comes to USA Basketball and those at the back end of the Mike Krzyzewski’s roster at the World Championships. Should the United States win its final two games this weekend, it punches a ticket to the 2012 Olympics, with only the gold-medalists earning an automatic bid. That would…

  22. USA, Kevin Durant wear down Russians, win 89-79. Bring on the semifinals.

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    It’s still the one thing the USA can do in basketball that the rest of the world can’t match. The USA rolls with a dozen top-flight players — Danny Granger leads the Indiana Pacers in scoring, is an All-Star and gets DNPs on this team. He’d star on any other team in the World Championships.…

  23. Do the Timberwolves have a Euro sleeper in Nemanja Bjelica?

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    You ever heard of Nemanja Bjelica? Of course not, you have a life and a fantasy football team to obsess over. That’s why teams hire European scouts, to go find guys who might fit in the NBA some day so you don’t have to. Bjelica was a guy who caught interest because he’s 6’10” with…

  24. Ricky Rubio is good, but until his shot falls more the legend part is on hold

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio has reached a legendary status. With reason — the guy was on the floor in the key moments of an Olympic gold medal game at age 19, or just check out his mix tapes. He has mad game. He’s 19 and will spend this season playing for Barcelona, then decide whether to come…

  25. Russian coach, Coach K in cute little war of words

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Hey, we’ve got some almost actual intrigue for today’s Russia vs. USA game at the world championships. Russia’s coach Mike Blatt — a guy born in the United States now living in Israel and coaching the Russians — and Mike Krzyzewski are in a little war of words. First, Blatt said that the 1972 Olympic…

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