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  1. USA’s defense, outside shooting needs to return vs. Argentina

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    US forward LeBron James (L), guard Kobe

    Argentina is in some way a better version of the Lithuanian team that gave the USA trouble on Saturday — more talented but with that same experienced veteran savvy that exposed the American’s mistakes. But that’s really what Monday is about — has the USA learned from its mistakes as it heads to the medal…

  2. Lithuania gives USA a real test, but LeBron passes it in 99-94 win

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. goes in for a lay-up past Lithuania's Kleiza during their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    There is a script for beating the USA, we talked about it before the Olympics: Pack the paint on defense and hope they miss threes, play good transition defense, don’t turn the ball over, and have a hot shooting night yourself. Lithuania did almost all of that, playing their best game of the Olympics by…

  3. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

  4. Preview: Nigeria next very small bump in the road for USA

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Nigeria — Team USA’s opponent in the late game Thursday — is better than Tunisia, the USA’s last opponent. Barely. Nigeria beat Tunisia by four points. Vegas odds makers have the USA as 42 point favorites, which is closer than predicted against Tunisia (it was a 54 points spread, a number the Tunisians covered). The…

  5. Orlando’s blueprint comes straight from San Antonio

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

    Jacque Vaughn, Rob Hennigan

    One of the questions around the league right now is: “What exactly is Orlando trying to do?” As they wait out the Dwight Howard trade situation, others wonder whether they want someone like Andrew Bynum to build around, do they just want to dump bad contracts, or would they rather get some young players and…

  6. Yes, you did see a Tunisian player ask for Kobe’s autograph

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Bryant of the U.S. gives a thumbs-up to Tunisia's Rzig after their game at the men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    After the game Tuesday came the moment this 2012 Team USA felt like the original Dream Team. Following the USA’s crushing Tunisia, in the handshake line Tunisian forward Mohamed Hadidane (who scored 11 points in the game) took off his shoe and handed it to Kobe Bryant with a sharpie and asked for his autograph.…

  7. Nicolas Batum thinks a few teams could beat Team USA

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    US forward LeBron James (L) challenges F

    It’s not going to happen this week. Tunisia and Nigeria are no threat to the United States, and while they have some talent Lithuania really isn’t either. But next week against Argentina then moving into the medal round play things are going to get serious for Team USA. They need to start playing better because…

  8. LeBron James wants Kevin Durant to shoot the rock more

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Kevin Durant led Team USA with 22 points against France on Sunday, and you can look for that trend to continue. He is the best pure shooter and scorer on Team USA (frankly, the best in the world), his role on this team is to score. And LeBron James wants him doing more of it.…

  9. Video: LeBron’s insane 50-foot, thread-the-needle bounce pass

    Jul 29, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    It was just the first quarter of the third game of the first day of the London Olympics, and I feel safe saying you are not going to see a better pass than this. Tyson Chandler rebounds the miss, makes a quick pass out to LeBron, who is the only person on earth who could…

  10. Magic says Kobe and LeBron would make the Dream Team

    Jul 29, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    As interesting uninteresting kill-me-now painful as the discussion over whether the 2012 team could beat the Dream Team has been, Magic Johnson gave an interesting answer Saturday on who would make the Dream Team from this year’s squad. From the L.A. Times: “You have to say Kobe would definitely make it,” Johnson said. “He’s unbelievable.…

  11. Team USA: Three problems shown in the France blowout

    Jul 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    “Problems” are kind of a relative term for Team USA, at least in group play. Talent’s going to carry them pretty far in the opening rounds of Olympic play. But we’re always able to get better. So here are three problems that showed up in Team USA’s win over France. 1. Shooting is going to…

  12. USA Basketball: Kevin Love burns the doghouse down and Team USA shows its depth

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    Kevin Love has been under fire the past two weeks. He struggled in exhibition play, and his role on Team USA was questioned. He was supposed to be the other big to help Team USA with a roster that has almost no size. There was talk of him slipping out of the rotation almost entirely.…

  13. USA starts slow, picks up pace to blow out France 98-71

    Jul 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    We’re going to see a lot of games from Team USA during the Olympics. This was not an end-to-end dominant performance to open the Olympics from the Americans. France was in it early. Tony Parker was making smart plays slashing into the lane while The USA shot 29.2 percent overall and was 0-of-6 shooting from…

  14. Preview: Things get defensive as USA takes on France

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    France's player Tony Parker looks on, du

    If the French team that earned a spot in the London Olympics by coming in second at EuroBasket last summer were the one taking on the United States on Sunday, American fans would have reason to worry. That French team played lock down defense and had Tony Parker at his shot-creating best to spark the…

  15. Team USA is running a LeBron/Durant pick-and-roll. Scary.

    Jul 27, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Lebron James

    LeBron James is the best basketball player walking the planet earth right now. Kevin Durant is, in my opinion, the best pure scorer walking the planet right now. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is a smart man. He knows what an unstoppable force those two guys are — so he started playing them off each…

  16. Here are all 39 NBA players taking part in Olympics

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    The Olympic basketball tournament is loaded with NBA players. Loaded. There are 39, and that is just guys currently on rosters (there are a couple not on now that likely will be by the time camp opens. Here is a list of all the NBA players in the Olympic tournament. Not a coincidence that the…

  17. 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,…

  18. Thunder, Heat, Knicks have most nationally televised games

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s a sign of respect. And it shows popularity. But ultimately, it shows the ability to draw ratings. One of the key questions when a new NBA schedule comes out is “how many times is a team on national television? And I’m not talking NBA TV picking up the local broadcast, I mean on one…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Team USA on Segways

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

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    After a little hiatus, 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. • As you can see from the photo to the…

  20. 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…

  21. Kobe Bryant dropped 16 pounds to get ready for the Olympics

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Kobe Bryant talks to his coach Mike Krzyzewski during a training session at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona

    Nobody questions Kobe Bryant’s condition. Shot selection? Yes. Willingness to pass? Yes. But his commitment to his craft and his body are never in doubt. So if Kobe drops 16 pounds, you know it was a choice. And he did that not only for the Olympics but the season he sees ahead, he told the…

  22. USA sends golden message to Spain with 22-point win

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    This was not the gold medal game, nothing was really at stake in Tuesday night’s exhibition in Barcelona. Spain did not put everything they had into this one — for starters, Marc Gasol did not even play. Nonetheless, the message the USA sent in the final three quarters of this rout — that their speed…

  23. Argentina’s Nocioni not sure USA wins gold medal

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    It’s the problem Team USA faces — they are judged as much on style points as wins and losses. So far they are 4-0 in preseason games, but because Brazil led after one quarter and Argentina lost 86-80 — two teams with big front lines playing into a weakness of the U.S. squad — they…

  24. Dwight Howard silly season opens up. The Thunder? Will not happen.

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    With all Dwight Howard trade action — to the Rockets, to the Lakers in a three-team deal with Cleveland, to anyone — in a holding pattern, speculation is starting to run wild. Not rumors. Not “hey, GM X talked to the Magic to put in a bid.” But rather random, rampant speculation from the media…

  25. Video: USA vs. Argentina highlights

    Jul 23, 2012, 8:01 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

    If you only watched the first quarter of this game, you would have thought the United States was on its way to a cakewalk win. Kevin Durant had 27 points, Kobe Bryant 18 and the USA raced out to a 19-3 lead, hitting their first seven shots of the game. But it’s not that simple…

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