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  1. USA handily beats Tunisia but doesn’t earn many style points

    Jul 31, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Mohamed Hadidane

    Every time the 2012 Team USA steps on the court they face two opponents. First, it’s the team lined up in the other colored jerseys. Second, there is the USA Basketball legacy — the 1960 team of West and Robertson, the Dream Team and beyond — and how they measure up. Team USA beat Tunisia…

  2. Olympics Day 1 roundup: Argentina picks up key victory

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili (2dR)

    We’ve broken down the USA win over France a few ways now, but there were five other games in the Olympics on Sunday. And we know you didn’t watch all of them because you were entranced by beach volleyball. We get that. To help you out, here is a recap of the rest of the…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. Kevin Love wins “best team sleeping photo” ever award

    Jul 26, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    team-usa-sleeping

    It started with the Clippers last year, who made a game of taking photos of guys sleeping on planes. It spread around the league, the “#gotem” photos on twitter were the rage. NBA players travel a lot at odd hours and so sleeping on planes is just part of the gig, but suddenly taking their…

  9. Report: Minnesota near two-year, $20 million for Kirilenko

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Turkey Basketball Euroleague Final Four

    Andrei Kirilenko coming to Minnesota appears to be more and more likely. We told you yesterday the Timberwolves may have moved to the front of the line because they can offer a lot of money and the Brooklyn Nets could only offer the veteran minimum ($1.2 million). Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC…

  10. 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…

  11. Minnesota now may be frontrunner to land Kirilenko

    Jul 25, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

    Turkey Basketball Euroleague Final Four

    We told you Tuesday that Brooklyn was making a push to get the services of Andrei Kirilenko, who spent last season with CSKA Moscow but wants to return to the NBA. But Brooklyn is out now out of the running, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Not a shock because while the Nets could have…

  12. USA, Spain want to send message without revealing much

    Jul 24, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    Spanish player Paul Gasol (L) vies with

    The United States and Spain will meet with nothing on the line on Tuesday evening in Barcelona. It’s the biggest, most anticipated pre-Olympic friendly in the world as the two gold medal favorites face off. Next time they meet, it very possibly will be with the gold medal in the London Olympics on the line.…

  13. Kevin Love finds minutes on Team USA slipping away

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    On paper, Kevin Love should be playing increasingly key minutes for Team USA — he is second most logical center behind Tyson Chandler, his rebounding and outlet passing skills fit the up-tempo style Team USA wants to play, and on offense he can hit the three and pull opposing bigs away from the basket. But…

  14. Warriors, Wolves interested in Kirilenko… or maybe he chooses Moscow

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Turkey Basketball Euroleague Final Four

    It’s getting closer and closer to decision time for Andrei Kirilenko. He has said he’s interested in coming back to the NBA, but if he doesn’t like the offers he gets he could return to CSKA Moscow (where he played last season). You know they will take him. The Nets were the early frontrunners (Russian…

  15. Kevin Love happy to see “bad blood” gone from Timberwolves locker room

    Jul 20, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic, Anthony Randolph, and Martell Webster. Those are the four main guys Minnesota has moved out this off-season. Decide for yourself who Kevin Love was talking about when he said this to the Pioneer Press (via SLAM). “If we get everybody back healthy, with Ricky (Rubio) back healthy, if (Brandon) Roy comes…

  16. Coach K shuffles rotation, not that it matters as USA routs Britain

    Jul 19, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    If Thursday’s game in Manchester is any indication Great Britain is going to be a lovely host for the 2012 Olympic Games. They rolled out the red carpet for Team USA and by the end of the first quarter pretty much rolled over for Team USA, which went on to rout GBR 118-78 in a…

  17. Brazil provides big test for Team USA Monday. Literally big.

    Jul 16, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler

    It is the one weakness for Team USA — after Tyson Chandler there are no other true centers on the USA Basketball roster due to injuries. In The USA’s first game, against the Dominican Republic, coach Mike Krzyzewski tried Kevin Love, LeBron James and seemingly everyone but Chris Paul at the five spot. The Dominicans…

  18. Quote of the Day: Derrick Williams doesn’t pass the buck

    Jul 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    “If I had played a little better, maybe we wouldn’t be having this talk,” Williams said Friday, July 13, on the first day of the Timberwolves’ minicamp at Target Center to prepare for next week’s NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. “I had an up-and-down rookie season. I know I can play better than what…

  19. Team USA experiments its way to blowout 113-59 win

    Jul 13, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    LAS VEGAS — Exhibition games should be about experimentation, about learning things to help you later. Unfortunately, you can’t learn too much from Team USA’s 113-59 throttling of the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas We learned that teams are going to struggle with the athletes and pressure defense Team USA can bring. We learned that…

  20. Lee, Mayo Timberwolves targets after Batum offer matched

    Jul 12, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    Minnesota used its amnesty provision on Darko Milicic, they are about to buy out Brad Miller and Martell Webster. They have cleared the way to make a big four-year, $45 million offer sheet to Portland’s Nicolas Batum. They tried to pressure Portland into a trade and that didn’t work, so they are going to call…

  21. Team USA ready to begin track meet to London against Dominican Republic

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    US Roster Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Any good coach plays to the strengths of the guys on his roster. And Mike Krzyzewski is a very good coach. He looks at a roster of elite players entering their peak, a roster deep with great athletes no other team in the world could match. He and assistant coach Mike D’Antoni…

  22. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    From time to time, I drop random observations because it’s too long for a tweet and too short for a full post. Also because it allows me to crack jokes, which is really the reason I’m here. That and the money. Mostly the money. Anyway, it’s been a crazy week of free agency. Here are…

  23. Kevin Love tired of waiting for Timberwolves to get good

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Teams rarely become good overnight in the NBA. They build it up over time — think of the Thunder model, who took steps forward every season the past three years. What Miami did is the aberration. Minnesota could be one of those teams on the rise, but Kevin Love wants management to speed up the…

  24. Breaking News: Blake Griffin can still dunk so hard NBA stars freak out

    Jul 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    One thing that is commonly said by reporters covering Team USA, outside of the annoying lack of media access, the joy of being in Vegas long-term, and the long travel hours traipsing the world for exhibitions and the games, there’s usually a level of awe at the amount of talent in one room. Kobe Bryant,…

  25. USA’s versatile, athletic roster will be fun to watch. Will win a lot, too.

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    Al Davis would have loved Team USA. Because speed kills. Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski coded it with words like “athleticism” and “versatility” — and those are accurate, too — but the makeup of Team USA is both lightning quick but with length. This is a team that that can run the floor, make…

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