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  1. Video: James Harden’s inflatable raft is bigger than yours

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    This is not as good as the “mustard on the beard” ad by Foot Locker, but their latest one isn’t bad either. And it’s filled with NBA players — Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. And it’s the dead of the offseason. So…. enjoy. Man, I can’t wait for actual games.

  2. Anthony Tolliver is reportedly drawing interest from Greece’s Panathinaikos

    Aug 19, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Anthony Randolph, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Rose

    Anthony Tolliver, despite a very strong season with the Timberwolves, continues to hang out on the free agency limb. There’s been a lot of talk but little action in terms of a contract getting taken care of. And reportedly, now NBA teams will have some competition. Prasinanea.gr reports that Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos is interested in…

  3. Michael Beasley is having an estate sale you have to see

    Aug 19, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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    Michael Beasley is on the move again. Minnesota decided not to bring him back — you can guess why for yourself — and he is getting a fresh start in Phoenix with a three-year, $18 million deal. And by fresh start, we mean completely starting over. Rather than packing a U-Haul with his possessions for…

  4. Video: A reminder, the Wolves were fun, are fun, will be fun

    Aug 18, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The Timberwolves shook off all the doldrums and depressing mediocrity last year. Behind Kevin Love taking yet another leap forward and Ricky Rubio living up to the loftiest of expectations, along with Rick Adelman actually getting everyone on the same page, the Wolves were running and gunning every night. They were winning games until Rubio’s…

  5. Minnesota might round out its roster with… Mehmet Okur? Nah.

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    The Timberwolves have a pretty set front line — Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic will start, with Andrei Kirilenko and Greg Stiemsma behind them. And you can throw Dante Cunningham in the mix if you want. They may want one more big to round out the roster… but Mehmet Okur? That’s the rumor from Darren…

  6. Ricky Rubio progressing well but likely out until December

    Aug 16, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    Sky Lynx Basketball

    Derrick Rose wasn’t the only point guard to have a devastating knee injury last year, but Ricky Rubio doesn’t have an entire marketing campaign based around his return. But like Rose, his team’s playoff goals hinge on his return. And like Rose, Rubio has been working out to return and appears to be ahead of…

  7. Wednesday And-1 links: FIBA wants 3-on-3 basketball in Olympics

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    David Stern

    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 like I love a good IPA. • Forget the under-23 age limit stuff, what…

  8. The Inbounds: Time for non-contenders to readjust their timelines

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    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. One thing that frustrates me about the NBA more than anything else is how small the list of title contenders…

  9. Kobe says he is done, but Carmelo might be up for Rio 2016

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates af

    Kobe Bryant is telling anyone who asks, anyone who will listen really, that he is done with all things Olympics. There is no hesitation in comments to anyone. He’s got a second gold, he’s done. Which makes sense, he’ll be 37 come the Rio games and may not be playing in the NBA any more.…

  10. Hawks wanted to talk Howard deal, Timberwolves not so much

    Aug 13, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Danny Ferry, Hawks President of Basketball Operations and GM

    Now that the deal is finally done and our long national Dwightmare is over, the stories are starting to leak out. The jilted would-be brides are leaking things out (part out of frustration, but more out of the “hey look fan base, we really tried” motive). Others are saying they didn’t want to be part…

  11. And at long last, the NBA goes to sleep for a month

    Aug 12, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    The lockout had a lot of effects. One beat writer told me last week that because of the frequency of the games, stacked on top of each other, it didn’t feel like a 66-game season, but a 120-game season. Then there were the playoffs, with back-to-backs in the second round. The conference finals whizzing by…

  12. Spain pushes USA, but too much LeBron, CP3, Durant makes USA golden

    Aug 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    US forward Kevin Durant and US forward L

    Spain had what they needed — spark plug Juan Carlos-Navarro couldn’t miss early and would not let the USA run away with the game. Pau Gasol took it right to the USA’s weakness in the second half and had 15 points in the third quarter to put his team ahead at one point. But the…

  13. LeBron James and a golden transformation

    Aug 12, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler

    A year ago, LeBron James didn’t exist. After mourning in his house over the loss of the NBA Finals for several weeks, dealing with the way his entire world had been turned upside down, how the public had revolted against him, James was simply absent. He rarely made appearances if ever at the NBA-NBPA meetings…

  14. 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…

  15. Where was Anthony Davis in the first half? He forgot his jersey.

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

    US guard Kobe Bryant (L) chats with US c

    Anthony Davis is Team USA’s human victory cigar — when he enters the game you know it is over. He could have entered into the game about five minutes into the USA’s record setting rout of Nigeria on Thursday. Actually, coach Mike Krzyzewski called his number in the first half… And he couldn’t go in…

  16. Pat Riley on Heat: “Our small ball team is who we are now”

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Pat Riley

    The Miami Heat won a title going small. It worked. You can bet next season you are going to see a whole lot more Chis Bosh at the five and LeBron James at the four. The Heat will be going small. And Pat Riley is okay with that. Mostly. Riley was on with friend of…

  17. USA 156, Nigeria 73: Is that enough of a rout for you?

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:12 PM 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

    USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Tuesday’s game he was not trying to send a message to his players. He said that he didn’t mass substitute in the second unit then start the bench guys in the second half of the win over Tunisia as a message to USA starters after a lackadaisical opening few…

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

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

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    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…

  19. Caption This: Kevin Love has lost his head

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    It’s a slow night in NBA/Olympics news. Mostly because Matt Barnes has not been hanging out in London. So, we bring you this photo of Kevin Love during the dunk fest against Tunisia. Put your best comment in the… well, comments and our favorites will get run tomorrow as part of our And-1 links column,…

  20. The Inbounds: Team USA and an outlet pass to the future of superstar team-ups

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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

    Just kidding. I’m not actually going to give you the top five possible superstar teamups from these Olympics. No slideshows or top ten lists, though I have written those before and they serve a purpose. But I did want to write about that dynamic, where it comes from, and what it means. In Team USA’s…

  21. Video: If nothing else, Anthony Davis can throw down dunks

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Davis of the U.S. dunks against Tunisia during their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Maybe Anthony Davis can be a franchise player — the Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett of a new generation. Maybe he will be something less than that. We’re a long way from finding that out. What we do know — he can throw down some ally-oop dunks. We kind of knew that from his time…

  22. Minnesota to give Brandon Roy a big role if he can handle it

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Roy Basketball

    Brandon Roy is back. Although he said he never really planned to be gone all that long and the Trail Blazers just wanted to save some money. Choose to believe whatever you wish on that. What is not in doubt is Roy’s knees were not good. As in no cartilage in his knees not good.…

  23. Just to confirm, Kevin Love’s knee injury nothing serious

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

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    It was the one actual frightening moment in Team USA’s thumping of Tunisia on Tuesday — Kevin Love attacked the rim in the third quarter and in doing so banged knees wit the Tunisian defender. It was one of those random, unintentional things that can happen on any play. Love went off the court, grabbed…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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