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  1. LeBron says it’s too early to know if he’ll play in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 24, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    LeBron James will not be part of Team USA this summer when it heads off to Spain to try and earn a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics (winner of the World Championships automatically qualifies). After three straight trips to the Finals for the Heat, plus the London Olympics in that mix, LeBron is taking…

  2. Kobe does not want to play in All-Star Game, may not have choice

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    Kobe Bryant asked you to vote for Damian Lillard or other young, rising stars of the NBA. You — and by you I mean NBA fans around the globe — voted Kobe in as an All-Star Game starter anyway. For Kobe it would be All-Star Game No. 16. His reaction? He doesn’t want to play.…

  3. Steve Nash may return to Lakers next week

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Injuries more than anything else have been the story of the Lakers season to this point, and while many felt that even a healthy L.A. squad would have trouble competing with the Western Conference elite, that task became impossible once Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and others went down with injuries for extended periods…

  4. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  5. LeBron, Curry, Kobe voted All-Star Game starters — but Kobe doesn’t want to play

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    You voted for them, so here they are — your 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters: EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) WESTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder),…

  6. Phil Jackson says Jordan would beat Kobe in game of one-on-one

    Jan 23, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Sometimes we as sports fans have this obsessive need to rank everything and allow that to get in the way of just enjoying a player for what he is. We can’t just sit back and enjoy what Kobe Bryant or LeBron James have done on the court, they must instantly be compared to the all-time…

  7. Pau Gasol not sure if he will play for Spain in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

    pau gasol spain olympics

    Spain has the second best national basketball team in the world. Anchored in the paint by brothers Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol, plus with a host of good guards such as Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio, they have won two Olympic silver medals in a row, able to beat out every nation on earth save…

  8. Kobe Bryant: College basketball system ‘really isn’t teaching players anything’

    Jan 23, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

    USA Men's Basketball Team Scrimmage Against China

    Strangely, Kobe Bryant was recently held up as an example for why Jabari Parker should return to Duke for a second season. Kobe, of course, went to the NBA directly from high school and has had an extremely fruitful career, both financially and in terms of on-court success. But I guess he was only a…

  9. LeBron, Durant lead Team USA roster pool for 2014 World Championships, 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Team USA takes the court in Rio in 2016 to defend its gold medal, you can expect to see somethings old and somthings new — guys who won gold in London and Beijing will be mixed with newcomers who got their real first taste of USA Basketball this coming summer in Spain for the…

  10. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  11. PBT Extra: Who should be All-Star Game reserves?

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Thursday night the starters for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans will become official, but we pretty much know who they will be — the East has no close races and the West is seeming settled. Here is who almost certainly gets announced. EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)…

  12. Report: Dwight Howard to play for Team USA at World Championships, maybe Olympics

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    USA's Dwight Howard grans the ball durin

    The last time Dwight Howard played for Team USA he was a 22-year-old helping the United States win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But that appears likely to change this summer with the World Championships in Spain, Howard will be in the pool of players coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball will choose from,…

  13. Today is anniversary of Kobe’s 81 point game, why not relive it? (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers vs Orlando Magic, 2009 NBA Finals

    It was Jan. 22, 2006. The Lakers were actually struggling against the Toronto Raptors, trailing by 14 at the half on their home court. This was a Lakers team that started Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (I still say getting this team to the playoffs was one of Phil Jackson’s great coaching jobs), so if…

  14. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  15. Watch Kevin Durant drop 46 on Portland Trail Blazers (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

    Kevin Durant is just trying to get his team wins, and with Russell Westbrook out that means he has to take on a heavy scoring load — he has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games. That includes an impressive 46 on Portland Tuesday night, with 11 of those coming in the final…

  16. Kobe Bryant doesn’t like how NBA has become more finesse game

    Jan 21, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    It changed in the fall of 2004. Up to that point a defender out on the perimeter could put his hand on the guy he was guarding — “hand check” him” — and with that the league allowed defenders to be more physical, to grab a little. Go back and watch highlights of Gary Payton…

  17. Kobe Bryant says he won’t play in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 20, 2014, 10:02 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant spoke to reporters before his Lakers faced the Bulls in Chicago on Monday, and the most newsworthy portion of the dialogue was regarding his status for the 2016 Olympics. Bryant has struggled with major injuries since the end of last season, and is currently sidelined with a fractured bone in his knee that…

  18. Report: NBA executives increasingly believe Jabari Parker will remain at Duke another season

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT

    North Carolina State v Duke

    Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been quite as good as many hoped at Kansas, but that doesn’t significantly diminish the 2014 NBA Draft. This beauty of the upcoming draft – and the reason so many teams are tanking – is how strong and deep it is at the top. The team with the NBA’s worst record gets…

  19. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  20. Kobe says Lakers’ record not a factor in his returning to play this season

    Jan 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    If you haven’t watched the Lakers play recently — and unless you’re a die-hard fan of the team, you would have no real reason to — you may not know just how dire things have become for one of the league’s traditionally great franchises. There is no star power in Los Angeles playing for the…

  21. Kobe includes Rajon Rondo when discussing future Hall of Famers who played for 2010 Celtics

    Jan 18, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is still a spectator these days, not expecting to return from the fractured bone in his knee until sometime in February. With his Lakers taking on the Celtics in Boston on Friday, memories of better times were brought to the surface, and Bryant was among those sad to see the Paul Pierce and…

  22. Kobe Bryant just drops in on Boston College international marketing class

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    “Hey, who is that guy auditing the class today, he looks familiar somehow…” Kobe Bryant is traveling with the Lakers on their Grammy road trip and is in Boston with the team, when he decided to go out to hit the town for a night… and just drop in on an international marketing class at…

  23. Tuesday And-1 Links: Family Feud fans think Shaq is second best player ever

    Jan 14, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    family-feud

    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. • That photo you see to the right (courtesy The Big Lead) is from…

  24. Kevin Durant wants to shoot less with Westbrook out, needs help from teammates

    Jan 14, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    It’s not that Kevin Durant wants to shoot more with Russell Westbrook out, it’s that he doesn’t have much of a choice if the Thunder want to score a lot of points (and they do, that remains kind of an important thing in basketball). In the nine games since Westbrook went out with another knee…

  25. Pau Gasol has strain in left foot, game time call for Tuesday night

    Jan 14, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Well, it could have been worse, and usually this season when a Laker gets injured it seems like “worse” is the default. Pau Gasol had an MRI on his sore left foot and it came back with a “moderate strain of the flexor tendon of the big toe of his left foot” the team announced.…

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