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  1. Linas Kleiza with impressive reverse slam at EuroBasket (VIDEO)

    Sep 20, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

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    I feel safe is saying this is the first time this sentence has ever been typed: That was Linas Kleiza with the impressive baseline drive and reverse slam. Complete with some hanging on the rim. Kleiza had 22 points to help lead his native Lithuania past Croatia and into the EuroBasket championship game. Since we’re showing…

  2. Linas Kleiza headed to Turkey for next season

    Jul 25, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    Linas Kleiza

    After the Toronto Raptors amnestied Linas Kleiza this summer, he said it was likely he would play in Europe next season. That has come to pass. The news first came from Uğur Türker of EuroBasket (and has since been confirmed by Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports). Breaking News: Fenerbahce Ulker and Linas Kleiza agreed in…

  3. Amnestied Linas Kleiza likely headed to Europe

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

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    The Toronto Raptors used their amnesty clause to wipe Linas Kleiza and the $4.6 million he is owed off their official books and keep the team below the tax line (he still gets paid, the Raptors just don’t pay any tax on his salary). Kleiza cleared waivers on Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent.…

  4. Report: Raptors to amnesty Linas Kleiza

    Jul 16, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Raptors forward Linas Kleiza looses the ball in front of Magic forward Andrew Nicholson during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Linas Kleiza has played just 20, 49 (of 66) and 39 games the last three seasons – including none in the 2013 calendar year – as he’s battled injury and below-average play. So, the Raptors forward made a sensible choice by opting into the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.6 million…

  5. Report: Raptors looking to flip Marcus Camby to contender

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

    New York Knicks center Camby walks off the court after their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Part of the trade that brings Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks — because an oft-injured three-point shooting big man who doesn’t rebound, is a poor defender and is owed $22 million over the next two years was a need in New York — flipped veteran big man Marcus Camby to the Raptors. Toronto is who…

  6. Thursday And-1 links: More Carmelo/Garnett fallout

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    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. • The punishment has come down, Carmelo Anthony is sitting out the Knicks Thursday…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston falls and fails in Detroit

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:34 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rando look on from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while watching the Andrew Bynum bowling gif over and over. Lakers 119, Rockets 108: Two straight games with big point totals for the Lakers — 114 last game, 119 this one — and two wins. And that’s with Mike D’Antoni not even…

  8. Raptors’ Landry Fields out after elbow surgery; Alan Anderson out with foot injury

    Nov 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Landry Fields goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers Roy Hibbert during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The Raptors are having some depth issues out on the perimeter. Actually, some is an understatement. More like buried under an avalanche. First Kyle Lowry is out a couple weeks with a bone bruise in his foot. Now we learn Wednesday was the day Landry Fields had elbow surgery and he is out indefinitely, as…

  9. Eleven guys who came out of London Olympics big winners

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    The USA is the big winner in London — in our “winner take all” society they won the gold medal, they get the spoils. And no doubt they were the best team in the games. But a number of players came out of London as winners in the reputation game. Eric Freeman nailed a great…

  10. In case you missed it, Linas Kleiza is playing well in London

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    US centre Tyson Chandler (C) vies with L

    Team USA noticed. Toronto Raptor Linas Kleiza put up 25 points on them in a game that was a lot closer than expected. Kleiza is a known commodity who has turned heads in London. The USA is not the only team that Kleiza has cause problems for — he has averaged 18.3 points and 6.3…

  11. 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…

  12. USA needs to forget about Nigeria, focus on Lithuania and gold

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Forget about it. Or, for a New Yorker like Carmelo Anthony, fugeddaboutit. That is what USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told his Nigerian counterpart to do with the game tape after Team USA’s historic win on Thursday (Coach K actually said “flush it”). But that is exactly what his team needs to do with that epic…

  13. Thursday Olympics recap: Spain almost falls to host nation

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    On a day that the USA routed Nigeria and looked pretty invincible doing it, some of the other supposed powers of the Olympics showed signs of vulnerability. Now comes the disclaimer — d read too much into that. Once you get into the one-and-done medal round tournament a sloppy game a week before doesn’t matter.…

  14. 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…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Knicks, Heat win, can start thinking showdown

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Tristan Thompson, Amare Stoudemire

    What you missed while figuring out why ice cream causes brain freeze… Lakers 114, Thunder 106 (2OT): There was a game, too, not just an elbow. The Lakers got a win that can give them some confidence for a potential playoff meeting between these teams — but can they replicate this recipe for success? Our…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls look every bit the contender

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while realizing that it’s time to turn off the autocorrect on your phone before someone gets hurt…. Bulls 96, Spurs 89: That is why the Chicago Bulls are contenders. They played a fantastic game behind Derrick Rose, who had 29 points and made all the big plays at the end, including a…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving does not fear the moment

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen Cleveland Cavaliers

    What you missed while waiting for Nadal and Djokovic to finish…. Heat 97, Bulls 93: LeBron James and Derrick Rose had moments of brilliance and key missed free throws in our game of the day. Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87: If you want to say that Boston choked, to ahead — if you give up a…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Indiana gets a little revenge

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Danny Granger, David West

    What you missed while being exhausted, just like Demi Moore…. Lakers 96, Clippers 91: This was feisty like a playoff game and was our game of the night. Pacers 95, Bulls 90: Last year in the first round of the playoffs the Bulls brushed the Pacers aside with ease — this game was evidence of…

  19. Rajon Rondo leaves with wrist injury, X-rays negative

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Celtics point guard Rondo reacts after being fouled by Raptors center Gray in Boston

    If there is one player the Boston Celtics could not afford to lose this seas0n, it would be Rajon Rondo. Which is why there were deep breaths taken Rondo took a hard foul by Toronto’s Linas Kleiza with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Rondo — who was in scoring not assist mode all night, finishing…

  20. Monday morning one liners (filled with rumors, signings)

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    dwight_howard

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Don’t be shocked if the Chicago Bulls try to get in the Dwight Howard mix, but it is a longshot. If you read on thing today it should be this: Lakers trainer Gary Vitti…

  21. NBA overseas roundup: Joakim Noah considering Paris stop

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah France

    With the NBA labor talks blowing up, more and more NBA players are trying to find their way overseas to earn a paycheck. Here is a roundup of the latest rumors — but remember they are rumors so take a few grains of salt with them. • Bulls big man Joakim Noah confirmed that he…

  22. Apparently Linas Kleiza wants to be Lithuania’s Dr. Phil

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Linas Kleiza

    Let me be up front about this — I really don’t know what is happening with the youth in Lithuania. I don’t know their problems. I can’t figure out Google+, let alone the social pressure on teens on another continent. (But if you want some PBT updates on Google+, find me on there and I’ll…

  23. Raptors’ Linas Kleiza has microfrature surgery, done for season

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Linas Kleiza

    After being the leading scorer in EuroLeague last season and a good showing at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey last summer, we had high hopes for Linas Kleiza this season in Toronto. It hasn’t worked out that way. And now his season is over after the team reported that he had microfrature surgery and…

  24. Guy to watch in Toronto: Linas Kleiza

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Everybody on Toronto was lighting up the Phoenix Suns in their first exhibition game Wednesday night — when you put up 129 and win by 51 everybody is getting their shot to fall. Well, except Andrea Bargnani, who was just 1-of-9 for three points. We’ll call it an off night and look the other way…

  25. Raptors serious about the European-style, balanced offense, ball-movement thing

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    You knew the Raptors were going a little Euro this season. Not Capri pants and sleeveless T-shirts ala Rafael Nadal circa 2005 Euro, but some steps down the Euro path. Raptors assistant coach Jay Triano was an assistant coach in Turkey for USA Basketball and told NBA.com’s John Schuhmann he saw a few things he…

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