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  1. Chris Paul out eight weeks after thumb surgery, likely misses start of camp

    Aug 21, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul injured his thumb early on in USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics, while the team was still in Las Vegas. It held him up for a few days, but he came back and played well — Paul was huge in the second half of the USA’s gold medal winning game over Spain.…

  2. Here are your top-10 NBA highest-paid players for 2012-13

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA salaries are basically set for next season, minus a few tweaks for late pickups and drops. While there are a few good players still out there as free agents, said players are discovering right now the market is pretty dry. I hope they all like the veteran minimum. So who is going to…

  3. Anthony Davis says Olympics made him more confident

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis pretty much fell backwards on to the London Olympic team. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski like him as a prospect, but it took injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin (his in training camp) for Team USA to get desperate enough to grab the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets.…

  4. Clippers got better this summer, yet in L.A. it’s same old story (all Lakers)

    Aug 21, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers are a legitimately good team. They went 40-26 last season, one game back of the Pacific Division winning Los Angeles Lakers. Then this summer they went out and added Lamar Odom, Grant Hill and Jamal Crawford. They have the best point guard in the game in Chris Paul — a guy you can…

  5. Monday And-1 links: Looking at the Lakers offense with Howard

    Aug 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    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. • With all the hits Dwight Howard took on the public relations side lately,…

  6. Chauncey Billups wants to be ready for start of season

    Aug 20, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    Chauncey Billups wants to go out on his own terms. Not as a once-fantastic player and NBA finals MVP whose career was cut short by an Achilles injury, but as a guy who came back and helped the Clippers reach new heights as both a player and almost an on-court coach. It usually takes about…

  7. Andray Blatche says all the right things while waiting for the call

    Aug 19, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee

    Andray Blatche personified a lot of the problems for the post-Arenas era in Washington that the Wizards have tried so hard to shake. A hot shooting stretch after Arenas was suspended and Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were traded in a blow-up lead to a huge contract. Knuckleheaded behavior and poor shot selection soon followed,…

  8. Hornets agree to four-year extension with Monty Williams

    Aug 19, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    Monty Williams

    Surviving last year with the Hornets is a pretty impressive feat for Monty Williams. Losing Chris Paul and David West, dealing with the veto debacle, having Eric Gordon perpetually injured, being drastically low on talent, the deck was stacked against Williams. But instead of the team falling apart, even though they wound up with an…

  9. Blake Griffin has spent summer reworking his jump shot

    Aug 16, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    We all know Blake Griffin needs a more consistent jump shot. Spare me the “all he can do is dunk” line because first, it’s not true, and second, the dunk is the single most efficent shot in basketball and if a guy can get five or more dunks a game he should take every one…

  10. Video: How Caron Butler is spending his summer vacation

    Aug 15, 2012, 11:37 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler is just hanging with his family this summer — and playing games with them. Ice Bucket Family Feud. But seriously, you should be able to be able to beat your kid at thumb wrestling. Every time. Hey, it’s summer, you can watch this or have the 584th breakdown of the Dwight Howard trade.…

  11. On the amazing ripple effects of the 2004 Shaq Trade

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Remember the Summer of 2004? The Lakers, who came into the season with Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq making up 80% of their starting 5, had just lost a “gentlemen’s sweep” to the Detroit Pistons. Kobe Bryant was a free agent. Shaq still had that pre-max monster of a deal, and he…

  12. Andrew Bynum to go to Germany for knee procedure on reportedly healthy knees

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    Andrew Bynum was involved in the huge NBA trade last week, getting shipped from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers in a move that  also saw Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala change teams, among others. Sixers fans seemed okay with the deal, but that might have changed when they read the latest report…

  13. Report: Jazz had trade talks about getting Ryan Anderson

    Aug 13, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson, Tyrus Thomas

    Ryan Anderson would have been a good fit in the Utah Jazz’s offense — they needed someone who could knock down the three and stretch the floor, and that is what Anderson does best. They wanted him. But the price was too steep — Paul Millsap. That according to a new report from Brian Smith…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Video: Jamal Crawford throws it down, Hawes can’t stop him

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    You just expect Jamal Crawford to make big plays in the Jamal Crawford ProAm. I mean he created it and named it after himself and all. And you would not be disappointed. Crawford’s event is in Seattle and former Huskie Spencer Hawes was there. Hawes was back on defense and caught in this unfortunate fast…

  17. Chris Paul and subtle art of taking over a game

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul is athletic, but not Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook athletic where he can make a move that has your jaw drop like you’re in a Tex Avery cartoon. Chris Paul can shoot and score, but he’s not unstoppably pure like Kevin Durant or Ray Allen. Chris Paul did not put up a monster…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. The Inbounds: NBA schmoe, International Superstar of Mystery

    Aug 10, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon

    If you’re a casual NBA fan, most of the players on the Olympic teams other than Team USA don’t ring any bells. You’ll recognize a few. “Hey, that’s that point guard for the Canada team, right?” “You mean, the Toronto Raptors?” “Yeah, that’s what I said, the team in Canada.” Or: “Hey, didn’t that guy…

  21. It’s official: League approves four-team deal, Howard a Laker

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Some Lakers fans were convinced David Stern was going to try to kill this blockbuster, balance changing trade. And you could bet if he really could have some owners (*cough*Mark Cuban*cough*) would have pressured him to do so. But the league had no real standing to block this trade — because it can be justified…

  22. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the NBA’s arms race gone too far

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    “Weapons are like money, no one knows the meaning of enough.” – Martin Amis In 2008, it was the Celtics getting both an aging Kevin Garnett and an aging Ray Allen. Then it was the Lakers getting Pau Gasol, commonly a sub-star due to his market at the time. Then came The Decision, Melodrama, the…

  23. Clippers may stay in house to find new general manager

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers like how things are running right now — after decades of being a league punch line they have become one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. The entire culture of the locker room has changed. They like the power structure in place. They are winning and selling out the building. When things are going…

  24. Wednesday And-1 links: Should Bynum be frustrated with the Lakers?

    Aug 8, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    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 3-year-olds like to throw tantrums. • If Andrew Bynum was frustrated with the…

  25. USA starts pretty blah, Kobe and LeBron help them run away from Aussies late

    Aug 8, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

    Australian guard Matt Dellavedova (L) ch

    There are certain boxers and MMA fighters that nobody looks fighting good against. Even the fighters with all the style get sucked into an ugly grappling contest, nobody looks pretty in the ring/octagon against these guys. That is Australian basketball. For three quarters against Team USA the Aussies were physical, they mucked up the game,…

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