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  1. 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,…

  2. Nicolas Batum punches Juan Carlos-Navarro in nuts

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    French forward Nicolas Batum (R) clashes

    Here is what you are going to be talking about the rest of the day. You can see it by following this link. Late in the fourth quarter of France’s medal round loss to Spain — when France had shot 0-11 and let the game get away from them — their frustration boiled over. Way…

  3. USA shouldn’t have much trouble with Australia to open medal round

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook,  Chris Paul

    The medal round. This is what we’ve been waiting for. When things get serious. Win and advance, lose and you go home. Three wins and you get a gold. The pressure is on now. Except, for the USA the first game of the medal round should be their easiest game in a week. The USA,…

  4. Report: Lou Amundson talking with Bobcats, Knicks interested

    Aug 8, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Louis Amundson

    And in today’s “I’m waiting because I don’t want to play for the veteran’s minimum” game we bring you energy big off the bench Lou Amundson. Amundson could be a nice role playing big off the bench for some team (like he was for the Pacers last season), but it’s about the money, according to…

  5. Michael Jordan to headline Obama re-election hoops fundraiser

    Aug 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebs Golf

    Barack Obama had Michael Jordan’s back — the president said the current Olympic team couldn’t touch the original Dream Team. Now, Jordan has Obama’s back. Jordan will headline a celebrity hoops fundraising event with the money going to Obama’s re-election campaign, according to Buzzfeed Sports (via Ball Don’t Lie). The classic was originally scheduled for…

  6. Carmelo got punched in the, um, groin by Argentina. But we’ve seen worse.

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. grimaces on the court after being fouled during match against Argentina at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Things got a little testy… wait, poor choice of words. Things got a little chippy between the USA and Argentina at the end of the third quarter as the USA was running away with Monday’s Olympic pool play contest. (Yes, that’s better phrasing.) Carmelo Anthony was going up with a three as the quarter ended…

  7. Jodie Meeks looking for more than veteran minimum deal

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

    Jodie Meeks, Mario Chalmers

    We’ve been saying this for a week now, we’ve reached the “hey, wait, I’m worth more than the veteran minimum” portion of the summer. Jodie Meeks, come on down, you’re next at the podium. Meeks, who started 50 games for the 76ers last season, is talking to the Lakers, reports the Los Angeles Times. However,…

  8. Report: Kenyon Martin talking to Nets, Lakers

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Things haven’t really changed that much on the Kenyon Martin front — he wants to get paid, not the league minimum but real money. And that’s not out there. The Knicks might want him back at the minimum, but that’s not who Martin is talking to, according to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Kenyon Martin,…

  9. The Birdman would play for veteran minimum… in New York?

    Aug 4, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    CAnderson_necktat

    Tattoo artists of New York, don’t get your hopes up too high yet, but a big new canvas could be coming to town… if you can find some space on it. But like we said, don’t get your hopes up yet. We’re a long way from knowing how this story ends. Chris Andersen — the…

  10. Who is left in free agency? Here’s a list of the key names.

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    We have made it through the bulk of free agency. Fans are always looking for the next, best thing, the guy who can come in and make a difference. It’s now August and time to be honest — any guy who can really help your team has already been picked up. There are a few…

  11. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM 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

    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. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

  12. Report: Knicks like Kenyon Martin, but he wants to be paid

    Aug 2, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Knicks would like to add a backup power forward to the roster, someone who can come in off the bench and give them some energy, defense and a few points. There are a few guys out there, but the Kenyon Martin seems to fit pretty well with the Knicks style and what they want…

  13. Thursday And-1 links: Doc Rivers takes one for the team

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    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 La La loves reality shows. • Doc Rivers gets it — taking the…

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

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. Winderman: Despite Dwightmare, we’ve reached NBA slow season

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    In a non-Dwight year, this is when it tends to stop, in August. As an NBA executive recently explained, there tend to be four stages to the offseason when it comes to personnel moves: — The start of the free-agency period and the resulting immediate frenzy. — The period shortly thereafter when offer sheets are…

  17. Is Daryl Morey following the Danny Ainge playbook?

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    For the past few years, the Rockets have been stuck in a rut of mediocrity — not terrible, fighting for a bottom playoff seed and either way ending up with a pick in the middle of the first round somewhere. Not a bad team, not a contender, just a team riding along in the middle.…

  18. Clippers trade for Willie Green from Hawks

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Anderson defends against  Hawks guard Green in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    If things go well for the Clippers, Willie Green will rarely see the court. They have Jamal Crawford to play the two guard spot and they hope Chauncey Billups will be healthy and eating up minutes soon. But, things rarely to plan and the Clippers want to be prepared, so they announced they have traded…

  19. Video: Rainn Wilson interviews Blake Griffin in his van

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    PBS Announces Hosts for Nine-Part PBS Arts Fall Festival, Kicking Off October 14

    I love that Blake Griffin is doing this kind of stuff (and working at Funny or Die during the lockout) now. Letting Dwight from the Office (otherwise known as Rainn Wilson) ask him questions like “why were you afraid to go to the Olympics?” Great stuff here. Totally worth taking a break from watching Olympic…

  20. LeBron James wants Kevin Durant to shoot the rock more

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Kevin Durant led Team USA with 22 points against France on Sunday, and you can look for that trend to continue. He is the best pure shooter and scorer on Team USA (frankly, the best in the world), his role on this team is to score. And LeBron James wants him doing more of it.…

  21. Deron Williams calls international basketball “slippery”

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    A lot of things are different in International basketball — the closer three-point line, the types of zone defenses, the overall style of play. And the balls and the rims, if you ask Team USA players. Which the Star Ledger did to Deron Williams (via SLAM). “If you hit any part of the rim, it’s…

  22. 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.…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. Thursday And-1 links: What the Knicks can learn about USA ‘Melo

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

    USA v Argentina - Men's Exhibition Game

    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. • Great post from Beckley Mason at TrueHoop with some notes for the Knicks:…

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