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  1. 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…

  2. A closer look at the USA’s opponents in Group A

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:36 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony of Team USA fights for a ball against Federico Kammerichs of Team Argentina during their men's exhibition basketball game ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena, in Barcelona

    Anything less than a gold medal will be seen as a failure by Team USA in London. So, no pressure. Just the American basketball legacy on the line. But in reality, the pressure doesn’t ramp up until the final eight — the three knockout-round games. First, there is the group stage. There are 12 teams…

  3. Summer League standout Malcolm Thomas has many suitors

    Jul 24, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Malcolm Thomas

    For a guy on the fringe, a good showing at Summer League can change your fortunes. Meet Malcolm Thomas. The “other forward” at San Diego State when Kawhi Leonard was there who spent last season in the D-League with a couple of call ups. But at Summer League in Las Vegas he looked very good…

  4. Delfino disappointed Bucks have not reached out to him

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    Carlos Delfino

    Carlos Delfino is not sitting around fretting about where he might play next season. The free agent swingman is busy as a key part of the Argentinian national team, preparing for the Olympics. Still, teams are reaching out to him and his agent (Cleveland, Atlanta and Boston have been mentioned). Just not the Bucks, where…

  5. Video: Top 10 plays from Las Vegas Summer League

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers

    PBT brought you a whole lot of original content from the Las Vegas Summer league, both I and Scott Schroeder were out there (he was there the whole time), and you got daily updates and player stories. If you want to just know who stood out, we’ve got you covered. And now, here are the…

  6. Damian Lillard, Tobias Harris among the NBA Summer League standouts

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    tobias harris

    LAS VEGAS — The NBA Summer League unfortunately came to a close on Sunday night, ending a week and a half of wonderful basketball being played on the UNLV campus. Okay, so not all of the basketball was necessarily wonderful … but there were some players that helped themselves out quite a bit while spending…

  7. USA has to work for win over Argentina. Just a reminder gold will not come easily.

    Jul 22, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Kevin Durant challenges Argentina's Luis A. Scola during exhibition game in Barcelona

    Team USA was back in Barcelona, wearing 1992 Dream Team throwback jerseys, which led to another round of the Dream Team vs. 2012 team talk. But the 2012 version of Team USA having to work for an 86-80 win Sunday over Argentina in an Olympics tune-up shows why comparing the two eras is hard (and…

  8. Team USA starts real tests with Argentina on Sunday

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    manu-ginobili-argentina-fiba-americas-championship

    Every NFL fan knows you can’t predict what the New Orleans Saints season will be like based on their Aug. 5 Hall of Fame game performance (vs. the Cardinals). Along the same line, it’s hard to infer what will happen when the games matter by watching Team USA’s pre-Olympics tune-ups. We’re left making projections based…

  9. Damian Lillard continues to impress at NBA Summer League

    Jul 20, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    damian lillard

    LAS VEGAS — Seven days in Las Vegas is a long time regardless of the occasion, but there are times that it has seemed particularly long this week as four games in a gym watching fringe NBA players play basketball can surprisingly take its toll on a guy. There are always a few moments that…

  10. Adam Morrison impresses on sixth day of NBA Summer League

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

    adam morrison

    LAS VEGAS — NBA Summer League finished up with its fifth consecutive day of basketball on Wednesday evening and, as usual, there was a lot of basketball played. Not all of it was good basketball, unfortunately, but it was all basketball and there were some good things happening. The best thing that happened was the…

  11. Tobias Harris shines at NBA Summer League

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

    tobias harris

    LAS VEGAS — Tobias Harris was unable to find a consistent spot in the Milwaukee Bucks’ rotation last year, leaving him Summer League this season to hope he can show the team he’s worth playing consistently next year. That trek continued on Wednesday afternoon in the Cox Pavilion. The second-year wing played more minutes than…

  12. Sixers coach Collins: Kwame Brown is our starting center

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    Sorry Sixers fans. I know I tried to defend the Kwame Brown signing to a degree, because he’s an average NBA journeyman center and you are paying him like one. It’s not a bad deal and if he’s playing 15 minutes a night off the bench. But if he is the starting five… well, that’s…

  13. The Inbounds: Steve Nash, the Lakers, and the lawlessness of the point guard wilderness

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    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. “How does Steve Nash help them stop Russell Westbrook or Tony Parker?’ That’s the standard reaction from skeptics to the…

  14. Report: Kwame Brown reaches two-year deal with 76ers

    Jul 13, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    Philadelphia cake shops, you’ve been warned. The Philadelphia 76ers have reached a two-year, $6 million deal to bring in Kwame Brown, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The second year is a player option. There is no chance Brown doesn’t pick up that option. Philly fans and bloggers are going…

  15. Houston Rockets going hard after Dwight Howard dream

    Jul 13, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey is going all-in. He is pushing his chips in and trying to win the bracelet. Or in this case, the ring. To win titles in the NBA you need to have a franchise anchor, a true superstar. Since 1980, one team has won a title without at least one of those…

  16. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    From time to time, I drop random observations because it’s too long for a tweet and too short for a full post. Also because it allows me to crack jokes, which is really the reason I’m here. That and the money. Mostly the money. Anyway, it’s been a crazy week of free agency. Here are…

  17. Report: Ersan Ilyasova close to five-year, $45 million deal with Bucks

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    HoopsHype reports: Free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova is close to an agreement on a five-year, $45 million contract to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, agent Tolga Tugsavul tells HoopsHype. via HoopsHype’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia. Ilyasova stands as one of the best value contracts on the market. he was hyper-productive and efficient…

  18. Bucks make offer to keep Ilyasova, but he’s got options

    Jul 4, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    All the world loves a stretch four. Apparently, anyway. There has been a lot of interest in Turkish forward Ersan Ilyasova, one of those players that leads most fans to shrug but most GMs to nod knowingly. Ilyasova had talks with Toronto and Milwaukee (and the Nets, although after Brooklyn reached a deal with Mirza…

  19. Free Agency Rundown 7.1.12: The movers, they are a shaking

    Jul 1, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s what’s going on with free agency news and rumors as the moratorium period began Sunday night at 12:01 a.m..Do not, by any means, consider this comprehensive. There’s so much going on, we’re just trying to get you an overview. (HT: Hoopshype, IAmAGM.com) Atlanta Hawks Well, for starters, they’re exploring a deal for Joe Johnson…

  20. After the dust has settled, 25 observations from the NBA draft

    Jun 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    25 thoughts, observations, and wisecracks about the 2012 NBA Draft, now that there’s been some time to see the whole board.   1. I spent two months talking myself into the idea that Tyshawn Taylor was a first round pick because I was worried I was being overly harsh on his decision making late in…

  21. Rockets trade 14 pick, Dalembert to Bucks for 12 pick, parts

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Houston Rockets keep making moves and trading up the draft board, and you know they are aiming for something bigger. And the Milwaukee Bucks helped them out with a trade I don’t really get for them. The unstoppable force that is Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the trade on twitter and it goes…

  22. Warriors interested in bringing in Brandon Roy

    Jun 22, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy wants to return to the NBA. Golden State wants him. The Warriors GM confirmed that to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Friday morning that the team has interest in former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, who has made it clear that he will try to play…

  23. Sexual harassment lawsuit against Monta Ellis, Warriors settled

    Jun 8, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    The Golden State Warriors and former guard for them Monta Ellis have settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee of the team. The terms of the settlement has not been released but the Associated Press confirmed it is now over. Former Community Relations employee with the team accused Ellis in the lawsuit…

  24. Tuesday And-1 links: The Dwight Howard loyalty T-Shirt

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    loyalty

    Here is our daily 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. • RIP LaRoy Ellis (the first ever center of the Portland Trail Blazers). •…

  25. Bobcats plan to work out six players for No. 2 pick

    May 31, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Charlotte has a tough choice ahead of it. It’s not a question of needs — you should always draft the best player available anyway, but in this case the Bobcats need everything. So charlotte is going to take a good look at the available players, team president Rod Higgins told the Charlotte Observer. Higgins said…

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