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  1. The Inbounds: Kevin Durant says his time is now. It had better be.

    Aug 27, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In an interview with the Washington Post, Kevin Durant takes the subtle leap forward from “all humble all the time” in interviews to “No, really, I’m exceptional at basketball.” Specifically, Durant says that he’s done with people talking about how eventually he’ll have the league in his grasp, that it’s here, it’s now. The future…

  2. Durant agrees to Bosh: Lakers best team “on paper”

    Aug 27, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunde

    Chris Bosh came out last week and said that “on paper” the Lakers had the best team, but they were going to have to prove they could live up to that billing, and that is an entirely different thing. Kevin Durant said basically the same thing. Durant spoke with Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports as…

  3. Video: Team USA Blooper reel, starring millionaire superstars acting the fool

    Aug 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    I’m comforted by the fact that despite their earning of millions of dollars, playing in the most competitive form of the sport on the planet, and constantly being concerned with their brand, their business, and their empire… these guys are really, really goofy. Here’s a blooper reel from Team USA released, which has a handful…

  4. Chris Bosh says Lakers now best team “on paper”

    Aug 24, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Kevin Durant and James Harden tried to play down what the Lakers did during their appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. “Good for them,” was Harden’s comment. But don’t think the rest of the league didn’t take notice of what happened in Los Angeles. Chris Bosh, who tends to be a pretty frank interview,…

  5. Ibaka unhappy with Spanish team, may skip Rio Olympics

    Aug 23, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Spanish centre Serge Ibaka catches the b

    Serge Ibaka looked pretty good in the gold medal game against the United States — he had 12 points and 9 rebounds, and he played 22 minutes. But apparently the minutes were an issue for Ibaka through the Olympics — he wanted more but found his role shrinking. And he is so ticked he may…

  6. Video: John Wall kills it at the Drew League

    Aug 23, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    goodman John Wall

    Last summer, John Wall was the king of the Summer League pro-am games. Well, him and Kevin Durant. But Durant went on to nearly be king of the NBA regular season, as he had a monster year that cemented his status as the best pure scorer in the game today. Wall… he went on to…

  7. Kevin Durant says Olympic experience made him better

    Aug 23, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    US forward Kevin Durant celebrates after

    It’s been fun watching the spin on the Olympics and having star NBA players in them. Team owners go in saying “we don’t want our players to risk injury or wear themselves down.” Then somebody looks up the numbers and the other side spins that after the Olympics players often have better years, which is…

  8. The Inbounds: The unfathomable jump Jeff Green needs

    Aug 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Green

    I’ve pretty much always been on the side that thinks Jeff Green can develop into a capable NBA player. In Oklahoma City, he was “the other guy” drafted with Durant, part of the central core. His role was nebulous, falling into that generic “forward” category. It took a while for the debate to start over…

  9. Wednesday And-1 links: What is Tyreke Evans’ future in the NBA?

    Aug 22, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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    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. • Does Kyle Singler look like Conan O’Brien to you, too? • The always…

  10. What is a fair contract offer for Stephen Curry right now?

    Aug 22, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    nba-lockout-curry

    The other day we brought you the news that while Stephen Curry is eligible for an extension to his rookie deal right now, he likely will go into next summer a restricted free agent where he and the Warriors will let the market set his value (Golden State has the right to match any offer).…

  11. Report: five teams express interest in Michael Redd

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Michael-Redd-suns

    As teams finish rounding out their roster, they tend to go with one of two kinds of players for spots 11-15 at the end of the bench — young players with potential they think might develop, or a veteran they think can provide a little help on the court and be good in the locker…

  12. Kevin Durant says it’s now time to rest, focus on Thunder

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    First there was the NBA finals. Then there was a trip to London to pick up some gold with a few friends. Then there has been a week of red carpets and movie promotion. It’s been a busy summer for Kevin Durant. With the release of his movie “Thuderstruck” this weekend Durant has been making…

  13. Tuesday And-1 links: If you think LeBron’s shoes cost too much don’t pay it

    Aug 21, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    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 Young The Giant loves Cough Syrup. • Lots of buzz today about Nike…

  14. Video: Selby, Arenas put on show at Goodman Classic

    Aug 21, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

    The Goodman League is they place to play Pro-Am summer games in Washington D.C. It’s where Kevin Durant plays and works out in the summer when he’s not hanging out in London. The guys at The Mars Reel put together these highlights from the Goodman Roundball Classic with Josh Selby (Memphis), Gilbert Arenas and rapper…

  15. 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.…

  16. Kevin Durant is very happy for Serge Ibaka

    Aug 21, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Serge Ibaka

    Serge Ibaka is making Al Horford money. He is making Joakim Noah money. Ibaka’s new four year, $48 million contract puts him up there with those All-Stars, he is making basically what they are. And Kevin Durant couldn’t be happier for him, he told the Oklahoman. “I’m happy for him. He deserves every penny. He…

  17. Video: Wojnarowski talks Ibaka, James Harden future

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

    ibaka-game-4

    It’s the question we’ve been talking about, everyone around the NBA has been whispering about — What will the Thunder do about James Harden? He will want a max deal next summer — four years, $58 million — and that will put the Thunder into the luxury tax. How much are they willing to pay?…

  18. The real question: How much tax is Oklahoma City willing to pay?

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Olympics - Opening Day

    Clay Bennett and the Oklahoma City ownership has said before they are willing to pay some luxury tax to keep the core of their team together. Next year that will be put to the test. They have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on max deals, and they just signed Serge Ibaka to a four-year, $48…

  19. Kevin Durant is going to spend this week talking acting

    Aug 20, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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    It’s “Thunderstruck” week!! This coming weekend Kevin Durant’s movie “Thunderstruck” hits the theaters nationwide. So rather than spending this week recovering from his gold medal trip to London and getting in a little run with teammates, he is going to be walking the red carpet and doing the movie promotion thing. The movie’s premise isn’t…

  20. Brandon Jennings wants a contract extension before season

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    Brandon Jennings rookie deal is almost up, the Bucks can either come to extension terms with him or give him a qualifying offer and let the market determine his worth (then they can match if they want). Jennings has said in the past he was doing “his research” on big market teams, but really what…

  21. Thunder GM says they are going to work to keep Harden

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    When the Oklahoma City Thunder inked Serge Ibaka to a new four-year, $48 million deal fans of 29 other teams licked their lips and thought “now they can’t keep James Harden, too, can they? Maybe we can get him.” Chill out. The Thunder plan to keep Harden, too. Just ask Thunder general manager Sam Presti,…

  22. The Inbounds: The commonly sensible signing of Serge Ibaka

    Aug 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    I’m not known as the biggest Serge Ibaka guy. I have an analytic relationship with the Oklahoma City Thunder that too closely mirrors that of an indie rock fan in its obnoxiousness. In short, I saw the jump coming in the early months of 2010 when they started the leap to contention and was huge on them,…

  23. Video: James Harden’s inflatable raft is bigger than yours

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    This is not as good as the “mustard on the beard” ad by Foot Locker, but their latest one isn’t bad either. And it’s filled with NBA players — Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. And it’s the dead of the offseason. So…. enjoy. Man, I can’t wait for actual games.

  24. LeBron James says he wants to play in 2016 Rio Olympics

    Aug 20, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Right after capturing gold in London, LeBron James suggested this could be it for him and the Olympics. He didn’t know if he would keep going. But after thinking about it for a week, he sounds like he’s in. LeBron was back in Akron doing charity events last weekend and spoke with the Associated Press:…

  25. The Thunder are not stuck with “Ibaka or Harden”

    Aug 18, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    With Serge Ibaka officially signed to a four-year extension worth a reported $48 millon with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a mighty cry went out across the land. “James Harden is available!” Naturally, if the Thunder paid Ibaka more than some measley sum, there was no way that they would be able to retain Harden. They…

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