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  1. USA Basketball: Kevin Love burns the doghouse down and Team USA shows its depth

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    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.…

  2. USA starts slow, picks up pace to blow out France 98-71

    Jul 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    We’re going to see a lot of games from Team USA during the Olympics. This was not an end-to-end dominant performance to open the Olympics from the Americans. France was in it early. Tony Parker was making smart plays slashing into the lane while The USA shot 29.2 percent overall and was 0-of-6 shooting from…

  3. James Harden would consider signing with Suns in free agency, would have same answer for living on the moon

    Jul 28, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    James Harden will be a free agent in 2013 and there’s going to be a world of heat around the decision for the Thunder to retain him or let him free. He’s going to get max offers. If he doesn’t take a paycut to re-sign, the Thunder can’t afford to retain him if they want…

  4. Preview: Things get defensive as USA takes on France

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    France's player Tony Parker looks on, du

    If the French team that earned a spot in the London Olympics by coming in second at EuroBasket last summer were the one taking on the United States on Sunday, American fans would have reason to worry. That French team played lock down defense and had Tony Parker at his shot-creating best to spark the…

  5. Team USA is running a LeBron/Durant pick-and-roll. Scary.

    Jul 27, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Lebron James

    LeBron James is the best basketball player walking the planet earth right now. Kevin Durant is, in my opinion, the best pure scorer walking the planet right now. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is a smart man. He knows what an unstoppable force those two guys are — so he started playing them off each…

  6. James Harden even looks cool in tattoo form

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

    james-harden-arm-tattoo

    This guy’s James Harden tattoo is better than yours. Wait, you don’t have one yet? You will. We all will. It’s part of his master plan. This guy is just ahead of the curve. Way ahead. And while some have questioned the quality of the work done (the beard is off a bit), I will…

  7. Here are all 39 NBA players taking part in Olympics

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    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…

  8. The Inbounds: Team USA and the meaning of London

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    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,…

  9. Thunder, Heat, Knicks have most nationally televised games

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s a sign of respect. And it shows popularity. But ultimately, it shows the ability to draw ratings. One of the key questions when a new NBA schedule comes out is “how many times is a team on national television? And I’m not talking NBA TV picking up the local broadcast, I mean on one…

  10. Wednesday And-1 links: Team USA on Segways

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 PM EST

    durant-williams-harden-segway-tour-1

    After a little hiatus, 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. • As you can see from the photo to the…

  11. Outside shots, tempo, Chandler key for Team USA in London

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Sunday it gets real. For the past three weeks Team USA has been training and scrimmaging and playing some exhibition games, getting ready. But Sunday they tip off the Olympics against France and if they can go 8-0 they will have another gold medal. (They could lose one of the first five group-play games and…

  12. Kobe Bryant dropped 16 pounds to get ready for the Olympics

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Kobe Bryant talks to his coach Mike Krzyzewski during a training session at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona

    Nobody questions Kobe Bryant’s condition. Shot selection? Yes. Willingness to pass? Yes. But his commitment to his craft and his body are never in doubt. So if Kobe drops 16 pounds, you know it was a choice. And he did that not only for the Olympics but the season he sees ahead, he told the…

  13. USA sends golden message to Spain with 22-point win

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    This was not the gold medal game, nothing was really at stake in Tuesday night’s exhibition in Barcelona. Spain did not put everything they had into this one — for starters, Marc Gasol did not even play. Nonetheless, the message the USA sent in the final three quarters of this rout — that their speed…

  14. USA, Spain want to send message without revealing much

    Jul 24, 2012, 1:54 PM EST

    Spanish player Paul Gasol (L) vies with

    The United States and Spain will meet with nothing on the line on Tuesday evening in Barcelona. It’s the biggest, most anticipated pre-Olympic friendly in the world as the two gold medal favorites face off. Next time they meet, it very possibly will be with the gold medal in the London Olympics on the line.…

  15. Winderman: New CBA means role players will see short-term contracts

    Jul 24, 2012, 1:05 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    As the NBA adjusts to its new collective-bargaining agreement, we’re beginning to see some short-term returns. Literally. With a more punitive luxury tax and free agents thinking twice about moving on to new teams (and therefore significantly smaller contracts than by remaining with their incumbent teams), we’re apparently in the era of incremental rebuilds. Example…

  16. Kevin Love finds minutes on Team USA slipping away

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    On paper, Kevin Love should be playing increasingly key minutes for Team USA — he is second most logical center behind Tyson Chandler, his rebounding and outlet passing skills fit the up-tempo style Team USA wants to play, and on offense he can hit the three and pull opposing bigs away from the basket. But…

  17. Argentina’s Nocioni not sure USA wins gold medal

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    It’s the problem Team USA faces — they are judged as much on style points as wins and losses. So far they are 4-0 in preseason games, but because Brazil led after one quarter and Argentina lost 86-80 — two teams with big front lines playing into a weakness of the U.S. squad — they…

  18. Dwight Howard silly season opens up. The Thunder? Will not happen.

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    With all Dwight Howard trade action — to the Rockets, to the Lakers in a three-team deal with Cleveland, to anyone — in a holding pattern, speculation is starting to run wild. Not rumors. Not “hey, GM X talked to the Magic to put in a bid.” But rather random, rampant speculation from the media…

  19. Report: Derrick Rose out until likely March; Bulls close to Belinelli deal

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:23 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Bulls’ management will deny it, but this entire summer in Chicago felt like the Bulls have written next season off and will target 2013-14. And maybe beyond that. The Bulls are about to make a deal for Marco Belinelli — the shooting guard with a sweet three-point stroke who played for the Hornets last year…

  20. Video: USA vs. Argentina highlights

    Jul 23, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    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

    If you only watched the first quarter of this game, you would have thought the United States was on its way to a cakewalk win. Kevin Durant had 27 points, Kobe Bryant 18 and the USA raced out to a 19-3 lead, hitting their first seven shots of the game. But it’s not that simple…

  21. Are the Heat frontrunners for Darko?

    Jul 22, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Brendan Haywood, Darko Milicic

    Our own Ira Winderman reports that with the Bulls opting to sign center Nazr Mohammed as their replacement for Omer Asik (likely on his way to Houston with the Bulls not matching his $25 million offer sheet), the Heat could be in position to form something great. Something tremendous. Something unexpected. They could be forming…

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

    Jul 22, 2012, 6:17 PM EST

    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…

  23. Team USA starts real tests with Argentina on Sunday

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

    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…

  24. Reports: Bulls likely to sign Nazr Mohammed, paving way for Asik to head to Rockets

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

    Omer Asik

    Peter Vecsey and ESPN Chicago report that the Bulls are “on the verge” of signing veteran C Nazr Mohammed. The big ramification of this is it signals the Bulls do not intend to match the three-year, $25 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets for big man Omer Asik, clearing the way for Asik to…

  25. Kobe says Pau’s in L.A. as long as he is

    Jul 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Spain's Pau Gasol gestures during their

    Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol seem, at least on the surface, to have a complicated relationship. Bryant knows that he would not have won the two championships in 2009 and 2010 without Gasol. But Gasol’s problems with toughness and consistency in the playoffs the past two seasons has created a level of frustration. Bryant has…

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