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  1. Don’t be shocked if Thabeet ends up on Thunder bench

    Jul 3, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Thabeet

    The days of Hasheem Thabeet — he former No. 2 pick of the Grizzlies, taken in front of James Harden, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan and others — getting a big NBA payday are gone. But he likely is still on an NBA roster next season. Maybe a very good one. From Darnell Mayberry…

  2. Kobe, LeBron lead list of nine who secured berths on Team USA

    Jul 2, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There are no surprises — did you think Kobe Bryant or LeBron James were going to be left off the team? —  but now we know nine of the 12 players who will represent the United States in the London Olympic basketball tournament. USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo laid it out for Chris Tomasson of…

  3. Long shot Odom pulls self out of Olympic consideration; Lin leaves USA Select Team

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    He was a long shot anyway after the disaster of a season he just had, but Lamar Odom — who had an invite to Team USA Training Camp — is dropping out of consideration. Via the only other national media member that went to my high school, ESPNLosAngeles’ Arash Markazi, on twitter: Lamar Odom tells…

  4. You can now own the ultimate Thundermobile. If you want.

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Thunder car

    You were probably thinking this morning, “What would be the most Thunder kind of car ever?” Here’s your answer, see the photo to the right (and below). That is a 1996 Suzuki X-90 completely Thundered-out by Oklahoma City’s own Drew Hooper. Who apparently said to himself one day, “I want a car with a picture…

  5. Report: Anthony Davis severely sprains ankle, out of Olympics

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    And Team USA loses another potential big man for the roster. Recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis severely sprained his ankle in a workout for the Hornets, which leaves him very unlikely to be ready when USA Basketball opens training camp Friday (July 6) in Las Vegas and he is now out for the games,…

  6. Report: Thunder, coach Brooks agree to new four-year contract

    Jul 1, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    This was never going to end any other way. Scott Brooks will be back with the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. And a few more after that. The two sides have reached a deal, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT. Deal done in OKC for Scott Brooks; should be signed Monday. Four years, 4M+/year.…

  7. Kendall Marshall, Suns’ brass talk about the rookie’s fit in Phoenix

    Jun 30, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    kendall-marshall-suns

    The Suns couldn’t be happier with their choice in this year’s NBA Draft, and the feeling was mutual as Kendall Marshall met the media in Phoenix on Friday. “I’m extremely happy to be here,” he said. “Best case scenario, this is exactly where I wanted to be.” The team’s management echoed much of the same…

  8. Clippers to quickly, quietly sign Blake Griffin to 5-year max extension

    Jun 30, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    This is about as much of a surprise as Tom Cruise burning through another marriage. The Clippers top July 1 free agent priority will be signing star forward Blake Griffin to a max extension to his rookie deal. And it sounds like that is going to happen no problem, reports Ramona Shelburne at ESPNLosAngeles.com. The…

  9. Report: Thunder and Brooks closing in on new deal

    Jun 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    You should not be surprised by this. ESPN reports that the Oklahoma City Thunder are “closing in” on a new deal with head coach Scott Brooks: Sources told ESPN.com on Friday night that Brooks and the Thunder, after slow-moving talks that had left the sides well apart by the end of the NBA Finals earlier…

  10. Chris Bosh pulls name from Olympic consideration

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh USA

    Team USA takes another blow to its front line. Chris Bosh played through an injury to beat Boston and win an NBA championship, but he never fully recovered from his abdominal strain that had him out for nine games of the playoffs. To recover from that, he has pulled his name from consideration for the…

  11. Report: Thunder, coach Scott Brooks nowhere near deal

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    How much is Scott Brooks worth as a coach? Remember his contract is set to expire on July 1. He guided the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals with a young core. While you can question his basketball Xs and Os — and there are plenty of basketball people who do — this team…

  12. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

  13. Dwyane Wade needs knee surgery, withdraws from Olympics

    Jun 28, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    That Dwyane Wade played as well as he did through the Heat’s title run considering how bad his left knee was in an impressive feat. And his knee was bad. Wade has learned he will need knee surgery and today called USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to withdraw from Team USA…

  14. Beal says Thunder have interest in him… that’s not happening

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal, the young Florida two guard that plays line an Eric Gordon-type, is going to go No. 2 or No. 3 on Thursday night. The Wizards love him at No. 3 and other teams that covet him — hello Cleveland! — will have make a deal with the Bobcats to get into the No.…

  15. League says information not shared reason Thunder surrender pick to Celtics

    Jun 26, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    Tuesday the NBA announced that the Oklahoma City Thunder had to surrender their 2013 second round pick to the Boston Celtics as added compensation in the Jeff Green trade. Which raised a lot of eyebrows. Why the punishment, what was being withheld? So now the NBA has given its explanation. And my eyebrows are still…

  16. Tuesday And-1 links: The new NBA luxury tax and you

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    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. • There’s a great post from Mike Prada at SBN that starts to explain…

  17. Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose on NBA 2K13 cover

    Jun 26, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    NBA 2K13 cover

    In the dog days of summer that are coming — after the NBA draft, after free agency winds down, after Summer League, after the Olympics — we will be left without basketball for a couple of months. That’s when we end up thinking and playing a lot more NBA 2K12 and thinking about NBA 2K13.…

  18. Report: League grants Celtics 2013 second round pick in Jeff Green deal

    Jun 26, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green came to the Celtics from Oklahoma City in 2011 as part of the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Midwest. After his first 26 games in Boston Celtics fans were a little frustrated, but Green was exactly who he has been all along — spotty defender, can’t shoot the three, good in…

  19. How much better does Anthony Davis make the Hornets?

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    In our instant world — where we can download almost any song ever written in seconds, where even our oatmeal is instant — we don’t like to wait for things. If it takes more than three clicks I’m frustrated. But building an NBA team to contention is an exercise in patience. Well, except in Miami.…

  20. UConn teammate Lamb not really selling Drummond

    Jun 25, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Andre Drummond is one of the big questions — or if you prefer, big risks — of this NBA Draft. He could be the second best player in this draft, or he could flame out like a late second rounder. One good measuring stick — what do his college teammates say about him? Here is…

  21. Three potential NBA Draft busts (but we hope not)

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    I hate the idea of calling a guy a bust before the draft. You simply can’t say a guy will not pan out before he steps on the court for even a Summer League game. Let alone for an NBA game. Some guys rise to the challenge of stiffer competition. Some guys take a few…

  22. Report: Rockets talking with Raptors, Kings about draft trade

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    This really shouldn’t really be a surprise — ever since Daryl Morey took over as general manager of the Rockets they have been one of the more active teams on draft day. Right now they pick No. 14 but they want to move up, according to ESPN. Sources say that Houston has discussed deals with…

  23. The sweet validation of one Shane Courtney Battier

    Jun 24, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    I asked a group of friends recently what the first thing they think of when they hear the name Shane Battier. Three people immediately said “Dukie.” Two people said “Defense.” And one person said “Smart.” You can throw another one on there, now. NBA Champion. Battier obtained another championship to go with his high school…

  24. Three guys who could be the surprise second best player in this draft

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Make no mistake, this is the Anthony Davis draft. He is the franchise player, the guy who can be a top 10 player in the league, the guy you build a contender around, the guy people pay to see. The Hornets have literally won the lottery. After that there is a consensus of guys going…

  25. Thunder will probably re-sign Scott Brooks… but if not, JVG and Phil are on the list

    Jun 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    You know, for a guy who just won his conference, Scott Brooks can’t really get much respect. OK, he gets a lot of respect. But probably not as much as he deserves. Brooks is of course without a contract extension, a free agent after June 30th, despite having just navigated a team so young it…

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