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  1. Greg Oden had the German procedure Kobe had done on his knees

    May 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Greg Oden needs a break. A good break. He needs something, anything, with his health to go right. After so many knee surgeries I’ve lost count, Oden needs something to go his way to change his career and give him a second third fourth chance at living up to his potential. Everything that’s happened has…

  2. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

  3. Nicolas Batum isn’t waiting around, will sign first good offer

    May 15, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Nicolas Batum will be in demand this summer — he is nearly an elite defender on the wing, averaged 13.9 points per game last season and plays within himself on offense, and he shot 39 percent from three. Name a team that couldn’t use a guy like that? The Spurs and other teams are reportedly…

  4. It does not sound like Andre Miller will return to the Nuggets

    May 13, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Andre Miller was traded on draft night last year to Denver, and from the start it was an odd fit. Miller had signed with Portland as a free agent and wanted to be considered a top tier player. He had struggled with Nate McMillan and despite his chemistry with LaMarcus Aldridge, was moved for what…

  5. Banged up Bulls Deng, Noah both still playing in Olympics

    May 11, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    Luol Deng and his wrist, Joakim Noah and his ankle were two names near the top of the lengthy scroll of Chicago Bulls injuries that undid them in the first round of the playoffs. But those injuries are not keeping Noah or Deng out of the Olympics this summer. Both confirmed since the Bulls were…

  6. USA Basketball wants to know if Aldridge is in or out

    May 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    LaMarcus Aldridge is on the list of players that USA Basketball is considering for the Olympics this summer — a big man with an outside shot is a valuable asset in the international game. Aldridge is also going to have surgery on his hip May 10. The short end of his recovery time from this…

  7. Paul Allen says he’s not selling Blazers in open letter to fans

    May 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Paul Allen

    This was not a good season to be a Blazers fan. They went into the season as a dark horse contender and ended it as a team that is rebuilding from the front office to the roster. Owner Paul Allen admitted in an open letter to fans it was his toughest year of the 24…

  8. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBC London Olympics logo

    USA Basketball faced a challenge — the deadline to submit their Olympic roster was June 18. That is before the NBA finals will be over (most likely), it is well before USA Basketball opens training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. But the USA has gotten an extension, reports the USA Today. The deadline…

  9. Report: Blazers interview former Hornets GM Bower

    May 9, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    trail blazers logo

    Portland finally seems serious about getting a full time GM in, rather than just having Chad Buchanan do the job and calling him interim. Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower got an interview last week, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The Portland Trail Blazers’ year-long search for a new general manager has continued in earnest,…

  10. Report: Crawford to opt out of contract, become unrestriced free agent

    May 8, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    From HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy: Jamal Crawford will opt-out this summer, source confirms. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent. Wolves, Nets, Suns among potential suitors. Crawford, the 2010 6th Man of the Year and the NBA’s all-time leader in four-point plays, is a combo guard who can get hot at any time and pour in points…

  11. Anthony Davis, James Harden added to Team USA training camp

    May 3, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Anthony Davis could go straight from winning a national championship with Kentucky to winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA. Davis, along with Oklahoma City guard James Harden, has been added to the pool of potential candidates that could be selected to represent the United States in London, USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo announced.…

  12. Report: USA to add players to candidate pool for Olympics

    May 2, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Following a rash of injuries — and whatever happened to Lamar Odom — the original pool of 20 players USA Basketball was going to choose from to form its Olympic team this summer is down to 15. The waters are getting a little shallow with injuries to Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight…

  13. Paul Silas out as Bobcats coach. Is that really a surprise?

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Paul Silas

    After leading a Bobcats team to the worst winning percentage in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats announced they are not bringing back coach Paul Silas, team president Rod Higgens said. Yes, real shocker there. Charlotte went 7-59 under Silas last season, and while he certainly deserves some blame the fact is that  owner Michael Jordan…

  14. USA Basketball may look at new players after Rose injury

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

    Rose injury

    Back in January USA Basketball released a list of 20 players, a pool from which the United States basketball team for the London Olympics would be chosen. But due to injuries, that list is down to 15. Derrick Rose’s ACL injury puts him on the shelf, along with Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups.…

  15. Bobcats lose 23rd straight, fall to Knicks to set record for futility

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Knicks Bobcats Basketball

    The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history. Charlotte fell to the Knicks by 20 points, 104-84, on a night when the Knicks basically gave their best players a night off. On a night the Bobcats should have played with desperation, they were passive and just missed good looks. It was their 23rd…

  16. Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Tyson-Chandler-and-Mike-Krzyzewski

    When USA Basketball announced the pool of players it would choose from to select who would represent the USA at the London Olympics this summer, there were 20 names. Now, there are 16 who can go. Dwight Howard (back), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Chauncey Billups (Achilles) are out due to injury and surgery, while Lamar…

  17. Report: Spurs to go hard after Nicolas Batum this summer

    Apr 24, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Nicolas Batum is a restricted free agent that the Trail Blazers do not want to give up this summer — but that’s going to cost them. A lot of teams covet him. Smart teams. Like the San Antonio Spurs. They are going to come after him this summer reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. The number…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  19. Andrew Bynum skipping Olympics… so who is in for USA?

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Dwight Howard went under the knife and sacrificed his summer, the speculation began — who gets his spot on Team USA for the London Olympics this summer? It pretty much guaranteed that Knicks big man Tyson Chandler is in now. He was on the bubble before, but now he is a must as the…

  20. Marcus Camby admits the players believe in a ‘Blazers Curse’

    Apr 21, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Blazers have an… unfortunate history, when it comes to injuries. (That’s like saying the Titanic had an unfortunate problem with icebergs.) It’s not just Sam Bowie or Greg Oden. It’s Brandon Roy and even rookies and second-year men who have fallen. Have any sort of negative pattern and the word “curse” starts popping up…

  21. Report: Boston almost traded Allen, Pierce at deadline

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Since the All-Star break, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in basketball. It has been an amazing story — Kevin Garnett goes to the five, he and Rajon Rondo are beasts on the pick-and-roll, Avery Bradley emerges, Boston’s defense returns to legendary status and they are 21-9. Boston will win the Atlantic…

  22. Report: Suns to go hard after Jamal Crawford this summer

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Would the addition of Jamal Crawford be enough to keep Steve Nash in Phoenix? We may find out as acquiring Crawford seems to be high on the Suns priority list, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. “Aside from Steve (Nash), he’s (Crawford) high if not the top free agent priority on their list,” the source said.…

  23. Tuesday morning one liners: Rip Hamilton says he’s back

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    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. • Richard Hamilton got some real burn for the Bulls Monday night, the first…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns rising while Rockets crash back to earth

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Luis Scola, Kosta Koufos, Kenneth Faried

    What you missed while watching the holographic Tupac set from Coachella… Clippers 92, Thunder 77: Oklahoma City scored just 25 points in the second half. It’s the kind of game that makes you go hmmmm….. Nuggets 104, Rockets 102: In the first half, the Rockets were playing with a sense of desperation on defense. How…

  25. LaMarcus Aldridge to have surgery on hip, done for season

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    We thought this might be a possibility, but the fact he needs surgery kind of made the decision for everyone involved. After having a specialist look at Aldridge’s ailing hip and suggesting surgery after finding “slight abnormalities” the team announced Friday they are shutting the All-Star forward down for the season. “In his most recent…

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