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  1. Report: Allen Iverson in discussions to play in Puerto Rico

    Feb 6, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    To borrow a line from NFL Red Zone Channel man Andrew Siciliano: Practicar? Hablamos de practicar? After playing a couple years in Turkey but not being able to get a look from an NBA team, Allen Iverson is in negotiations to play in the Puerto Rican league, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Iverson’s business…

  2. Puerto Rico World All-Star game postponed, stick fork in tour

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    So much for that “see how much money we can make without the NBA” tour. After seemingly half the stars in the World All-Star Classic constellation pulled out in the past week, the first game — scheduled for Sunday in Puerto Rico — and the entire series now has been sucked into a black hole.…

  3. Dwight Howard latest to pull out of World All-Star Classic

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    And the players keep dropping out the World All-Star Classic set to start in Puerto Rico Sunday (Oct. 30) like it was some hastily thrown together event that was never going to live up to the hype. The latest is Dwight Howard, the Orlando Sentinel reports. They spoke to his agent who confirms the news.…

  4. First stop in Kobe, LeBron world tour already in jeopardy

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    It’s going to happen in some form because the biggest names have signed up — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and others are in for a six-game world exhibition tour. ESPN’s Ric Bucher reports that 14 players have inked deals. But it’s not that simple to put together a tour, and already…

  5. Brazil, Argentina punch their tickets to London Olympics

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Emanuel Ginobili, of Argentina, celebrat

    Coming in to the FIBA Americas tournament, anything less than making the championship game — and with that earning a berth in next summer’s Olympics — would have been a let down for Argentina. They were the best team in the tournament on paper with a lineup that included Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino…

  6. Two South American Olympic bids decided Saturday

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    ARG_vs_PAR_102

    It all comes down to one game. Well, two games, actually. Brazil vs. the Dominican Republic. Argentina vs. Puerto Rico. Those are your two semi-finals of the FIBA Americas tournament on Saturday. But if your goal is a spot in the 2012 London Olympics, these are the big games. Win Saturday and you are in,…

  7. Final four set for FIBA Americas, Venezuela finishes fifth

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    The final four for the FIBA Americas is set — Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will play Saturday for berths in the 2012 London Olympics. If you haven’t been watching (what, you don’t stream international hoops games at your desk in the morning?) just know that this is fitting — they’ve been…

  8. Video: Watch Renaldo Balkman headbutt Greivis Vasquez

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

    Renaldo Balkman (L) of Puerto Rico fight

    Monday’s game between Venezuela and Puerto Rico at the FIBA America’s Tournament carried a lot of weight – Puerto Rico is fighting for one of the two 2012 Olympics berths from the event, Venezuela is battling with Canada and Uruguay to get fifth place and the invite to the pre-Olympics qualifying tournament next year. Which…

  9. Barea says he’d sign with Dallas… or the Lakers, or Heat

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Every NBA finals there is one player used brilliantly by his team who has a big playoffs, happens to be a free agent, gets overpaid and is asked to play a bigger role with another team. It doesn’t always work as planned. J.J. Barea is perfectly poised to be that guy. The Mavericks want to…

  10. Barea billboard takes a jab at Kobe

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Barea Billboard

    That is a billboard in Dallas guard J.J. Barea’s native Puerto Rico. The statement on it (via The Basketball Jones, via Bethlehem Shoals), translates to “Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe, it’s his ego.” When the Mavericks were leading by 30 in the final quarter of the final game of a sweep of the…

  11. Rick Pitino to coach Puerto Rico, John Calipari may coach Dominican Republic. Why?

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Former NBA and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino agreed recently to spend three months this summer coaching the Puerto Rican national basketball team for free as they try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Now, according to multiple reports (via Sports by Brooks), Kentucky coach John Calipari may do the same thing for the Dominican.…

  12. Rick Pitino in talks to coach Puerto Rico’s national team

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Louisville

    We can say that this fits the PBT format because Rick Pitino once coached professionals (you can insert your Louisville basketball jokes here), or that the Puerto Rican national team features NBA players such as J.J. Barea and Carlos Arroyo. But the honest truth is we just find this fascinating. Pitino is in talks to…

  13. Carlos Arroyo on the streets of Puerto Rico

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Great find by SLAM, a World Basketball Festival video of Carlos Arroyo, talking about how he loves the game he grew up with. Arroyo is a good player who is about to find himself in a much bigger spotlight because of who his new teammates are. Which is good — Arroyo is a lot of…

  14. Antoine Walker working out for NBA comeback. No, seriously.

    May 5, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    Antoine Walker needs money. Desperately. And the NBA pays very well. So, you can guess what he’s thinking. We’re all thinking this is a bad and sad idea. But he’s thinking money. Walker is working out with the University of Louisville because one can always dream of a comeback. The Associated Press has the details…

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