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  1. James Harden says he is “pretty sure” he re-signs with Thunder

    Aug 7, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    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

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have some serious salary cap issues to deal with in the future — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have their max extensions already, James Harden and Serge Ibaka are coming up. The Thunder need to save money somewhere. It’s not going to be with Harden. He is getting a max offer.…

  2. Video: Russell Westbrook’s monster dunk all over Argentina

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Pity Juan Gutiérrez. He didn’t do anything wrong save be near the rim when Russell Westbrook decided to launch himself and put a monster throwdown on Argentina during the United States’ second half run to put the game away. This may well be the dunk of the Olympics, the kind of thing you should enjoy…

  3. How Darius Songaila’s play in the Olympics is a bad sign for the Raptors

    Aug 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    In Saturday’s Team USA squeaker against Lithuania, fringe NBA player (who hasn’t been in the league for a year) played nearly 18 minutes, particularly down the stretch. Raptors lottery pick and presumed starting center next season, Jonas Valanciunas, played just eight. It’s yet another game where Valanciunas has struggled to see floor time and struggled…

  4. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

  5. Should Team USA have eased up on Nigeria? Coach K says they did.

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:42 AM EST

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    Already up 57 points entering the fourth quarter Thursday, Team USA beat Nigeria 37-11 in the final frame. They were knocking down threes, creating turnovers and continuing to put up points. When the historic beatdown had finished and the USA won by 83, some were calling it poor sportsmanship — they say the USA tried…

  6. USA 156, Nigeria 73: Is that enough of a rout for you?

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:12 PM EST

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Tuesday’s game he was not trying to send a message to his players. He said that he didn’t mass substitute in the second unit then start the bench guys in the second half of the win over Tunisia as a message to USA starters after a lackadaisical opening few…

  7. The Inbounds: Team USA and an outlet pass to the future of superstar team-ups

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:46 PM EST

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

    Just kidding. I’m not actually going to give you the top five possible superstar teamups from these Olympics. No slideshows or top ten lists, though I have written those before and they serve a purpose. But I did want to write about that dynamic, where it comes from, and what it means. In Team USA’s…

  8. Team USA: Three problems shown in the France blowout

    Jul 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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

    “Problems” are kind of a relative term for Team USA, at least in group play. Talent’s going to carry them pretty far in the opening rounds of Olympic play. But we’re always able to get better. So here are three problems that showed up in Team USA’s win over France. 1. Shooting is going to…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Video: USA vs. Great Britain highlights

    Jul 19, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

    Williams of Team USA tries to get around Lawrence of Team GB during their Olympic men's exhibition basketball game ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    As we told you before, Team USA waxed this year’s Olympic hosts on Thursday 118-78 in a game where the star may have been Deron Williams hitting four three-pointers in the third quarter. Or Russell Westbrook‘s defense. Or Carmelo Anthony with a nice run at the end of the first quarter. Take your pick, it…

  16. Coach K shuffles rotation, not that it matters as USA routs Britain

    Jul 19, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    If Thursday’s game in Manchester is any indication Great Britain is going to be a lovely host for the 2012 Olympic Games. They rolled out the red carpet for Team USA and by the end of the first quarter pretty much rolled over for Team USA, which went on to rout GBR 118-78 in a…

  17. Rajon Rondo: “ I think I’m the best point guard in the league”

    Jul 18, 2012, 2:06 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Rajon Rondo has never been lacking in self-confidence. A steady jumpshot? Yes. But not self-confidence. Rondo is in Paris, not to check out the Tour de France but to be part of the Nike World Basketball Festival. Which if you’re going to go to a world basketball festival is a good place to have to…

  18. The Inbounds: Steve Nash, the Lakers, and the lawlessness of the point guard wilderness

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. “How does Steve Nash help them stop Russell Westbrook or Tony Parker?’ That’s the standard reaction from skeptics to the…

  19. Fatigue not issue for Durant, LeBron, Colangelo says

    Jul 10, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

    Kevin Durant passes the ball during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    When you were watching the NBA finals, you were watching a lot of Team USA. Four guys — LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden — played all the way into late June, through the war of attrition that is the NBA playoffs, only to have to turn around and be in Las…

  20. Breaking News: Blake Griffin can still dunk so hard NBA stars freak out

    Jul 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    One thing that is commonly said by reporters covering Team USA, outside of the annoying lack of media access, the joy of being in Vegas long-term, and the long travel hours traipsing the world for exhibitions and the games, there’s usually a level of awe at the amount of talent in one room. Kobe Bryant,…

  21. USA’s versatile, athletic roster will be fun to watch. Will win a lot, too.

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:34 PM EST

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    Al Davis would have loved Team USA. Because speed kills. Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski coded it with words like “athleticism” and “versatility” — and those are accurate, too — but the makeup of Team USA is both lightning quick but with length. This is a team that that can run the floor, make…

  22. Griffin, Harden, Iguodala round out Team USA roster

    Jul 7, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Spain v USA Iguodala

    Blake Griffin, James Harden and Andre Iguodala are headed to London. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo made it official and those three men will round out a Team USA roster that also includes LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson…

  23. Three spots remain on Team USA. Who should get them?

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:06 PM EST

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    We know who already had their tickets punched for London. Nine spots on the Team USA Olympic hoops roster have been secured and you can’t really argue with any of them: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler. That means three spots are…

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

    Jul 2, 2012, 11:24 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

    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…

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