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  1. Kevin Durant says Olympic experience made him better

    Aug 23, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

    US forward Kevin Durant celebrates after

    It’s been fun watching the spin on the Olympics and having star NBA players in them. Team owners go in saying “we don’t want our players to risk injury or wear themselves down.” Then somebody looks up the numbers and the other side spins that after the Olympics players often have better years, which is…

  2. Tuesday And-1 links: If you think LeBron’s shoes cost too much don’t pay it

    Aug 21, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

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    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 like Young The Giant loves Cough Syrup. • Lots of buzz today about Nike…

  3. The real question: How much tax is Oklahoma City willing to pay?

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

    Olympics - Opening Day

    Clay Bennett and the Oklahoma City ownership has said before they are willing to pay some luxury tax to keep the core of their team together. Next year that will be put to the test. They have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on max deals, and they just signed Serge Ibaka to a four-year, $48…

  4. Video: James Harden’s inflatable raft is bigger than yours

    Aug 20, 2012, 8:31 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

    This is not as good as the “mustard on the beard” ad by Foot Locker, but their latest one isn’t bad either. And it’s filled with NBA players — Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. And it’s the dead of the offseason. So…. enjoy. Man, I can’t wait for actual games.

  5. Thunder agree to terms with Serge Ibaka on four-year extension

    Aug 18, 2012, 2:50 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Update 5:51 p.m. ET Saturday:  The Thunder have announced the signing as official. Sam Presti held a call to congratulate everyone… before he left to get married. Dude signed his power forward to a four-year extension on his wedding day. Those guys are machines ********** Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo Sports reports that the…

  6. Bruce Bowen not sold Lakers will be better than Thunder

    Aug 17, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    Finally, we have reached that time in August when we can definitively speculate on what teams will be playing like next May and June. Because we all nailed that Mavericks championship two years ago and got that Heat vs. Bulls Eastern Conference Finals we expected last year. On paper it does seem to be a…

  7. Orlando admits what became obvious: It’s about the draft

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Rob Hennigan

    There are a lot of ways to question the ultimate decision that Orlando made in trading Dwight Howard. That has to start with, why didn’t you just do this at the trade deadline? I know you wanted to keep your superstar but everyone could see where this was headed, you needed to get out quick…

  8. The Inbounds: Time for non-contenders to readjust their timelines

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    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. One thing that frustrates me about the NBA more than anything else is how small the list of title contenders…

  9. Kobe says he is done, but Carmelo might be up for Rio 2016

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates af

    Kobe Bryant is telling anyone who asks, anyone who will listen really, that he is done with all things Olympics. There is no hesitation in comments to anyone. He’s got a second gold, he’s done. Which makes sense, he’ll be 37 come the Rio games and may not be playing in the NBA any more.…

  10. Chris Paul and subtle art of taking over a game

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul is athletic, but not Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook athletic where he can make a move that has your jaw drop like you’re in a Tex Avery cartoon. Chris Paul can shoot and score, but he’s not unstoppably pure like Kevin Durant or Ray Allen. Chris Paul did not put up a monster…

  11. USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end

    Aug 11, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate

    USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end. USA gold. Spain has some real talent — Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol team up to make what would be the best front line in the NBA (well, maybe not anymore) and they surround the brothers with smart, playmaking guards who…

  12. Westbrook suffers mild ankle sprain, will play in gold medal game

    Aug 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook

    UPDATE 9:56 am: Relax. Go back to drinking your morning coffee and not worry, Thunder and Team USA fans. The update on Westbrook is that he will go for Team USA Sunday in the gold medal game against Spain. Reports out of the Team USA camp are that he is “fine” and will play Sunday,…

  13. Shockingly, Kobe likes acquisition of Dwight Howard

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    I would love to have been in the Team USA breakfast/meeting round Friday morning in London when Kobe Bryant walked in, walked right up to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden and did his best Matt Damon impression — “How do ya like them apples?” The Lakers got Dwight Howard as part of a…

  14. Video: Just a reminder Rajon Rondo is pretty darn athletic

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:07 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    When we talk about the most athletic young guards in the NBA right now you mention Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose first and head down the list from there. We tend to leave Rajon Rondo off that list, maybe because we tend to think of the Celtics as an older and less athletic team. But…

  15. USA shouldn’t have much trouble with Australia to open medal round

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook,  Chris Paul

    The medal round. This is what we’ve been waiting for. When things get serious. Win and advance, lose and you go home. Three wins and you get a gold. The pressure is on now. Except, for the USA the first game of the medal round should be their easiest game in a week. The USA,…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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