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  1. However you build it, U.S. Olympic team will be very good

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    We don’t know exactly what the U.S. Olympic team will look like in London. We know the pool of players — the 20 finalists — the roster will come from. And we know a couple other things: Mike Krzyzewski and staff have some hard choices ahead of them. This team will be very, very good.…

  2. Boston’s best game still not enough to beat Thunder

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo

    The good news: The return of Kendrick Perkins and the challenge to match up to one of NBA’s elite teams in the Oklahoma City Thunder got the Celtics to play their best game of the season. The bad news: Oklahoma City 97, Boston 88. Maybe the highlight for Boston fans was the video tribute to…

  3. Draft class of ’08 not getting many contract extensions

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Pop quiz: How many players out of the 2008 NBA draft have gotten the early extensions to their rookie deals as of now? Answer: One. Derrick Rose. That could change a little over the next 10 days — Jan. 25 is the deadline to do an early extension — but only a little. As David…

  4. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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    When USA Basketball sends a dozen players to the Olympics in London this summer, the roster will come from these 20 finalists, released by USA Basketball on Monday: Guards: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo…

  5. Kyrie Irving might play for Australia in Olympics

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Here’s something I didn’t know about Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving — he has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia. He was born down under while his father was playing professional basketball there. Which means Irving has a choice to make in the next few weeks — does he want to play for…

  6. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nate Robinson beats the Heat

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while being addicted to cracking your knuckles… Wizards 93, Raptors 78: The Wizards win! Theeee Wizards win! Warriors 111, Heat 106: This was another Miami route, they were up 17 late in the third quarter, but then Nate Robinson happened. And then Dorell Wright happened. And suddenly Mark Jackson and the rebuilding…

  8. Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA will send 12 men to London this summer to suit up and defend America’s gold medal from the last Olympic games. And that dozen will come from these 19 guys, according Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com who broke the story of the preliminary roster. We’ve broken them out by position (they are alphabetical in their…

  9. Update: Eric Maynor out for season with knee injury

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor

    UPDATE 5:26 pm: The Thunder have announced that Eric Maynor is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate that will require surgery. After watching the video below, that should not seem like a huge shock. It was nasty. This is a blow to the Thunder. Sure, Russell Westbrook is young and can play…

  10. Does it really matter if Durant, Westbrook like each other?

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook

    Another interview, another chance for Kevin Durant to downplay any tension between himself and Russell Westbrook. This time it was with Hoopsworld, and if you want to see the video follow this link. Here is the money quote from KD: “There’s a lot of people that want to see us fail, of course, but it’s…

  11. Report: Kevin Love has not been offered contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Among the no-brainers out there is that Kevin Love is deserving of a max contract extension off his rookie deal. He’s entering his fourth year as an All-Star and double-double machine who has improved his game this season. He will be at the core of any Timberwolves turnaround. But he hasn’t gotten even the offer…

  12. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  13. Stan Van Gundy willing to help Thunder out by taking Durant off their hands

    Dec 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Selfless. Really, that is the best word to describe Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Reporters in Orlando were talking with Van Gundy about the alleged rift between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant when Van Gundy came up with an inspired solution, according to the Oklahoman (via Ball Don’t Lie). “I think it’s very serious, and…

  14. Friday And-1 links (and the truth about height measurements)

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Barea of Puerto Rico and NBA team Dallas Mavericks celebrates with his teammates after their win over Mexico during their men's final basketball game at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara

    Welcome to our morning 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). Who are the guys in the NBA not nearly as tall as listed? Well, if J.J. Barea is 6’0” then I am looking down on…

  15. Baseline to baseline recaps: Kevin Durant is an assassin

    Dec 30, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

    What you missed while watching an octopus pick the BCS matchups…. Lakers 99, Knicks 82: We broke this down as our game of the night. Thunder 104, Mavericks 102: This was easily the best game the Mavericks have played this season. The ball movement was back, the clever veteran plays were there. Delonte West said…

  16. Durant, Thunder coach play down Westbrook altercation

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    “Nothing to see here, move along.” No, we’re not just quoting Chief Clancy Wiggum, we’re summing up what Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Thunder coach Scott Brooks said about the altercation on the bench between Westbrook and Durant on Wednesday. Royce Young of Eye on Basketball spoke to Westbrook and Durant about everything at shootaround…

  17. Stop talking Rondo for Westbrook trade, it’s a bad idea

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Russell Westbrook

    In the wake of Russell Westbrook having a spat with Kevin Durant while at the same time the Boston Celtics are off to an 0-3 start, there’s been all sports of buzz on the Internet and talk radio about a Westbrook for Rajon Rondo trade. Stop it. Let it go. It doesn’t work. And it’s…

  18. Grizzlies Conley may miss a couple games due to ankle

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Mike Conley

    It was 24 seconds into the Grizzlies playoff rematch with the Thunder when point guard Mike Conley rolled his ankle, and at the time we didn’t know the severity. All we knew was Conley didn’t come back and rookie Jeremy Pargo was thrown into the fire (and acquitted himself quite well). Conley was wearing a…

  19. Thunder show even on off night they are good, beat Grizzlies

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay

    Elite teams win on their off days. This was certainly an off day for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook went 0-13, missing shots he usually drains blindfolded. He got frustrated and that led to words with Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant, to the point Durant and Westbrook had to be separated. And in the end, the…

  20. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant have altercation on bench

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Be careful about reading too much into this — good teams with competitive players have fights on the sideline. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had one of those during the second quarter of the team’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday and had to be separated by teammates, according to the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry. Westbrook’s…

  21. Photo of the day: Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan rollerskates

    Dec 28, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

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    You can put skates on just about anything with a soul. My in-line skates are a pair of old CCM ice skates (yea, I used to play some hockey, what of it?) I had converted over. But Russell Westbrook did me one better. Did everyone one better. He converted a pair of Air Jordan III…

  22. It’s one game, but Ricky Rubio sure looked good in debut

    Dec 27, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    When I saw the Timberwolves schedule my first thought was “welcome to the NBA Ricky Rubio, we’d like you to meet Russell Westbrook.” Tough way to debut. But Rubio was not fazed in the least, he looked good in his first NBA game. Very good. The numbers are modest — six points, six assists, five…

  23. Video: Eric Gordon with the game winner for Hornets

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon is very, very good. In a few years he will be one of the best slashing guards in the league. The Clippers were only going to trade him for a handful of players in the league (Chris Paul being one of them). Here he is getting the Hornets a win over the Suns…

  24. Baseline to baseline recaps: Dallas has some issues

    Dec 27, 2011, 7:48 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen, Vince Carter,

    What you missed while out celebrating Boxing Day…. Kings 100, Lakers 91: We covered this one already in our game of the night. Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93: Mavericks forward Sean Williams threw up when subbed out in the fourth quarter of this game, which got a lot of laughs on the Mavs bench but pretty…

  25. The gift-giving guide for NBA Christmas Sunday

    Dec 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Wait, so we’re going to have actual, real-life games on Sunday? Like, for real? With defense and actual coordinated playsets (as opposed the summer exhibitions) and everything? BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER. And since ’tis the season and all, we thought it would be good to put together what the teams playing in Sunday’s season openers really…

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