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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. You can now own the ultimate Thundermobile. If you want.

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Thunder car

    You were probably thinking this morning, “What would be the most Thunder kind of car ever?” Here’s your answer, see the photo to the right (and below). That is a 1996 Suzuki X-90 completely Thundered-out by Oklahoma City’s own Drew Hooper. Who apparently said to himself one day, “I want a car with a picture…

  20. Report: Thunder, coach Brooks agree to new four-year contract

    Jul 1, 2012, 4:21 PM EST

    Scott Brooks

    This was never going to end any other way. Scott Brooks will be back with the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. And a few more after that. The two sides have reached a deal, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT. Deal done in OKC for Scott Brooks; should be signed Monday. Four years, 4M+/year.…

  21. Kendall Marshall, Suns’ brass talk about the rookie’s fit in Phoenix

    Jun 30, 2012, 5:21 PM EST

    kendall-marshall-suns

    The Suns couldn’t be happier with their choice in this year’s NBA Draft, and the feeling was mutual as Kendall Marshall met the media in Phoenix on Friday. “I’m extremely happy to be here,” he said. “Best case scenario, this is exactly where I wanted to be.” The team’s management echoed much of the same…

  22. Report: Thunder, coach Scott Brooks nowhere near deal

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

    Scott Brooks

    How much is Scott Brooks worth as a coach? Remember his contract is set to expire on July 1. He guided the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals with a young core. While you can question his basketball Xs and Os — and there are plenty of basketball people who do — this team…

  23. Dwyane Wade needs knee surgery, withdraws from Olympics

    Jun 28, 2012, 4:14 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    That Dwyane Wade played as well as he did through the Heat’s title run considering how bad his left knee was in an impressive feat. And his knee was bad. Wade has learned he will need knee surgery and today called USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to withdraw from Team USA…

  24. Report: League’s salary cap, luxury tax will remain unchanged

    Jun 23, 2012, 12:51 AM EST

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat and R

    This is not really a surprise — while per-game attendance was good and television ratings were up this season (although ratings don’t immediately translate to revenue) it was expected not to really impact the cap in a shortened season. Teams have been operating under the assumption that next year’s salary cap would be about the…

  25. Dwyane Wade admits he may miss Olympics to rehab knee

    Jun 22, 2012, 10:13 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    It was evident to anyone watching that Dwyane Wade was not himself throughout the playoffs and in the finals against the Thunder. One of the most explosive finishers in the game almost missed dunks at points because he didn’t have the elevation. He admitted to the Associated Press Friday that he may need to skip…

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