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

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 11, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    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,…

  7. Shockingly, Kobe likes acquisition of Dwight Howard

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    Aug 7, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    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…

  18. USA Basketball: Kevin Love burns the doghouse down and Team USA shows its depth

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    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.…

  19. Here are all 39 NBA players taking part in Olympics

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    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…

  20. The Inbounds: Team USA and the meaning of London

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    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,…

  21. Outside shots, tempo, Chandler key for Team USA in London

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Kobe Bryant dropped 16 pounds to get ready for the Olympics

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    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…

  23. Dwight Howard silly season opens up. The Thunder? Will not happen.

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    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…

  24. Video: USA vs. Great Britain highlights

    Jul 19, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 19, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    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…

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