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  1. Thursday And-1 links: Remembering the 1972 Gold Medal game

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    1972 Olympics

    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 US Women’s soccer players love gold medals. • If it does end up…

  2. USA’s path to gold could feature rematch from 1972. Or 2008.

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (L)  and US f

    We have reached the medal round and if you look at the way the USA played the last two quarters against Argentina — pressure defense where they did not gamble, then LeBron James and Kevin Durant scoring — nobody can stop them. We’re just going to pretend the first two quarters didn’t happen. So what…

  3. Video: Russia’s Vitaliy Fridzon’s game winner against Brazil

    Aug 2, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Brazilian guard Anderson Varejao (R) loo

    It was the best game of the Olympics so far, and that is how it ended. The run-up to that shot was amazing as well. First Alexey Shved (he will be with the Timberwolves) next season tied the game with a contested three and juts 30 seconds on the clock. Then Brazil’s Marcelinho Huertas answered, hitting an…

  4. Russia wins best game of Olympics (so far), 75-74 over Brazil

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    This game mattered to Team USA — the winner likely ends up the No. 2 seed in Group B, which puts them on the USA’s side of the bracket in the medal round and could set up a semi-final game against the winner. But that’s not why we watched it. Brazil and Russia put on…

  5. Russian club will not renew Austin Daye’s contract

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Daye_dunk

    The Pistons’ Austin Daye packed up in September and was off to Moscow, signing a two-month deal to play with BC Khimki. He learned that life in Moscow is different than where he grew up in Los Angeles The staff at BC Khimki learned they don’t really want to keep Daye around. With his contract…

  6. This is a video from Russia of Andrei Kirilenko dancing the Macarena

    Oct 19, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Kirilenko Tattoo

      I’m guessing that this was hosted by Kirilenko’s new Russian team, which would honestly make me look at the Heat’s “welcome party” from last off-season in an entirely new light. (I’m not sure if I would like it more, I’d just think of it differently.) If Kirilenko’s giant World of Warcraft back tattoo had…

  7. Report: Austin Daye signs deal to spend lockout in Russia

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Daye_dunk

    Austin Daye, who spent the last couple weeks working on his game at the Impact Series out in Las Vegas, is now apparently going to work on his game in Russia. He has reportedly inked a deal with BC Khimki, a Moscow based team in the Russian league, according to Obrad Fimic (who is a…

  8. Report: Pistons Austin Daye reaches deal to play in Russia

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Daye_dunk

    As staff from the players union and NBA league offices meet hoping to lay down a few stones on the road to a labor deal Wednesday, more and more players are getting serious about overseas options. That includes the Pistons’ Austin Daye, who has signed a deal to play in Russia, according to a report…

  9. EuroBasket: Spain, France earn Olympic berths with victories

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Juan Carlos Navarro

    Spain, the silver medal team in Beijing who gave the United States all it could handle in the gold medal game, will be back for the London Olympics. They will be joined by a French team led by Tony Parker and Joakim Noah. Friday Spain and France won their games to advance to the finals…

  10. EuroBasket roundup: France, Russia advance to semifinals

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Tony Parker of France vies with Michail

    We have our EuroBasket Final Four. And while it wasn’t easy for either side in the Thursday games, the favorites prevailed to set up a fascinating showdown for a 2012 London Olympics berth Friday. Here are Thursday’s results (including Lithuania earning its way to next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournament). Friday we will have the both semifinals and…

  11. Quarterfinal knockout round set at EuroBasket

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol (R) watch as th

    There has been drama — like the Russian win Monday that eliminated Macedonia. There have been surprises — none bigger that Germany being eliminated in group play and thereby eliminated from the Olympics. Dirk Nowitzki admitted later he was tired and maybe not able to help his team as much as he wanted to. And…

  12. EuroBasket: Good day for Russia, Macedonia. Yes, Macedonia.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Going into EuroBasket — the combination European championships and Olympic qualifying tournament — Macedonia had never won a single game in the event. Now, they are 3-0 in the second round of group play and locked in for the knockout stages. That means they have a chance to make the Olympics (top two finishers at…

  13. Spurs’ Blair makes it official, he will play in Russia

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

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    No real shock here, we told you this was coming, but Spurs big man DeJuan Blair has made it official. Blair has signed to play next season with Krasnye Krylya in Russia, reports  Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. The deal has an opt-out to return to the NBA once (or if) the lockout ends. There’s an…

  14. Nets coach Johnson heads to Russia for game with Prokhorov

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Avery Johnson Portrait

    How much does the Little General have in the tank? We’re about to find out… well, “we’re” only includes you if you live in Russia. New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson is heading to Russia to play in a charity exhibition game with team owner Mikhail Prokhorov, reports the Star-Ledger. Money raised at the Set.…

  15. DeJuan Blair may play in Russia, perceived injury risks be damned

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Among the flood of reported signings, flirtations, explorations, and interest between overseas clubs and NBA players, DeJuan Blair‘s name and news don’t create much of a ripple. He’s no Deron Williams, after all; Blair isn’t even a steady NBA regular at this point in his career, having squandered some of the opportunity given him as…

  16. Video: Mozgov goes Blake Griffin on someone else

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of Timofey Mozgov and dunks, you tend to think of what Blake Griffin did to him last season. But Mozgov can dunk, too. Mozgov and Russia were playing Lithuania in a tuneup for EuroBasket when Mozgov ran the floor for the secondary break, got the pass in the paint and posterized some…

  17. Mozgov signs deal to return to Russia during lockout

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 10:59 am: Timofey Mozgov has confirmed that he did sign with BC Khimki to play during the lockout, speaking with the official EuroLeague site. “I am glad that everything turned out perfectly. I grew up as a player in Khimki and spent great days in here. I have a lot of friends in the team and…

  18. Nets owner Prokhorov about to enter Russian politics

    May 16, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    What is the one thing that could make the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations look simple? How about Russian politics? But that’s what Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is about to jump into, as part of a “pro-Kremlin” party (backing the existing leadership), according to the Associated Press. Mikhail Prokhorov said Monday he would head the…

  19. Nets trying to be actual globetrotters, hosting open practice in Moscow

    Sep 9, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Because a move to Newark and a preseason game in China were not enough… As the Nets are on their way to China, they are going to stop off for a while in Moscow for an open practice and to run a children’s clinic, according to the New York Times. As you might expect, this…

  20. Mike Krzyzewski not buying that '72 USA Olympic loss to Russia was "fair"

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Either Mike Krzyzewski forgot, or he took a little dig at his Russian counterpart. Smart money is on the latter. Yesterday, Russian coach David Blatt said that the controversial ending of the 1972 Olympics USA v. Russia gold medal game was “fair.” That after Russia — playing the game in then Eastern Bloc Munich —…

  21. Russia earns date with USA in quarterfinals after cruising past New Zealand

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    As expected, it is USA vs. Russia on Thursday in the FIBA World Championships quarterfinals. Russia filled out its half of the bracket beating New Zealand 78-56, showing off some of the defense and the inside game that will give the USA their best challenge since Brazil (and maybe their best challenge so far period).…

  22. Knicks signee Timofey Mozgov shows off his potential in Turkey

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    The description from scouts when the Knicks signed Russian Timofey Mozgov was “potential.” He has shown a little more than that as part of a pretty good Russian team at the World Championships, giving Knicks fans another reason for hope. He is averaging 11.8 points per game on 65 percent shooting, and he dropped 18…

  23. World Championship knockout rounds set, USA has a tough road ahead

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    There are supposed to be rewards for winning your group-play bracket at the FIBA World Championships. And there are for the USA — it’s first round game is against Angola on Monday. Very winnable. Then the sledding gets tough. It could have been worse. But tough. Here’s the lineup. Saturday we get the two best…

  24. Gerald Green will continue to leap tall buildings in a single bound (and blow defensive assignments) in Russia

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Insanely athletic players like Gerald Green tend to get more NBA chances than most, but for the second straight year Green will ply his trade in Russia. According to the team page for BC Krasnye Krylia (via Inside Hoops), Green has been signed by the club after playing for Lokomotiv Kuban last year. At this…

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