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  1. LeBron James says he wants to play in 2016 Rio Olympics

    Aug 20, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Right after capturing gold in London, LeBron James suggested this could be it for him and the Olympics. He didn’t know if he would keep going. But after thinking about it for a week, he sounds like he’s in. LeBron was back in Akron doing charity events last weekend and spoke with the Associated Press:…

  2. Video: Top 5 plays from Drew League championship game

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

    Screen-shot-2012-08-14-at-4.43.54-PM

    Last season was the summer of the Pro-Am leagues like the Drew League — with the NBA locked out the stars flocked to play there and so did our eyes. This summer our eyes have been back at the Vegas Summer League and London. But the Drew League was still going on in Los Angeles…

  3. 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…

  4. Tuesday and-1 links: What would a 1968 Dream Team look like?

    Aug 7, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Lochte

    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 Brazilians love soccer. (Well, not that much.) • As you can see with…

  5. Kings extend coach Keith Smart’s contract to 2014

    Aug 7, 2012, 2:01 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart did a nice job with the Kings last year — taking over a team Paul Westphal had lost and connecting with key players. And by Kings players we mean DeMarcus Cousins. It all starts there. Kings management was impressed enough — and is desperate for some semblance of consistency — that they have…

  6. Friday And-1 links: Can the Brooklyn Nets be hip?

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    US rapper Jay-Z performs during a concer

    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 8-year-old girls love gymnasts. • Really fascinating post over at Nets Are Scorching:…

  7. The Inbounds: Steve Nash, the Lakers, and the lawlessness of the point guard wilderness

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    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…

  8. Kings sign Aaron Brooks to take over point guard duties

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:18 AM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    The Sacramento Kings are going to have an impressive one-two point guard punch wwnext season. And no, we’re not talking Jimmer Fredette. On Monday the Kings reached a deal with Aaron Brooks to come in and take over point guard duties, the team announced. This is a two-year deal worth about $3.3 million a year,…

  9. Toronto to trade James Johnson to Sacramento for pick

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    James Johnson Raptors

    The Kings have picked up a good wing defender who can give them some solid if not spectacular minutes, and do so at a good price. The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade James Johnson to the Sacramento Kings for a second round pick, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Other reports have confirmed this and…

  10. Anthony Davis officially in for Team USA. And no Cousins.

    Jul 13, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    LAS VEGAS — Before Anthony Davis’ fourth-quarter entrance into Thursday night’s Team USA demolition of the Dominican Republic, LeBron James grabbed him, said a few words hugged him and tried to pump him up. When Davis drained a three and was fouled on the play for a four-point play, the USA Bench erupted right next…

  11. Blake Griffin twists knee in USA scrimmage, getting MRI

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    This is not good, but hopefully not that severe. Blake Griffin has left Team USA to return to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his knee after tweaking it in Wednesday’s Team USA scrimmage, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The severity of the injury is not yet known.…

  12. Team USA ready to begin track meet to London against Dominican Republic

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    US Roster Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Any good coach plays to the strengths of the guys on his roster. And Mike Krzyzewski is a very good coach. He looks at a roster of elite players entering their peak, a roster deep with great athletes no other team in the world could match. He and assistant coach Mike D’Antoni…

  13. Kobe Bryant talks Andrew Bynum, DeMarcus Cousins

    Jul 12, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Bryant reaches for a ball while being guarded by Irving during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — As the elder statesman of Team USA — but you probably don’t want to call him that to his face — Kobe Bryant seems to get a lot of questions about the state of the team and his thoughts on other players from the media at USA Basketball practices. He had a…

  14. Welcome to NBA signing day tracker: Griffin, Nash, more ink deals

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    It’s official, Steve Nash is a Los Angeles Laker. And Blake Griffin is a very rich Clipper. All the deals that have been reported in the past 10 days — such as Deron Williams re-signing with the Nets — go from “agreement reached” to “pen on paper” today. The league has a 10-day moratorium on…

  15. Cousins didn’t like Colangelo calling him immature

    Jul 10, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. Which brings us to DeMarcus Cousins, the very talented Kings big man who is part of the USA Select Team, the group of young players brought in to training camp to work out and push Team USA. On the first day of…

  16. Greg Monroe is ticked he was snubbed by USA Basketball

    Jul 9, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Ronny turiaf, Greg Monroe

    Pistons big man Greg Monroe is in Orlando right now, working out against recent Detroit draft pick Andre Drummond in between games of the Orlando Summer League. Where he is not is Las Vegas as a member of the USA Select team that goes against the United States Olympic squad in practice. He’s pretty ticked…

  17. Kings reach deal to keep Jason Thompson in house

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Greivis Vasquez

    Jason Thompson is one of the NBA’s better kept secrets. Mostly because nobody really watched the Sacramento Kings the past couple years. He’s a 6’11” athletic power forward who can get to the rim and shot 39 percent beyond 16 feet (good enough that you have to respect it). He scored 9.1 points per game…

  18. Russia, Lithuania, Nigeria round out Olympic basketball tournament

    Jul 9, 2012, 2:24 AM EDT

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Finally, the Olympic basketball tournament field is set. Nigeria — led by 25 points on 14 shots plus 10 boards Ike Diogu (he formerly of the Spurs, Clippers, Pacers, Kings, Blazers and Warriors) — earned the final spot in the tournament by knocking off the Dominican Republic in a third-place game in the Olympic Qualifying…

  19. Colangelo on Cousins: “He has a lot of growing up to do”

    Jul 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Carmelo Anthony came out of the first day of Team USA practice in Vegas — where DeMarcus Cousins is a member of the USA Select team there to push the London-bound squad — and said this about the Kings big man of the future (via Sean Cunningham on twitter). “He fouled the s— outta everyone.”…

  20. Thursday And-1 links: Maybe Indy will not match Hibbert offer

    Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    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. • I have said I expect the Indiana Pacers to match the max-offer (four…

  21. Report: Anthony Davis severely sprains ankle, out of Olympics

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    And Team USA loses another potential big man for the roster. Recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis severely sprained his ankle in a workout for the Hornets, which leaves him very unlikely to be ready when USA Basketball opens training camp Friday (July 6) in Las Vegas and he is now out for the games,…

  22. NBA Draft Grades: Yes, New Orleans gets an A+

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    Yes, this is very premature. I know that, you know that. But neither of us like to wait. So here are my draft grades from 2012. We can look back on this together in three years and have a good laugh. Atlanta Hawks: B They got the best pure shooter in the draft in John…

  23. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

  24. Report: Kings reject Rockets’ offer of Lowry for No. 5 pick

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    UPDATE 9:18 pm: David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Kings have shot down the Rockets’ offer to get the No. 5 pick. But their offer of guard Kyle Lowry along with the 16th pick overall to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the fifth pick overall and forward Chuck Hayes was rejected Wednesday by…

  25. Tuesday And-1 links: The new NBA luxury tax and you

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    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. • There’s a great post from Mike Prada at SBN that starts to explain…

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