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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.”…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Five NBA Draft sleepers to watch

    Jun 25, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Iona v Brigham Young

    Admit it, this is one of your favorite parts of the NBA draft — picking out the guy nobody is watching because you think he’s got that special something. You want to find the next Isaiah Thomas. You know he can help your team. And you pull for him because you want to be right,…

  17. NBA Draft notes: What will the Bobcats do at No. 2?

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks up after being fouled during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    We are just one week away from the NBA draft, and that means there are more rumors and reports than James Harden has beard combs. Here are some highlights of the buzz on Thursday: • The Bobcats are still looking to move the No. 2 overall pick, but they don’t want to go farther down…

  18. Monday And-1 links: Perkins thinks Garnett remains a Celtic

    Jun 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    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. • Kendrick Perkins is convinced that the only place Kevin Garnett will play next…

  19. What would Team USA under-23 Olympic team look like?

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Team USA

    David Stern wants it. Mark Cuban wants it. Most of his fellow NBA owners want it. At his pre-finals press conference, David Stern again said he wants the Olympic basketball program to start following the soccer model — under-23. There would be one World Cup every four years with no age restrictions, but the Olympics…

  20. Lillard wants to go from Weber State to NBA starter in a year

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    From Weber State and the Big Sky Conference to starting NBA point guard in a year? That’s the leap Damian Lillard says he wants to make. Says he is ready to make. Not everybody is convinced, but Lillard is climbing draft boards. He was working out for the Kings (No. 5 pick) Wednesday and said…

  21. In depth: Stern fires shot across the bow at the Maloofs, who continue to threaten the NBA’s billion dollar arena subsidy

    Jun 13, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    team maloof with stern

    A meticulous planner, everything David Stern says is run through a filter of lawyerly instinct and an ever-present awareness of his surroundings. So when David Aldridge asked him if the NBA would support the Maloofs in their desire to move the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim on Tuesday – don’t think for a second that he…

  22. Stern says owners would not approve Sacramento move. Yet.

    Jun 13, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    I keep waiting for it. You keep waiting for it. Pretty much the entire city of Sacramento keeps waiting for it. While the owners the Maloof brothers keep saying they do not plan to move the Kings out of Sacramento, nobody believes them. They need a new arena but the family has killed not only…

  23. Monday And-1 links: An oral history of the Dream Team

    Jun 11, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Image (1) Dream-Team-thumb-250x274-18169.jpg for post 3660

    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 Texans love barbeque. • If you read just one thing today, make it…

  24. Report: Kings not likely to offer Tyreke Evans extension

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Tyreke Evans

    This summer, everyone from the 2009 NBA Draft class is eligible to have their rookie contract extension. For a guy like No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin it’s a no-brainer. It’s a no-brainer for No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet, too, just for a very different reason. But what about Tyreke Evans? The Sacramento rookie of…

  25. Tuesday And-1 links: The Dwight Howard loyalty T-Shirt

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    loyalty

    Here is our daily 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. • RIP LaRoy Ellis (the first ever center of the Portland Trail Blazers). •…

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