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  1. Video: USA vs. France game highlights replayed by LEGOs

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    French centre Ronny Turiaf (L) challenge

    In case you didn’t get to see the USA start slow then come on to thump France in the Olympics opener for both teams on Sunday, we’ve got you covered. Kind of. From the Guardian in the UK itself, we have a recreation of the highlights, but using LEGOs. Thing is, I kind of like…

  2. LeBron James wants Kevin Durant to shoot the rock more

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Kevin Durant led Team USA with 22 points against France on Sunday, and you can look for that trend to continue. He is the best pure shooter and scorer on Team USA (frankly, the best in the world), his role on this team is to score. And LeBron James wants him doing more of it.…

  3. Deron Williams calls international basketball “slippery”

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    A lot of things are different in International basketball — the closer three-point line, the types of zone defenses, the overall style of play. And the balls and the rims, if you ask Team USA players. Which the Star Ledger did to Deron Williams (via SLAM). “If you hit any part of the rim, it’s…

  4. Tony Parker admits he is “totally out of shape” for Olympics

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

    French guard Tony Parker catches the bal

    When you have a shard of glass in your eye that needs to be surgically removed and can cost you your vision if it shifts, you have a really good reason to take some time off from working out. Which is what Tony Parker has done since getting hit with a bottle during the Drake/Chris…

  5. Kobe says Team USA should be paid, but they would play anyway

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:31 AM EST

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    Dwyane Wade created a firestorm a few months back when he dared agree with Ray Allen that the USA Basketball players should be paid for their time at the Olympics representing the USA. Wade backtracked soon after, because you can’t win that PR battle. Not when you march into Opening Ceremonies next to a wrestler…

  6. Video: LeBron’s insane 50-foot, thread-the-needle bounce pass

    Jul 29, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    It was just the first quarter of the third game of the first day of the London Olympics, and I feel safe saying you are not going to see a better pass than this. Tyson Chandler rebounds the miss, makes a quick pass out to LeBron, who is the only person on earth who could…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. USA starts slow, picks up pace to blow out France 98-71

    Jul 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    We’re going to see a lot of games from Team USA during the Olympics. This was not an end-to-end dominant performance to open the Olympics from the Americans. France was in it early. Tony Parker was making smart plays slashing into the lane while The USA shot 29.2 percent overall and was 0-of-6 shooting from…

  10. Preview: Things get defensive as USA takes on France

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    France's player Tony Parker looks on, du

    If the French team that earned a spot in the London Olympics by coming in second at EuroBasket last summer were the one taking on the United States on Sunday, American fans would have reason to worry. That French team played lock down defense and had Tony Parker at his shot-creating best to spark the…

  11. Team USA is running a LeBron/Durant pick-and-roll. Scary.

    Jul 27, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Lebron James

    LeBron James is the best basketball player walking the planet earth right now. Kevin Durant is, in my opinion, the best pure scorer walking the planet right now. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is a smart man. He knows what an unstoppable force those two guys are — so he started playing them off each…

  12. 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,…

  13. Stern says under-23 Olympic basketball not an “urgent issue”

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    David Stern

    Back when Team USA was in Las Vegas, USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo was asked about the idea NBA Commissioner David Stern was floating (on behalf of NBA owners) that the Olympics should become and under-23 tournament. As is done in soccer. He called it a complex international political problem. One he wasn’t going to…

  14. A closer look at the USA’s opponents in Group A

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:36 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony of Team USA fights for a ball against Federico Kammerichs of Team Argentina during their men's exhibition basketball game ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena, in Barcelona

    Anything less than a gold medal will be seen as a failure by Team USA in London. So, no pressure. Just the American basketball legacy on the line. But in reality, the pressure doesn’t ramp up until the final eight — the three knockout-round games. First, there is the group stage. There are 12 teams…

  15. Doc Rivers talks Olympic tournament, why he likes pros in it

    Jul 26, 2012, 5:21 PM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Starting Sunday when you watch the USA take of France in our first game of the Olympic basketball tournament, the voice doing studio analysis on the NBC family of networks is going to sound familiar. Didn’t he used to do this for a living? He did. Now, he coaches the Celtics for his paychecks. Doc…

  16. Kobe Bryant says he starts the trash talk on Team USA

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    After watching him smack around Kyrie Irving and challenge the rookie to a $50K charity one-on-one match, can this be a surprise at all? Kobe Bryant says he starts the smack talk on Team USA. And he does it to loosen guys up. Kobe sat down with LakerNation.com for an exclusive interview (see more in…

  17. 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…

  18. USA sends golden message to Spain with 22-point win

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    This was not the gold medal game, nothing was really at stake in Tuesday night’s exhibition in Barcelona. Spain did not put everything they had into this one — for starters, Marc Gasol did not even play. Nonetheless, the message the USA sent in the final three quarters of this rout — that their speed…

  19. USA, Spain want to send message without revealing much

    Jul 24, 2012, 1:54 PM EST

    Spanish player Paul Gasol (L) vies with

    The United States and Spain will meet with nothing on the line on Tuesday evening in Barcelona. It’s the biggest, most anticipated pre-Olympic friendly in the world as the two gold medal favorites face off. Next time they meet, it very possibly will be with the gold medal in the London Olympics on the line.…

  20. Kevin Love finds minutes on Team USA slipping away

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    On paper, Kevin Love should be playing increasingly key minutes for Team USA — he is second most logical center behind Tyson Chandler, his rebounding and outlet passing skills fit the up-tempo style Team USA wants to play, and on offense he can hit the three and pull opposing bigs away from the basket. But…

  21. Argentina’s Nocioni not sure USA wins gold medal

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    It’s the problem Team USA faces — they are judged as much on style points as wins and losses. So far they are 4-0 in preseason games, but because Brazil led after one quarter and Argentina lost 86-80 — two teams with big front lines playing into a weakness of the U.S. squad — they…

  22. Video: USA vs. Argentina highlights

    Jul 23, 2012, 8:01 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

    If you only watched the first quarter of this game, you would have thought the United States was on its way to a cakewalk win. Kevin Durant had 27 points, Kobe Bryant 18 and the USA raced out to a 19-3 lead, hitting their first seven shots of the game. But it’s not that simple…

  23. USA has to work for win over Argentina. Just a reminder gold will not come easily.

    Jul 22, 2012, 6:17 PM EST

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Kevin Durant challenges Argentina's Luis A. Scola during exhibition game in Barcelona

    Team USA was back in Barcelona, wearing 1992 Dream Team throwback jerseys, which led to another round of the Dream Team vs. 2012 team talk. But the 2012 version of Team USA having to work for an 86-80 win Sunday over Argentina in an Olympics tune-up shows why comparing the two eras is hard (and…

  24. Team USA starts real tests with Argentina on Sunday

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

    manu-ginobili-argentina-fiba-americas-championship

    Every NFL fan knows you can’t predict what the New Orleans Saints season will be like based on their Aug. 5 Hall of Fame game performance (vs. the Cardinals). Along the same line, it’s hard to infer what will happen when the games matter by watching Team USA’s pre-Olympics tune-ups. We’re left making projections based…

  25. 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…

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