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  1. FIBA Americas down to 8 teams after Brazil, Paraguay eliminated

    Sep 4, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    Venezuela World Qualifier Basketball

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament is taking the day off on Wednesday, but it’s not just because the most star-laden Eurobasket tournament tipped off. The first portion of round-robin play was completed Tuesday night, meaning two eliminations had to be made. One was surprising, one wasn’t: Brazil was sent home after losing to Jamaica in…

  2. FIBA Americas schedule features Canada vs. Brazil on Sunday

    Sep 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Axier Sucre, Diego Bareiro

    The FIBA Americas tournament enters Day 3 on Sunday after a solid first two days of action. Sunday’s games don’t feature the marquee matchups that littered Friday and Saturday, but the first contest of the day should be worth watching. Canada and Brazil are both in the conversation for the Final Four next weekend, a…

  3. FIBA Americas Tournament became Renaldo Balkman show on Friday

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Balkman goes for a basket against Brazil's Giovannoni during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament tipped off on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, with teams from North, South and Central America attempting to move one step closer to playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It’s still a bit early to be talking about that since the tournament won’t end until September 11, but…

  4. FIBA Americas tournament tips off today

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Juan Barea, Nicolas Laprovittola

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament begins in beautiful Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday morning. This is actually the fourth FIBA tournament of the year — following Asia (where Hamed Haddadi was MVP), Oceania (which was just Australia vs. New Zealand a couple of times) and Africa (where Nigeria was just upset despite featuring four players…

  5. FIBA Americas tips off Friday. We breakdown why you might care.

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    FIBA_Americas_Championship_Venezuela_FC

    Team USA had a mini-camp workout for some younger players this summer, but that was basically it for the senior men’s team. USA Basketball largely gets to take the summer off and gear up for the World Championships in Spain next summer. But much of the rest of the world is going at it in…

  6. Anderson Varejao’s life in illustration (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    I found this fascinating, so we’re bringing it to you. As you likely know, Brazil is hosting the 2016 Olympics in Rio (right here on NBC) and as part of hyping up Brazilian athletes to the home audience they are doing this Web series called “Draw My Life” where a player tells his life story…

  7. DeJuan Blair says reason Spurs didn’t win Finals is he didn’t play enough

    Aug 19, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    Not everybody loves Gregg Popovich. Meet DeJuan Blair. You might remember him as the big man without ACLs who played pretty well for the Spurs — he started all but four games two seasons ago and averaged 9.5 points a game. However, he fell out of the rotation last season as Popovich went with the…

  8. Joe Dumars hopes Josh Smith-Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontcourt can take cues from Hawks and Grizzlies

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Andre Drummond

    Which team has the best starting frontcourt in the NBA? Depending on how you value the top player compared to the depth of the trio, there are several contenders including: Nets (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez) Bulls (Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah) Nuggets (Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee) Warriors (Andre Iguodala, David…

  9. Report: Apparently mutual interest between DeJuan Blair, Wizards

    Jul 19, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

    DeJuan Blair

    Washington could be a playoff team in the East if they can stay healthy — John Wall started to play like everyone had hoped at the end of last season, Bradley Beal can shoot, people forget Nene is a quality big when healthy. And for a little depth up front, how about DeJuan Blair? It…

  10. Report: Raptors nearing buyout with Marcus Camby, who will receive interest from Clippers, Bulls and Rockets

    Jul 16, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

    Marcus Camby wasn’t happy to be traded to the Raptors, who tried to flip him before the deal – also involving Andrea Bargnani – ever became official. When that didn’t happen, Camby again expressed his desire for a buyout or trade. Because of his high salary – $4,383,773 next season and $4,177,208 the following year…

  11. Next big free agent questions: What about Brandon Jennings and the other restricted free agents?

    Jul 8, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings. Nikola Pekovic. Jeff Teague. Gerald Henderson. Timofey Mozgov. Gary Neal. These are the guys who could still make free agency interesting… if another team gets desperate enough to make a big offer. Now that the big name truly free — meaning unrestricted — free agents are off the market, we turn our attention…

  12. Report: Spurs, Tiago Splitter near four year, $36 million deal

    Jul 2, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    Tiago Splitter is coming off his best season in the NBA. He took on a larger role in San Antonio — he was a starter on a team that went to the seventh game of the NBA Finals, he was the real anchor of their defense, he averaged 10.3 points a game on 56 percent…

  13. Report: Spurs ‘seriously interested’ in Andrei Kirilenko

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Andrei Kirilenko, Derrick Williams

    The Spurs have two key free agents: Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter. Ginobili will likely re-sign at a remarkably reduced cost than the $14 million he made last season, but Splitter will have other suitors bidding for him. Though Splitter is a restricted free agent, the Spurs have the flexibility to let him walk if…

  14. Spurs extend qualifying offers to Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal, making them restricted free agents

    Jun 30, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    The Spurs made sure that they’d at least have the option of bringing back every key member of a team that was within seconds of winning an NBA title last season, by extending qualifying offers to both Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal before the deadline passed to do so. Splitter and Neal are now both…

  15. Report: Trail Blazers trying to land traditional center, target Pekovic, Splitter

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter,  Earl Clark

    LaMarcus Aldridge is a four. A big four, an All-Star four, but he has been forced to play a lot of five — a lot of center — over the course of his career and that can be hit and miss for him. So the trail Blazers are targeting a real center this off-season to…

  16. Boris Diaw’s defense slowed LeBron down. I know, right?

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Duncan congratulates teammate Diaw during a time out during first quarter play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — The MVPs for the Spurs Game 5 win you know — Manu Ginobili came back like the prodigal son to have a huge game, Danny Green knocked down any shot given inside the San Antonio city limits, and Tony Parker continues to be the guy who should get the Finals MVP award…

  17. Spurs lead Heat 61-52 at halftime of Finals Game 5

    Jun 16, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    SAN ANTONIO — We’ve got another good one here in San Antonio, where the Spurs came out with aggression and were able to contain a late run from the heat to take a 61-52 lead into halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs made a change to their starting lineup in this…

  18. NBA Finals Game 5: Ginobili, Green hit every shot it seems, Spurs win 114-104

    Jun 16, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    SAN ANTONIO — All season long, when the Heat would crank up their defense and make a run, other teams wilted. San Antonio stood up the the runs, executed, hit open shots and a lot of tough ones, and won 114-104 to take a 3-2 series lead. San Antonio will have two chances on the…

  19. Manu Ginobili to start for Spurs in Game 5

    Jun 16, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Spurs Basketball

    SAN ANTONIO — Gregg Popovich said at shootaround Sunday morning that a change to the starting lineup was possible, and when asked again during his pregame media availability at the AT&T Center about 90 minutes before tip-off, his one-word answer was “maybe.” It turns out, he was giving us a bit of a heads up.…

  20. Popovich says at shootaround no lineup changes… probably

    Jun 16, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — In Game 4, the Heat went small starting Mike Miller instead of Udonis Haslem, and it took Gregg Popovich all of 47 seconds to adjust, pulling Tiago Splitter for Gary Neal. Then in the second half Boris Diaw started, a guy who because of his size and style of play lets the…

  21. NBA Finals Game 5 Heat vs. Spurs preview: Which Heat team shows up?

    Jun 16, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — Which Miami Heat team will be on the bus to the AT&T Center for Sunday night’s key Game 5? We know what names will be there — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, etc. — but the Heat have looked like a different team game to game in this series (and the…

  22. Heat seek to take unprecedented lead over Spurs in Finals

    Jun 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Spurs head coach Popovich directs his team against the Grizzlies during the fourth quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

    The San Antonio Spurs have never trailed in an NBA Finals series. With the Finals tied, the Spurs are 10-0 and have won by an average of 11.1 points per game. Not the New York Knicks in 1999, New Jersey Nets in 2003, Detroit Pistons in 2005, Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007 or Miami Heat this…

  23. Gregg Popovich: American players don’t work as hard as foreign players

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    I always figured the Spurs’ large contingent of international players – Tim Duncan (U.S. Islands), Tony Parker (France), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Cory Joseph (Canada), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia) and Aron Baynes (Australia) – was the product of three main reasons. 1. Scouting. San Antonio does an…

  24. Spurs don’t need to adjust as much as you think for Game 3

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    Spurs' Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    It wasn’t so much the plan as the execution of it. Despite what the final score suggests, San Antonio did a number of things right in Game 2. They once again made things difficult for LeBron James — through two games he is averaging 17.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting. He started Sunday night 2-of-12…

  25. Players talk about LeBron James’ block on Tiago Splitter

    Jun 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — It was the defining moment of Game 2, even though by this point the game was pretty well in hand for the Heat. LeBron James went up and shut down Tiago Splitter at the rim, a lot of the players were buzzing about it after the game. LeBron James: “Just wanted to, I…

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