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  1. The Inbounds: The Pierre-Bargnani Defensive Mirror

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    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. Some of you will be aware of this, but for those of you aren’t, let me catch you up real…

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

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:39 PM EST

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    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. Daryl Morey believes Rockets were “close” to trading for Dwight Howard

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

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    The Rockets made plenty of personnel moves this summer, but it’s hard to argue that any of them were geared toward making the team better in the immediate future. The plan was to acquire multiple lottery picks and clear cap space in the hopes of trading for a superstar that the franchise could finally build…

  4. Eleven guys who came out of London Olympics big winners

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:06 PM EST

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    The USA is the big winner in London — in our “winner take all” society they won the gold medal, they get the spoils. And no doubt they were the best team in the games. But a number of players came out of London as winners in the reputation game. Eric Freeman nailed a great…

  5. And at long last, the NBA goes to sleep for a month

    Aug 12, 2012, 9:57 PM EST

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    The lockout had a lot of effects. One beat writer told me last week that because of the frequency of the games, stacked on top of each other, it didn’t feel like a 66-game season, but a 120-game season. Then there were the playoffs, with back-to-backs in the second round. The conference finals whizzing by…

  6. USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end

    Aug 11, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate

    USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end. USA gold. Spain has some real talent — Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol team up to make what would be the best front line in the NBA (well, maybe not anymore) and they surround the brothers with smart, playmaking guards who…

  7. The Inbounds: NBA schmoe, International Superstar of Mystery

    Aug 10, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Jose Calderon

    If you’re a casual NBA fan, most of the players on the Olympic teams other than Team USA don’t ring any bells. You’ll recognize a few. “Hey, that’s that point guard for the Canada team, right?” “You mean, the Toronto Raptors?” “Yeah, that’s what I said, the team in Canada.” Or: “Hey, didn’t that guy…

  8. Spain gets another shot at Gold after dominant second half vs. Russia

    Aug 10, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Sergio Rodriguez

    There were questions about how good Spain could be because they had not been all that impressive in the Olympic tune-up games, then in group play they lost to Russia and Brazil (although the Brazil loss was more of a laydown). Then in the first half against Russia Spain played down to its worst, scoring…

  9. 25 Observations about the Dwight Howard trade

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    25 observations about the Dwight Howard trade to send Howard to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum to the Sixers, and very little to the Orlando Magic. 1. Let’s start with LA, since they’re the moneymaker for media and they get the best player. Wow. Holy Wow. Holy Geez Wow. The amount…

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

    Aug 9, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

    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…

  11. Carmelo got punched in the, um, groin by Argentina. But we’ve seen worse.

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:57 PM EST

    Anthony of the U.S. grimaces on the court after being fouled during match against Argentina at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Things got a little testy… wait, poor choice of words. Things got a little chippy between the USA and Argentina at the end of the third quarter as the USA was running away with Monday’s Olympic pool play contest. (Yes, that’s better phrasing.) Carmelo Anthony was going up with a three as the quarter ended…

  12. Lithuanian coach not exactly singing Valanciunas’ praises

    Aug 7, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    The Olympics were going to be the coming out party for soon-to-be Raptor Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick of the Raptors from the 2011 NBA draft who will join Toronto next season. Except, it hasn’t been that way at all. What he’ll be most remembered for from these games is Kobe Bryant elbowing him…

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

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    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…

  14. Kyle Lowry started his own juice-drink company, Famjuice

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

    Kyle Lowry

    There’s a lot of money in the juice drink market. Which is why it is a very crowded and competitive market to get into. But Kyle Lowry is in. The new Toronto Raptor (heading into a contract year) has started a company called Famjuice (via Ball Don’t Lie and Deadspin). The company’s motto — “reflavor…

  15. In case you missed it, Linas Kleiza is playing well in London

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:59 AM EST

    US centre Tyson Chandler (C) vies with L

    Team USA noticed. Toronto Raptor Linas Kleiza put up 25 points on them in a game that was a lot closer than expected. Kleiza is a known commodity who has turned heads in London. The USA is not the only team that Kleiza has cause problems for — he has averaged 18.3 points and 6.3…

  16. How Darius Songaila’s play in the Olympics is a bad sign for the Raptors

    Aug 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    In Saturday’s Team USA squeaker against Lithuania, fringe NBA player (who hasn’t been in the league for a year) played nearly 18 minutes, particularly down the stretch. Raptors lottery pick and presumed starting center next season, Jonas Valanciunas, played just eight. It’s yet another game where Valanciunas has struggled to see floor time and struggled…

  17. Lithuania gives USA a real test, but LeBron passes it in 99-94 win

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    James of the U.S. goes in for a lay-up past Lithuania's Kleiza during their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    There is a script for beating the USA, we talked about it before the Olympics: Pack the paint on defense and hope they miss threes, play good transition defense, don’t turn the ball over, and have a hot shooting night yourself. Lithuania did almost all of that, playing their best game of the Olympics by…

  18. USA needs to forget about Nigeria, focus on Lithuania and gold

    Aug 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Forget about it. Or, for a New Yorker like Carmelo Anthony, fugeddaboutit. That is what USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told his Nigerian counterpart to do with the game tape after Team USA’s historic win on Thursday (Coach K actually said “flush it”). But that is exactly what his team needs to do with that epic…

  19. Thursday Olympics recap: Spain almost falls to host nation

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:31 PM EST

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    On a day that the USA routed Nigeria and looked pretty invincible doing it, some of the other supposed powers of the Olympics showed signs of vulnerability. Now comes the disclaimer — d read too much into that. Once you get into the one-and-done medal round tournament a sloppy game a week before doesn’t matter.…

  20. Is Daryl Morey following the Danny Ainge playbook?

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Daryl Morey

    For the past few years, the Rockets have been stuck in a rut of mediocrity — not terrible, fighting for a bottom playoff seed and either way ending up with a pick in the middle of the first round somewhere. Not a bad team, not a contender, just a team riding along in the middle.…

  21. Friday And-1 links: Marv Albert is ready for Nets vs. Knicks

    Jul 27, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    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. • Marv Albert with the imaginary first call at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the Nets take on…

  22. Raptors ink John Lucas III to deal, giving them 3 point guards

    Jul 27, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    We told you recently this was close and now it has become official. Although, that hints at other moves. The Toronto Raptors have signed John Lucas III to a new deal, the team has confirmed. Lucas played well in the absence of Derrick Rose in Chicago for much of last season, averaging 7.5 points a…

  23. Here are all 39 NBA players taking part in Olympics

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    The Olympic basketball tournament is loaded with NBA players. Loaded. There are 39, and that is just guys currently on rosters (there are a couple not on now that likely will be by the time camp opens. Here is a list of all the NBA players in the Olympic tournament. Not a coincidence that the…

  24. 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…

  25. Wednesday And-1 links: Team USA on Segways

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 PM EST

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    After a little hiatus, 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. • As you can see from the photo to the…

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