The NBA Dribbled Out

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I don’t like humble Durant. I like fired-up Durant. 

What you don’t see is Durant apologizing for the overt display of cussing and giving every member of the other team—including the assistant coaches—some dap. Then he hugged his mom, saved a couple kittens from being hit by a car, rescued a disabled person from a burning building and signed an autograph for every single person in London. 

nbaoffseason:

I don’t like humble Durant. I like fired-up Durant. 

What you don’t see is Durant apologizing for the overt display of cussing and giving every member of the other team—including the assistant coaches—some dap. Then he hugged his mom, saved a couple kittens from being hit by a car, rescued a disabled person from a burning building and signed an autograph for every single person in London. 

(Source: jillsandwich)

Earlier today I spoke on the phone with one of my buddies from back home. He’s one of just two close personal friends that know anything about the NBA, and he was putting some loots down on the USA-Nigeria game, which had a spread of 42 points (down from their 54 point spread against Tunisia). I told him to take the points and the under.* Boy was I wrong.**

The USA won 156-73 and Carmelo Anthony set a single game USA Olympic scoring record with 38 points (connecting on 10/12 3-point attempts). Here are a few more records set—by way of PBT’s Kurt Helin—during the USA’s historic victory over Nigeria.

• Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points by himself, that is more points than any American ever in a single Olympic game, besting Stephon Marbury’s old record of 31. Part of the reason for this is that Nigeria just did not close out on ‘Melo at the three point line, they let him get good look after good look and he hit 10 of 12 from beyond the arc.

• This was the largest American margin of victory ever, at 83. The old record had been 68.

• The USA made 29 threes (on 46 shots), the old record had been 13 threes in a game. The 46 attempts is also a record.

• The USA shot 71.1 percent for the game, besting the old best ever of 68 percent by team USA.

Some other US scoring totals included Russell Westbrook with 21, Kobe Bryant with 16 (scoring 14 in the first quarter to start the annihilation early), Kevin Love with 15 and Deron Williams with 13. Aside from the knowledge that Stephon Marbury had the old single-game scoring record for USA Men’s Basketball, this lopsided win wasn’t that surprising.

This team is really good, but I just didn’t think they were 42 points better than Nigeria. Turns out I was right; they were better by almost double that total, out-scoring Nigeria by 83 points and obliterating the margin-of-victory record.

*Never ask for gambling advice from someone that only bets on the Super Bowl National Anthem length every year, and is so poor they sometimes go an entire day without eating and only purchases lucys from the local bodega because they can’t afford a full pack. 

**I don’t know yet if my buddy followed my advice. Let’s hope he didn’t. 

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Awwww.
This hug between LeBron and the First Lady is a nice reminder of the first family’s love for the game of hoops. Maybe Barack would be a little jealous, but he is the leader of the free world, and that’s something LeBron can’t do (at least I don’t think he can). 

Awwww.

This hug between LeBron and the First Lady is a nice reminder of the first family’s love for the game of hoops. Maybe Barack would be a little jealous, but he is the leader of the free world, and that’s something LeBron can’t do (at least I don’t think he can). 

Some links before I move on to other things that pay me.

—The USA’s Olympic Men’s Basketball team beat France 98-71 in their opening game of the XXX Olympics on Sunday despite slipperiness and the USOC blocking every highlight like James’ thread-the-needle 50 foot bounce pass.

Here are a few write-ups on their inaugural game (that counts):

—Why this might be the final time we see a superstar, NBA-laden Men’s Basketball Olympic team? Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting for Y! Sports that “NBA Owners want to kill Olympic format to protect their investment in international players.”

—But there were other events besides Team USA’s inchoate steps towards pre-ordained Olympic gold. Orlando hired a coach named Jacques Vaughn, the former Kansas Jayhawk—and an often abysmal NBA shooter—will be taking over a team that’s been gutted in a pre-Dwight getting traded flurry.

—Speaking of Dwight, he’s still an Orlando Magic as of 2:01 p.m. ET on July 30, 2012. According to Dan Malone at Sheridan Hoops, the Dwight trade rumors will be heating up again, and SI is reporting he’ll be moved by the end of the week. Lets all hope so. 

—In the first game of the 2012 Men’s basketball competition, Argentina defeated Lithuania 102-79 and amnestied former-Rocket and current Phoenix Sun (for an incredible discount), Luis Scola dropped in 32 points on a Dirkian 12 of 19 from the field. I’m looking at Daryl Morey with my hands upturned and a furrowed brow wondering what the hell happened when they dropped Scola to make room for a possible—but not probable—Dwight?

—Jeff Clark at Celtics Blog has 5 reasons why Jeff Green hasn’t re-signed with the Boston Celtics, yet. Ugh, number 1 is that he might be traded for Dwight Howard. Let the Dwightmare end already!

—The Hoop Speak crew talks with Jessica Camerato and Danny Nowell plus their usual musings on the NBA and it’s ancillaries.

—I thought this was about Perry Ellis socks, which means it was a crazy weekend.

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Since this is probably Kobe Bryant’s last US Olympic team (I could see him playing for Italy when he’s 60—just to fuck with people), he’s making the most of it on the court as well as off. Click the pics to see how he’s spent his first couple days. 

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