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Team USA’s flaws exposed in win over Turkey

This was never a perfect edition of the U.S. Senior National Team. The superstars of the NBA opted to skip the trip to Spain and left the task of defending their World Championship to a group of young, unproven stars and a still-recovering Derrick Rose. There was a lot of 3-point shooting, not a lot […]

NBA adds its Twitter handle to the game ball

Just in case NBA fans forget how to follow the NBA on Twitter, the league decided to add its Twitter handle on the official game ball for next season.

“The game is why we have 660 million (likes and followers), and our fans know @NBA is a must-follow for unprecedented access to our game, more insight into our teams, and unique behind-the-scenes content with our players throughout the entire year,” NBA senior vice president of digital media Melissa Rosenthal Brenner said in a statement. “The ball is the instantly recognizable symbol of our game, and now our fans have a place there, too, where they belong.”

The move makes the NBA the first pro-league to add its Twitter handle to the game ball.

Adding the Twitter handle is a cool move but does the NBA really need to remind its fans where to follow them in Twitter? Consider this, the NBA has 10.8 million followers.

h/t NESN

Video: Philippine player nut-punches Greek player at FIBA World Cup

I thought the whole point of international competition was to foster friendship, and let sports bring people together.

Maybe this player from Team Philippines forget to read the memo.

During a match between Greece and the Philippines, L.A. Tenorio hit Greek player Kostas Papanikolaou right in the family jewels.

Keep it classy Tenorio!

(h/t SBN)

The ‘Awayteam’ vs. ‘Hometeam’ matchups at FIBA World Cup are epic

In case you didn’t know, the 2014 FIBA World Cup is off and running in Spain where the top teams in the world will compete for gold and a shot at the 2016 Rio games.

World power teams like the U.S., Spain, Argentina, Greece, France, Slovenia and many more are hooping it up but it seems two other “teams” are so evenly matched, it has to go down as some of the best basketball ever!

Check out the “Hometeam” and “Awayteam” locked in basketball battles with neither team backing down.

Which team will eventually win is anyone’s guess but they got to be a lock for gold.

(h/t AA)

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Cavs tickets are just a wee bit pricey

Cleveland won the offseason by signing LeBron James, and acquiring Kevin Love which pretty much propels the Cavs to the top of the heap in the East. But if any fans in Cleveland want to see this new chapter in Cavs history this upcoming season, they’re going to have to dig a bit deeper in […]

James Harden showing the world just how horrible he plays defense

James Harden is not known for defense. No for real, his defense is absolutely, positively, horrific!

And now that he is playing with Team USA, Harden gets to show the entire world that he has no clue what defense means.

Seriously, someone give him a lesson on defense. Check it out!

Robbie Hummel, rap superstar

Not even the Minnesota Timberwolves could believe what they were seeing when third-year player Robbie Hummel posted on Instagram he was working on his rap album:

“Excited to announce that I’ve been in the studio grinding and have finally finished my first hip hop studio album, ROB: Road to Redemption. Look for it in stores and on iTunes this fall. #getmysnareup #turnmyheadphonesup!!!”

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The next step for Andre Drummond

You would be excused for djoing something of a double take. Stan Van Gundy happened to pick the one team that is most poised to remake the most successful team of his coaching career. Sure, there is still some cleaning up to do (thank you, job security of being president of basketball operations). Josh Smith, […]

The 3-point magic number

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Photo by Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

“If we were trying to get a sense for how stable three point percentage is after 100 attempts, a simple way to do it would be to randomly split the 100 shots into two samples of 50 and compare the percentage made in both samples. If it were stable, the percentage of makes in each sample should be similar. A better method would be to split the 100 shots into every permutation of two sample pairs of 50 and calculate the average correlation between the two pairs. This is what the Kuder-Richardson Formula 21 calculates. From here on I will refer to this number as the reliability. To find the point at which three-point shooting stabilizes we need to find out when the reliability crosses a certain threshold. A reliability of 0.7 seems to be the standard threshold used. After this point, the skill aspect will outweigh the noise.

“To gather a big enough sample of players with a sufficient number of attempts, I used the past seven season’s worth of three-point shooting data from NBA.com and I found that after roughly 750 attempts the reliability crosses the 0.7 threshold.”

Darryl Blackport, Nylon Calculus

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Glen Taylor fires back at Kevin Love. Why?

Divorces are always nasty, even when they are necessary. Kevin Love has been largely quiet even as everyone knew he wanted out of Minnesota or that his talent needed to escape the wasteland that has become the Timberwolves — no Playoff appearances in the last decade speaks for itself. It was time for both the […]

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Learning the basketball. . . literally

When you are a new NBA player there are a lot of things to be concerned about. Can you handle the travel and pressure of the top level of basketball? Can you handle . . . the basketball? That is a serious question. Do you know what an actual, Spalding, official game-issue basketball feels like? […]

What’s the latest with the Spurs?

Bloguin’s own Project Spurs recently had a roundtable to discuss some of the bigger topics surrounding the NBA champs?

What about the hire and impact of Becky Hammon now an assistant coach? Will it be a distraction?

Boris Diaw Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes are playing at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and should fans be worried about a possible injury?

The Spurs also have one roster spot left. What will they do with that open seat?

Check out Project Spurs as they break it all down for Spurs fans.

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NBA video game wars are back on

You may not have noticed last year, but EA Sports’ NBA Live series did come back. Kyrie Irving was the cover athlete. It is OK if you did not notice. It was the first edition in NBA Live since the failed NBA Live 10 with Dwight Howard on the cover. The supposedly revolutionary NBA Elite […]

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Ricky Rubio is hunting for the max

Ricky Rubio should be feeling pretty excited right now with the athletes coming onto what we can essentially call his team. The Spanish wunderkind too his sweet time getting to the United States, lighting up YouTube with great ball-handling and impressive passes. Teamed up with Kevin Love, he helped make plenty of highlights but not […]

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