The USA men's basketball team is finally in action tonight when they will face the Dominican Republic. It will be our first real look at the composition of the star-studded team. The game gets underway at 9:00 EST and can be seen on ESPN.
Stay on top of all player movement and rumors by checking out SB Nation's stream throughout the day.
Kevin Durant offers up his early thoughts on how the Olympic team is coming together and what he is looking forward to in the upcoming months.
Young liked Reggie Jackson's play in Day 3, and I did too. He seemed much more in control throughout the game. He didn't over-penetrate, he worked to get makable shots, and he helped keep his team in front throughout. Very good performance.
Cole Aldrich has not yet had a breakout game or even a breakout moment, but to be fair these types of games are going to be difficult for a guy who is mostly known for his interior defense.
This post will require some further thought on my part, but I wanted to get it up here. This astute writer has monetized every skillset available in the NBA. As it turns out, simply being tall does in fact pay very well.
Rob Mahoney pops up at The Classical to write that the front office of many teams are beginning to figure out how to better value role players. This development bodes well; franchise players will always be paid the highest value, but it is the teams who overpay the likes of Kris Humphries that end up breaking their competitive chances.
That said, Brook Lopez just signed a max contract with the Nets. He's a solid big man and all, but the name Brook Lopez should never be used in the same sentence as 'max contract.'
Levy writes something that will probably make Russell Westbrook haters squeal with glee:
Quite simply, Marshall has passed more often, and to greater effect, than any player who has entered the NBA in more than a decade.
A match made in heaven, no doubt.
I bet you never thought that Josh Childress would show up in a ranking like this.
The Pacers have traded away Darren Collison and Dayntay Jones to the Mavericks in exchange for Ian Mahinmi. This is a puzzling move given the Pacers' perimeter struggles in the playoffs, but Wade wonders if there is something greater afoot.
After Orlando comes Las Vegas, and there we will get a good look at 23 teams' new acquisitions and new talent being developed. Stay tuned, we'll be on top of this one as well.