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OKC Loud Links: USA Men's Team Survives Squeaker, Orlando League Ends

With the closing of this week, we now know 2 things - the USA men's team is very, very good and their best scorer is coming off of the bench, and the Orlando Summer League showed us enough to be encouraged by Reggie Jackson but concerned about Cole Aldrich.

SB Nation Free Agency Stream 2012

Stay on top of all player movement and rumors by checking out SB Nation's stream throughout the day.

Summer School Report | Daily Thunder

Vince Carter, meet Reggie Jackson, "Better Basketball."

Durant's Friendly International Waters | ESPN

Durant shone brightly in the first game of the squad's existence. Arnovitz goes deeper than that in this piece, and we could be in for something truly special during this Olympic run.

Q&A With Thabeet | NewsOK

I know this is an abbreviated interview, but honestly, this exchange does not exactly inspire confidence in me toward Hasheem Thabeet. It is the same vibe that I got from guys like Michael Olowokandi and Stephon Marbury.

Carmelo Was a Bad Olympic Player | HoopSpeak

Kevin Durant is coming off the bench behind Carmelo Anthony, and Strauss wonders why. Hey, at least now Kevin and James Harden have something in common to talk about.

A Comment on 1992 vs 2012 | HoopSpeak

Mason reminds us during this silly "who was better?" debate that the original Dream Team set the stage for the 2012 team to exist. My take is that at the end of the day, Jordan trumps all.

Kobe vs Kyrie for $50 Grand | SB Nation

I still hate the Lakers, but I have to admit I enjoy the Kobe experience whenever he's OFF the court. This exchange is priceless.

Why I Never Cared About Larry Bird | Hardwood Paroxysm

This essay provides a good understanding of what made Larry Bird so special and so different; he embodied every aspect of the game on a different level than almost anybody else.

Bird is Better & Funnier Than You | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Like a boss.

Rockets Gamble Big for Dwight Howard | Sports Illustrated

The Rockets are going for broke in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. They understand one thing - without a bona fide elite player, no team will ever really go anywhere. And yet, I can't help but think about this scene from the movie "Rounders."