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Team USA rocked Tunisia, to nobody's surprise. After the game, the Tunisian players were seen seeking autographs from LeBron, Durant, and the gang. Even their head coach commented publicly that he was grateful that the Americans had too much dignity to run up the score (in a 47 point blowout). Needless to say, the USA selection committee did a good job choosing our basketball ambassadors.

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.


Durant Has Sights Set on Gold | Boston Herald

"It's like a mid-range shot to me."

Davis Keeps Team USA Soaring | ESPN

Some old school NBA fans lament how NBA stars are now so buddy-buddy, but I happen to like the way that the established stars have taken a shine to the new kid, #1 draft pick Anthony Davis. I think they realize that if guys like Davis reach their potential, that's good for everyone: for the future of the league, competition, and their own personal bank accounts.

Woulda Coulda Redeem Team | Freakonomics

Wages of Wins' Dave Berri takes a look at the advanced metrics behind both the 1992 Dream Team and the current iteration. There are no guarantees.

Chesapeake Renovation Under Way | Oklahoma Gazette

Big changes are in store for the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Even the front door is being moved, shifting from the north side to the southwest side.

What if the 2012 Olympics Had Been in NYC? | Grantland

If you don't recall, New York City actually lost the bid to host the 2012 Olympics. Since I live pretty close to NYC, I know one thing...I'd be moving in with my in-laws in D.C. for these two weeks had the Big Apple won the bid.

Unpacking the Brandon Roy Retirement Sham | SB Nation

Ziller distills the Brandon Roy retirement/unretirement to its bare essentials. As you might expect, the end result is a bit insulting to our intelligence.

How Did Michael Jordan Play? | HoopSpeak

Strauss gives his own interpretation to the legend of Michael Jordan. I like this analysis because much of what we remember about MJ the player was his game winning shots and his shaming of players like Patrick Ewing and Bryon Russell. However, part of what made him so unstoppable was his attention to the smallest details and the fact that his fundamentals were flawless. For example, his toes.

Ted Leonsis Answers Your Questions | Bullets Forever

I'm on the record as being a Ted Leonsis fan, despite the fact that his Wizards team still continues to find the right footing. I think he gets the NBA fan experience, but to a lesser degree than does someone like Mark Cuban. One of the reasons why is his willingness to do things like this.

D'Antoni Considering Coaching College Basketball | Ball Don't Lie

No joke, I think this would be a great fit for Mike D'Antoni.

Demography Now! | Hickory High

Old timers, unite!

Would You Like Iverson to Attend Your Corporate Retreat? | SB Nation

Sure, why not? I bet Allen Iverson would be great at team paintball.

Chicago Prepares to Sign Nate Robinson | Ball Don't Lie

On the one hand, you've got coach Tom Thibodeau who would work to perhaps make Nate Robinson the best, most disciplined, dedicated player that Nate-dog could ever be. On the other hand, you've got Nate Robinson.