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OKC Loud Links: Team USA Faces Nigeria Today

Team USA is back in action this afternoon, facing the Nigerian national team. The game starts at 4:15 local OKC time, which means that the Americans likely had a comfortable practice earlier in the day that involved Russell Westbrook and Andre Iguodala press-trapping Chris Paul and Deron Williams up and down the court for 2 hours. You know, relaxing stuff.

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Westbrook Waiting for His Mission | NY Times

There is nothing wrong with leaning on easy baskets, but Westbrook is too good to be rendered so useless in halfcourt situations.

Serge Ibaka is a Beast | Lockerz


Chris Collins: USA Can Be Beaten | Sports Radio Interviews

Well, sure. But what is important to note is the incredible margin for error Team USA has in what constitutes "playing poorly."

Shirtless Kobe Stirs the Tabloids | Yahoo! Sports

Kobe Doin' Work.

Summer Better Than Others | Bouncex3

Beware the allure of small sample sizes.

Stackhouse Calls Own Number, Hits Buzzer Beater | Ball Don't Lie

Good for Jerry Stackhouse, who has earned a 1-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets. I also think it's kind of funny that he was playing for a team called, "Banks Law Firm."

4 Overlooked Free Agent Signings | Behind the Basket

I like the fact that Kirk Heinrich's contract value has finally aligned itself with his personal value.

Teams Left Smiling After Off-Season | Sports Illustrated

Worth noting that the Hawks make this list for all of the dead weight they just kicked to the curb.


Below the jump, Russell Westbrook smiling devilishly.


via Ball Don't Lie