Talking ’bout Rajon Rondo, the Mavs and Team USA

I don’t think the Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo. I think the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are going to have to overpay to keep both Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea. And I also foresee an epic gold medal game between the United States and Spain at the 2012 London Olympics next summer. (From our archives is this piece I wrote in September regarding the Spanish team’s chances in the Olympics after covering EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, along with this piece on

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Rookie of the Year: Could it be the Knicks’ Jordan?

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more. NEW YORK — What if I told you there is an incoming NBA rookie currently playing in Slovenia who absolutely schooled Jonas Valanciunas a couple weeks ago in a EuroCup game (20 points and 8 rebounds to Valanciunas’ 5 points and 8 rebounds). He is the same guy who had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks last night against BC Akovmas of Ukraine. He is also the same guy who was

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Weijia Column: Chandler: “I’ll stay here in China”

BEIJING – When the NBA’s nuclear winter ended, Wilson Chandler was sitting in his bed, playing video games by himself. He opened his Twitter account and saw someone tweeting “the lockout ended!” But he didn’t believe it at first, “because there were rumors every day about it, I thought it just another one.” A phone call from his agent Chris Luchey came in later, Luchey told Chandler, “This time it’s true, the lockout ended. The NBA season will begin on Christmas day.” Chandler

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Mitnick Column: What NBA Players Learned In Europe

From FIBA-Europe

With 43 players currently under NBA contracts having suited up in Europe over the last three months, it has become apparent that the differences between NBA basketball and European basketball may be greater than many had thought beforehand. After almost the entire 2010 gold medal U.S. team at the World Championship went on to have career seasons after spending the summer playing in Europe, it appears that the European game has a number of things

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Gibson Column: Navarro Breaks Euroleague Scoring Title. Who’s Up Next?

BARCELONA — Chuck Eidson stared at a clear path to an empty basket as the crowd rose to their feet in Palau Blaugrana. Eidson knew this ovation wasn’t intended for him, so he glanced to his left and wisely shoveled the ball off to Juan Carlos Navarro, who caught it, took two steps and laid it up off the glass. When the ball fell through the nylon, the Euroleague had a new all-time leading scorer. La Bomba had needed 14 points to

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Weijia Column: Marbury saved J.R. Smith

BEIJING – Who is the brightest star after the first week of play in the Chinese Basketball Association? Of course it is Wilson Chandler, who had 43 points and 22 rebounds in his first game. But the one who attracted the most attention was J.R. Smith. You may have known that, because the news and video of Smith’s injury traveled fast. Smith left the court with his teammates’ help. The next day, he went to Beijing alone for physical examination without the permission

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