PODCAST: Is Derrick Rose healthy enough to play for Team USA?

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Derrick Rose expects to play Friday night for Team USA against Puerto Rico, which will end a six-day reprieve from actually playing basketball. He has not taken part in scrimmages at practice since playing 24 minutes in a victory over Brazil last Saturday. Knee soreness and general precautionary reasons are what is keeping Rose sidelined, and should that really be a surprise? He has had surgery on each of his knees overt the past two seasons, and it takes players time

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PODCAST: Anthony Davis will be Team USA’s anchor

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It is always great going on the air with ESPN Radio in Lexington, Kentucky, because the hosts on that station know more about basketball than most folks have forgotten. Did you know that Anthony Davis used to be a ballhandler extraordinaire before undergoing a growth spurt that has turned him into one of the NBA’s top big men? That nugget of knowledge was one of many pieces of wisdom tossed around in this interview with hosts Chris Cross, Mike Cameron and Matthew

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PODCAST: More on Kevin Durant, Jay Z and Team USA

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Not many people are criticizing Kevin Durant for quitting Team USA nearly two weeks after the team began training camp, but I am an exception. I thought it was a poor choice by a guy who let down his national team coach and teammates — even if the majority of folks want to give him a pass. But as we look closer at Durant’s decision, it raises some questions. Is he getting bad advice from Jay Z and Roc Nation, who

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PODCAST: Canada thrilled with Raptors Respect in new NBA schedule

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Lots of different ways to look at the NBA schedule. Myself, I chose to write about the 10 best game nights, rather than the 10 best games. People have caleders they need to circle … ok, people my age who have actual calerdars on their wall. So who do we want to watch? We want to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East. Everyone else? Not so much. In the West, we want to watch Kobe Bryant, aka basketball’s Tiger Woods. Will Kobe be that

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PODCAST: Kevin Love to Cleveland Looks Inevitable, But …

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Glen Taylor, the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is a shrewd man. A shrewd man with a very valuable trade asset in Kevin Love. And while all indications are that Love will be traded to Cleveland for a package headlined by Andrew Wiggins, one has to wonder why Taylor would come out nearly four weeks ahead of time and say Love is likely to be traded on Aug. 23 or Aug. 24. Is Taylor doing everyone and their Google calendar a favor

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PODCAST: Bobby Gonzalez on Witnessing Paul George Injury in Las Vegas

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Paul George was used to playing in an NBA arena. Unfortunately, the Thomas & Mack Center is not an NBA arena, and it did not have an NBA-type basket stanchion at both ends of the court. Bobby Gonzalez, the former Division I NCAA coach at Seton Hall and Manhattan, was at Friday night’s Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas when George suffered his gruesome broken leg injury. In this interview with Howard David on ESPNRadio in New York, Gonzalez describes what he

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PODCAST: Debating whether Derrick Rose makes the cut for Team USA

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Derrick Rose is one of five point guards in training camp for Team USA, and he is the only one who has these three things in play right now: _ He is trying to initiate a career comeback after playing only 10 games the past two seasons after injuries to both of his knees. _ He is the only one of the five Team USA point guards who has won an MVP award. Also, he started for Mike Krzyzewski four years ago

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PODCAST: More on Bulls’ Big Trade Offer for Kevin Love

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I reported this morning that the Chicago Bulls have made an offer of Nikola Mirotic, TajGibson, and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. Naturally, this was big news in Chicago — especially since it comes one day after both McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts. They cannot be traded for another 29 days. I talked about the Bulls’ offer, and how it stacks up against other teams’ offers, in this interview with the Carman & Jurko

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