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I’m happy to see that Manu, Fabricio, Beno, Luis, and yes, even Rasho, are putting up big numbers in the World Championships. I’m even happier that Bruce and Tony are not playing at all. From FOX Sports: Manu Ginobili scored 28 points to help make up for Argentina’ 1-for-18 3-point shooting in a 79-62 win over New Zealand. Ginobili, who plays for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, made Argentina’s only…

As much I wanted to see Bruce get the respect that he deserves, and have a Spur in a U.S. uniform, I was relieved to see that Bowen was the final cut for the U.S. Basketball team. For five months, USA Basketball officials pointed to Bruce Bowen as the type of role player they needed on their team. So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Americans…

MSNBC Contributor Sam Smith weighs in on the great job that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is doing with Team USA, and includes some funny remarks about our favorite NBA coach. I probably would have gone with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. He served his apprenticeship well. Not because the U.S. team won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics when he was an assistant. But can you imagine how…

MONDAY, JULY 24: DAL vs. SAS (FROM 7/14) WEDNESDAY, JULY 26: SAS vs. ATL (FROM 7/17) SATURDAY, JULY 29: DAL vs. SAS (FROM 7/20) SUNDAY, JULY 30: SAS vs. UTA (FROM 7/21) Thanks to Solid D for the info. The games should all be repeated multiple times, in case you miss the first broadcast. I watched a good chunk of the 7/14 game last night to scout out the Spurs’…

Eli Saslow writes in The Washington Post about 10-year-old basketball phenom Justin Jenifer (“Is There Such a Thing as a Perfect 10?”). It’s hard to belive that a 10-year-old kid, still in elementary school, is being watched closely by high school coaches and shoe companies, but after watching some clips of Jenifer’s game, I can see why. At just 4’6″, Jennifer is an expert dribbler, has the jumpshot of an…

Thanks to Sloan, our resident Mavericks fanatic, for passing along Bill Simmons’ hilarious take on NBA players trade value. I especially got a kick out of Simmons’ World Cup digression. We’ve played the same game ourselves, asking, which NBA players would do well in soccer? Manu Ginobili comes to mind, as does Steve Nash. In fact, I think that their games have a lot to do with the fact they…

Early in Bramlet’s youth, The Muppet Show inspired him with visions of how great old age could be. Statler: That was terrible!Waldorf: Being holed up in this balcony with your farts is more pleasant than watching the Mavericks whine and choke their way to another championship for Shaquille O’Neal!Statler: Hahaha! What a bunch of overpaid pussies! I’d rather listen to your wife talk about her incontinence than listen to Mark…

a 2007 second-round draft pick?! I guess R.C. Buford and Coach Pop didn’t see any compelling players in this year’s NBA draft class. At least not any they could get. R.C. Buford, general manager of the Spurs, said the team attempted to move up in the draft to get any of three or four “target” players. “We had calls going all night long,” Buford said. “We were diligent in trying…

Dave D’Alessandro writes in the Sporting News: If memory serves, this season was supposed to be about the Spurs’ coronation — as what, we may never know. A team for the ages, perhaps. Or maybe the last great dynasty until a new era of parity sets in. Or at least “Team of the Decade,” given that they could have been going for their fourth straight championship this spring, if not…

I’m not the only one who thinks the US should have better athletes playing soccer. Neither am I alone in thinking that soccer players are revolutionizing the way basketball is played in the US. Imagine if Americans were able to do for World Cup soccer what Europeans have done for the NBA? Here in America, a German was marking basketball with a kind of creative progress. And there in Germany,…