No Kobe, no LeBron, no Wade. These are just three of the big names that were on the 2008 Olympic team, but not on the 2010 FIBA Championship team. Many people believed that USA did not have a good chance of winning gold, as there was no true star power on the team. However, this squad has proven everyone wrong and is surprising fans from all over the world. After they beat Iran, 88-51, team USA improved to 3-0 and secured the top seed in the knock-out stage.
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Andrew Bynum will be the starting center for the Lakers next season, and his height is the greatest asset he brings to the Lakers. With Bynum and Pau in the lineup, the Lakers have two giants on their front line and essentially unstoppable in the paint. [ESPN Los Angeles]
Byron Scott is the new head coach for the Cavaliers, but he still has a desire to coach the Lakers. Will he leave the Cavs after one season if Phil decides to retire? [OC Register]
Perhaps one of the greatest game-winners in the regular season. Lakers.com ranks Kobe’s buzzer-beater against the Heat as number eight on the top ten moments of the 2009-2010 season. [Lakers.com]
Make sure to check out the premier show of LakersNation.com’s new podcast, “The Pulse of Purple and Gold,” with Ivan Kwam and Andrew Ducote! [The Pulse of Purple & Gold]
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Take a look at how Joakim Noah dressed while on the gold course. [Pro Basketball Talk]
Jonny Flynn will be undergoing rehab for six weeks after the hip injury. [Slam Mag]
The Spanish have advanced into the second round after they beat Lebanon. The team has been struggling in the tournament, as Pau Gasol decided not to join the squad. [NBA.com]
The Hawks may be forced to trade off Jamal Crawford, if they don’t offer him an extension. Crawford won Sixth Man of the Year last year, but may not be with the Hawks come October. [Dime Mag]
The Boston Celtics signed former player Delonte West. West had originally played for the Celtics for three years, and now he is looking to win his first title. [ESPN Boston]