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Here are all 39 NBA players taking part in Olympics

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The Olympic basketball tournament is loaded with NBA players. Loaded. There are 39, and that is just guys currently on rosters (there are a couple not on now that likely will be by the time camp opens.

Here is a list of all the NBA players in the Olympic tournament. Not a coincidence that the more names you see on a country’s list the more likely said country is to medal.

Argentina
Carlos Delfino (Milwaukee Bucks)
Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs)
Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks)
Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns)

Australia
Patrick Mills (Portland Trail Blazers)

Brazil
Leandro Barbosa (Indiana Pacers)
Nene Hilario (Washington Wizards)
Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs)
Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Cavaliers)

China
Yi Jianlian (Dallas Mavericks)

France
Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers)
Nando de Colo (San Antonio Spurs)
Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs)
Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Kevin Seraphin (Washington Wizards)
Ronny Turiaf (Los Angeles Clippers)

Great Britain
Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls)
Joel Freeland (Portland Trailblazers)

Lithuania
Linas Kleiza (Toronto Raptors)
Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto Raptors)

Nigeria
Al Farouq Aminu (New Orleans Hornets)

Russia
Timofey Mozgov (Denver Nuggets)
Andrei Kirilenko (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Spain
Jose Calderon (Toronto Raptors)
Victor Claver (Portland Trail Blazers)
Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies)
Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)
Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder)

USA
Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets)
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers)
LeBron James (Miami Heat)
Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets)

Other guys you might know from their time in the NBA not currently on an NBA roster: Andres Nocini (Argentina), Pops Mensah Bonsu (Great Britain), Ike Diogu (Nigeria), Rudy Fernandez (Spain), Juan Carlos Navaro (Spain).

After two years off court, Joel Embiid says he “probably” will have minutes restrictions

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers takes a shot from the bench prior to the game against the Utah Jazz on October 30, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Joel Embiid could be the best player on the Philadelphia 76ers in a couple of years — many scouts had him the highest rated of all the first-round draft picks the Sixers have had in recent seasons.

But after two foot surgeries and two seasons sitting on the sidelines, we don’t know how good Embiid can be. We should find out starting in October when Embiid is part of the Sixers training camp. Embiid says he feels 100 percent, but he expects there will be restrictions on him at first, he told Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com during the Sixers Beach Bash community event this weekend.

This is the smart move by the Sixers — they are not competing for a title, the games in November have minimal meaning long term, bring him along slowly and make sure he can make each step along the way. Let’s see what he can do, then worry about how much run he can get in games that matter.

It’s going to be interesting to watch how Embiid, Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor all fit together up front — and which one of them gets traded this season.

Celtics’ Avery Bradley on defense: “Kyrie Irving, none of those guys scare me”

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Avery Bradley was first-team NBA All-Defensive team last season, and his coach Brad Stevens lobbied for him to get the honor. Bradley picks up guys full court, pesters, and plays physical — we can debate if he is as good defensively as his reputation, but guys like Damian Lillard think he’s tough to go up against.

Bradley, for his part, says he has no fear going up against the best. Here is what he said to Tom Westerholm of Masslive.com.

“I love the challenge,” Bradley said on Friday, making an appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “I love going up against the best players. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care about getting embarrassed. I don’t care. Kyrie Irving, none of those guys scare me. I know some players in the NBA probably get butterflies before the game, but not me. I’m licking my lips. I come excited. They need to prepare for me at the end of the day. That’s how I think.”

That’s exactly the attitude you want an elite defender to have.

Bradley injured his hamstring in the first game of the playoffs last April and sat the rest of the Celtics’ one series. Then this summer his name came up in potential Jimmy Butler trade rumors (that deal never actually came close to getting off the ground). Expect Bradley to put that all behind him by the time training camp opens.

Watch highlights of LeBron James’ playoffs, Finals run

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LeBron James was dominant — the clear best player on the planet — when the Cleveland Cavaliers needed him most. That’s the reason Cleveland got its first major sports title in 52 years.

It’s the dead part of the NBA season — training camps don’t even open for a month — so why not enjoy a look back at LeBron’s amazing run to a legacy-defining NBA ring. Like you don’t have 15 minutes for this. What are you going to do, watch more preseason football?

It’s Joel Embiid’s turn to swat a little kid’s shot (VIDEO)

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 03: Joel Embiid #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the 2014 NBA rookie photo shoot at MSG Training Center on August 3, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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It’s a summer tradition — tall NBA players swatting away the shots of young kids at camps/clinics.

Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid has yet to step on an NBA court — this fall, finally? — but he is part of the youth tradition now, destroying this young man at the Sixers Beach Bash event Saturday.

This summer Embiid has arm wrestled Justin Bieber and looked good working out in an empty gym, and to add to that list here is Embiid overpowering an average guy at Beach Bash then throwing it down. The man at least provided a little more resistance than a chair.