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There are 46 NBA players in the Olympics. Yes, that’s a record.

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If the last NBA Draft didn’t drive the point home, maybe the Olympics will — international basketball is thriving.

There will be a record 46 active NBA players who suit up in Rio for the Olympics, a new record (there were 41 in the London games four years ago). There are another 18 former NBA players who will be taking part in the Rio games as well. That’s 64 current or former NBA players in the games.

Not surprisingly, the San Antonio Spurs have the most with five guys, followed by the Utah Jazz with four. The Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, and Toronto Raptors each have three.

Ten of the 12 teams in the Olympic tournament have an NBA player. Outside Team USA, Spain has the most active NBA players with seven. After that it’s Australia, Brazil, and France each with five NBA players.

Here’s the full list, sorted by nation.

Argentina
Nicolas Brussino (Dallas Mavericks)
Patricio Garino (San Antonio Spurs)
Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs)
Luis Scola (Brooklyn Nets)
Australia
Aron Baynes (Detroit Pistons)
Andrew Bogut (Dallas Mavericks)
Matthew Dellavedova (Milwaukee Bucks)
Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz)
Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs)
Brazil
Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns)
Cristiano Felicio (Chicago Bulls)
Marcelo Huertas (Los Angeles Lakers)
Nene (Houston Rockets)
Raul Neto (Utah Jazz)
Croatia
Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn Nets)
Mario Hezonja (Orlando Magic)
Dario Saric (Philadelphia 76ers)
France
Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets)
Boris Diaw (Utah Jazz)
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Joffrey Lauvergne (Denver Nuggets)
Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Lithuania
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (New York Knicks)
Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto Raptors)
Nigeria
Michael Gbinije (Detroit Pistons)
Serbia
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Spain
Alex Abrines (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Jose Calderon (Los Angeles Lakers)
Pau Gasol (San Antonio Spurs)
Guillermo Hernangomez (New York Knicks)
Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls)
Sergio Rodriguez (Philadelphia 76ers)
Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves)
United States
Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks)
Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers)
Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)

Brook Lopez ducks LeBron, then airballs two free throws (VIDEO)

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Brook Lopez is a good free-throw shooter. He is shooting 79.7% the year in 2017, and indeed is a 79.4% FT shooter for his career.

You wouldn’t know that given the sequence that happened on Thursday night as the Lakers took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Ohio.

Lopez’s confidence seemed to be shaken when in the first half LeBron James was driving down the middle of the floor and came in for a dunk. Lopez was standing underneath the basket, and graciously stepped out of the way despite being the tallest player on the floor and the most likely candidate to challenge LeBron at the rim.

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Just 40 seconds later, Lopez went to the line and missed too straight free throws via airball.

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The sequence was topped off around 12 seconds later when Lopez racked up a goaltending violation.

It was a tough outing for all of the Lakers as Cleveland got the better of them, 121-112.

Kevin Garnett on Timberwolves ownership: “They suck”

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Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves are at odds. That should come as no surprise.

Garnett has publicly said that he would like to buy out Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor as opposed to partnering with him in someway for the team. For his part, Taylor has said that Garnett has failed to reach out after the team said they wanted to retire his number.

Then there’s the whole issue that Garnett has with how the team handled Flip Saunders’ death.

It’s a back-and-forth situation, and Garnett isn’t afraid to speak his mind as he did recently with vice sports. Speaking with Michael Pina, Garnett had some very choice words when he was describing the front office and ownership of the Timberwolves.

Via Vice Sports:

I’m more with individuals versus the teams. I’ve gotta admit that. I’ve gotta say that Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jokic, Porzingis, Damian Lillard, Curry, Durant, I’m enjoying the young bucks, watching young Ingram get better and watching little L. Ball figure it out, you know what I’m saying? I’m checking it all out. I like individuals, not so much on the organizations. Obviously I’m gonna be with Minnesota and the players. Not so much upstairs. I don’t really deal with Minnesota’s upstairs. They suck. But Boston, all day. You know I’m a C ‘till I die. I always root for Brooklyn. But other than that I don’t really get into too many of the upstairs. I’m more watching the guys and watching their progression.

How much do you want to see Kevin Garnett as owner of the Timberwolves? It would be great when he comes into the office at 6 AM every day dressed in a full suit already with a full bead of sweat on.

Kristaps Porzingis leaves game with sore left knee

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Everyone please hold your collective groans until the end.

On Thursday night, New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis had to leave with an apparent left knee injury on a non-contact play against the Brooklyn Nets.

The play happened early in the third quarter when was guarding Brooklyn’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. After the play, Porzingis came up wincing on his left knee and immediately asked out of the game.

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As a publication, the team had only released for that Porzingis would not return to the game against the Nets. For Porzingis’ part, it looks like he is feeling OK for now, although he has yet to be examined for a definitive prognosis. Non-contact injuries seem to give us pause given injuries to players like Derrick Rose, but there’s no reason to panic just yet. He did walk off by his own, so that’s heartening.

Let’s hope Porzingis returns to the floor after a bit of ice and some rest.

NBA “City” jerseys appear to leak via NBA 2K18, and they’re real ugly (PHOTOS)

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We’ve seen NBA jerseys leak accidentally in the past, and the new Nike uniforms haven’t been a well-kept secret.

The new jersey sponsor announced plans for four kits for each team, with the final one supposedly coming late in the year or early in 2018. Now, it seems we have our answer for what Nike’s “City” jerseys will look like for many clubs.

According to the guys over at SportsLogos.net, the popular video game franchise NBA 2K accidentally leaked many of the city jerseys for the teams. There is a huge group of photos for these jerseys, and many of them are absolutely terrible.

Here’s a smattering of some of the worst offenders (although “smattering” is a loose term considering there are a lot to choose from):

The Magic one is an iPhone background, Utah’s is ORANGE, Oklahoma City’s looks like an abbreviation for a regional auto parts store … it just goes on and on like this.

Out of the ones leaked thus far, I see only two universally good ones (although the staggered numbers on the New Orleans ones gives me pause):

What is happening in the NBA with these uniforms?