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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  (L-R) Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler and DeAndre Jordan of the United States Men's Basketball team attend a Women's Quarterfinal match between the United States and Australia on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Team USA basketball players try their hand at volleyball on Rio beach (video)


The U.S. men’s basketball team isn’t just watching beach volleyball from the stands.

Several players – including Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, DeAndre Jordan and Draymond Green – went to a Rio beach to play:

Reminder: Durant said it’d take him six months – the same amount of time the American handball coach estimated for LeBron James in that sport – to become the world’s best beach-volleyball player.

Stan Van Gundy: Pistons open to extending Reggie Bullock’s contract

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 17: Reggie Bullock #25 of the Detroit Pistons celebrates after hitting a three point shot during the second half of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons 106-101. 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 Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***Reggie Bullock
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Pistons owner Tom Gores said he’s willing to pay the luxury tax to extend Kentavious Caldwell-Pope‘s contract.

What about Detroit’s other extension-eligible shooting guard, Reggie Bullock?

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

No talks have begun, but Pistons president/coach Stan Van Gundy told the Free Press last week an extension is possible for Bullock, who was acquired in July 2015.

Bullock isn’t as accomplished as most players who receive rookie-scale extensions. But, occasionally, teams find common ground with a reserve entering the fourth-year of his rookie-scale contract.

The problem with Bullock is he just hasn’t played much – 10 minutes per game in 116 games in three years with the Clippers, Suns and Pistons. He fits the rough outline of a 3-and-D player, but he hasn’t shown either skill enough to prove his NBA value.

Detroit might learn more about him this year. After the Pistons traded Jodie Meeks to the Magic, the door is even more open for minutes behind Caldwell-Pope, though Bullock will also have to compete with Darrun Hilliard, Michael Gbinije and maybe even Stanley Johnson if Detroit plays big.

With the 2017-18 luxury tax looming, the Pistons will probably want another season to evaluate Bullock. But if he’s willing to accept less in exchange for security, Detroit could make a value play and agree to an extension. After all, the 2017-18 tax won’t be calculated until April 2018. That leaves plenty of time to make a trade to duck under the tax line.

Brazil hopes for Team USA matchup after eliminating Nigeria

Brazil's Nene Hilario (13) celebrates with teammates after a basketball game against Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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It was too late to salvage Marcelo Huertas‘ assist.

But Nene saved Brazil’s medal hopes.

Despite missing a dunk set up by a no-look between-the-legs pass from Huertas – which rivaled Milos Teodosic for the pass of the tournament – Nene was otherwise splendid in a late run that keyed Brazil’s 86-69 win over Nigeria in their final group-play game Monday.

If Argentina beats Spain – 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and streaming here – Brazil will finish fourth in Group B and face Team USA in the quarterfinals. If Spain wins, Brazil is eliminated.

Nigeria is done with this loss.

Brazil pulled away with a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter. The possession after his missed dunk during the spurt, Nene intercepted a backcourt pass and finished that flush. A short time later, he led a fastbreak and shoveled the ball to Huertas for an easy layup rather than scoring himself.

Nene finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. Huertas added 12 points and 11 assists.

Brazil was just too tough on the offensive glass for Nigeria. Brazil grabbed 20 offensive rebounds to Nigeria’s 23 defensive rebounds, and that was mainly the difference in a game that stayed close until the fourth quarter.

Josh Akognon scored 16 points for Nigeria, which improbably entered the day with a chance to advance thanks to an upset of Croatia.

When Kris Humphries swam faster than Michael Phelps


Michael Phelps might be the greatest Olympian of all time.

The American swimmer has won 23 gold medals and set numerous world records.

But he was once chasing Kris Humphries.

Before focusing on his basketball career, Humphries – who now plays for the Hawks after stints with the Jazz, Raptors, Mavericks, Nets, Celtics, Wizards and Suns – was an elite swimmer. He held the top times for swimmers 10-and-under in 1995 in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly and 200 I.M.

In the same age group? Michael Phelps.

Check out the USA swimming record book from that year:

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And that’s as close as Phelps came to Humphries. Humphries had even bigger advantages over the future Olympic gold medalist in other events.

(hat tip: KL Chouinard of hawks.com)

Zach LaVine devastatingly breaks ankles at Seattle ProAm (video)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  NBA player Zach LaVine attends the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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Zach LaVine creates a ridiculous number of highlights, but apparently dunking isn’t his only method: