On this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA Assistant Editors Joel C. Cordes and Ethan Norof preview the Hornets and Spurs, while also dishing on the latest from NBA Free Agency and Olympic Hoops.
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USA Men's Basketball left us an iconic memory after their 156-73 demolition of Nigeria, but are they peaking too early? Could they be facing a let-down or trap game in their upcoming contests against Lithuania or Argentina?
Or can they get even better than the "Perfection Game?"
On the free agency front, we discuss the best and final fits for C.J. Miles, Leandro Barbosa, Jodie Meeks and Andray Blatche.
In typical fashion, the Spurs' quiet offseason has only generated the usual "they're too old and unathletic" talk, despite the fact they led the Western Conference last season.
But, can they muster enough firepower from five guys at a time, and will their young players continue to develop in proportion to San Antonio's aging trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili?
On the other hand, the Hornets are one of the league's new buzz teams after landing Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick and completely re-shaping their roster. How long will it take for them to gel and develop as a unit, and who will man the small forward spot full-time?
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