NBA Podcast: San Antonio Spurs & New Orleans Hornets Previews, Olympic Hoops

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Anthony Davis #14 of United States and teammates James Harden #12, Kevin Love #11, Chris Paul #13 and Andre Iguodala #9 walk onto the court during the second half against Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs stayed the same, while the New Orleans Hornets made huge changes. What direction are their upcoming seasons headed in?

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.

After having previewed the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats in our previous episode, we now head out west to see where the Spurs and Hornets are headed.

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?

Bleacher Report's Basketball by Association is your final destination for Olympic and pro hoops!

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