Odds & Ends: Knicks, Shaw, Celtics, Seattle

The NBA TV's recent "Dream Team" documentary revisited the developments that earned NBA players the right to compete in the Olympics 20 years ago, something that continues today. But there's a chance that the 2012 games in London will be the last time the Association's biggest stars participate in Olympic play. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, David Stern and the league are pushing for an under-23 Olympic team, with NBA players only participating in a rebranded world championships, called the World Cup of Basketball. A World Cup would allow the NBA to benefit finanically from letting its players play internationally, Wojnarowski explains.

Here are a few more Tuesday odds and ends from around the NBA:

  • 35-year-old Argentinian guard Pablo Prigioni is drawing interest from the Knicks, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. Prigioni recently met with the team, who could view him as a low-cost point guard to pair with Jeremy Lin.
  • While reports yesterday indicated the Bobcats eliminated Brian Shaw from consideration before hiring Quin Snyder, Shaun Powell of NBA.com tweets that Shaw didn't want the job and is holding out for something better.
  • Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com looks at the salary-cap challenges that face the Celtics this summer and explains why they won't necessarily have much cap space at all.
  • Former NBA player James White is hoping to return to the league for next season, his agent told Sportando. White, who saw brief action in the past for the Spurs and Rockets, has played in Italy for the last two years.
  • Chris Hansen, the man behind the plan for a new Seattle arena, is warning it will be a long process and asking for patience, according to an Associated Press report (via ESPN.com).


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