PBT Tuesday morning one liners

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An incredibly cool look at every NBA championship ring, from 1947 to 2010. If you click one link today, make it this one. (And why are you only clicking one link a day?)

Kobe Bryant is launching a new non-profit on Tuesday, aimed at reducing homelessness in Los Angeles. Great, much needed cause.

Anthony Toliver is spending today at clinics for youth in Joplin. Missouri. Another very good cause.

Fun look at the regular halftime acts around the NBA. I prefer quick change to Red Panda, personally.

Is Isiah Thomas’ influence with the Knicks overstated? Depends on who you ask, to tell you the truth.

Thomas is not getting a job as coach or anything else with the Detroit Pistons, either.

What is former sharpshooter Glen Rice up to now? MMA fight promoter. Of course.

Ian Mahinmi had a long, difficult course to the NBA. He’s a good story. Sunday night was not the highlight of that.

Shaquille O’Neal talks about his retirement.

Charles Barkley says Shaq is coming to television (which means somebody is losing their job).

Rule No. 1 for Kevin McHale in Houston? Win. Rule No. 2? Talk to the owner once a week.

Trail Blazers beat Suns by 48, biggest season-opening rout in NBA history

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Any controversy over C.J. McCollum‘s suspension for the season-opener should be put to rest. The Trail Blazers fared fine without him.

More than fine.

Portland beat the Suns, 124-76, Wednesday. The 48-point margin is the largest ever in a season opener, even as the Trail Blazers let a 58-point fourth-quarter lead dwindle.

Here are the most lopsided season-openers in NBA history (openers for both teams appearing twice):

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The 48-point defeat is also the Suns’ worst lost in franchise history, topping a 44-point loss to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1988. It could be a long year in Phoenix.

Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova scrap (video)

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Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova thrive on aggravating opponents, so when matched up, of course they aggravated each other.

Deduct points from Smart for pulling the hold-me-back charade behind a referee. Plus, Dellavedova’s Bucks beat Smart’s Celtics, 108-100.

Report: ‘Tremendous concern’ for Jeremy Lin’s knee injury

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The Nets’ projected record this season came under greater scrutiny when the Celtics traded Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving trade. After finishing third-to-last and last the previous two years, were the Nets poised to take a step forward, or would they convey a very high pick to the Cavs?

Jeremy Lin, who missed 46 games last season, getting healthy was a reason for optimism in Brooklyn and pessimism in Cleveland. But it appears the veteran guard could be out a while.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Billy Reinhardt of Nets Daily:

If the injury is as bad as feared, what a bummer for Lin. He came to Brooklyn expecting to play a leading role on a developing team, and he just can’t stay healthy.

The Nets were probably more focused on developing their younger players, but – especially without their own draft picks – there was no harm in shooting for the playoffs. This appears to a blow to that (already unlikely) dream.

It’s a boon to the Cavaliers, though. And whenever something significantly affects LeBron James‘ team, it has ramifications into the entire power dynamic of the Eastern Conference. For an injury to a player on a team most expect to be bad, the medical developments here will be tracked closely around the league.

Aaron Gordon throws himself alley-oop off backboard (video)

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Remember when Aaron Gordon was a promising fun player?

The Magic sidetracked him by playing him at small forward most of last season. But back at power forward, Gordon showed how he could push the pace as a four in Orlando’s season-opening win over the Heat.

There’s obviously flair in passing to yourself off the backboard, but it’s a sound way to improve position. Gordon did that to fantastic effect.