Chris “The Birdman” Andersen works with kids, Rubik’s Cubes


There could be a tattoo of a Rubik’s Cube on Chris Andersen. Hard to say.

But we can now officially say that the Nuggets colorful shot blocker off the bench is a Rubik’s Cube guy. You remember, the cube you learned how to take apart and put back together with all the colors aligned so you could tell your friends you did it the right way.

Andersen actually is into the cube, enough to do some color commentary on a competition. Seriously. Students from Colorado were in Colorado Springs Saturday for the first “You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube” event, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette (via Ball Don’t Lie).

The competition features a little star power. Denver Nuggets’ player Chris “Birdman” Andersen will offer commentary during the tournament and will present awards to the winners. Andersen is a Rubik’s Cube fan and he supports an in-school program designed to foster students’ science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

I’m not sure what color commentary sounds like in one of those competitions. “Look at the way little Johnnie got the blue side lined up so fast, he really is the Michael Jordan of the Rubik’s Cube.” “Oh, Steve was just a few turns away from winning this competition but made a bad twist under pressure, he’s the LeBron James of Rubik’s Cubes.”

The best part of the competition would have been the families that brought their grandparents, and their reaction to the Birdman.

Still, all for a good cause so good on Andersen.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.