Our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).
Free Darko’s Bethlehem Shoals is blogging the NBA season over at GQ. I know that mag is your browser home page anyway, but be sure to check out his work as the season moves on. You’ll be smarter for it.
LeBron James and Quentin Richardson got in a little shoving match during the Magic/Heat preseason game.
Sasha Pavlovic got the start for the ailing Paul Pierce (bruised heel) for the Celtics. If PP is going to miss Christmas Day, my money is still on Marquis Daniels getting the call.
Mexico native Gustavo Ayon may be joining the New Orleans Hornets.
A detailed look at the state of Chris Paul’s knee.
The Pistons have their eye on Keith Bogans who was just let go by the Bulls.
Can Kings assistant coach Keith Smart get Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins to really study game film? If so, he should try walking on water next.
LaMarcus Aldridge was back and, while he looked rusty, it was all good for Portland just to have him out on the floor.
The Pacers home arena has a new name. Going to take some getting used to.
Mike Bibby missed the Knicks preseason game due to back spasms. We’d comment except it would violate PBT’s “kicking a dead horse” policy.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are going to be very good this year, no doubt. But how good the Clippers are may depend on how good DeAndre Jordan becomes — he will key their defense and get good looks on offense. Jordan had 14 points, seven boards, a steal and three blocks against the Lakers Wednesday.
Marcin Gortat says he is not going to miss any games because of his broken thumb.
David Stern talks more about blocking the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers. I still don’t buy what he’s selling.
Stephon Marbury has become a mature team leader in China? Apparently so.
Yes, it was an exhibition game, but who hit the game winner for the veteran Spurs Wednesday? Rookie Kawhi Leonard. Sweet little 20-foot jumper.
Have you seen the Raptors camouflage alternate uniforms? That’s just ugly.
Just a little something to watch, Ty Lawson left Nuggets practice Wednesday with a sprained ankle.
Carlos Arroyo is the new Deron Williams — he has signed on to become the star point guard for Besiktas in Turkey.
Charles Barkley on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He’s dropped 50 pounds. He still says Barkley like things.