Welcome to 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).
Happy birthday LeBron, you’re bald.
Michael Beasley’s finger injury Sunday seemed pretty bad — especially the part on television where you could see him say “that’s my bone” along with some swear words — but he needed just five stitches and may play Monday.
This is one of the best things written on the Paul Westphal/DeMarcus Cousins infighting yet, from Tom Ziller of SacTown Royalty. He reminds us that Westphal butted heads with Gary Payton, too, but other coaches were able to work with him.
Taking a closer look at the Kings’ offense. What offense? Well, sorry DeMarcus, but there is one.
Dirk Nowitzki with the quote of the day on the 1-4 Mavericks: “One win over Toronto doesn’t really make the world great.”
Richard Hamilton’s groin injury is being described as a “tweak” and he may well play on Monday.
Raymond Felton still a work in progress in Portland.
If you haven’t noticed, Jordan Farmar is out of the rotation with the Nets.
Don’t expect to see Eric Gordon playing for the Hornets Monday.
Nicolas Batum is “intimidated” by the strong start for Gerald Wallace in Portland.
Breaking down the early play of Ricky Rubio.
Omri Casspi is struggling in Cleveland and admits it’s pretty much mental.
The Memphis Grizzlies have re-signed Hamed Haddadi.
There’s a new basketball arena plan in Seattle with at least one really, really rich guy behind it.
Charlie Bell has signed to play in Italy.
The Mavericks want Tyson Chandler to know they are too trying to win.