Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

Wednesday And-1 links, where Wade is eating plant food

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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).

Dwyane Wade is eating Chlorophyll as part of his new diet. Seriously.

Is Zach Randolph’s knee injury worse than the Grizzlies first let on? We may know Wednesday.

Andrew Bogut left the Bucks and missed their game last night (a loss to the Jazz) due to personal reasons.

The Clippers expect to get Chauncey Billups back for Wednesday’s game.

Kyle Lowry led the Rockets in rebounding against the Lakers Tuesday. Six-foot flat point guard Kyle Lowry. That’s a problem.

C.J. Watson’s elbow is going to keep him out the next three or four games for the Bulls.

Mike Conely returned to the Grizzlies lineup Tuesday in a surprise, coming off the bench.

Josh McRoberts is out of the Lakers lineup with a sore toe. (Hard to run on those.)

Patty Mills has been cut from his Chinese team, which said he faked an injury. This is the same team Kenyon Martin was on, however, like Martin Mills cannot sign with an NBA team until the Chinese team’s season ends.

The Hawks Jeff Teague is still trying to find the balance between when to attack and when to defer and pass to teammates. He’s been working on that since he came into the league.

Kris Humphries’ shoulder is only sprained and you will be able to resume booing him in just a game or two.

Antawn Jamison hopes to finish his career a Bobcat. You read that right.

Notice that the guys leading the Magic are all home-grown, not the free agents brought in to boost the squad.

Will Bynum is out of the Pistons rotation.

The Chicago Bulls are running a lot this season, which is a good thing.

Luol Deng talks about all things Bulls.

The Spurs sent Gary Neal down to the D-League on a rehab assignment after an appendectomy. Apparently he is doing well because he’s been called back up.

The Clippers made it official and signed Solomon Jones, looking to bulk up a little up front.

The Clippers did not sign D.J. Mbenga, who now is reportedly close to signing with Olympiacos in Greece.

Cory Joseph has been sent to Austin of the D-League by the Spurs.

Mikki Moore is headed to the D-League as well.

ESPN just made a great hire with Kate Fagen (most recently a 76ers beat writer), and Henry Abbott passes along a great story about her playing one-on-one against her dad.

Enjoy 50-best circus shots of last NBA season

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As of tomorrow, training camps around the league open, and all the focus goes to the 2016-17 season.

For fun, let’s look back one more time at last season — the 50 top circus shots of last season.

Stephen Curry driving the lane and throwing up prayers once he draws contact (and hitting them), there is Russell Westbrook throwing the inbounds pass off an opponent’s back, and so much more. Enjoy. Then let’s get on with next season.

To avoid trash talk, Steven Adams told Kevin Garnett he didn’t speak English

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Kevin Garnett intimidates people. In the machismo-fueled world of professional sports nobody comfortably admits they were intimidated, but in the wake of Garnett announcing his retirement, a number of players stepped forward to say exactly that. And that KG trashed talked them fearlessly.

Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams found a way to avoid that — tell KG he didn’t speak English.

Brilliant.

Adams was lucky, KG had a reputation for going harder at foreign-born players with his trash talk and intimidation. Then again Adams is not the kind of guy prone to be intimidated.

Pistons’ Stan Van Gundy “encouraged” by players speaking out, protesting social issues

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Athletes are injecting themselves into the needed national conversation about race, violence, and policing in this nation. That has taken some very public forms, including LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony speaking at the ESPYs, and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem and leading others to do so. Some NBA players likely will follow Kaepernick’s lead.

Pistons coach/GM Stan Van Gundy likes seeing players speak out.

A couple of his Detroit players — Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris — said they backed the 49ers quarterback. Here is what the never shy Van Gundy said about all of it, via Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

“I’m encouraged by the fact of what some of those guys stood up and did at the ESPYs and had a conversation,” Van Gundy said. “I’m really proud of the fact that we have guys that not only see the problem, but want to try to do something about it…

“To me, in some ways, (police brutality is) just the most visible to focus on and it goes to deeper inequities in our criminal justice system, our education system so there’s so much to focus on,” Van Gundy said. “I think it’s great that we have players that want to be part of that conversation, and a lot of players that want to go beyond the conversation and be part of the solution.”

Van Gundy has been telling his players part of that solution is to vote.

The players union and NBA sent out a release saying they wanted to work together to create positive change, but details are still vague on what that might be. The only thing we know for sure as we head into the NBA season — with as divided a nation and election as anyone can remember as a backdrop — is that some NBA players are going to try and keep the conversation going.

Sunday is 16th anniversary of greatest dunk ever: Vince Carter over Frederic Weis

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It was the last game of the group stage of the 2000 Olympic basketball tournament at the Sydney Olympics, the USA was taking on France, another USA win on its way to another gold medal.

But what we all remember is this one play — Vince Carter dunking over the 7’2″ French center Frederic Weis.

Best. Dunk. Ever.

By anyone.

Weis was never the same.

In an impressive career — two-time All-NBA, eight-time All-Star, hours and hours of crazy highlights — this is always going to be the highlight at the top of the list. So we will use the anniversary of this dunk to look at it one more time.

Hat tip to nitramy at NBA Reddit.