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.

Kings’ Karl admits mistakes in DeMarcus Cousins trade controversey

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In the NBA, elite players have the leverage. It is just simple supply and demand.

DeMarcus Cousins is an elite player — and a favorite of owner Vivek Ranadive. He is not going anywhere.

Which made this summer’s “George Karl wants trade Cousins” a battle the coach couldn’t ultimately win — the owner wasn’t going to sign off on it, and the fans are going to side with Boogie. Remember Karl said he never had a player that was untradable, and that spiraled into reports Karl probed trade options with other teams, much to the frustration of management and Cousins himself.

Karl owned up to some of his mistakes in an interview on Comcast Bay Area, as reported by James Ham at

“To be honest with you, I apologized to DeMarcus for making the trade comment that I’ve never coached a player that’s untradeable,” Karl told Christensen. “That was wrong for me to say, because you all (the media) took it and blew it up into crazy.”

“But it’s my responsibility to be smart enough to not say things like that,” Karl continued. “So I did apologize because I thought that was the only thing, maybe some other things, but really the only thing that got us separated was that comment that then everybody wrote the we’re going to trade [Cousins].”

The relationship between Cousins and Karl — not to mention Rajon Rondo and other veterans — is the biggest key to the Kings’ season. Karl and Cousins say their relationship is solid now, but what happens when that is put under stress at some point during the season?

In talking to people around the team, the Kings players seemed to have formed a tight bond — even if part of the glue of that bond is a distrust of Karl that can work for them. This is a team that has the talent to compete for the bottom couple playoff seeds in the Western Conference, but everybody needs to be pulling on the rope in the same direction. We will see pretty quickly if the Kings can do that.

Pistons reveal “Detroit Chrome” alternate uniform

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I’m a fan of the Pistons’ alternate uniforms in general — their “Motor City” ones may be may favorite alternates around the league.

Now they have a new one — Detroit Chrome.

The Pistons will break these out for seven home games this season. From the official release:

The inspiration for the Detroit Chrome jerseys came about as a way to honor our coolest cars from the past and the cars of the future. Detroit is universally known as the auto capital of the world, where chrome leaves an indelible mark on the cars we create. The uniforms feature a matte chrome base color with clean simple lines inspired by the classic muscle cars that have roared up and down Woodward Avenue for decades. The navy trim and Detroit emblazoned across the chest represent the blue collar work ethic that the auto industry and region was built on.

Clean, simple, cool — I like it.

That would look good in the first round of the playoffs, too. (I’m predicting they get the eight seed.)