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).
In this poll, 56 percent of Lakers fans would rather have Andrew Bynum as their starting center over Dwight Howard. Those fans are fools. I’m a Bynum fan, I like him, but come on.
At least those fans don’t have to be in Andrew Bynum’s car, the man is not a great driver.
From the fine folks at the @NBAHistory twitter account: Kevin Love became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 to record 20 points and 12 rebounds in his first six games of the season.
It’s a little early, but who would you vote for to be NBA MVP?
Corey Maggette strained his hamstring and could be out a little while. Like weeks not days.
Kobe Bryant thinks Andrew Bynum has the ambition to be great.
An interesting look at race and the making of an NBA cult hero.
Video worth watching: Kevin Garnett throws water on his own face during a game.
That engagement ring LeBron James gave his long-time girlfriend is worth a cool quarter of a million. At least.
Breaking down what Portland did to slow Kevin Durant.
Samardo Samuels did not travel with Cleveland up to take on Toronto because he did not have a passport. He said he lost it. Also, the dog ate his homework.
DeAndre Jordan’s defense is maturing. It had better, this is a key to the Clippers improving.
Chris Bosh says all he does is think about basketball. Insert your own joke here.
LeBron James’ people reject a $3,500 birthday cake.
Of course somebody took Shaq up on his challenge and got a tattoo of Charles Barkley kissing Dick Bavetta.
Mike Dunleavy has a strained groin and did not travel with the Bucks to Sacramento for Thursdays game.
Mike D’Antoni wants Landry Fields to stop thinking so much.
Kyrie Irving is playing better and better in Cleveland (well, except for Wednesday night). Why? Byron Scott told him to chill.
Blazers have sent Luke Babbit to the D-League.
The Cavaliers have sent Christian Eyenga to the Canton Charge in the D-League.
The Thunder’s Ryan Reid had surgery to fix a broken nose.
The Nets have signed a lease their corporate offices in Brooklyn. Everyone who works in the office just got 50 percent more hip.
Solomon Alabi was sent to the D-League by the Raptors.