Thursdays And-1 links, where Lakers fans are just wrong

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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).

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.

It’s official, Nate Robinson is a Warrior. With Stephen Curry’s ongoing ankle issues he’s going to get some run.

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.

Trail Blazers beat Suns by 48, biggest season-opening rout in NBA history

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Any controversy over C.J. McCollum‘s suspension for the season-opener should be put to rest. The Trail Blazers fared fine without him.

More than fine.

Portland beat the Suns, 124-76, Wednesday. The 48-point margin is the largest ever in a season opener, even as the Trail Blazers let a 58-point fourth-quarter lead dwindle.

Here are the most lopsided season-openers in NBA history (openers for both teams appearing twice):

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The 48-point defeat is also the Suns’ worst lost in franchise history, topping a 44-point loss to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1988. It could be a long year in Phoenix.

Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova scrap (video)

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Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova thrive on aggravating opponents, so when matched up, of course they aggravated each other.

Deduct points from Smart for pulling the hold-me-back charade behind a referee. Plus, Dellavedova’s Bucks beat Smart’s Celtics, 108-100.

Report: ‘Tremendous concern’ for Jeremy Lin’s knee injury

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The Nets’ projected record this season came under greater scrutiny when the Celtics traded Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving trade. After finishing third-to-last and last the previous two years, were the Nets poised to take a step forward, or would they convey a very high pick to the Cavs?

Jeremy Lin, who missed 46 games last season, getting healthy was a reason for optimism in Brooklyn and pessimism in Cleveland. But it appears the veteran guard could be out a while.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Billy Reinhardt of Nets Daily:

If the injury is as bad as feared, what a bummer for Lin. He came to Brooklyn expecting to play a leading role on a developing team, and he just can’t stay healthy.

The Nets were probably more focused on developing their younger players, but – especially without their own draft picks – there was no harm in shooting for the playoffs. This appears to a blow to that (already unlikely) dream.

It’s a boon to the Cavaliers, though. And whenever something significantly affects LeBron James‘ team, it has ramifications into the entire power dynamic of the Eastern Conference. For an injury to a player on a team most expect to be bad, the medical developments here will be tracked closely around the league.

Aaron Gordon throws himself alley-oop off backboard (video)

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Remember when Aaron Gordon was a promising fun player?

The Magic sidetracked him by playing him at small forward most of last season. But back at power forward, Gordon showed how he could push the pace as a four in Orlando’s season-opening win over the Heat.

There’s obviously flair in passing to yourself off the backboard, but it’s a sound way to improve position. Gordon did that to fantastic effect.