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).
Who is the Lakers second scoring option after Kobe? Well, Kobe Bryant says it’s Andrew Bynum.
Kwame Brown thinks he deserves some of the credit for Bynum’s success.
After the game Sunday, Lakers coach Mike Brown said Matt Barnes had won the starting small forward job with his play. He certainly is playing with a lot more energy than Metta World Peace right now, who got just 12 minutes against Memphis.
Steve Nash says he is not going to ask for a trade from Phoenix and the Suns say they are not going to trade him unless he asks for one. It’s the same dance they have done for more than a season now.
Stephen Curry is going back to the doctor who did the surgery on his ankle this summer so he can take a look at the impact of the recent sprains. I’m sure the Doc will be thrilled with what Curry has done to his handiwork.
Video of all seven times Stephen Curry has sprained his ankle. In case you’re feeling masochistic.
Jamal Mashburn wants to be part of the group that purchases the New Orleans Hornets.
In the new configuration of Madison Square Garden, the advanced scouts for other teams got kicked to the press box at the top of the building to make way for more pricy seats. The scouts don’t like it (they can’t hear the coach they are scouting call plays). So, other teams have kicked the Knicks advanced scouts up to the rafters, even though there are better seats. It’s getting worked out.
Ray Allen backtracks on his David West comments.
The Suns new floor is too slick and players are concerned. It is getting redone.
Watch Dwight Howard use the defibrillator on Big Baby (sort of):
Andrew Bogut remains out dealing with a personal situation (not health related) and should return to Bucks soon.
A dozen players who have shown real progress in their games this young season.
Gilbert Arenas’ knee still isn’t right. I know, we’re shocked, too.
Sunday night, Marreese Speights looked like he could be the guy who gets big minutes while Zach Randolph is out in Memphis.
What’s wrong with the Knicks? Here are a few answers. My one sentence summation: If you’re going to bring in Mike D’Antoni to run seven seconds or less, give him players to fit the system (for example, a point guard) not ill-fitting pieces.
Isiah Thomas thinks that getting Tyson Chandler was a mistake by the Knicks. James Dolan is taking that under advisement.
The Clippers want to get the ball into the hands of Caron Butler more. That makes some sense, except for the part where it takes the ball out of Chris Paul’s hands more.
The Kings are not trading DeMarcus Cousins, but ESPN reports eight teams calls to check the temperature: Boston, Detroit, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, Portland, Houston and Utah.
The Lakers expect to get Josh McRoberts back this week. And there was much rejoicing.
In China, J.R. Smith put up 57 points on just 38 shots, but his team still lost by 15.