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).
Kevin Love vs. Sumo wrestler. Who ya got?
Is there even such a thing as a “clutch player?” Our own Rob Mahoney argues no, there isn’t. So get off LeBron’s back.
However, if you do believe in “clutch” then LeBron James has been a lot more clutch over his career than people give him credit for.
Danny Ainge says it is fair to say the Celtics look old so far. Well, at least he is being fair.
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni says his team has to do a better job getting Amare Stoudemire involved in the offense. You think?
Warriors coach Mark Jackson defends his “hack-a-Howard” plan saying his team had no choice. (The NBA does need to change this intentional foul rule so its shots and the ball out of bounds.)
Facinating look at young players who have not taken a step forward, who have not developed this season
Danilo Galinari and the Nuggets are talking contract extension.
Denver also wants to re-sign Wilson Chandler after the Chinese Basketball Association season ends.
Detroit Piston attendance is off 30 percent this season. Welcome to NBA ownership, Tom Gores!
Despite what you may have heard before he arrived on these shores, Ricky Rubio can play defense.
If Carmelo Anthony is out due to his sprained ankle, look for Bill Walker to get the start for the Knicks.
The Lakers Steve Blake is day-to-day with a fractured rib.
Somebody still believes in the Atlanta Hawks. Isn’t that nice?
With Al Horford out, don’t be shocked if the Hawks shop Kirk Hinrich around looking for size. Hinrich is hurt right now, but he is an $8 million expiring contract.
Andrei Kirilenko wants to return to the NBA next seaon… if he gets the right offer. (Read: Pay Me!)
Orlando’s Jason Richardson sprained a knee, the good news is the X-Rays came back negative. But he will have an MRI Friday just to be sure.
If you haven’t noticed, Jon Leuer scored is playing well for the Bucks. The Wisconsin rookie had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, five assists, and two steals Thursday when the Bucks beat the Pistons.
The Timberwolves will be without Michael Beasley and J.J. Barea this weekend on the road. I’ll let you guess which one they will miss more.
Memphis’ Hamed Haddadi is out ‘indefinitely’ for personal reasons and will be out until a report emerges that he will play.
Acie Law has signed to play for Olympiacos in Greece.