Here is our daily 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).
I said yesterday that right now LeBron James is my MVP choice, who would you pick? We’re taking votes here at NBCSports.com.
Baron Davis would like Knicks fans to stop booing the team. Good luck with that.
Ranking the rookies.
Jonny Flynn said all the Ricky Rubio hype in Minnesota hurt his stock in the NBA. Maybe what most hurt his stock was his play.
D.J. Augustin is going to be out the next three games for the Bobcats, he missed Tuesday night’s loss to the Knicks as well.
Vin Baker is suing his former financial adviser for that $86 million he lost.
How is DeMarcus Cousins progressing? Here’s a great breakdown from Kevin Pelton.
These Grizzlies are grinders. And winners.
Add J.J. Hickson to the list of guys not getting an extension to his rookie deal from his team.
Great story on the Phoenix Suns training staff — which keeps Steve Nash going, breathed new live into Shaq and is a draw for veteran players.
Pretty soon the Hornets may play at Louisiana Seafood Arena. Seriously. Nicknames start behind The Gumbo Bowl.
Win fans free food at the end of games, become a cult hero.
Metta World Peace is still signing autographs as Ron Artest. Why would I want that?
Pau Gasol wants the Lakers offense to be more like the Orlando offense. One big problem here — Orlando makes you pay when you collapse the defense on Dwight Howard as they are shooting 39.6 percent from three as a team. The Lakers are shooting a league worst 25.6 percent from three — you don’t pay a price for clogging the lane on them.
Great read on the Knicks offense.
Mehmet Okur talks about the differences between Salt Lake City and New York (Turkish restaurants galore) and playing in his native land.
It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”
Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:
Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.
As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:
And then there’s this for the haters.
Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?
Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?
The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.
Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?
Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.
I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.
That’s about the most Spurs play ever.
During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.
Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.