Jayson Williams

Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”


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).

Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.”

Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.

The Orlando Magic play the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis Saturday. Sunday the New York Giants play the New England Patriots in Indy in Super Bowl XLVI (which you can watch streaming here on NBCSports.com, if I can throw in a plug). The Orlando Magic didn’t book their hotel long in advance due to the lockout. Now, basically every hotel room in the city is booked and the Magic are scrambling.

There’s a rumor (really some random talk) going around that Mitch Kupchak might leave as Lakers GM. I would say don’t put much stock into that.

NBA players are getting to the free throw line less often this season. League official Stu Jackson talked about if it about the officiating.

Paul Pierce sat more than he liked in the fourth quarter of the Celtics loss to the Cavaliers Sunday.

Also Celtics fans, don’t expect Keyon Dooling back anytime soon.

Kobe Bryant was impressed with Ricky Rubio.

Carlos Boozer’s son was at the Bulls/Heat game Sunday and was chanting “let’s go Heat.”

Paul Millsap hates your zone defenses.

Watching Delonte West get ready for a game is pretty funny.

Andris Biedrins is in coach Mark Jackson’s doghouse because of a lack of production. No way anyone saw that coming…

The Hornets were only about $5 million over four years away from reaching a deal with Eric Gordon.

Ryan Anderson says Dwight Howard is right to criticize his Magic teammates.

Don’t expect to see D.J. Augustin this week with the Bobcats, his toe injury is still keeping him out.

EuroBasket sensation Bo McCalebb says the NBA can wait.

Like he is in preperations for games and with his shot, Ray Allen is all about consistency and repetition when naming his kids.

The Warriors owners paid a premium for their franchise, but it’s already paying off.

The Celtics wouldn’t mind landing Chris Kaman, but it’s not likely.

The Rockets’ Courtney Lee was involved in a serious car accident, but was not hurt (nor was anyone else). Fortunately.

The Nets have brought Jordan Williams back up from the D-League.

Sixers to retire Moses Malone’s number next season

Darryl Dawkins, Moses Malone

Kobe Bryant‘s pregame tribute video stole the show in Philadelphia, but Tuesday night was Moses Malone tribute night. The former league MVP and Hall of Famer passed away in September, and his legacy was honored by the Sixers during a halftime ceremony. During the festivities, Malone’s son announced that his No. 2 will be retired by the organization next season.

There’s no question that Malone, one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, deserves to have his number retired. The only relevant question is: why didn’t this happen years ago? The ceremony next season should be good, but it would have been better if they had done it when Malone was alive to participate in it. No Sixers player has worn No. 2 since Malone anyway, but it’s been over 20 years since he last wore a Sixers jersey. Why couldn’t they have found some time in those two decades to have a ceremony and hang a banner?

LeBron James with two-handed halfcourt bounce pass for assist (VIDEO)

LeBron James
Leave a comment

Perhaps LeBron James‘ most underappreciated skill has been his passing. He is rightly hailed as the most unselfish superstar of his generation, but being a willing passer is only part of it: he’s also as good at it as any point guard in the league. Case in point: this two-handed halfcourt bounce pass on Tuesday night, finding Richard Jefferson for an easy dunk:

Kobe gets great introduction, loud ovation in Philadelphia

1 Comment

Kobe Bryant‘s relationship with his hometown of Philadelphia had its rocky sections — the Kobe’s Lakers beat the Sixers in the 2001 Finals, and then Kobe was booed during the 2002 All-Star Game —  but all was forgiven on Tuesday night.

In his final trip to Philly, he was given a framed Lower Merion High School jersey — that’s Kobe’s school, in case you forgot — and it was presented by Dr. J.

Then the fans welcomed him like you see above.

That pumped up Kobe, who scored 13 first quarter points on 5-of-10 shooting, his best quarter of the season.

Rumor: Nets testing trade waters for Bojan Bogdanovic

Bojan Bogdanovic, Otto Porter Jr.
1 Comment

If you play for the Brooklyn Nets, and your name is not Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, expect you will come up in trade rumors this season.

First up on the block, Bojan Bogdanovic. The report comes from Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.

Bogdanovic is in the first year of a three-year, $11 million deal, which isn’t bad for a guy playing nearly 25 minutes a night and scoring 8.4 points per game. There is a lot of potential in his game, if developed in the right setting — he’s a good shooter out on the wing who works well off the ball. He seems to have regressed this season, but how much of that is due to the Nets and their guard play (and just generally struggling) is up for debate.

Is there going to be interest in him? Probably. As always, it is about the price, what the Nets will demand. Whether the Nets can get anything back they want is up for debate.

Right now a lot of GMs are testing the waters for players, judging the market. That is a long way from a trade happening. But don’t be shocked if the Nets make a deal or two before the February deadline.