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).
Those rumors of a Monta Ellis to the Nets for Brook Lopez trade? Not much to them.
Milwaukee will apparently listen to trade offers for Andrew Bogut. Not sure they will get anything near what they think he is worth.
The Timberwolves called the Nets to see if Anthony Morrow was available, but the answer was no.
In an interview with VIBE, Shaquille O’Neal says Steve Nash should not have two MVPs. I agree, and I also agree there is no way Shaq should only have one.
Speaking of MVP, who do you think should get it this year? Vote here at NBCSports on our MVP tracker.
The Knicks are seeing a big boost in online traffic since Jeremy Lin became the show.
Phil Jackson talks about his memories of Michael Jordan’s flu game.
Hornets coach Monty Williams says not to compare the Derrick Rose Bulls to the Jordan Bulls yet. I’m not sure why people need to be reminded of that.
Kobe Bryant in a Nike ad made to look like a ‘70s Italian crime film.
Wizards coach Randy Wittman had enough with the mental lapses on Tuesday night — when JaVale McGee fouled Drew Gooden on a three-point attempt, he benched McGee for the rest of the game. He said they are done using youth as an excuse.
Danilo Gallinari said he could be back with the Nuggets by the end of the week.
From the twitter account of TVSportsratings: Between ’02 and ’12, median age of NBA All-Star audience dropped from 38 to 33. Between ’01 and ’11, MLB grew from 46 to 52.”
Breaking down what has gone on with Amare Stoudemire’s game.
Ekpe Udoh is an enigma — he doesn’t do much on the court, but his +/- numbers are amazing.
Nicki Minaj apparently makes fun of Chris Bosh crying in her latest song. After suffering through her All-Star Game performance, I’m pretty done with her and whatever she says.
Joe Johnson missed the All-Star Game but may not miss any more Hawks practices or games due to tendonitits in the knee.
Manu Ginobili went through what Gregg Popovich described as a “partial practice” on Tuesday. So I guess no contact. Either way, don’t expect him for a few days.
Zach Randolph practiced but did not go through any contact with the Grizzlies Tuesday.
Ronny Turiaf is meeting this week with doctors to see if his hand is healed and he can get cleared to return to the Wizards.
Interesting article about bringing wifi into sports arenas for the fans to use.
One of my favorite things from All-Star Weekend in the arena caught on tape — inflatable mascots. I’m not sure why, but they are always funny. Check out the video: