76ers Bynum Basketball

Friday And-1 links: Is Andrew Bynum the new Jeff Ruland?


Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• A lot of our younger readers read the headline of this story and said “who?” Back in the 1980s Jeff Ruland was a bruising center and a two-time All-Star who averaged a double-double — until the Sixers traded for him in 1986 (sending Moses Malone out). Then Ruland got injured, played just 18 games in two years and never had an impact on the Sixers. Sound familiar?

Ruland told CSNPhilly.com he hopes it is not, that he is betting on Bynum to make it back.

• Through everything, Dwight Howard has remained positive. And it’s working.

• Speaking of Lakers who believe, Metta World Peace remains convinced that he’s getting a ring this year.

• The Lakers have to catch someone to make the playoffs. Did Daryl Morey’s smart long-term play at the deadline hurt the Rockets this year?

• Speaking of the Rockets deadline acquisition, here is a Q&A with Thomas Robinson.

• Kyrie Irving just buys new underwear for every road trip then throws it out when he’s done.

• Jermaine O’Neal could be back with the suns on Monday.

At what point will there be a backlash against how money drives sports?

• DeMarcus Cousins has had a very strange season.

Looking at the minds of the NBA’s best players. Cousins isn’t there yet.

• Big Baby Glen Davis has gone vegan.

• Talking about how Rudy Gay and the Toronto Raptors have to learn how to win.

• And we’ll end like we began, with a Sixers note — a Q&A with Evan Turner.


Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

Leave a comment

Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

Leave a comment

Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.