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Friday And-1 link: Heat fan’s lawsuit against Spurs dismissed

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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 like Superman loves Lois.

• Remember the Miami Heat fan who sued the San Antonio Spurs for resting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the same game (the one where David Stern fined the Spurs $250,000)? A judge wisely dismissed the case last week. When you buy your ticket there are inherent risks.

• Saturday night is Allen Iverson bobblehead night in Philadelphia — and The Answer will be in the house.

This is a fantastic profile of Ryan McDonough, the Celtics assistant GM who is part of a new wave and new style of GM in the league.

Grading the NBA’s rookie class. Yes, Damian Lillard gets an “A.”

• Avery Bradley is having to deal with an unusual injury — a split tongue.

• The Pistons’ Will Bynum apparently has a hand injury and may miss a few games.

• The invitations to Michael Jordan’s wedding come with a request not to speak to the media about what happens.

• You can’t sum up all the Lakers’ defensive problems in one play from this season, but this comes pretty close.

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to coach UCLA. That’s not going to happen.

• While we’re talking about him, here are Abdul-Jabbar’s 10 things he wished he’d known before he turned pro.

• Former Chicago Bulls center Tom Boerwinkle, who played 10 seasons for the team, has passed away.

Some of the mechanical fixes that helped John Wall find his jump shot.

• How Scott Brooks almost ended up as the Trail Blazers coach.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.