Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

Friday And-1 links: Hawks to interview Stan Van Gundy, Budenholzer

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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.

• While they may be looking overseas for a coach, the Hawks are looking statside, also, they interviewed Stan Van Gundy and Mike Budenholzer recently. Buzz is SVG is not interested.

• Former NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter has filed a lawsuit against the union and Derek Fisher. Fun times.

• The Sixers got permission to talk to Kelvin Sampson about their coaching job. Everyone has spoken to Kelvin Sampson, I think.

• If you read one thing today, it would be this fantastic Jonathan Abrams piece at Grantland talking to old-school players such as Bob Cousy and Elgin Baylor about what it was like to travel to games in their day — three games in three nights and you flew coach commercial.

• Roy Hibbert didn’t exactly mince words with how he felt the Pacers played in Game 5 in New York Thursday.

Craig Sager photobombed Will Smith. (Best GIF of the year.)

• If you missed it, a woman who knows a thing or two about clubbing — Rihanna — said why she thinks J.R. Smith was slumping. And she sounds a little like a woman scorned.

Eddie Jordan talks about his season with the Lakers. Doesn’t sound like the assistant coach enjoyed it all that much.

If you want to try out for the D-League, here’s how.

• Here is a list of guys who made the NBA All-Rookie team but really still were busts.

• Here is a great feature on Phil Jackson and his basketball mind.

• Phil Jackson would like to remind you he has more championship rings than you do. Than anyone.

Erik Spoelstra demands the Miami Heat recycle so all those unused team scouting reports don’t harm the environment.

• Some people still think the NBA is really slanted toward big markets. Unless the Knicks complete their comeback Miami will be the largest market in the conference finals on either side, and frankly they are 14th in the NBA in television markets.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar taught Britney Griner the skyhook.

• Finally, Quincy Pondexter brought his Huskie puppy to practice, as you can see below. (Pondexter was a Huskie in college, remember.)


Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.