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D.J. Mbenga arrested for public intoxication in Dallas


D.J. Mbenga — not on an NBA roster since he was waived two weeks ago by the Mavericks — was arrested in Dallas Monday early Tuesday morning for public intoxication, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Mbenga was reportedly leaving a Dallas area restaurant around 4 a.m. when he ran into some police then ran into some trouble.

As Mbenga was trying to leave the restaurant, two Dallas police officers were walking in.

The 7-1 center put his palm on the chest of one of the cops and said, “You move out of my way.”

The officer stopped and said, “You don’t touch police, let alone make that statement.”

To which Mbenga — perhaps, in hindsight, inadvisably — responded: “You want to go? I do what I want, so you move out of the way!”

Perhaps inadvisably?

The report said it didn’t take long before officers realized the 31-year-old Mbenga was intoxicated. That led to a fun trip to the police station.

There have been rumors of teams (including the Raptors) interested in him, at least as a possibility in case of injury to a player on the roster. This arrest doesn’t really help that cause.

Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

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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 old people love In The Heat of the Night.

• Raymond Felton will start games at point for the New York Knicks, but don’t be shocked if Jason Kidd closes them.

• Every time some player says “I don’t care about my next contract” I think they are lying, but Manu Ginobili may be the exception to that rule.

• Watch Kevin Love go yard while taking batting practice before a Twins game.

• Rockets camp is getting off to a tough start, and the next three posts show why. First, Jon Brockman has an eye injury severe enough to keep him out of practice all week.

• Royce White has not been at the first two days of Rockets training camp as he deals with ongoing anxiety disorder issues, something that was a concern of some teams during the draft.

• Chase Budinger sat out some drills at Rockets practice due to a tweaked left hamstring.

• Zach Randolph says his knee is just fine, thanks for asking.

• Zaza Pachulia was held out of some drills at Hawks camp due to knee concerns Tuesday.

• There is plenty of buzz around the league that Monta Ellis will opt out of his deal in Milwaukee after this season and test the free agent market.

• The Nets are going to use Andray Blatche as a backup five, not so much at the four.

Another story about how James Harden is confident he will work out a contract extension with the Thunder. Everyone says that but at this point I’ll believe it when I see it.

• Magic Johnson says the Miami Heat are the team to beat for the NBA title. Like a broken clock that is still right twice a day, Magic is correct here.

• The Mavericks waived center D.J. Mbenga Tuesday, and that made me a little sad.

• Little shake up in the agent ranks — following LeBron James leaving CAA, four other players have filed to do the same according to ESPN: Denver’s Ty Lawson, Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe and the San Antonio’s Cory Joseph.

• A nice recap of Denver Nuggets media day. They are my early favorite for “most fun team to watch” this season.

• New Yorkers, you can hang out in one of the Jay-Z designed Vault Suites at the New Barclay Center — oh, and get to watch a Brooklyn Nets and meet Deron Williams — by submitting a short video “demonstrating their commitment as the ultimate fan of sports, music or entertainment” to this site at American Express.

• Mark Cuban dancing Gangnam style at a bar in Indiana. Just because we can.

Report says D.J. Mbenga to sign deal Dallas, but is he really?

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We’re passing this along, but we’re not sure you’re going to see D.J. Mbenga in the NBA next year.

A report from Belgian publication RTBF says Mbenga, the veteran NBA big man, has reached terms on a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks (hat tip to Hoopshype).

There are a few reasons to sprinkle this report liberally with salt. First is the fact it’s coming out of France and not a Dallas or even Domestic source — why would they get this news first? Second, Mbenga didn’t play in the NBA last year so it’s unlikely he get any kind of guaranteed deal.

Finally, the Mavericks have a crowded roster without a lot of minutes and roster spots to be handing out.

If they gave Mbenga a deal, it likely is a make-good contract where he would get a camp invite but with little shot of making the team.

Mbenga did play with the Mavericks from 2004-07. Not sure that really matters, though.

Wednesday And-1 links, where Wade is eating plant food

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami
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Welcome to our morning 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).

Dwyane Wade is eating Chlorophyll as part of his new diet. Seriously.

Is Zach Randolph’s knee injury worse than the Grizzlies first let on? We may know Wednesday.

Andrew Bogut left the Bucks and missed their game last night (a loss to the Jazz) due to personal reasons.

The Clippers expect to get Chauncey Billups back for Wednesday’s game.

Kyle Lowry led the Rockets in rebounding against the Lakers Tuesday. Six-foot flat point guard Kyle Lowry. That’s a problem.

C.J. Watson’s elbow is going to keep him out the next three or four games for the Bulls.

Mike Conely returned to the Grizzlies lineup Tuesday in a surprise, coming off the bench.

Josh McRoberts is out of the Lakers lineup with a sore toe. (Hard to run on those.)

Patty Mills has been cut from his Chinese team, which said he faked an injury. This is the same team Kenyon Martin was on, however, like Martin Mills cannot sign with an NBA team until the Chinese team’s season ends.

The Hawks Jeff Teague is still trying to find the balance between when to attack and when to defer and pass to teammates. He’s been working on that since he came into the league.

Kris Humphries’ shoulder is only sprained and you will be able to resume booing him in just a game or two.

Antawn Jamison hopes to finish his career a Bobcat. You read that right.

Notice that the guys leading the Magic are all home-grown, not the free agents brought in to boost the squad.

Will Bynum is out of the Pistons rotation.

The Chicago Bulls are running a lot this season, which is a good thing.

Luol Deng talks about all things Bulls.

The Spurs sent Gary Neal down to the D-League on a rehab assignment after an appendectomy. Apparently he is doing well because he’s been called back up.

The Clippers made it official and signed Solomon Jones, looking to bulk up a little up front.

The Clippers did not sign D.J. Mbenga, who now is reportedly close to signing with Olympiacos in Greece.

Cory Joseph has been sent to Austin of the D-League by the Spurs.

Mikki Moore is headed to the D-League as well.

ESPN just made a great hire with Kate Fagen (most recently a 76ers beat writer), and Henry Abbott passes along a great story about her playing one-on-one against her dad.

Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

Welcome to our morning 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).

Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation.

Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in New York. I don’t even have a joke here.

Andre Miller and Ty Lawson are making a very nice backcourt tandem in Denver.

DeMarcus Cousins issued a statement saying he has never demanded a trade. Sacramento is a mess right now.

Great read about North Carolina high school legend JamesOn Curry trying to make it to the NBA.

The Rockets are about to send Marcus Morris to the D-League.

D.J. Mbenga, Hilton Armstrong, Solomon Jones and Dan Gadzuric were in working out for the Clippers, who want some depth at center. They chose Jones, who is expected to sign with the team soon.

An impressive list of the social media surrounding the entire NBA (players, writers, bloggers and more)

Amare Stoudemire may well be back with the Knicks Wednesday.

Break down the numbers and the NBA is color blind — ethnicity has no impact on winning.

Josh Smith is playing through swelling in the knee. He had 9 points on 12 shots against the Heat Monday.

Foster the people — Jeff Foster may make his Pacers return tonight.

Why Caron Butler is key for the Clippers this season.

Everyone loves Greg Stiemsma!

Looking back at the 2009 NBA draft — I still don’t get the Jonny Flynn pick.

Charlie Villanueva made his season debut for the Pistons on Monday. Hope you didn’t blink, you might have missed it. He played just 38 seconds.

Kirk Hinrich has surgery to remove a cyst from his shoulder and it will be another month before he will be back on the floor for the Hawks.

Kris Humphries is having an MRI on his knee and will not travel with the Nets to face the Celtics. He could be out for a little while.

Pape Sy is on his way back to France and will sign with Gravelines-Dunkerque.

RIP Jim Huber.