Like the leftovers you are trying to fashion into meal, here are few things scattered around today we are fashioning into a post.
• Up at UC Berkley (what you call Cal) there is a charity game scheduled now for Dec. 10 billed as “Steve Nash vs. Jason Kidd” (via the twitter of Yahoo’s Marc Spears). Kidd went to Cal, Nash went to school down the road at Santa Clara. Also in are Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Stephen Curry, David Lee, DeMar DeRozan, Corey Maggette, Shawn Marion, and some other point guard named Ricky Rubio. Smart money says Kevin Durant shows up, too.
• Wizards forward Yi Jianlian injured his right knee during a game with his Chinese team Friday (thanks to nba247365.com for the updates). We do not yet know the severity, but he had to be helped off the court and did not return.
• Pacers guard (and former Spur) George Hill is reportedly close to a deal with Greek team Olympiakos. If not him the squad wants Jose Calderon. Hill should ask Josh Childress about the experience, that is the team he played with for two seasons.
• If the entire season is to be lost, Carlos Delfino says he will play in Argentina. It’s nice, it’s spring going into summer there.
• On the flip side of that coin, Reggie Williams and Spanish side Caja Laboral have agreed to part ways. The official reasons are cited as “questions of adaptation to different playing style, cultural barriers.” We’re going to see more of this.
We bring you a Thanksgiving feast of rumors, reports and international news this morning.
Cedric Ceballos is recovering well after having a blood clot removed from his coronary artery, reports the Arizona Republic.
You can odd Magic Johnson and Paul Pierce to the rosters for the Barack Obama fundraiser game next month, reports the Washington Post. However, Dwight Howard has dropped out of the game.
Rashad McCants is being pursued by Jiangsu of the Chinese League.
Former lottery pick Marcus Fizer has found himself, found the Lord, and now wants to find his way back to the NBA.
Mario Chalmers talks with Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated about how he’s not loved in Memphis, playing point guard on a team where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade dominate the ball, and even office NCAA pools. Just don’t ask him about LeBron in the finals.
A long time fan of the Jazz breaks up with them. The lockout was the last straw. She is not alone.
Would you be interested in a Tyson Chandler fanzine?
Apparently Jordan Crawford and Kevin Garnett had a little spat during some run. This stuff happens all the time, but it’s not shocking with these two participants.
The regional sports networks that carry NBA games are taking a ratings hit without those games right now. And pretty soon they are going to start asking for their money back.
In Munich, they have about the most useless yet interesting basketball court you will ever see (from Ball Don’t Lie, photos by Markus Buck).
LeBron James hanging out with Bono.
The drive to put Wilt Chamberlain on a U.S. stamp is going strong.
In a move that shocked nobody, the Jazz picked up the team option on C.J. Miles for next season.
Brian Scalabrine has his eyes on a television job.
Get to know Glen Grunwald, the guy making the player/personnel decisions for the New York Knicks (well, at least until James Dolan steps in).
Apparently Grunwald is thinking about bringing in Kurt Thomas for next season in New York.
Meet the guy who trains many NBA stars.
The Timberwolves picked up the option to Wes Johnson and others, again moves that were expected.
They Bucks say they can find playing time for the 496 ball handlers it seems like they have on the roster.
Tom Thibodeau is intense in the offseason too. And he thinks Jordan is better than LeBron.
Dirk Nowtizki in Legos.
We told you yesterday about the Atlanta Hawks hosting a pre-lockout free agent mini-camp. The Lakers and Suns are doing the same thing.
A look back at the last NBA season in graphic form.
The draft may have put a number of veterans around the league on notice their jobs are in danger.
No shock here, but the Raptors extended a qualifying offer to Sonny Weems.
Julian Wright will not get one from the Raptors, however.
The Nets hope to have second-round pick Bojan Bogdanovic over in the NBA for the 2012-13 season.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is now more involved in Russian politics, heading a new political party.
You should be reading lots of tweets from NBA stars during the 2012 Olympics in London, the Olympic Committee is good with that.
Kings co-owner George Maloof has stepped down as president of the Palms Casino.
Charles Barkley talking lockout, NBA draft and just generally saying things Barkley.
In Houston, even new coach Kevin McHale spends time on the training table.
Trying to understand the hatred directed at LeBron James has been a hot topic in recent days, and Forbes Magazine has taken up the issue.
Maybe my favorite of the LeBron discussions was between Dan Shanoff and Sherwood Strauss.
Jason Terry wants the Mavericks to retire his jersey. (Um, if you have to ask for it….)
George Karl watched the Dallas Mavericks and saw a model for how the Denver Nuggets can win.
Five years from now, who will we look back on as the best player in this draft?
Larry Bird talks about how impressed he is with Rick Carlisle, the Mavericks in general, and how they still couldn’t beat his 1986 Celtics teams.
Magic GM Otis Smith does not love having a team full of twitter users.
There was a time when Lenny Cooke was going to be the next great thing, a guy who was coming out of high school around the time of LeBron and seemed on an All-Star trajectory. What happened?
We told you how Chris Bosh’s ex (Allison Mathis) had taken him to court because he wouldn’t let her be on the VH1 show Basketball Wives. There’s a whole lot of mess there, involving Allison’s mother. Now Allison’s mother spoke with Black Sports Online about the situation.
You know it is the off-season when bad idea columns like this start popping up — the NBA with hockey-style 5-on-4 for fouls.