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


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.

Thursday And-1 links (with some Portland love)

Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace reacts to his team's loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon
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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).

They love them some Gerald Wallace in Portland, and he is learning to love it there.

With Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland could be very, very good. Better than you think.

On Dwyane Wade’s game winner Wednesday: John Schuhmann of NBA.com reminds us that last season the Heat were 1-for-18 shooting in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime with a tie game or with a deficit of 1-3 points. This season they are now 1-0. Even though Wade traveled on the play.

Breaking down the Lakers new offense.

How do you get me to attend a Cavaliers game? Beer tasting.

It’s just two games — small sample size alert — but DeMarcus Cousins is taking smarter shots this season.

Via the Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Cavaliers lead NBA in bench scoring averaging 53.5 points per game, with the Nuggets second at 52.5. The numbers come from the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ricky Rubio had a lot of endorsements in Spain that did not follow him to the NBA. But that could be changing soon.

Pistons center Greg Monroe has some work to do on learning how to defend the pick-and-roll.

Wizards players react to Andray Blatche saying he wants the ball in the paint more and that should be the game plan.

DeMarcus Cousins has a mean pimp walk.

Pape Sy will return to his French team if he doesn’t get a contract in the NBA by January 13.

Rich Cho almost left basketball when the Trail Blazers fired him as GM. That would have been a big loss to the league.

The former owners of the 76ers are being sued by two executives who want a $2 million finders fee for the sale.

Gerald Green is playing in the D-League for the D-Fenders.

Lakers’ Devin Ebanks among three sent to D-League around NBA today

Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

The trend of NBA teams using the D-League like a real minor league — which it is but wasn’t really used like it — continues with three more NBA players under rookie contracts being sent down for seasoning Monday.

The biggest name is Devin Ebanks, the Lakers second-round pick who has played in 12 games for the defending champions. Frankly that was less about Ebanks skill and more about injuries depleting the Lakers. Phil Jackson is not a fan of playing rookies big minutes.

He will be playing for the Bakersfield Jam.

In other actions, the Cleveland Cavaliers sent rookie Samardo Samuels has been assigned to the D-League’s Erie franchise. Also, the Atlanta Hawks sent guard Pape Sy to the Utah Flash.

In all three cases this is about getting the players some experience, rather than them sitting on the end of the bench just watching games.

Hawks sign, give chance to Pape Sy. Why remains to be seen.

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Thumbnail image for hawks_logo.gifThe Hawks clearly like Pape Sy. Maybe we will all grow to like him and his game, too. But first we need to see it.

The biggest surprise in the 2010 NBA draft (second round) as become the biggest surprise signing — the Hawks have reached a deal with Sy, the team announced.

Here is what we know about Sy: He is 6’7″ and played point guard for Le Harve, a team near the bottom of the French league. There he played just 14 minutes a night and took just three shots per game. And he is 22 years old, which is a bit old for a prospect from Europe to just be drafted.

Sy was a guy on nobody’s radar yet the Hawks have signed him. He may be a big time athlete who has the potential to play on the wing in the NBA, but the jump from the lower levels of the French League to the NBA are pretty extreme. So we shall see.

As you would expect, the Hawks rave about him.

“Our European scout (Loize Milosavljevic) did a great job in recommending Pape to us and once he participated in our pre-draft workouts, our scouts and coaches were very impressed with his abilities,” said [Hawks GM Rick] Sund.  “Although he was hampered by an Achilles injury during summer league workouts, we were encouraged with his ability, athleticism and competitiveness.”

“He is a talented 6-7 backcourt player who can play multiple positions,” said Assistant General Manager Dave Pendergraft, who worked throughout the process to get Sy here in time for training camp.  “Sy’s an interesting prospect who is determined to play in the NBA.”

Hawks moves mean pick Pape Sy will be at camp, will Jamal Crawford be?


Thumbnail image for hawks_logo.gifThis could be a dull, standard little NBA transaction. But in the context of everything else going on with the Hawks, it could have bigger implications.

Although it’s hard to say because we know little about Pape Sy. He apparently has been in the witness relocation program for prospects.

The facts are that the Hawks have reached a buyout deal with the French team Le Havre that will bring Sy, Atlanta’s second-round pick, to the states in time for training camp, according to the Hoops Market.

There we will find out about Sy. We know he is 6-6 and played point guard for Le Harve, a team pretty low on the totem pole in the French league. There he played just 14 minutes a night and took just three shots per game.

In the NBA he projects as a shooting guard off the bench, if anything. Which is why this is interesting.

The Hawks have a shooting guard off the bench. His name is Jamal Crawford, and he was the NBA’s sixth man of the year last year. Crawford has also demanded a contract extension or a trade. If the Hawks were to trade him, they would need someone to fill that backup role.

Sy probably is not that guy yet. Even if he has potential to make it, the leap for a 22 year old from the lower levels of France to the NBA is far to high. He will need a year or two to mature his game. Still, it has you wondering about the Hawks long-term plans.