New name, same drill. This is 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).
Snoop Dogg is no Pau Gasol fan. (Language NSFW or family Christmas gatherings. The spelling is bad, too.)
A really fascinating read about how Heat coach Erik Spoelstra learned about the Oregon football spread offense and looked for ways to bring it to the NBA.
Another fascinating read: Jonathan Abrams of Grantland got fantastic access to the Nets for a week as they prepare for the season off a truncated training camp.
Quote of the day goes to Lakers coach Mike Brown, to his designated sixth man Metta World Peace after a couple of exhibition games, “ “If you’re going to shoot that much, you’ve got to make ‘em.”
J.R. Smith’s team in China faced off against Wilson Chandler’s, and Smith went off for 51. And his team still lost.
Manu Ginobili admits he is not yet in game shape. You can bet he’s not alone. Which is too bad because games are starting anyway.
Interesting thoughts about the Dallas Mavericks rotation.
A Memphis fans’ ridiculous lawsuit against Kobe Bryant has been given new life.
What is on your team’s NBA holiday wish list?
Talking about the absurdity of the NBA’s compacted schedule.
Amare Stoudemire says the Knicks are going to do some hunting in South Florida, and Dwyane Wade responds.
Then Stoudemire took another swipe at the Heat, saying the Maverick’s thrown is too high for them.
What Chris Bosh has learned in life.
The Memphis Grizzlies have rescinded their $2 million qualifying offer for center Hamed Haddadi. He currently remains in Dubai with visa issues.
The Pistons new locker room is sweet. Probably not as nice as the one for the Oregon Ducks football team, though.
Marcus Thornton was back on the court for the Kings on Thursday after missing a few days due to kidneys stones. Yes, kidney stones.
Marcus Camby tweaked his left knee, which turns out not to be serious but he is listed as day-to-day.
Reggie Evans signing with the Clippers is official. Great get.
Watch Wizards owner Ted Leonsis talk about his team.
Terrance Williams of the Rockets can dunk. Big time.
Tyrus Thomas is questionable for the Bobcats opener Monday. As of Thursday he was still in a walking boot.
Tying Mark Twain and Nene together.
In case you missed it, the Hawks paid the toll on a road in Atlanta for a day. And they lined the road with cheerleaders.
Watch Sasha Vujacic get ejected from a game in Spain for doing something very Vujacic.