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Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving will not play for Australia

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Here is our daily 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).

Kyrie Irving is not going to be on Team USA in London in 2012, but he had a standing offer from Australia (he was born in a land down under while his father played professionally there so he is a dual citizen). After talking it over with Mike Krzyzewski, Irving has decided not to play for Australia in 2012 in hopes of playing for Team USA in 2016.

The Bulls are likely going to be without C.J. Watson for a few games due to his ankle injury. Great, just what Tom Thibodeau needs, an excuse to play Derrick Rose more minutes.

Tyson Chandler’s wrist is probably going to bother him for about six more weeks, but he is just going to play through it.

There are a lot of efforts to get Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando, but none funnier than this.

In case you missed it, both Nene and Danilo Gallinari were back on the court for the Nuggets last night.

Zach Randolph participated in a full scrimmage Monday, he is close to coming back.

Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles has put his home up for sale. He has another year on his contract and there have been no rumblings about his job being in jeopardy, so read into this what you want.

Legendary NBA photographer Andy Bernstein talks about his career, his favorite subjects and more. This is a great read.

Barack Obama said that Michael Jordan is the greatest NBA player ever. What did you expect the Chicago guy to say?

The Bobcats Reggie Williams had his knee drained and likely will not play Tuesday.

Al Horford is starting his rehab but is a month away from being re-evaluated.

Fifty photos of NBA players just being dads.

The fact Clipper Darrell and the Clippers are no longer tied to one another is just stupid. Bad for Darrell, and bad for the Clippers (both PR and opportunities missed). Watch this video, clearly this is hurting him.

LeBron James’ mom reached a plea deal in regards to her summer altercation with a valet.

Spurs guard TJ Ford is going to do a rehab stint in the D-League.

T.J. Ford will accept a smaller role to be on a winning team


T.J. Ford will be a free agent when the lockout ends, so he is saying what every free agent says — I want to play for a winner. Of course he does. The Pacers made the playoffs last season but with a losing record. And he was not a huge part of that.

Ford was bounced in and out of the lineup over the years in Indiana like a Ping-Pong ball — coaches didn’t really like or trust him, but they had no better options. Ford wants to get settled on a winner, he told Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.

Even if that means a smaller role.

“First, it’s about winning,” Ford told HOOPSWORLD. “I want to be on a team where it’s about winning and they’re heading in the right direction. Definitely, it’s a team that’s going to be in the playoffs and go further than just the first round. I just want to be part of a team. Whether that means playing 10, 15, 20, 30 or 35 minutes, I just want to be one of the factors that helps the team win.”

You know what this means? He’s going to take the largest contract offered to him. Regardless of team quality.

Video: Harden, Von Wafer highlights from Louisiana

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Last weekend was the Lake Charles Tournament of the Star in Lake Charles, Louisiana. That’s old school Cajun country where you can get some tasty alligator dishes at local restaurants.

And each summer, you can see some pretty good run at Tournament of the Stars pro-am. This year Glen “Big Baby” Davis was there, Von Wafer and T.J. Ford were there, and James Harden was representing the West Coast.

Below are the highlights, courtesy Hoopmixtape (via SLAM). My favorite moment is Big Baby going Sam Cassell. Watch and see.

Larry Bird wants to swing a big deal in Indiana, but odds are against it

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Indiana is one of those team’s stuck in the NBA middle, a place that can be hard to get out of — not good enough to make a run beyond the first round (if they even get in), not bad enough to get a high draft pick that can take a team a long way in a couple of years. They keep cruising along in the middle, fighting for one of the final playoff spots, making it or not, but with no real likelihood of dramatic improvement.

However this year the Pacers do have one thing — expiring contracts. More than $25 million worth between Mike Dunleavy, T.J. Ford and Jeff Foster. That’s the kind of asset that can be converted into a huge trade to bring another star player or two to the Fieldhouse. The kind of move that would shake Indiana out of the middle ground — and team president Larry Bird told FanHouse he would pull the trigger on it.

“I would do that,” Bird, 54, who is contemplating retiring from the NBA after this season, said in an interview with FanHouse. “I’ve got my draft choice (a 2011 first-round pick). The thing I always say is, ‘Do you save it and see what the rules are (under a new collective bargaining agreement) or do you use it?’ But, if get that opportunity, I’m going to use it (by the trade deadline). … Do you wait or do you do it? I’ve made my mind up and I’ve talked to (Pacers owner Herb) Simon about it, and I’ve told him what I want to do, if we can get a good player.”

The problem is, this is a tough year for expiring deals — there is a bigger supply of them then there is demand from teams to get them. It’s the reverse of last season, when teams were desperate to get salary down so they could be part of the LeBron James (and others) sweepstakes. This season there are a number of other big expiring deals out there (Troy Murphy in New Jersey, Eddy Curry in New York, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg) plus some huge trade exceptions that teams such as Cleveland and Toronto can use.

What Bird did say is that Danny Granger isn’t going anywhere. The goal is to get more talent to go around him not send him away and start rebuilding all over again.

But for now, it’s the safe middle ground for the Pacers as they look for a way to shake out of it.

Indiana’s settled point guard situation, not so settled

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Darren Collison was the guy. Indiana needed an up-tempo point guard to run Jim O’Brien’s up-tempo offense, so they went out and got the highly-coveted Collison out of New Orleans.

Except that during crunch time, T.J. Ford has been getting the minutes for the Pacers. Against the Hawks last Friday A.J. Price was the guy getting run. Pacers coach Jim O’Brien told the Indianapolis Star why that was.

“I thought our best chance of coming back was with A.J. in the game because he spaces the court, he shoots the 3 and he also needed playing time,” O’Brien said. “I also think he did a nice job.”

So far this season Collison is shooting 41.4 percent from three, Price 25 percent. I understand trying to get Price some run — he has earned it with his play — and he did help cut the Hawks’ lead in half at times. But when that run falters you need your best playmakers on the floor. Your best players finish games and Collison has sat. That has left Collison confused and unhappy.

“I don’t know why I didn’t play,” said Collison, who has started all 19 games he’s appeared in. “I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough. Right now, I’m not used to it. It is what it is.”

The Pacers have slowed it down some — by about 2.5 possessions per game this season — and in the half court Ford has some veteran savvy with execution. He is a little bit better defender than Collison.

Look at the five man rotations and you see that Collison does better with the regular starters (Mike Dunleavy, Danny Granger, Josh McRoberts and Roy Hibbert)  but substitute Rush for Dunleavy (as O’Brien has done a lot recently) and Ford becomes the much better fit (by 16 points per 48 minutes).

Still the Pacers rotations seem to be a mix and match, which makes it hard to grasp a real identity for this team. They are better — Hibbert has made a huge leap — but we’ll see. Four games this week against the league’s elite will tell us a lot about just where they stand.