Thursdays And-1 links, where Lakers fans are just wrong

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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).

In this poll, 56 percent of Lakers fans would rather have Andrew Bynum as their starting center over Dwight Howard. Those fans are fools. I’m a Bynum fan, I like him, but come on.

At least those fans don’t have to be in Andrew Bynum’s car, the man is not a great driver.

From the fine folks at the @NBAHistory twitter account: Kevin Love became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 to record 20 points and 12 rebounds in his first six games of the season.

It’s a little early, but who would you vote for to be NBA MVP?

Corey Maggette strained his hamstring and could be out a little while. Like weeks not days.

It’s official, Nate Robinson is a Warrior. With Stephen Curry’s ongoing ankle issues he’s going to get some run.

Kobe Bryant thinks Andrew Bynum has the ambition to be great.

An interesting look at race and the making of an NBA cult hero.

Video worth watching: Kevin Garnett throws water on his own face during a game.

That engagement ring LeBron James gave his long-time girlfriend is worth a cool quarter of a million. At least.

Breaking down what Portland did to slow Kevin Durant.

Samardo Samuels did not travel with Cleveland up to take on Toronto because he did not have a passport. He said he lost it. Also, the dog ate his homework.

DeAndre Jordan’s defense is maturing. It had better, this is a key to the Clippers improving.

Chris Bosh says all he does is think about basketball. Insert your own joke here.

LeBron James’ people reject a $3,500 birthday cake.

Of course somebody took Shaq up on his challenge and got a tattoo of Charles Barkley kissing Dick Bavetta.

Mike Dunleavy has a strained groin and did not travel with the Bucks to Sacramento for Thursdays game.

Mike D’Antoni wants Landry Fields to stop thinking so much.

Kyrie Irving is playing better and better in Cleveland (well, except for Wednesday night). Why? Byron Scott told him to chill.

Blazers have sent Luke Babbit to the D-League.

The Cavaliers have sent Christian Eyenga to the Canton Charge in the D-League.

The Thunder’s Ryan Reid had surgery to fix a broken nose.

The Nets have signed a lease their corporate offices in Brooklyn. Everyone who works in the office just got 50 percent more hip.

Solomon Alabi was sent to the D-League by the Raptors.

NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media

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Sunday was Father’s Day in the United States and as such several players around the league decided to share their feelings on the national day of appreciation horrible their own fathers and as fathers themselves.

Many of you’re to get together with their kids or with their fathers, Posting photos and giving us a nice little peek into the family lives of some of the leaves players.

Some guys, like Baron Davis and Jameer Nelson, sent out messages wishing well to those whose father’s had passed on.

Via Instagram and Twitter:

Make sure you appreciate your pops today.

Arson suspected at bar where Zach Randolph’s brother killed

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MARION, Ind. (AP) Investigators have determined a fire likely was intentionally set at an Indiana bar, one day after the brother of NBA star Zach Randolph was fatally shot there.

The fire happened at Hop’s Blues Room in Marion early Sunday – less than 24 hours after 35-year-old Roger Randolph was found dead.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze that caused an estimated $20,000 in damage. Marion Fire Department Investigator Brandon Eckstein says the cause of the fire was arson.

Early Saturday, Roger Randolph died shortly after he was found shot in the parking lot of the business. Police say no arrests have been made.

Zach Randolph was a star player in Marion and now plays for the Sacramento Kings.

Authorities didn’t immediately say whether they believe Randolph’s death and the fire are related.

Report: First round picks will walk across draft stage with two family members

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The NBA Draft is a big moment for many young men entering the league. Before the picks are announced, TV coverage shows players waiting at their tables among parents, siblings, and their agents.

Now, the NBA is apparently turning the first round into even more of a family affair.

According to Yahoo! Sports, first round selections will be invited to bring two family members to walk across the stage with them as they are selected during the draft on Thursday night. Those members will also be in the greenroom, so they will get the full experience of what it’s like to be an NBA draft pick themselves.

Via Yahoo!:

This is going to be pretty neat to see, and it should make the smiles of the players even bigger as they get to experience a lifelong dream right alongside their support networks.

The 2018 NBA Draft kicks off on Thursday, June 21 at 4:00 PM.

It’s the 10 year anniversary of Kevin Garnett’s ‘Anything is possible’ (VIDEO)

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The Boston Celtics were world champions back in 2008. After a whirlwind summer in 2007 where the team traded for both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, things came together for the Celtics as Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo filled out an impressive roster.

Boston had two consecutive seven-game series to open the postseason in 2007-08, beating the Atlanta Hawks in the first round and then LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second. They then dispatched the Pistons in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers in six in the NBA Finals.

The Celtics hadn’t won the championship since the 1985-86 season, and suffered through patently bad teams or talented ones that tended to get clumsy with early playoff exits.

When Boston finally did win their title, it was Garnett who game us one of the more iconic moments of their celebration, shouting “Anything is possible!” as he was interviewed after the game.

Via Twitter:

A decade later, Boston is again in the hunt for another championship and seemingly set up to do so for years to come.