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).
Paul Pierce misses having Delonte West around.
The 76ers have been good this year, but let’s not throw the word “elite” around. Yet. (The schedule has really favored them.)
That said, the Sixers side pick-and-roll destroyed Indy Monday night (and other teams before that). Philly is playing good team ball and really executing.
Tyrus Thomas did not play Tuesday night because he had “fatigued legs.” He may not be the only one this season.
LeBron James is serious about going to the post.
LeBron James says his ankle is only about 80 percent.
Denver has recalled guard Julyan Stone from the Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
Marcin Gortat took the splint off his thumb and has shot 22 of 31 since.
The Grizzlies will wear a patch the rest of this season honoring the late Gene Bartow, the man who was president of the company that owns the Grizzlies.
Mike Dunleavy will be out up to a month with a groin injury.
Kendrick Perkins now has four technicals this year. As a reminder, suspensions start at 13 this season.
Marcus Camby is old. And still really good.
Charles Barkley talks Tim Tebow (“the national nightmare continues”) and Saturday Night Live.
How about that Jan Vesley. He looked pretty good coming off the Wizards bench Tuesday.
Smush Parker has signed to play in Iran. Somewhere Kobe Bryant just involuntary laughed.