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).
After the Clippers win over the Heat, in the Clippers locker room a player (to remain nameless as this was not an on the record conversation) asked about other games including the Lakers against the Jazz. I told him Kobe Bryant dropped 40 again on 31 shots and he just shook his head and said, “Kobe really wants that MVP.”
T.J. Ford, the Spurs backup point guard, is out 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury, which is why they waived Ike Diago and brought up Malcolm Thomas from the D-League.
Al Horford strained his shoulder Wednesday for the Hawks and he could be out a while, the diagnosis is expected later on Thursday.
Chris Bosh says all the name calling about him has gotten out of hand.
World Peace is having a hard time — getting going on offense.
Coach Lionel Hollins is frustrated with the Grizzlies defense. As he should be.
Terrence Williams is not happy having fallen out of the rotation in Houston.
Jordan Farmar had been out of the rotation in New Jersey, got a chance and put up 26 points on Wednesday.
Remember the pre-lockout trade of Omri Casspi for J.J. Hickson we thought was a win for the Kings but could work out for the Cavaliers, too? It’s been more lose-lose.
A detailed look at what Andrew Bynum needs to work on in passing out of the post. (Great work by Zach Lowe.)
The Hornets expect to get Xavier Henry healthy and on the court in about a week.
The Hawks want Jeff Teague to shoot more threes. (He is shooting 45 percent from three this season.)
The Nuggets GM is trying to get in on Tim Tebow fever.
Chris Kaman says he would consider re-signing with the Hornets. Why? Probably the beignets.
Samuel Dalembert is still working hard for the people of his native Haiti. That’s much bigger than basketball.