Welcome to our 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).
Mark Cuban is going to spend about $1.4 million on Mavericks championship rings. He’ll do it without blinking. He’d gladly do it again next year, but that appears not to be a concern.
Expect Gregg Popovich to sit Tim Duncan for a game soon. To rest him.
Boston Celtics ticket prices are suddenly much more affordable.
Rumor is the Knicks want to get J.R. Smith when the Chinese season ends. I bet they would. But they are over the salary cap and are very limited in what they can offer, so unless Smith isn’t concerned about the money it’s a tough sell.
Just a reminder, the post Carmelo Anthony trade Knicks are a below .500 team.
Richard Hamilton returned to the Bulls lineup Tuesday and had 11 points.
Martell Webster is back in the Timberwolves’ practices. He may return to games soon.
Al Horford’s surgery was successful on Tuesday, but he is pretty much lost for the season to the Hawks.
Vince Carter will be out Wednesday against the Clippers with what is described as a sprained foot (suffered on that final play against the Lakers, a missed three to tie the game). Expect him to miss a couple more.
The NBA is going to celebrate the Chinese New Year with special events this year. Globalization, baby!
The Hornets hope to get Eric Gordon back on the court next week.
Memphis officials were “encouraged” by the results of Zach Randolph’s latest MRI. Take that with a grain of salt, but it’s a good sign.
Kevin Love says all the right things about his potential contract extension with the Timberwolves.
Jeff Foster will be out a couple weeks for the Pacers.
Lakers rookie Darius Morris has looked decent after being forced into action. He’s way more athletic than anyone else in their backcourt not named Kobe.
The Nets waived Dennis Horner to clear a roster spot for Larry Owens.
The Knicks have sent center Jerome Jordan and guard Jeremy Lin to the Erie BayHawks of the D-League.
The Nets have sent Jordan Williams to the Springfield Armor of the D-League.
The latest State of Nate video, chronicling the life of Nate Robinson.