Thursday And-1 links: Heat arena as homeless shelter?

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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).

Some politicians want to force Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to house the homeless on non-game nights (that was part of the public financing plan). Feels like an election year, doesn’t it? And no, I’m not making an Eddy Curry joke here, that’s too easy.

Just as a note, Miami has gone 8-1 without Dwyane Wade. They expect to get him back Friday against the Knicks.

LeBron James is offering advice and trying to help out the Cavaliers rookies.

Dirk Nowitzki’s future is not in color commentating. But it is funny.

Dwight Howard is still using the Carmelo Anthony/LeBron James free agency playbook — when asked in any city if you would play there, say you certainly would consider it. Even Boston.

The Magic did not offer a contract extension to Ryan Anderson, who will be a restricted free agent next summer. Smart move. Yes, he’s playing at an All-Star level this season, but do you need a stretch four if you can’t keep Dwight Howard?

In this condensed season, home court advantage matters more than normal.

As they should have, the Bobcats picked up the fourth year option on Gerald Henderson. He’s having the best year of his career by far.

Also from the “as they should have” category, the Knicks picked up the option on Toney Douglas.

GM Darryl Morey talks about the Rockets future and more in a pretty frank Q&A.

Cleveland’s Omri Casspi had to get six stiches on his chin after taking an elbow in Cleveland’s win over New York Wednesday.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis explains whey they fired Flip Saunders. Like the rest of us, he wasn’t seeing any progress.

Andray Blatche talks about his feelings of Saunders being fired. No, he doesn’t say it is his fault.

Unlikely, crazy playoff possibility — the Lakers or Clippers win the Pacific Division but do not have one of the best eight records in the West, then the division winner goes in as the four seed and the eight seed is out.

The Sixers’ Lavoy Allen (who played in town at Temple) talks with CSNPhilly.com.

The Kings Marcus Thornton is out for a couple weeks due to a hematoma (which is sort of a really bad bruise). That means more Jimmer Time in Sacramento, he gets the start for now.

The Lakers have sent Derrick Caracter to the D-League as he tries to return from injury.