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).
Dallas’ Jason Terry says what we all already knew: Oklahoma City is the team to beat in the West.
Lou Williams and the art of the 2-for-1.
If you’ve got a player who puts up a lot of points, the other thing you want him to be is consistent. LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been that this year, Carmelo Anthony not so much.
What the Knicks are doing right on offense.
Kobe Bryant admits the Lakers will not be a top seed in the West, but thinks they’ll be dangerous anyway.
Miami’s marketing department sent out a clever email that backhands the Cavaliers. Some may be offended, I thought it was clever.
Timofey Mozgov talks about what it is like to become a verb — Mozgoved: To be dunked on — and how it feels to have Kendrick Perkins in the club.
Nicolas Batum’s knee injury has officially been classified as a bone bruise. In Portland, that’s considered a minor knee injury.
Dwyane Wade says it’s hard to play with a big lead on the road.
Jimmer Fredette got his first DNP-CD on Thursday.
Hornets coach Monty Williams heard Jarrett Jack complaining about his knee, so he pulled him from the lineup Thursday.
Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock thinks he’s as good as everyone else in the last draft.
Joakim Noah meets competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi. It’s as odd as it sounds.
Charles Barkley rants about how the season is an embarrassment.
Marcus Thornton was back on the court for the Kings Thursday, after missing more than a week with a bad bruise on his leg.
Minnesota rookie Malcolm Lee is nearing a comeback from knee surgery and is expected to begin his rehab in the D-League next week.
The Magic made it official and have Ish Smith on the roster.