Monday And-1 links: Would you play for Coach Brian Scalabrine?


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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• Coach Brian Scalabrine? Why not?

• There are reports that Knicks guard J.R. Smith is dating Rihanna. Knicks fans, go look at Matt Kemps’ numbers during and after that relationship.

I’m with Sekou Smith on this one: If you see Blake Griffin as anything other than a developing player just starting to see his potential you are missing the point. And he can already do more than just dunk, but give him a few years to round out his game.

• NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein speaks to GQ. He may be the most interesting man in the world.<

Not cool Thunder fans, not cool at all. Do not mess with karma.

• Chauncey Billups is adamant he is not retiring.

• Indiana’s Lance Stephenson apologized for making that choking sign at LeBron James. Why do I think that was about as sincere as when I make my five-year-old daughter apologize to her sister?

• What other players were tweeting about LeBron’s monster game Sunday.

• The well regarded Doug Smith of the Toronto Star thinks it is possible either Amir Johnson or Ed Davis will be moved by the Raptors this summer.

• Marco Belinelli has no idea where he will sign next season.

• The Cavaliers may make Luke Harangody an unrestricted free agent. Maybe.

• What Warriors ownership is doing with their coming announcement/press conference about a move to San Francisco is creating leverage.

• Phoenix chose not to renew the contract of assistant coach Bill Cartwright. He was the big men mentor, particularly Robin Lopez.

• The NBA is starting a junior development program in India.

• With a new naming rights deal in place, the Milwaukee Bucks now play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.