Here is our regular 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 more than Bostonites love to sing along with Neil Diamond….
• If you can’t get enough of the Heat’s 2013 run to an NBA title (and if not, it’s kind of time to move on unless you live in Miami) Dwyane Wade has exactly what you need — he is releasing a new documentary about the Heat’s title run. He will be posting the short film on his Web site next week, with a sneak peak coming out this week.
“I think it’s going to give people a different perspective on what it all meant to me,” Wade said.
• The Portland Trail Blazers became the first NBA team to officially come out in support of marriage equality (allowing gays and lesbians to marry). Why? There is constitutional amendment to support gay marriage coming up on the Oregon ballot, for one. This is the official Trail Blazers statement.
“The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.”
If you’re looking for another reason, this is just smart business. The fact is the NBA’s demographic skews younger — and countless polls have shown younger generations are far more supportive of marriage equality. The NBA’s demographic also skews urban, another generally strong base of support for gay marriage.
• Former NBA player Joe C. Meriweather has passed away at the age of 59. In a 10-year NBA career he played for the Rockets, Hawks, Jazz, Knicks, and the Kansas City Kings. He may be best remembered as the women’s basketball at Park University in Missouri.
• You know the new Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips?” The Nets assistant head of security was a former FBI Counter Terrorism Unit guy who was one of the men who helped rescue the real Captain Phillips.
• A fantastic look at how the Grizzlies need a little more flow in their grit and grind.
• Andrea Bargnani has become a dividing line in New York on the love it/hate it trade lines. This is as good a breakdown of the arguments as you’re going to find, well done Knickerblogger. Based on watching him in the past, by next spring I expect almost every Knick fan will be in the hate it camp.
• Andrew Bynum showed up to Cavaliers practice. He didn’t actually do anything but sit there with ice on his knees, but he showed up.
• Guy who has quietly had a really good preseason? Omri Caspi with the Houston Rockets, as kind of a stretch four to balance out Dwight Howard. It’s just preseason but it’s something to watch.
• Kyrie Irving expects his assist numbers to go up this year. Which mostly means he need Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and the rest of the guys to hit a few more shots.
• With Trey Burke out, expect Alec Burks to get some starts at point guard in Utah, especially if Ty Corbin likes the matchup.
• Dallas rookie Ricky Ledo sprained his right ankle in practice on Tuesday and is out for their preseason game Wednesday.
• The Pelicans Jason Smith has been battling a sore hip and has missed practices because of it.
• Sebastian Telfair signed in China.
• The NBA and Yao Ming have partnered to open a school in China.
• The agent for Tim Duncan and Jeremy Lin has launched a new sports agency.