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Monday And-1 links (formerly one morning liners)

Dec 26, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant AP

New name, same drill. This is our morning 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).

Kobe Bryant had experimental work done on his ankle last summer as well as his knee. At this point if you told me part of him was bionic I wouldn’t be shocked.

Was this really a good time for the Lakers to go away from the triangle?

Facinating profile in the Charlotte Observer of Michael Jordan’s right hand man, Curtis Polk, one of the few people on the planet who can say “no” to Jordan.

Samuel Dalembert has not practiced with the Rockets and likely will not play for them Monday night, which means a lot of Jordan Hill for Houston.

Don’t expect to see Mickael Pietrus in a Celtics uniform until Friday.

There are 88 guys who played in the D-League on NBA rosters to start the season.

Doc Rivers says Celtics/Knicks is a real rivalry again.

The Knicks Jared Jeffries injured his calf and is out 1-2 weeks. The Knicks don’t have the depth for injuries like this and Iman Shupert.

Interesting post from Mavs owner Mark Cuban on why he hasn’t set up in-game, smart phone based social networking for the team’s fans.

Hawks ownership says they are not looking to sell the team. Right. I’m not looking to win the lottery, either.

Mike Brown would like to know what Kobe Bryant was thinking on that last pass.

Brendan Haywood is no Tyson Chandler.

Paul Pierce has a bruised heel and says he is day-to-day. As Keith Olberman used to say, “aren’t we all?”

Tim Duncan is not as efficient as he once was, and that is really hurting the Spurs.

A smart look at what Richard Hamilton brings to the Bulls.

Andris Biedrins played really well on Sunday — 5-of-5 shooting, eight rebounds, three blocks. Not saying he’s back, just pointing out a fact. Oh, what the heck — He’s back!

Here’s a fantastic breakdown of Evan Turner’s reworked jumpshot.

Ricky Davis and Greg Ostertag have signed to play in the D-League.

The Hornets signed Mexico native Gustavo Ayon but the big man is still stuck in Spain (where he played) due to Visa issues.

The Clippers give a lot of run to Brian Cook off the bench. They need some depth up front. Badly.

In case you missed it, Chris Paul was on the Tonight show with Jay Leno last week.

Talking with John Wall (who I expect to have a big season).

Playing 20 questions with the Bulls season.

  1. lewp - Dec 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Did anyone see the Santa heckler at the Mavs/Heat game?

    Too funny.

  2. test2402 - Dec 26, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    You need Tim Tebow in this league.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      We do, he goes by the name of Jimmer Fredette.

  3. hoytdadd64 - Dec 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    i wish i could give your tebow comment 100 thumbs down,this basketball not football, not to mention tebow is ONE player on a TEAM that is playing together like a TEAM should be, just cause he prays after every play he makes doesn’t make him a savior or a hero… it’s the Denver Broncos not the Denver Tebows, people need to realize that and stop trying to make him the jesus christ of sports!!!!!

    • theghostofwillisreed - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:32 PM

      you mean a team that got beat down to reality by a team that had previously lost what, five in a row?

      ease up on the tebow love, son.

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