Dec 30, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT
Welcome to 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).
Boston’s zone defense that slowed the Heat was put in because their man-to-man defense was so bad.
The New York Knicks still need an identity.
Agent Happy Walters had an interest in buying a piece of the 76ers when they were recently for sale.
I think Russell Westbrook is a far better fit in OKC than Rajon Rondo. But here is the argument from J.A.Adande of ESPN that Westbrook doesn’t fit either.
Jameer Nelson is questionable for Friday’s game against Charlotte after leaving Thursday night with spasms in his neck.
The Golden State Warriors as a defensive team?
- Should NBA coaches get NFL style challenge flags? 17
- Report: Suns discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe 25
- Report: Sixers may look to trade for Amar’e Stoudemire at this season’s deadline 32
- Kevin Durant reiterates that rest was his reason for withdrawing from Team USA 9
- Kobe Bryant says he will not be same player as before, says he’s evolved into something equally good 25
- Report: Agent for Greg Monroe pursued sign-and-trade deals with five teams, including Thunder and Blazers 25
- Derrick Rose sits out another Team USA practice, not likely to start Wednesday 23
- DeMarcus Cousins practices with team USA Tuesday, says he’s 50-50 for Wednesday game 2