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Wednesday And-1 links: Cuban is still spending on something

Jan 18, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

Mark Cuban AP

Welcome to our 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).

Mark Cuban is going to spend about $1.4 million on Mavericks championship rings. He’ll do it without blinking. He’d gladly do it again next year, but that appears not to be a concern.

When Dwyane Wade is out, LeBron James and Chris Bosh put up bigger numbers (as they did against the Spurs Tuesday). Don’t confuse that with the Heat being better.

Expect Gregg Popovich to sit Tim Duncan for a game soon. To rest him.

Boston Celtics ticket prices are suddenly much more affordable.

Rumor is the Knicks want to get J.R. Smith when the Chinese season ends. I bet they would. But they are over the salary cap and are very limited in what they can offer, so unless Smith isn’t concerned about the money it’s a tough sell.

Just a reminder, the post Carmelo Anthony trade Knicks are a below .500 team.

Richard Hamilton returned to the Bulls lineup Tuesday and had 11 points.

Martell Webster is back in the Timberwolves’ practices. He may return to games soon.

Al Horford’s surgery was successful on Tuesday, but he is pretty much lost for the season to the Hawks.

Vince Carter will be out Wednesday against the Clippers with what is described as a sprained foot (suffered on that final play against the Lakers, a missed three to tie the game). Expect him to miss a couple more.

The NBA is going to celebrate the Chinese New Year with special events this year. Globalization, baby!

The Hornets hope to get Eric Gordon back on the court next week.

Memphis officials were “encouraged” by the results of Zach Randolph’s latest MRI. Take that with a grain of salt, but it’s a good sign.

Kevin Love says all the right things about his potential contract extension with the Timberwolves.

Jeff Foster will be out a couple weeks for the Pacers.

Lakers rookie Darius Morris has looked decent after being forced into action. He’s way more athletic than anyone else in their backcourt not named Kobe.

The Nets waived Dennis Horner to clear a roster spot for Larry Owens.

The Knicks have sent center Jerome Jordan and guard Jeremy Lin to the Erie BayHawks of the D-League.

The Nets have sent Jordan Williams to the Springfield Armor of the D-League.

The latest State of Nate video, chronicling the life of Nate Robinson.

  1. kvanhorn87 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    For a second I thought u made it through an “and 1” without mentioning all of the darlings, heat, Knicks and lakers. But I reread it and the lakers were there. Now I know the sun will still set today.

    • mytthor - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Yes. How dare a basketball news site reference the teams that more people care about hearing about! It’s like they’re here to get site hits and have a large audience. Pandering to the teams with the largest fan base. How rude! We need more hard hitting Wolves news!

      • slopmcflop - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Hear hear! I should be reading up on the mascot for the Hornets, not all this “top 5 team” nonsense!

  2. kvanhorn87 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Inclusion of some and exclusion of other teams is the point. Even if there is no news on those 3 something is drummed up. Like lemmings over the cliff. Those fans just live to hear their favorite teams name. Some exciting twolves, jazz, thunder, and Sixers happenings.

    • slopmcflop - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      That’s just how the world of sports media is, guy. The big market teams get the stories, 2 to 1, over smaller markets. Look up any other sports related website (that isn’t team specific), and you’ll find it’s true. ESPN anyone? If you really want to find out more about smaller market teams, go check out a site like and peruse the blogs there.

    • sknut - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Ironically there were two T-Wolves mentions today.

    • beagle11 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Go read about your two horse town team in your local two horse town newspaper.

  3. kvanhorn87 - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    You guys are right evidenced by the massive # of comments left on each story here. Oh yeah never mind. maybe writing against the grain would get more people to follow and participate.

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