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Friday And-1 links: JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son

Jan 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

JaVale McGee 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).

JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son, even if her defense of him shows a few blind spots. As a parent, I can relate… except my kids are actually perfect.

Speaking of parents, Austin Rivers will likely get drafted somewhere in the middle of the first round next June, and father Doc thinks he could fit on the Celtics just fine.

That whole “blow up the Celtics” thing? It’s not that simple, and they are already kind of doing it anyway.

Blake Griffin’s $38,000 trading card. Yes, you read that right.

Lineup to watch: Washington had success against the Thunder playing John Wall, Nick Young and Jordan Crawford together. That experiment will get more time in the lab.

How much should the soon to be restricted free agents of the draft class of 2008 make? Michael Beasley is not going to like this list.

Mike Brown played Kobe Bryant 41 minutes against the Heat Thursday, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum 37 each. On the first night of a back-to-back with Orlando tonight. That could have consequences.

And yes, Eddy Curry did play last night.

The Nets and Grizzlies are not talking O.J. Mayo trade anymore.

Quentin Richardson doesn’t need to come off the bench to play good defense.

LeBron James almost ran over Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria Thursday.

Roy Hibbert wants to re-sign with the Pacers.

What has led to Portland losing a few games in a row? They’re too nice. Seriously. They all get along so well nobody wanted to call out anyone else and hold them accountable.

LaMarcus Aldridge put on some muscle this year but says the added weight has impacted his jumping around the rim.

Suns coach Alvin Gentry talks Steve Nash, defense and yoga.

Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person talks Mike Brown and Phil Jackson. Among other things.

Kwame Brown had successful surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle on Wednesday.

The Sacramento city councilwoman who opposes the new arena for the Kings is going to try and get the issue on the ballot. Not likely to happen, but something to watch.

The NBA and India are talking about starting a new league in that nation. (Eventually, the NBA may just outsource all its games from there.)

  1. khadeemw - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    This may seem ignorant but i do not blame JaVale McGee for they way the he nor the Wizards have been performing. JaVale McGee is averaging a double double dispite not being put in a situation where his talents are not being maximized. They run no plays for him except the occasional “Here JaVale, you want the ball here it is we’re watching” type of play. The team has no structure or order. You can say what you want but that falls on Flip. He has been at it for 2 yrs and we have seen absolutely no progress. Not with Nick, JaVale, Andray, and John Wall. At some point you have to stop pointing your fingers at the players and say “What am I doing wrong.” JaVale McGee is somewhat of a knucklehead, but he plays hard and is productive. At some point the Wizards have to just let Flip go.

    • kinggw - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I was with you up until the knucklehead comment. What exactly makes him a knucklehead? He doesnt get in trouble off the court and doesnt appear to be a cancer in the locker room.

  2. khadeemw - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    The club incident is one that I can think of off the type top of my head. I also said “somewhat” of a knucklehead. He’s more of a goofball than a knucklehead.

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