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Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks about passing Shaq

Feb 2, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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Here is our daily 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 on passing Shaq on the all-time scoring list (he’s just 69 points back): “It was inevitable.” Sorry, but that feud was more than just Phil Jackson.

A big part of the problem in Orlando — Stan Van Gundy doesn’t have a lot of good players to coach.

DeShawn Stevenson will be out at least a couple weeks for the Nets due to knee issues.

The New York Times did a fascinating in-depth look at the NBA and China. The league is losing its grip a little.

The 76ers need some depth along the front line, but they are not going after Chris Kaman.

Steve Nash just became the Suns all-time assists leader Wednesday. My first thought: He wasn’t already?

Monta Ellis for Joakim Noah? This rumor is out there in the Bay Area, but there is no chance — zero, nada — that the Bulls would do it. Dr. Who couldn’t find a world where that trade happens.

Paul Pierce tells Kevin Garnett he should shoot more threes.

The Magic have waived Larry Hughes. He’s free to sign with anybody… if they want him.

Thinking, Fast and Slow, about the NBA. (Really interesting read about how we view players.)

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and the Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio are your Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month for January (and December, they threw those five days in). The Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau and the Thunder’s Scott Brooks were named the Coaches of the Month.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman complains that his young team does not get a fair shake from the referees. He’s right to a degree, the Wizards are a young team and so tend not to get calls. More importantly, that’s not really the problem in Washington.

Tickets are on sale for the Broadway production of Magic/Bird.”

Casey Jacobsen writes for SLAM about his best and worst teammates in the NBA (and more). Chris Andersen comes off well, Darko and J.R. Smith not so much.

Speaking of the gunner. J.R. Smith hit 14 threes and dropped 60 points in a game in China. And no, his family did not get into any fights in the stands.

The Cavaliers recalled Luke Harangody from the D-League.

The Magic are about to call up Ish Smith from the D-League to provide some help in the back court.

RIP well known D1 college coach Charlie Spoonhour.

  1. conjecture101 - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Kobe’s the man, but Shaq is the SuperMan.

  2. mjbulls45 - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    so much gets made of Kobe vs. Shaq ,

    Shaq vs. Kobe,

    at the end of the day they both will be remembered as the greatest 1-2 punch in NBA history,

    3 rings in a row prove that , and the fact they won those NBA Finals series – decisively.

    and against impressive comp –

    Reggie and the Pacers,

    Iverson and the 76ers

    Kidd and the Nets.

    • b7p19 - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      With a name like “mjbills45″ I would not have expected to see Shaq/Kobe stand at the top of your best duo ever list.

      • conjecture101 - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        even bulls fans know, perhaps even more so, how much better both Kobe & Shaq were than Pippen.

      • mjbulls45 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        shaq and kobe are best 1-2 punch ever

        BECAUSE

        Shaq is the most dominant inside post player big man offensive paint force – whatever else u want to add to that – EVER , nothing like Shaq in his prime,

        and Kobe was entering and/or early in his prime as the 2nd best guard ever to Jordan.

        So you have best center ever & 2nd best Shooting guard ever.

        Only reason I have them above MJ & Pip is because

        Kobe & Shaq – inside & outside , guard & center

        vs

        Mike & Scottie – small forward & shooting guard threat

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        @ b7p19

        If you think Jordan/Pippen were a better 1-2 punch then O’Neal/Bryant then you need to lay off the sauce.

    • borderline1988 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      I don’t disagree with you regarding Kobe & Shaq (although I think the Spurs need more attention…4 rings in Duncan’s career, that has to be worth something as well).

      But regarding the 76ers and Nets as ‘impressive comp’ – you either weren’t following basketball at that time or you’re crazy. Those teams were among the weakest teams to make an NBA finals in history. The Eastern Conference was horrible in those early 2000 years.

  3. mjbulls45 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Nets weak competition , really?

    those same Nets made the finals the following year and almost pushed the Spurs to a game 7, those same Spurs you are vouching for to get more “attention”.

    All you need to know about the Spurs is that they almost killed the marketing scale for the NBA, NO ONE WATCHED THE NBA FINALS if san antonio was in it,

    on the court, yes the Spurs were great, but they are NOT getting attention bc no one liked to watch those boring teams play, they have all the worst NBA finals ratings when they were involved, and yes

    the NBA is a business , its about marketing and ratings as much as it is the actual game itself. The Spurs almost killed that interest amongst sports fans, and are in part the reason the NBA is looking up to MLB & the NFL in the American market.

    I’m crazy, really?

    bc that 76ers team was coached by Larry Brown and had Allen Iverson in his prime. Obviously you have a bias against Allen Iverson, whether you think he is a thug, or not a team player, whatever the reason.

    But A.I. in his prime was as good and explosive as anybody, he was a beast, simply put.

    Eastern Conference Finals horribe?!? haha,

    ok Reggie and the Pacers, Nets, BUCKS with Ray allen, big dog glen robinson, Sam cassell, George Karl as head coach, & Anthony Mason,

    Vince and the Raptors, HEAT with everybody – Zo, Hardaway , , Knicks were still loaded,

    Hornets – Elden Campbell, Baron Davis, Jamal Mashburn

    Now either you weren’t following basketball at that time, or you’re crazy.

    Or maybe you just dont know anything and have never played the game before at a high enough level to understand things, and are not mature enough to understand the business dynamics of the NBA either,

    after all your born in 1988, how could you know? , wait a minute I was born in 1986, I’m only 2 years older then you, how do I know?

    because I know more.

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