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Wednesday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin notes… and other stuff

Feb 15, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

Jeremy Lin; Anthony Carter AP

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).

Great stuff on why Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony will work out from Bethlehem Shoals at GQ.

Mike D’Antoni talks Linsanity, and blending Carmelo Anthony back in to the team. It’s about the ball having energy.

A guy from Cornell talks about playing against Jeremy Lin. You can add Ivy Leaguers to the list of people who did not see this coming.

Some Harvard lawyers and executives that played with Lin didn’t see it coming, either.

Team USA and Spain will play in a pre-Olympic exhibition game that likely will be a Gold Medal preview game.

LeBron James in an 18-foot foam statue. Don’t see anyone doing that for Lin.

Kobe Bryant’s now ex-wife Vanessa was waiting for him outside the Lakers locker room on Valentines Day.

Lakers coach Mike Brown confirms he has talked with J.R. Smith. We’ll see what kind of a recruiter he is.

Kevin Love is logging more minutes per game than anyone in the NBA, which at age 23 after losing a lot of weight makes sense. Kobe Bryant is second in minutes per game at age 33 with a lot of miles on him.

And don’t go thinking coaches are resting their players more this year.

Lest you think the draft is a lock, here’s a story on how in 1979 the Lakers were torn, debating between taking Magic Johnson with the top overall pick or Sidney Moncrief. It was a close call.

The other day Metta World Peace accused Mike Brown of being a “stats guy” and that’s why Metta is sitting at the end of games. Mike Brown’s response: “If I was a stats guy, Metta, you wouldn’t be playing at all.”

But now World Peace and Brown say everything is good between them.

Kevin Martin went scoreless for the Rockets Tuesday night and was not happy to be sitting at the end of the game.

Jarrett Jack is out Wednesday for the Hornets. Because they don’t have enough problems.

Kyrie Irving was back practicing with the Cavaliers Tuesday and is scheduled to return to the court from his concussion on Wednesday.

Andrew Bogut is going to be out for a while, but he is hoping to avoid surgery on his ankle. Don’t blame him, he’s had enough surgeries.

Mark Cuban thinks Shawn Marion should be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Mark Cuban thinks a lot of things.

If you missed it, Chris Anderson — the Birdman — was in full flight Tuesday night with 16 points and 6 blocks.

A Q&A with Norris Cole, who dropped 20 last night on the Pacers. Heat have a keeper in this rookie.

With Andrew Bogut out for the season, the Bucks have interest in free agent Kyrylo Fesenko.

Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to shoot down all the rumors that Eric Gordon doesn’t want to play for the Hornets. He’s right. Gordon wants to play and prove himself, he’s not faking injuries here.

Darryl Dawkins talks dunks.

Minnesota has recalled Malcolm Lee from the D-League. They need some help at the two guard, but Lee is going to be brought along slowly.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Word is Kendrick Perkins thought it was disrespectful to Jose Calderon that Shane Battier tweeted about the greatness of Jeremy Lin’s game winner v. Toronto.

  2. zblott - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    The Magic-Moncrief call was and should have been a lot tighter than most people today remember. Of course Magic was the right call, but here’s why it should have been the debate it was:

    1) 5 years into his career, Magic had a reputation as a coach-killer, terrible in the clutch, egotistical, and Sports Illustrated called him “greedy, petulant, and obnoxious.” All of this changed down the road, but you gotta think teams at the top of the draft knew this was who they were getting in the present.
    2) Moncrief was a phenomenal shooter – Magic was decent at best and had a good FG% because he was playing on a fastbreak club with great surrounding talent.
    3) Moncrief was without question the best defensive guard of the 80’s – Magic was pretty bad but luckily had Kareem behind him.
    4) Moncrief was putting up averages of 23 ppg, 7 rpg (and amazing on the offensive glass for a G), and 5 apg before a horrendous set of knee injuries wiped him out from 1986 on. If he came along when arthroscopic surgery existed, this career would have continued, and he would have been one of the 3 best guards of the 80’s, a decade with unbelievable talent.
    5) With his best surrounding talent being an over-the-hill Marques Johnson and Terry Cummings, Moncrief lead the Bucks to the decade’s 3rd best winning %. In fact, they finished 1st in their division every year in his prime over the Pistons with Isiah/Laimbeer and the Hawks with Dominique/Willis.

    Again, Magic was the right call, but look at how great Moncrief’s career was before his knees took him out: one of the 2-3 best defensive guards ever, a great shooter and slasher who could easily put up 20 ppg with very good rebound-assist averages for the SG position on a team with FAR less talent than Magic or Bird were dealing with. Put him in today’s league with the right surgery and everyone practicing/using 3-pointers, and we’re talking about someone totally different.

  3. zblott - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    A little more info and detail on the Magic/Concrief decision of 1979:

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