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Friday And-1 links: NCAA makes players draft decision harder

Mar 23, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

Adrian Diaz 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• To make things easier on their coaches and universities, the NCAA is screwing over players thinking about declaring for the NBA draft by giving them little time to make a decision. DraftExpress lays it all out, there is no real chance to “test the waters.” The issue is less the lottery guys and more the players who might go undrafted, get bad advice and now will not have time to reverse the decision.

As we said would be happening, the Celtics have officially signed Ryan Hollins as a backup center, waiving Chris Wilcox.

• Dallas has signed a deal with Kelenna Azubuike, which could be a great find if he really can bounce back from a pretty severe knee injury. He will start his comeback in the D-League.

• The Nets are holding Brook Lopez out a couple more weeks after a scan revealed a “line” where his foot had been fractured (and reportedly healed). The Nets should be in tank mode anyway.

• A fascinating note about crunch time statistics from John Hollinger at ESPN — crunch time defense may be a better way to tell who succeeds at the end of games than who does better on offense.

• Speaking of stats, they show Jeremy Lin is doing just fine under Mike Woodson, thank you very much.

• Why did the Lakers trade Derek Fisher? For them he would not have been the same leader on the bench.

• A good look at the problems Vinny Del Negro faces with the Clippers.

• Clippers fans have a right to be mad at Jason Smith — that was a cheap shot Thursday night — but they should also know they might not have Chris Paul without him.

• Allen Iverson’s ex-wife wants a list of every woman he’s slept with. Have fun with that one, the jokes write themselves.

• A good look at why the Clippers are not contenders right now, thanks to Zach Lowe from Sports Illustrated. To sum it up in a word – defense.

DeMarcus Cousins and Devin Harris will not be sending each other Christmas cards.

The Clippers also have let Bobby Simmons go. Not really a shock after they brought in Nick Young.

Ramon Sessions talks about adjusting to life with the Lakers.

• Iowa State power forward Royce White has declared for the 2012 NBA draft. DraftExpress has him going No. 18 right now, he appears solidly in the first round.

• Reports are Memphis’ Will Barton will declare for the draft as well. That’s a bigger risk, DraftExpress has him going in the second round — which means no guaranteed contract.

A Q&A with a guy I really enjoy talking to, Tristan Thompson of the Cavaliers.

  1. Justin - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Here is a good one for Wolves’ fans that I didn’t see above. Another one of those videos of the players singing Karaoke.

    http://wp.me/p1zWAl-Ym

  2. zblott - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Why should the Nets be in crunch mode? They don’t get a pick unless it’s top-3, which will be hard for them to do with Charlotte, Washington, and NO will certainly end with worse records, and Toronto, Detroit, Sacramento, and Cleveland are all right there.

  3. hwatt - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    nice link on Lin. Nothing like good old-fashioned consistency and production to shut out the haters and establish yourself

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