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Thursday And-1 links: Just a reminder the Bulls are good

Mar 29, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

Tom Thibodeau 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.

• The Chicago Bulls are 12-5 in games Derrick Rose has missed this season. That is amazing. Rose is the heart of their offense, the MVP, but this team is committed on defense. Tom Thibodeau has to be in your Coach of the Year discussions.

• One of my favorite reads in a while: a fantastic post from Jonathan Abrams about what it is like to be traded as an NBA player.

LeBron James sings Karaoke. In a wig.

• Patrick Ewing says he wouldn’t mind coaching the Knicks. In reality he wouldn’t mind coaching anybody.

• Doc Rivers says the Celtics hope to get Ray Allen back Friday.

• For the record, Andrew Bynum says he loves having Ramon Sessions on the team. Even if a lot of Bynum’s points don’t come off Sessions’ assists.

Rodney Stuckey left the Pistons game Wednesday with a tweaked hamstring and did not return. We’ll have to wait and see how severe that is.

Anderson Varejao has battled through injuries this season but says he will be ready to go for Brazil in the Olympics this summer.

Jeremy Lin had lunch this week with the ESPN employee who was fired after writing an inappropriate headline about Lin.

• Don’t be shocked if you see the Celtics start resting their veterans during the regular season, looking ahead to having fresh legs in the playoffs.

• Could Stan Van Gundy be the next coach of the Knicks? Probably not, but the tabloids would love him.

• The Wizards are already feeling good about picking up Nene.

• Do the Golden State Warriors have a playoff roster next season?

• Along those lines, Andrew Bogut is spending a lot of time reassuring Warriors fans he is not injury prone.

• The hidden impact of Boris Diaw. On the court, not in the buffet lines.

  1. drunkenjunk - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    “Jeremy Lin had lunch this week with the ESPN employee who was fired after writing an inappropriate headline about Lin.”

    I bet that little douche was telling stories of working in soup kitchens in Taiwan, while handing out $100 bills because he’s just such a nice guy. I’m glad they fired that guy, not because of what he wrote but his “I’m the nicest guy in the world” crap he was spewing afterwards.

  2. dadawg77 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Wonder if Federico will write a authorize biography of Lin?

    While the MVP won’t repeat, Coach of the Year should.

  3. mistercharitystripe34 - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    With Rose and Hamilton out, this extra playing time for everyone else has been very beneficial for the Bulls. This team should be much stronger in these playoffs as opposed to last season. They have four guys who shoot the three over 40% and (I think) average more assists as a team than anyone else. That will bode well for them in a ECF series against Miami.

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