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Thursday And-1 links: Comparing Kobe and CP3

Apr 5, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant brushes past Los Angeles Clippers' Paul during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles Reuters

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.

Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul, compared by their fellow Olympians in Beijing and coaches. My takeaway is guys love playing with CP3, which is great news for the Clippers.

• Mohammad El Akkari scored 113 points in a Lebenese league game. Jim Buss now wants to draft him.

• The Bulls have signed Mike James for the rest of this season.

• Dennis Rodman may play in the Bulgarian All-Star game. No, sadly we are serious.

• John Calipari went to the Spurs at the Celtics game last night. Don’t read anything into that — if he does come to coach in the NBA next season it will not be because he deposed Doc Rivers or Gregg Popovich. My guess, he was coming to see if Rajon Rondo had any eligibility left.

• The Rockets have inked Earl Boykins to a second 10-day contract.

Metta World Peace said after the Lakers win that he is playing through some minor ankle pain suffered in the OKC game.

• Happy birthday Matt Bonner. Today your sandwich is on me.

• NBA agent Aaron Mintz resigned from Priority Sports & Entertainment (Mark Bartelstein’s group) and signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). And now Mintz has filed a lawsuit against his former employer.

• How James Harden could end up a Wizards next summer. (Not going to happen, but here’s how it could.)

Gerald Wallace said he was surprised Portland traded him at the deadline.

• Al Thornton is working hard to get healthy and get back to the NBA.

• Trey Burke, the small and quick Michigan point guard, has declared for the draft after his freshman season. He’s strong and has some skills but is considered a second round pick right now by most scouts. Going to need some monster workouts to change that.

• Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month for March Pierce averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the month. This is two in a row for Durant.

• Magic Johnson talks about the NBA, but also about this cool new toy he bought.

• Justin Dentmon could get a call up from the D-League by the Raptors.

• Check out this video of an artist painting a portrait of Jeremy Lin while dancing during the halftime of a Knicks game. (Hat tip to

  1. hoytdadd64 - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    The other thing you could take from the Kobe CP3 story, is that Kobe is very dedicated to the game.

  2. thraiderskin - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    there is NO comparrison between Kobe and CP3. With all do respect to Mr. Paul, Kobe is amazing, and is the finest BALLER this league has seen SINCE Jordan. Pretty sure that says it all on this case, use your imagination for the rest.

  3. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    @thraiderskin you sound like a stat nerd to me so do a quick comparison of Kobe & Lebrons’ stats thru the first 8 years of their respective careers and tell everybody who has the better numbers! I know you’re going to ask who has more rings but that doesn’t matter in this comparison…

  4. stayhigh_247 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    heres a comparison, 5 to 0 in championships achieved. I love CP3 but lets get serious…

  5. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    @stayhigh_247 apparently all you do is stay high!!! Robert Horry has 7 rings is he better than Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant?! Quit smoking meth dude!!!

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