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Thursday And-1 links: Kobe, LeBron are powerful people

May 17, 2012, 1:06 PM 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant made Forbe’s list of the World’s most powerful celebrities. Of course, they are no J-Lo.

Steve Nash is dominating and craft in the business boardroom, too.

• Walter McCarty, the former Kentucky star who played and coach in the NBA, is now focused on his music.

• McCarty needs to hook up with Warriors’ vice president and general counsel David Kelly, better known as hip hop artist Cap D.

• Still bitter? Former Laker Jordan Farmar tweeted he would have made that last-second shot Steve Blake missed Wednesday night. So would Jamaal Wilkes, it matters about as much.

• Dallas coach Rick Carlisle says the goal this summer is to make Dirk Nowitzki Dallas’ second best player.

• Is Mike Budenholzer the best and most overlooked lead assistant in the league? A guy who should be getting more job interviews than he does? I agree with Ziller here — yes. If you’ve been Gregg Popovich’s right hand for years, you deserve a shot in the big chair.

• USA Basketball head honcho Jerry Colangelo reminds Mark Cuban and the rest of the NBA owners that Team USA in the Olympics has been a big part of the international growth of the league — meaning it’s put a lot of money in their pockets. So stop complaining.

C.J. Watson just had surgery on both of his feet to relieve his plantar fasciitis. That man played through a lot of pain.

Al Harrington had knee surgery this week.

• Andrei Kirilenko apparently hurt his ankle during the Russian League finals, we don’t think it’s severe but details from Russia are few.

• CSKA Moscow was upset in a dramatic EuroLeague final by Olympiacos Piraeus. In a classy move, the owners of CSKA sent a letter the next day to Olympiacos congratulating them. I’m guessing Micky Arison didn’t do that for Mark Cuban last year.

  1. lakerluver - May 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Man, I’m still hurting from last night. To control the game like that and then give it away was hurt to take. I tossed snd turned all night. Imagine how the LAKERS felt! That was one of the most painful losses I’ve ever experienced as a sports fan. Going back to L. A. knotted at 1 the LAKERS would’ve been in the drivers seat. This series is far from over though. I think the LAKERS are going to win them both at home and go back to OKC 2-2. GO LAKERS!!!

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