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Friday And-links: Brandon Roy to the Lakers? Doubt it.

Jun 1, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

Brandon Roy 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.

•  There are no shortage of rumors that Brandon Roy wants to make a comeback. No doubt he does — this is as competitive a guy as was in the league, walking away has to be hard. But would he come back and play for the Lakers? That’s the report. There’s also a “to the Warriors” rumor. Albeit from someone we take with a grain of salt. Personally, I’m just not sure he makes it back. Period.

• You knew somebody was going to write the idiotic “New Orleans should not draft Anthony Davis” post. Congrats to Scoop Jackson.

• An audit of the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami says the Heat have not lived up to their end of the lease. The lease calls for the Heat to share 40 percent of their profits over $14 million annually. The Heat have never paid a dime because they say they have never reached that threshold in the last 15 years. Right. This sounds like when the  owners cried poverty during the lockout — there are ways to hide profits and manipulate books. This is potentially ugly, and you can bet the timing of the release is not an accident. (Via

J.R. Smith went on a 3.a.m. bike ride through Manhattan with some twitter followers.

• Robert Parish apparently sold his 1981 NBA championship ring for $45,00

• Sorry ladies, apparently Jimmer Fredette is getting married this weekend.

Brian Scalabrine was seen giving words of advice to Rajon Rondo before Rondo dropped 44 on the Heat in Game 2. What did he say?

Thomas Robinson is interested in playing for the Wizards. Not that he has a huge choice here.

• Is Golden State interested in Terrence Jones with the No. 7 pick?

• Instead, does Golden State need to get a point guard to put next to Stephen Curry?

• Not sure how many of these stories I will run — Timbrerwolves GM David Kahn says teams have contacted him about the No. 18 pick. There will be countless of these conversations before the draft. Everybody (save New Orleans) will trade their pick for a price. Rarely is that price met.

• Minnesota has been working out draft picks the last couple of days, by the way.

• The Magic has six guys in for workouts.

• Zach Rosen of Penn has been blogging about what the team workout routine is like for guys trying to get drafted.

• Not sure why anyone would think they would after watching the playoffs, but the Clippers are not looking to move Eric Bledsoe.

• Philly team honcho Rod Thorn expects to be back with the Sixers next season.

• Should the NBA even have a draft?

  1. lakerluver - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Scoop Jackson is a fool to even suggest someone other than Davis should go no. 1. As for Brandon Roy, when he was healthy he was as good as anyone, even Kobe. If he has even 50% of his game left he can help my LAKERS.

    • borderline1988 - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      I’m not so sure (although not for the reasons Scoop Jackson argues – I had to read that article like 3 times to figure out what the hell he was saying).

      One thing I don’t get about Davis is his offense. His offense is non-existent. Sure he can finish around the rim, but he has no face-up or back to the basket ability. He simply finishes plays.

      I know what everyone says – he’s probably the next Dwight Howard (he’s no Tim Duncan…Duncan had a great bank shot from 13 – 16 feet, and is an absolute scientist in the post. Davis has never displayed any of those skills). But Dwight Howard is crazy strong. Davis is really, really thin, and often got muscled out in the post in college (let alone the NBA).

      He will be an incredible help defender no matter what. But I’m not so sure he’s 100% headed for stardom. Sure, he could be the next Howard or Duncan if his offense pans out. But he might also just be the next Sarge Ibaka (another coordinated, athletic big man with very little face-up game or back to the basket ability…)

      • sportsfannn - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        Not bad points (I couldnt understand Scoop either, article made 0 sense). Nobody knows what Davis is going to become in the NBA, but we do know 1) Great shot blocker 2) Unselfish teammate 3) Non-stop motor 4) Above average rebounder 5) Not an un-assisted offensive threat, yet.

        And you are right, that might just add up to Ibaka 2.0, BUT that’s a worst case scenario. Getting a player who has a worst case scenario of a top 5 defender in the NBA, who is also a great team guy, is awesome. You dont pass that up. And his ceiling? Who knows. Guy def has the work ethic to develop a nice little jump shot or bank shot in the paint.

        Look at the other top 5 players who are projected to get draft. Davis is the only one I can say will have an impact the next 10 years in NBA for sure. You dont over think it and try to hit a “Grand-Slam” when you win the draft, its too rare of an opportunity. You take the sure “hit” and hope it leads to the “Grand-Slam”, and if it doesnt, at least the inning continues! Too much baseball? lol

      • kinggw - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        What college big man has a complete post game as a freshman? Its a little ridiculous to say he wont be offensively sound based on one year at Kentucky. Lets give him a couple years and revisit that concern.

      • borderline1988 - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Demarcus Cousins, Thomas Robinson…

        I never said he needs a complete post game…with his athletic abilities, even 1/2 a post game would make a huge difference. The problem is, he has zero post game, or face-up ability, and is really, really thing.

        He looks exactly like Javale McGee, except Davis is probably a lot smarter.

        I do believe Davis will for sure be a very good player, and should probably go #1 overall in this draft. But all I’m saying is that he’s far from a sure thing in terms of stardom.

  2. fordmandalay - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    How the Hell could Brandon Roy play NBA level ball again? He has no cartilage in his knees! He needs to move on, be grateful for what he had, and not make himself live life as a cripple.

  3. fanz928 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Dwight to Davis. Is to beast to unibrow skinny dude

  4. davidly - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Dog, Kurt! A tangential b-ball roundup from twit-cycles to retailed-rings and not a word about a certain hoopster who goes by the name o’ Skibby MaRue!?

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