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Monday And-1 links: An oral history of the Dream Team

Jun 11, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

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Here is our regular 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 like Texans love barbeque.

• If you read just one thing today, make it An oral history of the Dream Team at GQ, put together by my man Lang Whitaker. Fantastic stuff.

• Another great read, a profile of Stephen Jackson over at Grantland.

• One final great read, about the basketball hero system at Deadspin.

Were there UFO’s circling Jimmer Fredette‘s wedding? Sure. And they were piloted by Tupac and Elvis.

• Referees working the NBA finals will wear number 57 on their jerseys to recognize NBA referee Greg Willard who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Great gesture.

• There is a James Harden beard on a building in Oklahoma City. As there should be.

• Watch out for people saying “small market Oklahoma City getting to NBA finals a sign of parity/better economics in the NBA.” No. Not close. The Thunder roster was built under the old system. Good management is good management.

There’s a report that the Celtics are going to go after restricted Spurs free agent Danny Green. The Spurs will match.

• Celtics big man Jermaine O’Neal tweeted he is going to go to Germany and get the Kobe knee treatment.

• I’ve been as quick to throw dirt on the grave of Derek Fisher as anyone, but he really helped the Thunder and foiled Gregg Popovich in the WCF.

What would you be willing to give up in a trade for Rudy Gay? Not as much as Memphis wants, probably.

• We’ll see what happens going forward, but whatever it is the Celtics “big three” will have left their mark on the NBA.

DeMarcus Cousins says he wants to use his USA Select team experience to come back a better leader. The Kings brass hopes for that, too.

Lance Stephenson could be the Pacers sixth man next season.

• The Cavaliers may make a run at Michael Redd this summer.

• Owner Ted Leonsis wants to get the Wizards’ practice facility.

Meet the new Hawks, same as the old Hawks.

• There will be 8 million of these stories before the draft and they are almost all meaningless — Hornets GM Dell Demps is open to moving the No. 10 pick for the right price. Of course he is. Every pick in this draft (except No. 1) and nearly every player in the league could be traded if you come with an over-the-top offer. That’s very different than saying it’s likely.

• By the way, the Hornets might take UNC’s Tyler Zeller with that No. 10 pick they are trading.

• Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson has been re-elected. Which is good for whatever is left of the effort to build an arena in Sacramento. Of course, he was never the problem with that deal.

• Another big free agent this summer — long time NBA writer Peter Vecsey is leaving the New York Post soon.

• The NBA is going to telecast it’s first ever Social Media Awards.

  1. trollaikman8 - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    If I could, I would photoshop Hakeem in the middle of the picture. Ewing? Really?

  2. rohlo - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    hakeem>>>>>ewing all day every day!!!

  3. xjokerz - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Who takes the role of Thomas being told not to join the team bc Jordan was scared of the bad boys ? Jw

  4. 700levelvet - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    The irony of this picture……..Is the two guys in front, don’t have enough fingers for all the rings they have accumulated..And the three guys in the back, don’t have enough sense to realize the two guys in front owned the league during their careers……..NBA is all about rings……….

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