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Tuesday and-1 links: What would a 1968 Dream Team look like?

Aug 7, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

Ryan Lochte

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 Brazilians love soccer. (Well, not that much.)

• As you can see with the photo to the right, US swimmer Ryan Lochte was hanging out with Ludacris at the USA/Argentina basketball game (via Deadspin). No, this was not photoshopped. Things like this happen. Just not to you and me.

• Forget the weary Dream Team vs. 2012 team debate. Jack McCallum (the Sports Illustrated writer who just finished a book on the Dream Team) and Dan Venedam of Blackboard Analytics asked an interesting question: What if you could pick a dream team from the NBA/College in 1968? And how would that stack up against the Dream Team?

Who would be on a 1968 team: They could have had Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell at center (yes, both on the team), Jerry Lucas, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, Elvin Hayes, Elgin Baylor, John Havlicek and maybe Rick Berry. That would be a heck of a team. I’d probably still take the Dream Team in a game, but it’d be a contest with those centers, plus people forget how special Baylor was.

Kobe Bryant will not play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he told Marc Stein of ESPN. His knees just breathed a sigh of relief.

A great look at the top 10 players through group play of the Olympics.

Jalen Rose doesn’t like that the fact the American women’s gymnastic’s team has been nicknamed the “Fab Five.” First, chill Jalen. It’s not a big deal. Second, for the record the girls wanted to be known as the “fierce five” or something else, they didn’t ask for “fab five.”

• Another report that Derrick Rose‘s knee recovery is going well. Which means another plea from me not to rush it. Get it right before you go back.

• There are rumors out there that Dirk Nowitzki has gotten married.

• The NBA joined every other major professional sports league in America, as well as the NCAA, in a federal court complaint filed against New Jersey state officials seeking to stop the state from implementing sports betting on pro and college games. The state had table/slot gaming in Atlantic City but added sports betting to generate more tax revenue during these desperate economic times for states. The leagues say the move violates federal law.

• Here is a little lesson in sports story spin: First came a whisper that there was not much of a free agent market for Andray Blatche. A day later comes a story on ESPNNewYork with “sources” saying that a few teams had interest including the Heat. I will tell you now that source was Blatche’s agent, someone close to the agent, or someone close to Blatche — they want a positive spin out in the media. Agents can be valuable sources, and can give you accurate information, but they want to spin things in a positive light for their clients. Now comes more news from the Washington Post that the Blatche market is tepid. That’s probably coming from league executives. Just think through what you read right now as we enter the silly season and ask yourself who benefits from any leaked info.

• Could Derrick Favors start and Paul Millsap come off the bench in Utah next season?

• Free agent Donte Greene said he’s talking with the Bulls, Knicks and Pacers. The Kings could have kept him with a qualifying offer but chose not to, so if you’re a fan of wherever he lands realize what you are getting.

Here is a Q&A with Dr. J — Julius Erving, to you — as he teams up with Converse as an endorser. Seems a good fit.

• Speaking of interesting Q&As, here is one with Kerry Kittles.

PBT favorite Jae Crowder is not guaranteed a roster spot with the Mavericks. But they would be foolish to let him go, let the man have a shot.

• Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak sounds pretty “meh” about keeping second-round picks Darius Johnson-Odom or Robert Sacre on the roster. Neither has guaranteed roster spots. Neither blew you away in Summer League, either.

• Older Clippers fans have been burned before. They are a little more hesitant to get pumped up for this season.

• Joel Meyers and David Wesley will be your New Orleans television broadcast team next year.

  1. dalucks - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Kurt, great work on the possible 1968 Dream Team. That is a great Dream Team. I hope you will discuss that on the Dan Patrick Show soon and it catches national buzz. I really do not want to hear anymore stories about Dwight Howard missing an appearance at his summer basketball camp or possible getting traded. Let’s give his reputation and the public’s ears a rest.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Assuming ’68 would have been all amateur, as it had been at those times, it would have been nice to see guys like Clyde, KAREEM, Walton, Hayes, Cowens, Archibald… no slouches and could have beaten anyone just as well.

    Baylor’s knees were on their way to being shot by ’68.

  3. smoothaswilkes - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Kurt – seriously, great link about the Dream Team. I don’t think there is any better way to kick off this dead period than jumping in to that argument. Finally, something to actually talk about here on ProBasketballTalk! Very deserving of it’s own post.

    Regarding Jalen, he seemed to be more miffed with the media than the girls. Oh yeah, did you know he trademarked “Fab Five”? Stay classy Jalen!

    Finally, I’m none to happy about Kupchak’s feelings about DJO and Sacre. I’d rather they keep the those two and dump G-lock. However, if that means two quality vets for the minimum then okay. At some point they need cheap youth to develop on their ridiculously productive D-League affiliate. It’s crazy to me that hasn’t already happened. Joey needs to get in his big brother’s ear, lol.

  4. sportsguygerald - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    I think that Jerry West, Lew Alcindor and Clyde Frazier would have to be included on the 68 team. Maybe Dave Bing too

  5. lastdukestreetking - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Rick “Berry”?? Seriously??

  6. camnellum12 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Yeah, if Jerry West, Alcindor, and Clyde Fraizer was on that team, I would go as far as saying they would beat the ’92 squad. Who would stop Wilt Chamberlain, and he was still in his prime at the moment. Clyde Fraizer would lock anybody down. It’s hard to imagine that anyone would put West in his tracks. And they would have a better frontcourt than the ’92 Team. Too bad the world wasn’t thinking this ahead back then.

  7. 24thesho - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Jerry West, Connie Hawkins, Elgin Baylor, Bill Bradley, Bill Russell at PF, Wes Unseld, Lou Alcindor, Wilt Chamberlain. Fundamentals everywhere! WHAT!?!?

  8. dontaco - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Im pretty sure on a podcast jalen said he didnt care that they were called “the fab five” and also said he didnt want to sound old and bitter by doing so

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