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Thursday And-1 links: Heat looking at Harrellson, Birdman

Aug 23, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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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 James T. Kirk loves green women.

• The Miami Heat need some depth up front. On Thursday former Knick and Rocket Josh Harrellson worked out for the Heat on Thursday. Chris Andersen also has let the Heat know he is interested in a deal. Any deal would be for the league minimum as that is all the Heat can offer this far over the cap. There also will not be a lot of minutes — Miami is going small ball with Chris Bosh at the five and likely playing Udonis Haslem there as well. But they want some size on the bench besides Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman.

• Lakers fans, watch this video from (love their work) of how your offense will look with Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol… then stop drooling. This is going to be a very good offensive team once they find their groove. For them (as it was in the last title runs) the question is will they defend well enough?

• Lakers fans, Kobe Bryant turned 34 Thursday. SLAM celebrated by picking out his 34 best dunks.

• Who were the most unlikely 50-point scorers in a game in NBA history? Here’s a pretty good list. I didn’t remember Tony Delk doing that at all.

• Here’s a link to a video of Jeff Green talking about his return to Boston.

• Wizards fans looking for a detailed scouting report on Martell Webster, here you go.

• Former Raptors head man Jay Triano is getting the job as the head man of the Canadian national team.

Royce White is a writer. But the Rocket doesn’t write about basketball.

• Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren is on the Sixers radar as they keep looking for a new general manager for next season.

• Rodrigue Beaubois is working out with boxing this offseason.

• Who wouldn’t want a Manu Ginobili bobblehead?

• Maya Moore is leading the WNBA in jersey sales this year. She’s a star.

• Jumaine Jones signed to play with Bnei Herzliya in Israel.

• I loved this poll on RealGM of what NBA writers would make good GMs. First, happy not to be on it. Second, Jason Givony of with ESPN’s Larry Coon as the capologist might not be bad (Sebastian Pruiti will be a scout for them), but the rest of these guys… not moves a smart owner makes. With no offense intended to Woj.

• ESPN’s Bill Simmons should not be a GM, but he might be part of the ESPN pregame show (NBA Countdown) next year. And that could work.

  1. acdc363 - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    The more Simmons the better!

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM

      Bill Simmons & Jon Barry rule!

  2. thestudiokida - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Awesome! Tony Delk is the only of those 50 points performances that I remember; but I live in Charlotte so I followed his time with my Hornets.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    If Simmons and Jon Barry are doing pre-game; they might as well just go all in and hire the guy from Cleveland who burned LeBron’s jersey in 2010, Drunk Santa at the Mavs Heat game last X-Mas, Tampajoey, the lady who made LeBron’s crappy birthday cake that his manager rejected prior to his party, Delonte West, the Valet guy at the Fontainebleau who got beat up by Mama James, & Dan Gilbert.

    “Tonight on NBA Pre-Game; we get on our knees and pray LeBron’s team doesn’t win because for some unknown reason, his not winning makes us happy and/or validates our original opinion that the Heat/LeBron couldn’t win putting their team together this way. Next on TNT!”

    Although I do love Simmons. Attaching movie quotes to athletic events/players….brilliant. Levels of losing…awesome. Mailbags….always great. Podcasts…listening to one right now.

    But he loses credibility because instead of celebrating what the Heat (and LeBron) have been able to accomplish since coming together (seriously, even the 10-11 “failure” was a trip to the Finals and a loss in 6 games. That’s not exactly a “failure”), he ridicules and nitpicks. He tweets with his buddies during Heat games and all he does is rip the Heat and make fun of LeBron, which would be fine, but there’s never any praise to balance it out. Only after this season ended and through olympics did he reluctantly and through clenched teeth admit that if you are a fan of basketball, there’s no way you can possibly not like LeBron James. If he’s going to go pre-game TV, he’s got to sprinkle in some objectivity along with the jokes about LeBron’s hairline (always funny, by the way).

    Okay, back to the podcast.

  4. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    If that photo of Josh Harrellson was in black & white, 9 out of 10 folks would say Harellson played in the NBA in the 1950s ha ha.

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