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Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

Knicks Media Day Basketball AP

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 old people love In The Heat of the Night.

Raymond Felton will start games at point for the New York Knicks, but don’t be shocked if Jason Kidd closes them.

• Every time some player says “I don’t care about my next contract” I think they are lying, but Manu Ginobili may be the exception to that rule.

• Watch Kevin Love go yard while taking batting practice before a Twins game.

• Rockets camp is getting off to a tough start, and the next three posts show why. First, Jon Brockman has an eye injury severe enough to keep him out of practice all week.

• Royce White has not been at the first two days of Rockets training camp as he deals with ongoing anxiety disorder issues, something that was a concern of some teams during the draft.

Chase Budinger sat out some drills at Rockets practice due to a tweaked left hamstring.

Zach Randolph says his knee is just fine, thanks for asking.

• Zaza Pachulia was held out of some drills at Hawks camp due to knee concerns Tuesday.

• There is plenty of buzz around the league that Monta Ellis will opt out of his deal in Milwaukee after this season and test the free agent market.

• The Nets are going to use Andray Blatche as a backup five, not so much at the four.

Another story about how James Harden is confident he will work out a contract extension with the Thunder. Everyone says that but at this point I’ll believe it when I see it.

• Magic Johnson says the Miami Heat are the team to beat for the NBA title. Like a broken clock that is still right twice a day, Magic is correct here.

• The Mavericks waived center D.J. Mbenga Tuesday, and that made me a little sad.

• Little shake up in the agent ranks — following LeBron James leaving CAA, four other players have filed to do the same according to ESPN: Denver’s Ty Lawson, Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe and the San Antonio’s Cory Joseph.

• A nice recap of Denver Nuggets media day. They are my early favorite for “most fun team to watch” this season.

• New Yorkers, you can hang out in one of the Jay-Z designed Vault Suites at the New Barclay Center — oh, and get to watch a Brooklyn Nets and meet Deron Williams — by submitting a short video “demonstrating their commitment as the ultimate fan of sports, music or entertainment” to this site at American Express.

• Mark Cuban dancing Gangnam style at a bar in Indiana. Just because we can.

  1. lakerryan - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Chase B is on the t wolves…

  2. tcclark - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I find it odd that they’re allowing Chase Budinger to still practice with the Rockets even though they traded him to the T-Wolves

  3. timb12 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Man I wish Bud was still on the rockets.

  4. manchestermiracle - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Was the snotty comment likening Magic to a broken clock necessary? The man’s a multi-millionaire businessman who’s been successful at everything he’s done. He’s even kept AIDS at bay for years. I’m guessing he’s right much more often than not. And since when did you get the franchise rights to being Capt. Obvious, Helin?

  5. baaaaaaait - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    KURT HELIN YOU ARE THE WORST

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