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Friday And-1 links: Injury updates for Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon

Dec 7, 2012, 5:38 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.

• The good news is the Hornets’ Anthony Davis is on the court and running. He went through the walkthrough with the starters. But he has yet to be cleared for contact. So, not exactly close to a return, but he is getting there.

• While we are in New Orleans, Eric Gordon is “making progress” but there still is no timeline for his return to the Hornets.

• Timberwolves GM David Kahn rejected the idea that he is involved in Pau Gasol trade talks saying he hasn’t spoken with the Lakers since July. The Lakers are not trading Gasol in the short-term anyway, they want to see him paired with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard all at once. They want to se what they have before making a rash decision. But if that doesn’t work out and the Lakers do shop Gasol, Minnesota might well be near the front of the line if they are willing to offer Nikola Pekovic and Derrick Williams (plus likely Luke Ridnour). But we’re a long way from there right now.

• The Lakers as a team went to see the movie “Lincoln” and Kobe poked some fun at his teammate’s expense.

• Here is a great look from Zach Lowe at Grantland at what is wrong with the Heat defense.

• Davis Stern talked about Kobe Bryant being on Michael Jordan’s pedestal. That will piss a few of you off.

Lawrence Frank wants more consistency from rookie Andre Drummond in Detroit. Frank know’s he’s a rookie, right?

• If you’re wondering why you didn’t see Roddy Beaubois playing for Dallas Thursday night, it’s because he has a dislocated finger.

Michael Beasley may be about to lose his spot in the Suns starting lineup. Stunning. Who could ever have seen that coming?

• The Portland Trail Blazers have had more top executives leave. There is a changing of the guard with that team’s management right now.

• Finally, for you Friday afternoon amusement, a guy trying to dunk over a basketball rack and failing. Spectacularly. (Hat tip The Big Lead.)

  1. gmsalpha - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    New Orleans gets what they deserve with Gordon. When it’s all said and done, he’ll be traded because he was pretty clear about not wanting the Horn….Pelicans to match the Suns’ offer, but they did anyway. Gordon’s value just keeps sliding, so good luck getting much for him.

    What a weird situation, but New Orleans should have seen it coming. Not sure what they were thinking.

    And I know it’s not been anything major with Anthony Davis, but it’s still disconerting to see AD out so many games this early in his young career! He’s a beast when he’s on the court, but I’d admit to being nervous if I’m a Pelicans fan.

  2. funkdocsneaka - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    The Heat need a full season title for anybody to take them as a true threat. The asterisk season is tangible of course but not a real NBC

    • kavika6 - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:14 AM

      I hate the Heat but I couldn’t disagree more funkdocsneaka. The regular season doesn’t matter much, it’s the post season that counts. They won 4 seven game series’. The regular season only determines who goes to the playoffs. The Heat and the 1999 Spurs deserved to take home the trophy. Asterisk crybabies like phil jackson just need an excuse for losing.

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