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Thursday And-1 Links: Steve Nash went through a full practice with Lakers

Dec 20, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

Steve Nash 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.

Steve Nash went through a five-on-five, full contact practice with the Lakers Thursday. Baring any major setback, expect him to play Saturday night for the Lakers when they face a hot Golden State squad.

Jrue Holiday might be back the 76ers lineup on Friday. Might.

• The Kings are not sure when they will get Tyreke Evans back in the lineup.

• Why have the Thunder won 12 in a row and the Clippers 11? Great offense and soft schedules.

 • Dave D’Alessandro of the Newark Star-Ledger just ripped Deron Williams of the Nets in a column Thursday. The best line: “This has less to do with how you play — which is bad enough, you readily admit nowadays — than how you act, which is just one evening gown shy of a diva.”

• At the other end of the New York star spectrum, how Carmelo Anthony has become more efficient (think catch-and-shoot).

• A fantastic look from Zach Lowe at the odd big man pairings in the NBA.

• Mark Cuban basically live tweeted passing a kidney stone. Sounds like it hurts. A lot.

• John Hollinger talks about the jump from ESPN to the Memphis Grizzlies front office.

• A Q&A with promising Warriors’ rookie Harrison Barnes. If he learns to be aggressive and attack consistently, watch out.

• A Los Angeles jury returned a $17.3 million verdict against Clippers owner Donald Sterling for a fire in an apartment building he owns (buying and holding apartment complexes around LA is his primary business). Other tenants in the building settled before trial. This didn’t apparently bother Sterling, who was in the Clippers locker room Wednesday night after their 11th consecutive win leading “hip-hip hooray chants.”

An article in Forbes about why Louisville should be first in line for the next NBA franchise that wants to move. The entire city of Seattle is shooting you a glare, Louisville.

• The NBA is tweaking the All-Star Saturday format a little so that the conferences are competing against each other with the winner getting money for charity. None of the events change — slam dunk contest, three-point contest, skills challenge and that Shooting Stars thing — this is just an element thrown in for… I don’t know why. Probably to maybe make someone interested in the skills and Shooting Stars things, but I can’t see that working.

Amazing interview at The Classical with the guys behind one of the great blogs of all time “Fire Joe Morgan.”

  1. cosanostra71 - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Looking forward to seeing Nash back on the court!

  2. savvybynature - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Louisville would be a great choice for an NBA franchise!

    No disrespect to Seattle, which is also a great city.

  3. balfe13 - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Louisville? Seriously? Do you not understand how sports-hungry Seattle people are? We sell out soccer games on a regular basis, for goodness’ sakes… Seattle people will clearly support any pro sports team.

  4. jerdogthompson - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Really Kurt……Clippers had an easy schedule? Lets see they have beaten Memphis, Lakers, Spurs (twice) Miami, lost in OT to OKC at home with a last second shot in regulation that CP3 makes 8 outta 10 times?

    Correct me here but 6 outta those 11 came on the road son. Players are in the league for a reason, any team can beat any team on any given night. Last I checked that’s why they play.

    So if the Clippers had an EASY schedule, what have your coveted Lakers had? Not to mention, how did they fair in the last ten? You need to get into the present day Kurt as you’re struggling to hold onto what the Clippers were not what they are. Same thing for the Lakers, that’s the way they were not the way they are.

    Love to see a response.

  5. yousuxxors - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    He was typing this with kobes valls in his mouth

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