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Wednesday And-1 Links: Justin Beiber meets Michael Jordan. And twitter explodes.

Jan 23, 2013, 7:25 PM EST

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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.

• Justin Beiber — that would be 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game MVP Justin Beiber to you — met Michael Jordan Tuesday. And tweeted about it. And the Internet shook. (Photo proof of the encounter is to the right.)

• With false Dwight Howard trade rumors swirling about (again), Deron Williams says Brook Lopez is the Nets center and he doesn’t want to see him traded.

• Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond has signed a three-year extension to stay with the team. The owner said he was going to do it so this really isn’t a surprise.

• Here is a great look at how Anthony Davis may not be grabbing all the rookie headlines but he is playing better than expected.

•  A. Sherrod Blakely gives you five things that Boston can do to fix some of their problems. One of them is not “develop time travel machine to go back to 2008 and get that younger Kevin Garnett.”

Kobe Bryant‘s divorce is off. If it had gone through it would have cost him a lot of money. I mean A LOT of money.

• Interesting look at why there are so many fewer 20 point per game scorers in the NBA now than there used to be.

•  Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas are not close to a return yet to the Raptors. Toronto misses Valanciunas.

• Look for the Lakers to play preseason games in China next year.

Interesting look back at the first NBA player from Spain.

Good story on the ClippersEric Bledsoe, biding his time waiting for a shot. He will get one next season somewhere, just watch.

• Looking at who LeBron James has dished out those more than 5,000 assists to.

• The Lakers Jordan Hill had hip surgery Wednesday and will be out six months.

• If you have not been following the Kings to Seattle saga, here is a good Q&A to catch you up.

Amare Stoudemire bought lunch for all the Madison Square Garden employees recently.

How the Pepsi Center kept the NBA and Nuggets in Denver.

• Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko reportedly a website in his native Sweden he doesn’t like coming off the bench, then told the American media he was misquoted. One thing that’s not changing? He’s going to keep coming off the bench.

• Finally, watch former Celtic (and Bull and…) Brian Scalabrine take on guys who said online they could beat him in a game of one-on-one. And remember that even the guys at the end of the NBA bench are really, really good at basketball compared to the rest of us.

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