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Monday And-1 links: NBA Grateful Dead T-Shirts? Better than a “box of rain.”

Mar 25, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

Clippers GD

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 I love fried chicken and waffles….

• I know what T-shirt Luke Walton will be wearing all summer — Sportiqe and the NBA have teamed up to make Grateful Dead NBA T-shirts for a number of teams. To the right, you see the Clippers one but there are Lakers, Heat, Celtics and others. My guess is every guy you see wearing this shirt will have a “touch of grey.”

• Are the Denver Nuggets serious contenders to come out of the West? They would be an unconventional contender but Rob Mahoney at Sports Illustrated won’t rule it out.

• One of the reasons the Nuggets are succeeding (and may be contenders) is they are still getting it done in the paint.

• Speaking of Denver, here is a Q&A with Corey Brewer.

• At the end of games you can defend the Lakers because their offense is predictable — Kobe Bryant isolation, or maybe he’ll get a high pick set. If the Lakers want to have more success at the end of games they need to find more balance (something our own Darius Soriano pointed out).

• A lot of casual basketball fans think this Spurs team is the same as the last few — regular season beasts who are not as big a threat in the playoffs. That, of course, ignores they went to the conference finals last year. Or that thanks to their defense they are better this year.

• Miami’s LeBron James and the Houston’s James Harden are last week’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week. LeBron averaged 30.8 points (on 59 percent shooting), 10 assists, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game as the Heat have not lost since Woodrow Wilson was president. Or something close to that. Harden averaged 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3.7 assists as the Rockets went undefeated and created a little space between themselves and the eight seed Lakers.

Spencer Hawes is a Seattle native who played at the University of Washington, so when he was in Sacramento and was asked about the Kings maybe moving back to Seattle, what did you think he would say? Kings fans booed him all night long Sunday.

• Another request for Ricky Rubio to spend his summer working on his jump shot.

• It’s a little old, but here is Dwight Howard talking about his relationship with Kobe Bryant.

• Portland’s Joel Freeland is playing through a torn ligament in his finger.

• Because Michael Jordan remains one of the most marketable NBA names, Upper Deck trading cars has released a new Michael Jordan University of North Carolina Master Collection set. There are a limited number and they included signed hard cards.

Where do high school All-Star players come from, and where so they go to school? Your answers in a pretty picture.

• Finally, we end with Anthony Davis‘ talking unibrow (in an ad):

  1. southpaw77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    And it figures the NBA selects the major markets and OKC to do the shirts.
    They do the same with NBA Latin nights but then dont include Golden State, Houston, Cleveland or Milwaukee like no latinos live there.

    Take a page from the NFL and sell merchandise for every team, not the select few. Its no wonder players only wanna play in major cities and warm climates. The NBA creates that by little things like this and showing cities like Cleveland, Milwaukee, Toronto, Minnesota, Charlotte and others dont matter. They’re just there so the big name teams have someone to beat on.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      It seems like Sportique are the ones manufacturing these, not the NBA. That said they’re all whack as hell so if I were a fan of a small market team I’d be happy these dodged my market.

  2. j0esixpack - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Nice touch with the “Touch of Grey” joke… Admittedly that’s probably true, though judging by the number of college students at recent Furthur shows, there’s no shortage of young Deadheads joining the ranks

    … and as any Deadhead will tell you, Touch of Grey is one of the lamest Dead tunes there is (which is likely why it got radio airplay)

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Nothin left to do but smile smile smile

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