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Thursday And-1 Links: LeBron focus of first NBA “BIG” playoff comercial (VIDEO)

Apr 11, 2013, 5:47 PM EST

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 the ancient Romans loved a good conquest….

• If you’re going to sell the NBA playoffs to casual and international fans, LeBron James is a good thing to show off. Which is what the NBA did with this ad.

• When you watch the Thunder vs. Warriors game on TNT tonight, there will be no play-by-play guy calling the action. TNT is trying something new, putting former players Steve Kerr, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller together to watch the game and just talk in kind of a roundtable fashion. We’ll see what kind of chemistry that group has.

• Piston’s coach Lawrence Frank doesn’t like it when fans and the media pile on losing coaches.

“It is all about what your ownership is about,” Frank said. “Everyone knows where your team is at. The key is are you committed? Do you believe in the plan because it might not come in the results? It is about the process. When you lose with young guys and the other guys are not rotation guys in your rotation, when you lose with these guys, you know you are going to lose.”

Yes and no. I think fans (and management) will suffer through losses if they can see the plan in rebuilding and the coach working toward that. It’s when coaches make odd decisions for a rebuilding team — say, limiting Andre Drummond‘s minutes to start and play Jason Maxiell — that we get confused and question judgement.

• Our own D.J. Foster has a great post on the challenges of being a Clippers fan right now — can a season be a success and a failure at the same time?

History and perspective have their place in this, but comparing the Clippers to what they used to be instead of what they could be now feels wrong, and history probably shouldn’t be used to validate the current process as a sustainable one.

Blake Griffin, of course, says the Clippers can contend for an NBA title. What else is he going to say?

• The Pro Basketball Writers of America honored Shane Battier and George Karl for their work with the media this year.

• Our friend Rob Mahoney takes a look at the biggest surprises in the NBA season so far. Teams and players such as the Rockets, the Warriors and the resurgent Tim Duncan make the list. What about the Lakers? They make his biggest disappointments list.

• A fantastic look at Dirk Nowitzki‘s beard as the team just can’t get to .500.

• Mike D’Antoni’s old home outside New York is for sale. If you have a cool $7 million laying around.

The Point Forward did a nice Q&A with Al Horford as the Hawks head to the playoffs.

Jerry Stackhouse‘s new goal? Help the NBA players union get going the right way.

SLAM does a video Q&A with Jrue Holiday. You know, the one bright spot for the Sixers this year.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    LeBron is all-world.

  2. andrewproughcfe - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Last time The King faced a scoring champ + Tyson Chandler in the playoffs, the Mavs mopped the floor with him, Wade and Bosh.

    Time for a repeat. Knicks in Six this year.

    • dziner305 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      @andrewproughcge– I guest you and your lil Chandler were MIA “Missing In Action” in last year’s playoffs…’cause your knicks took a whooping 4 to 1. You still linger with memory loss!

    • borderline1988 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      I don’t even think the Knicks will get past the 2nd round. They will likely face Boston in the first round, and Indiana in the 2nd. Both are tough matchups for the Knicks.

      But I guess they should be counting their lucky stars that they’re virtually guaranteed not to meet Chicago in the 1rst or 2nd round. Stupid NBA playoff format…

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    They should just put up the photo of LBJ vs Boston in Game 6 last year when it all changed. When he became who he is. You know the picture. Scares you to even think about it. Scares me and I love LeBron. Nobody else in the league has THAT in them.(Durant might, but not as of yet. Maybe come June he will). LeBron didn’t have it either. Until that moment.

    The commercial need not show anything else.

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