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Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

Andre Drummond 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 like Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James

• Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond is going to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer. I LOVE this. Drummond and Anthony Davis are going to be battling for who is best out of this draft class three years from now (sorry Damian Lillard, you’ll still be very good). The pre-draft questions about Drummond were focus and intensity, but he has shown he does have that. And this is a sign of maturity and wanting to develop.

• In what seems to be an annual report: The Celtics will consider trading Rajon Rondo “for the right deal.” Of course, that deal means Russell Westbrook or Derrick Rose or some other trade that would never happen.But we pass along the note anyway.

Marc Gasol is the most interesting basketball player in the world.

Why Memphis is better without Rudy Gay.

• The NBA players union is not going to meet until August and seems to be in no rush to find a new executive director.

Pablo Prigioni will be a restricted free agent this summer (once the Knicks make the expected qualifying offer), and there will be interest  around the league, but he says he wants to come back to New York. If he plays anywhere.

What is the best of the available coaching jobs? Ben and I disagree here, I think expectations and reality are way out of line in Brooklyn, and that Detroit is a potentially very good gig with a solid front line in place.

• Along those lines, here’s a good look at some of the top assistants who could be head coaches by next season.

• In a surprise to nobody the Rockets will not pick up the $6.4 million option for Francisco Garcia (but they could re-sign him for less).

• Russell Westbrook talks about his injury and his recovery.

• After a few adult beverages, a random fan just decided to declare for the NBA draft… and got a great response from the league.

• For his first move, Flip Saunders is remaking the scouting department with the Timberwolves.

• Spike Lee couldn’t get the seats near the Pacers bench like he wanted, despite a $40,000 offer.

• How the Warriors rebuild worked better than the Kings rebuild (when the Kings consistently have better draft picks).

• GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, announced it will give Jason Collins its Courage Award at the GLSEN Respect Awards in New York on Monday, May 20.

• One-time NBA champion and the worst dancer in NBA history Mark Madsen is now the head coach of the D-League’s DeFenders (the Lakers affiliate).

• There is a Basketball Time Machine app.

  1. thenew013 - May 13, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    why does everyone think davis and drummond will develop but lillard wont…i dont see the logic. that fan letter declaring for the draft is hilarious and for fourty grand i would have let him sit on the bench with the pacers squad. i mean that kinda money speaks more than anything spike could say.

    • melkipershero - May 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Hes older. Unless theyre 19 or 20 the media thinks theyre at full potential. Look at Danny Green, he got batter while older. I dont get it either.

  2. melkipershero - May 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Does he teach free throw shooting?

  3. papacrick - May 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    How could anyone turn 40k down for some frickin basketball seats? Unreal. I don’t care how wealthy you are it’s not game 7 of the Finals or anything. Two teams that will never sniff a championship. Just plain dumb

  4. rickyspanish - May 13, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    That response letter from the nba was hilarious.

  5. qpoiu1 - May 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Great that Drummond is going after The Dream to improve his game, but he has got to take it seriously, because Dwight and Amare did the same and I don’t see much improvement…..

  6. cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Tyson Chandler should work with Hakeem. He’s a good defender but has no low post game what so ever.

    • melkipershero - May 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Tyson should have years back. Always loved him. Imagine OKC with Tyson. Darn toe!

      • cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        Did he play for OKC? I thought he only played for Chicago, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dallas & NY.

  7. cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Spike Lee should know better than to offer money to a Pacer’s fan. A goat or sheep would net him front row, center seats to game 3 & 4 guaranteed.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - May 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Unlike Stoudemire, who waited 10 years into his NBA career, Drummond did like virtually unpolished big men should do, and consult Hakeem EARLY.

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