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Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving is on the cover of NBA Live ’14.

Jun 11, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

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 Top Chef

Kyrie Irving is on the cover of NBA Live 14. Above you get a little taste of the game.

• Our old friend Rob Mahoney, now of SI, tries to make the point we shouldn’t be comparing LeBron James and Michael Jordan because it is a disservice to LeBron. Not that he’s better, but he’s different. That will lead some in the comments to bash LeBron (and Mahoney).

Who has had a better run: The Tim Duncan Spurs or the Tom Brady Patriots? I think the better question is whether Gregg Popovich or Bill Belichick detest press conferences more?

• Popovich and the Spurs GM R.C. Buford have quite a coaching/GM tree in the league now.

• A lot of people don’t understand why George Karl is out in Denver, here is as good a breakdown as you will find (courtesy Zach Lowe at Grantland).

• The Bulls have broken ground on their new practice facility, which when done will be right across the street from the United Center.

• The Sixers front office is playing their coaching search very close to the vest. (Which never goes over well with reporters.)

• The Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves are going to play a preseason game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on October 20. It’s the second year in a row the NBA has brought a game to Canada to try and crack that market… oh, yea, forgot about them. Never mind. But they are going to Montreal anyway.

• Speaking of the Celtics, their owner Wyc Grousbeck has teamed up with some other guys to pool about $80 million to invest in sports media.

• The Pacers are doing a lot better financially after that long run in the playoffs.

But was the Pacers season a success?

• Right now a lot of NBA teams are bringing in potential draft picks for workouts. What is that actually like?

• Minnesota’s Alexey Shved will not play in Summer League because he will be playing in Eurobasket for Russia.

• Kevin Saraphin, however, will not play for the French national team this summer.

• The NBA launched its new “Best Teammate Award” (Chauncey Billups was the winner) and named it the Twyman-Stokes Award. Here is the amazing story of where that name came from.

  1. jaerba - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Despite having a mouth like a whale shark, creepy CGI Lebron’s game (2k14) will still be better than Kyrie’s (Live 14.)

    • jaerba - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Just for reference: http://youtu.be/ADfjrh12L38?t=1m

      http://www.aboututila.com/ScubaInfo/Whale-Sharks/Photos/Whale-Shark-Mouth.jpg

  2. money2long - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    the graphics in LIVE still , to me, trump 2k because nba Live players actually look closer to real people. i still converted to 2k some time ago. but i still the graphics aspect in LIVE.

  3. jadaruler - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Lebron isn’t Jordan, but that’s ok

    Will NBA Live make it this time or will they quit when they release another crappy demo?

  4. maximusprime107 - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Why is DeAndre Jordan guarding Irving at the top of the key?

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      The game assumes Vinny Del Negro is still the coach?

  5. sdemp - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    It’s a good choice, unlike the madden curse. . . this kid gets hurt all on his own.

    • money2long - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      aww that was mean lol

  6. 00maltliquor - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Wow, that looked scary realistic.

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