Sep 10, 2013, 6:46 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 European big men love three pointers….
• Chris Hansen, the driving force behind the effort to buy the Kings and move them to Sacramento, has been fined $50,000 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission because a couple of days after Sacramento won the rights to keep the team Hansen donated $100,000 to efforts to block the new arena in Sacramento (if that city didn’t build an arena the Seattle group would get the team). Not a cool move by Hansen, I get he was frustrated but that was just petty. However, a $50,000 fine to a billionaire is not exactly going to hurt him.
• By the way, a Seattle judge threw out an environmental challenge to the new Seattle Arena Hansen wants to build for an NBA and/or NHL team. The idea that the challenges up there were a serious threat to the Seattle arena was always spin out of Sacramento.
• Lamar Odom says there is no drug issue, says he is fine. Take it for what it’s worth, which isn’t much.
• Zach Lowe at Grantland makes the case for the 40-minute NBA game. It’s an interesting argument because if the goal is to make the NBA less favorite-heavy and more unpredictable, this would help do it. This is also moot. I like the idea of a shorter NBA season as well but both of those would reduce revenue (from television, ticket sale prices, etc.) and that will never fly with owners and players.
• Celtics coach Brad Stevens talks about how he selected his assistant coaches.
• Avery Bradley has been away from the Celtics, dealing with the death of his mother. Our thoughts are with him and his family.
• By the way Celtics fans, in case you missed it here is the link to Bill Simmons interviewing Danny Ainge.
• Speaking of Curry, over at Eye on Basketball Zach Harper did an interesting look at how three-point shooters have replaced big men in the NBA (thanks both to the three-point line and the change that allows zone defenses). This trend is going to continue, and the NBA is okay with a league that is about up-tempo play and gun slingers with the ball on the perimeter.
• Over at EuroBasket, the Wizards’ Jan Vesely averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds a game, but in the Czech Republic’s final game he was 1-of-10 from the free throw line. He looked better than he has in the NBA, but don’t count on that translating into improvement when the Wizards tip-off.
• Nicolas Batum missed one game for France at EuroBasket with a mildly sprained ankle, but it is not expected to keep him out of the next round of games.
• The Heat will have 2012 draft pick Justin Hamilton at their training camp.
• Finally, Riquna Williams of the Tulsa Shock set a WNBA record with 51 points. She did it on 28 shots and knocked down 8 three pointers.
- Can Thunder, without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, overcome their first identity crisis? 10
- Jazz guard Alec Burks signs contract extension worth $42 million-$45 million 9
- Thursday night NBA Winners/Losers: The injury gods show Thunder no mercy 12
- No Durant, Westbrook goes down, Thunder still make it interesting but fall to Clippers 2
- Thunder’s Russell Westbrook fractures hand, likely out 4-6 weeks 9
- LeBron struggles in Cleveland debut as Knicks stun Cavaliers 46
- LeBron, Cavaliers introduced on opening night in Cleveland (VIDEO) 5
- Dominant Pau Gasol shows he may be a perfect fit for Bulls 19