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Wednesday And-1 links: The case for Chris Webber in the HOF

Sep 18, 2013, 7:03 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 Southerners like fried food….

• So, you think you’re good at pop-a-shot? Think again (via The Awesomer).

• The case for Chris Webber to make the Hall of Fame. I’ve already told you I think he should be in.

• Friend of the blog Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com makes a rational plea to Lakers fans: This season should be about having fun again, enjoying the experience and not the end result.

• We told you how the NBA was paying to put high tech, motion recording Spurts VU cameras in every NBA arena, which is going to track the detailed movements of players on the court and provide this wealth of information. What kind of information? John Schuhmann at NBA.com gave us a little breakdown, complete with some videos. Some interesting stats: In the 27 games the cameras tracked of his (remember they weren’t in every arena last year), Rajon Rondo had 37 “free throw assists” where he made the pass and it led to a foul and at least one made free throw; Tony Parker averaged almost two “hockey assists” a game (the pass that leads to another pass that leads to a basket). You get the idea, we are going to get a lot more information, and that is good for us fans.

• Things that may blind those cameras — Dwyane Wade‘s light-up shoelaces:

Mark Wahlberg talks the Bulls, Jimmy Butler and Boston.

Tyreke Evans enjoys some time back in Philly.

• Memphis has invited swingman Tony Gaffney to training camp. He already has a contract to play in Germany this year, it is a camp invite only.

• Bill Cartwright with an interesting story of what it was like coaching in Japan.

• Magic Johnson has started a great program for at-risk youth.

• Finally, good to see Louisville’s Kevin Ware is dunking again.

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