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Monday And-1 Links: Kris Humphries vs. Rajon Rondo, who ya got?

Oct 7, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo 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 more than Esquire loves Scarlett Johansson

• In the Celtics locker room there is a voting board up with the question: Who would you take in a fight, Kris Humphries or Rajon Rondo? That’s tough. Normally you want to go with the more scrappy guy and that’s Rondo, but he does give up eight inches and 60 pounds and that’s a lot to make up. Tough call. I’ll take Floyd Mayweather.

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw doesn’t expect Kobe Bryant to be ready for the season opener.

• Miami’s Norris Cole says he’s just trying to stay focused and ignore trade rumors. It’s training camp, 300 other NBA players will give you that exact same answer.

• Breaking down how Anthony Davis scored so well in his first preseason game — expect a big jump from him this season.

• Here’s an old photo of Dr. J and John Havlicek wearing sombreros.

• Cleveland’s Tyler Zeller is otu for Tuesday’s preseason game against Milwaukee due to a strained left hip flexor.

• Orlando’s Doron Lamb sprained his ankle Sunday and did not practice on Monday.

• Charlotte’s Al Jefferson missed the end of practice Monday’s due to a sore hamstring, however he expects to play on Tuesday so nothing serious.

• Why Clipper fans should be optimistic about their defense.

• Philadephia inked a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with reserve big man Gani Lawal.

Chris Bosh was on Parks and Recreation last week.

• Javaris Crittenton murder trial update: He talked about wanting to “beat the s— out of” the prosecutor, you can probably imagine how well that went over with the judge. Enjoy your ankle monitor and curfew.

Steve Nash and his wife have figured out their custody battle.

• Sergei Belov, the legendary Soviet player who was a key part of the disputed 1972 Olympic win over Team USA, has passed away.

• Finally, LeBron James‘ son got an X-Box themed birthday cake which includes his father on the NBA 2K14 cover on it. The lesson here, if you’re LeBron’s son you get cool things.

  1. antistratfordian - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Another PR miscalculation from LeBron. That should’ve been an Xbox One.

  2. joeksnuffy - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Lebron’s so full of himself. He’s such a great player; does he really need to promote himself like that? And to his own son? That cake just screams, “Hey son, look how great your dad is. You are so lucky to have a dad as great as me. Aren’t I great. Look son, I’m on the cover of this game. I’m so great.” Then he posts the picture on Instagram to show the world how great he is and how lucky is son is to have him as a dad. That’s why people want to see him fail. He needs to brought down a couple notches.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      So cynical. Here’s the touching thing about this that many fathers can relate to…

      His kids don’t care that their Dad is a famous basketball player or a celebrity. James has commented about this several times, that if he struggles in a game or if he wins a big game, they don’t really care, they just want him to get them a juice box…

      But they love video games! And for him to be on a video game cover for the first time and for his son to see that and feel pride in his Dad – it had to have been one of the great joys for him as a father.

      Savannah probably had tears in her eyes.

  3. joeksnuffy - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    and of course, his son’s name is Lebron Jr.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Hey, I’m the 4th. Don’t mess with a good thing, baby.

      • katra2logic - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        The tradition in our family is that the first son (of the first son) is named James. Certainly simplified the naming of my first kid. We don’t use ‘junior’ though, we use the middle initial (James H, James S, James Q, etc) to refer to the different generations. Cheers :-)

      • antistratfordian - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        I was not supposed to end up with the same name – another named was planned for me. But I happened to be born on the same day as my grandfather, so that changed.

        Perhaps the Good Lord did not want our family messing with a blessing.

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