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Thursday And-1 Links: LeBron James praises Andre Drummond

Dec 12, 2013, 7:51 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.

LeBron James had a lot of good things to say about Andre Drummond: ““He’s a huge, huge guy and every game he continues to build that confidence. He rebounds at a high level. The more and more basketball you play, the more situations you see and the more you’re growing. He’s definitely doing that.”

• If you read one thing today, it should be Kirk Goldsberry’s profile of LeBron and how he thinks the game.

Grantland also with a fantastic profile of Andre Iguodala.

Jimmer Fredette is getting the first crack at being the backup point guard for Isaiah Thomas in Toronto (following the trade of Greivis Vasquez). Good first outing, he had 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting Wednesday. We’ll see what he does with the chance.

• So it turns out Brad Stevens can coach at the NBA level.

• The details of former Grizzlies assistant Barry Hecker’s firing last year mid-playoffs make for an interesting read and helps you understand the dynamics of the Grizzlies organization right now better.

Interesting profile of Rob McClanaghan — the trainer many of the NBA elite lean on (Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant) by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

• How Grant Hill is on his way to becoming a business mogul.

• Jazz assistant coach Sydney Lowe pled guilty to tax evasion charges in North Carolina. He was given a suspended 45-day jail sentence, he is on probation for 36 months, has to perform 100 hours of community service, plus to pay more than $79,200 to the state in restitution.

• GQ Magazine recognized Jason Collins as one of its “Men of the Year” in the latest issue. Collins was named GQ’s “Game Changer” of the year for coming out of the closet as a gay man. He’s a free agent right now and the feeling around the league is come the start of the year, when guys get picked up on 10-day contracts, Collins will get one. We’ll see. There’s an interesting interview with Collins in the magazine as well.

George Hill played for the Pacers for a couple of seasons before being traded to Indiana, so he knows the good places to eat when in San Antonio. When the Pacers were in town recently he had his favorite chicken place cater lunch for the team.

• NBA TV’s broadcast of the Heat vs. Pacers — or LeBron James vs. Paul George, if you prefer — became the highest-viewed telecast ever. The game generated an average of 920,000 total viewers and averaged more than one million viewers from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m. ET.

Marcin Gortat‘s father is a former boxer, and they have a strange relationship.

SLAM did a Q&A with Chris Bosh.

• In case you haven’t checked it out, the NBA has launched a new radio channel — SiriusXM Radio (channel 217). Shows include “The Starting Lineup” hosted by Stacey King and NY Daily News writer Frank Isola; then Sam Mitchell and Jason Goff will host “Off the Dribble”; Steve Kerr and Ian Eagle host “Long Range” plus the channel will broadcast games. Just have to say from my times listening to it in the car (a Ford Fusion, if you want to know) if you’re a hoops junkie like me it’s good stuff.

• Finally, how about some Robert Horry talking about the good ol’ days?

  1. money2long - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    drummond, u sir, are the man

    • DonKellyBaby - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Best Center in the NBA

      • uncledrew22 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        He’s not the best center yet, but has a chance to be. Drummond is only 20 yrs old and already is a monster.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      If this kid can ever start to shoot FTs at a 60% clip, game over.

      if Faried’s the Manimal, Drummond’s whatever eats manimals.

  2. legend30 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Remember when the Cavaliers’ drafted D. Waiters instead of Drummond? Dan Gilbert at his finest.

  3. fraudguy - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    “George Hill played for the Pacers for a couple of seasons before being traded to Indiana, so he knows the good places to eat when in San Antonio”

    Or did he play for the Spurs?

    • legend30 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      There is sooo many typos with every article. I just ignore it.

  4. balfe13 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    “Jimmer Fredette is getting the first crack at being the backup point guard for Isaiah Thomas in Toronto…”

    Fail. Seriously, get an intern to be your editor.

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