Jan 24, 2014, 6:44 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 more than we love a good California Zinfandel….
• What happened to all the Knicks’ draft picks the Knicks have given away over the years? This Bleacher Report story tracks them and… ouch. Just ouch. And the story isn’t over.
• LeBron James went on twitter and told The Rock he wanted a WWE championship belt. And because he’s LeBron The Rock sent him one.
• DeMarcus Cousins is a fascinating, complex person and that comes across beautifully in Jonathan Abrams must-read piece on him at Grantland. He’s a guy with and edge, and part of that makes him the player he is, but it can lead to frustration and mistakes on and off the court. He’s maturing, but it’s more than that. Go read the article.
• Sam Amick of the USA Today with a look at Cousins from a different angle.
• Speaking of the Kings, they purchased the land downtown (a former mall) that will be home to their new stadium.
• Despite what some Lakers fans (and others around the league) think, Mike D’Antoni’s small ball system can work. Look at Miami (which modified it but used the basic principles). Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol don’t want to play that way, which is just part of the trouble in Laker Nation.
• Why is scoring up in the NBA this season? Pace is up.
• J.R. Smith helped a girl singing at a recent Knicks home game. Insert your own “first assist of the season” joke here.
• I’m a fan of the new NBA Radio channel on SiriusXM — I have it in my car and listen regularly. With that I’m looking forward to this: famed filmmakerr and Knicks superfan Spike Lee will host a show on the network. “Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House” will debut Thursday, January 30 (7:00-8:00 pm ET) and air every other week. Lee will also host a non-sports show airing every other week on SiriusXM, one that doesn’t just dwell on hoops.
• It’s about to be the year of the horse. To celebrate, and broaden its global fan base, the NBA is increasing the number of live broadcasts to China to help celebrate the Chinese New Year. Between Jan. 28 to Feb. 4 the NBA will have 23 live games broadcast and streamed in China and 10 teams will honor the holiday during games in their market.
- Report: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs reach deal for five-year, $90 million contract extension 0
- Anthony Davis and Pelicans agree to five-year, $145 million contract extension 13
- Report: Kevin Love to meet with Lakers later in week 0
- Report: Lakers working to clear out more cap space to land both LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan 35
- PBT Extra: What players will most influence free agency? 1
- PBT Podcast: The top guys to watch as NBA free agency tips off 3
- Scottie Pippen: “I was LeBron James before LeBron James” 28