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Wednesday And-1 links: Sacramento’s new arena is going to be special

Jan 29, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

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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.

• Some architectural renderings of the new arena in Sacramento have been released, and the most interesting feature was a retractable glass entryway that lets people outside see into the area during events.

• If you read on thing today, it should be this oral history of David Stern’s 30-year tenure as NBA Commissioner, which ends this weekend.

• The United States government is investigating Dennis Rodman because during his controversial trip to North Korea he took some gifts to Kim Jung Un that violated US sanctions against North Korea. Apparently Rodman’s own vodka can be considered a premium product.

Magic Johnson slammed Mike D’Antoni on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I’m weary of Magic’s act as an analyst, this whole “this shouldn’t happen to the Lakers” crap he spouts ignores the realities of today’s NBA — he praised the hiring of Mike Brown at the time now slams ownership for it. Magic, talk about the Dodgers and stop talking about the Lakers.

• So your team is going to have a lot of cap space in the next couple years and that is how you are going to rebuild? Historically, that doesn’t work as well as you think.

Some researchers are trying to quantify “team chemistry.”

• Sometimes when Timberwolves big man Nikola Pekovic works out he cries like a little baby.

• The Raptors are not really talking extension with coach Dwane Casey.

How the Dallas Mavericks are making it all work.

Milwaukee’s GM does a Q&A about the worst team in the NBA this season. His team, for the record.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle thinks Dirk Nowitzki should be an All-Star. Stunning.

• I’ve said it before in his space but I’ll say it again — if you love the NBA you should be listening to SiriusXM NBA Radio (channel 217). Another reason to do it: Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard CJ McCollum has a new show on the network. “Year One with CJ McCollum” airs every Thursday (6:00-7:00pm ET/3:00-4:00 pm PT).

“I am really excited about the opportunity to host my own radio show on SiriusXM NBA Radio and chronicle my journey as a rookie,” said McCollum in a released statement. “I’ll share my own stories and interview other NBA players as we cover everything from travel, teammates, diet, practices, and games as well as what I do when I am not playing. This lifestyle is very different from life at Lehigh as a college student but I’m finding my way.”

• Shawne Williams has signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

• You may not remember former NBA player Zoran Planinic but he hit as amazing a game winner as you are going to see for Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to give them the win over Emporio Armani Milano.

  1. dinofrank60 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Two things:
    Stop it with trying to quantify everything!!! This is a game, played by peoples! (Yes, peoples!) Enjoy it for what it is!!!

    The Lakers stink. They have a more uptempo offense, they have a young point guard (when healthy) and they are younger and more athletic. That’s what everybody wanted.
    They stink. What’s the problem with saying they stink? Magic knows the Jimmy Buss era is flopping so far; Jimmy probably feels that he is entitled to flop. At least he doesn’t say that publicly, unlike his coach who is publicly frustrated, despite backtracking.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      The Lakers do suck, but Magic acts like everyone should get off his lawn.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        And while we suck, at least we know what it’s like to win and know we will return to that point! Better than being a Marlins fan and knowing you will never have a chance.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        No offense to the 5 Marlins fans in the world.

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Maybe you should use another team, after all the Marlins have won two World Series in the last twenty years. That’s the same amount of World Series that the Giants and Dodgers have won combined.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Assuming they don’t bankrupt the city!

  3. djlexluger - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    Magic had a spot on analysis, and he earned the right to talk about his old team whenever he wants.

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