Feb 5, 2014, 7:23 PM EST
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.
• I LOVE that this exists. DC Comics has teamed with TNT’s “Inside the NBA” crew for the release of “The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA: All Star Edition” — a comic book that pairs TNT’s Inside the NBA studio team and The Justice League from DC Comics. The 12-page, limited-edition comic book will be distributed free to fans at NBA All-Star Jam Session in New Orleans during NBA All-Star weekend. I am soooo picking one of those up. If you’re not going, the comic will be available on nba.com Feb. 12.
• Magic Johnson has become one of the guys to step forward with an investment and save the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, keeping the team in Los Angeles after its previous owner decided she was losing too much money on the deal. Great move by him, that is an original WNBA franchise worth saving, there is a great fan base in Los Angeles.
• DeAndre Jordan‘s new video game chair is better than yours. Via 5gum, it comes with a stash of gum in the base and top-of-the-line speakers in the chair.
• A great look at how the Cavaliers can fix their horrid offense. It’s easier said than done with this lineup.
• A Q&A with the Warriors GM at Basketball Insiders — that is all the guys formerly of Hoopsworld in their new home. You should start checking that site out. A lot.
• During the Super Bowl, the Fox broadcast said that the only professional sports championship in Seattle prior to Sunday was the 1979 Sonics. The WNBA’s Seattle Storm would like you to know that’s not true. And they don’t like being overlooked.
• Boston Celtics players say they can still make the playoffs. That’s cute.
• Mike Malone is still trying to get the Kings to play consistent defense.
• Great bit of writing by Zach Lowe of Grantland (on a topic he and I discussed before briefly): How being an NBA writer changes your fandom. He hits the nail on the head.
• The Minnesota Timberwolves, along with the WNBA’s Lynx, announced plans to open a new, state-of-the-art practice facility across the street from the Target Center. The new facility is part of a new partnership with Mayo Clinic. It looks good in the renderings, and it is right in the heart of the city.
• While you’re at it, check out the Trail Blazers upgraded practice facility:
- Report: Russell Westbrook ‘likely’ to return to Thunder lineup Wednesday, will wear protective mask 0
- Nuggets have fired head coach Brian Shaw 12
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Monday: Goran Dragic got his revenge in concentrated form 3
- League suspends James Harden one game for kick to LeBron James’ groin 23
- PBT’s weekly NBA Power Rankings: Hawks seem to be out of malaise. Maybe. 10
- Report: Jimmy Butler could miss three to four weeks with elbow injury 6
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Sunday: James Harden, LeBron James want your MVP vote 11
- Report: Sixers agree to buyout with JaVale McGee; he can sign with contender 36