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Wednesday And-1 Links: Jordan Hill wants out of L.A. if D’Antoni returns

Apr 2, 2014, 5:05 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.

Jordan Hill doesn’t want to return to the Lakers next season if Mike D’Antoni is still the coach. As a side note, Laker management isn’t going to work that hard to keep him.

• Speaking of the Lakers, Andrew Kamenetzky hits the nail on the head here — there is going to be a civil war next season between Lakers fans and Kobe Bryant fans. And make no mistake, those are two different groups just with some overlapping interests.

Paul Flannery of SB Nation has a fantastic look at Doc Rivers and what he has brought to the Clippers. It is a must read.

• Speaking of great read’s the Boston Globe’s post on analytics in the NBA is something you should sit down with and check out.

• One more long form read worth your time — Zach Lowe of Grantland on Anthony Davis.

• Andrew Kamenetzky hits the nail on the head here — there is going to be a civil war season between Lakers fans and Kobe Bryant fans. And make no mistake, those are two different groups just with some overlapping interests.

• Basketball-Reference’s Andrew Bynum practice shooting charts were the best of the NBA April Fools jokes.

• Chris Hansen, the guy behind the Seattle bid to buy the Kings and move them to the Pacific Northwest, said he and his ownership group are still looking at NBA possibilities. Which is tough because the next team with a lease up that could be up and the team sold and moved is Milwaukee — and that is a couple of years away and the owner is working to find new local ownership.

• In case you missed it, Heat and Pacers fans got in a fight when the two teams played.

• Looking at the connection between an older roster and success in the NBA.

• The Pelicans do not plan to sit Eric Gordon down for the rest of the season, if his knee will let him play he will play.

• John Salley says the New York Knicks will be in the NBA Finals next year. No pressure, Phil.

• If you want more of the Mark Jackson saga with Golden State, check this out. He is seriously coaching for his job right now.

• Some unintended consequences of the new CBA.

• Damion James will reportedly sign a 10-day deal with the Spurs.

• The Spurs are trying hard to make “frogging” the new thing. I wish I were making that up.

• Anthony Davis was on the Pete Holmes Show:

  1. antistratfordian - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    He’s not the only one.

  2. chris3141084 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    They should have traded him, for peanuts if that’s what they could have received for him. The Lakers management befuddles me.

  3. progress2011 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    If this dude thinks his opinion counts towards ANY team’s managerial decision ….them stoopid dreads must be soaking up too many of his brain cells!

    If he cuts that rug off his head, he might be able to think more clearly and have a discussion with himself….it will go something like this:

    “self, I’m not good enough to open my mouth! I will just be quiet and be glad any team took a chance on me”.

    • bkbell3 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      This kid plays hard and has a high motor and can rebound and defend and finish at the rim and would be a rotation player on most any teams esp. teams that have a real coach that isn’t an “offensive genius” and wants to play small ball/playground ball.I was playing 7 seconds or less in every pick-up game since 6th grade and it works cause no one plays defense in pick-up games. Unfortunately in the NBA playing defense wins games and more so in the playoffs.

  4. haaaaasoooooo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Smart kid

  5. polarbearsquares - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    No. Not all Kobe fans and Laker fans are in different groups. Some, most of us, were Laker fans first. And then became Kobe fans second. Our loyalty lies with the franchise. But that doesn’t mean we have no loyalty for Kobe. Or vice versa.

    This is the same stupid article they wrote when Shaq was with the Lakers and then left. Will there be pro-Shaq fans who refuse to support the Kobe-led Lakers? Yeah. We see how that worked out. Or when Magic came back from retirement and then flirted with signing with another team. Will Laker fans ever forgive him for saying he’d gladly play for another team?

    Sigh. Its a great hypothetical article. Not so much in reality tho.

    • Professor Fate - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      And apparently so thin it was repeated four bullet points later. Real fans of the team, rather than those who are fans only because Bryant is on the team, recognize that players come and go. We appreciate what Bryant, and other great players like him, have brought to the organization over the years, but in the end it’s all about the team. Which is how it should be, whether Bryant-first fans like it or not.

      Bryant has done much for the Lakers and they showed their appreciation with cold, hard cash. Many of us have followed the Lakers for a long time, some from before Bryant came aboard and some from before he was even born. While I understand his hope for another ring, at some point he has to realize that it isn’t feasible next year and might not be possible the year after. I thought Kamenetsky’s article was needlessly divisive, almost like he wants to see what he predicts might happen.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      On point polarbear

      Also…there are Kobe-1st fans out there?? I thought the only people that liked him were Laker fans and foreigners. It’s not even conceivable to me that someone can love Kobe and not be a Laker fan with all the hatred there is for him out there.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I thought it was blasphemy to call yourself a Lakers fan while being anti-Kobe. I just hope his fanbase isn’t as delusional as he is, and that they understand exactly why they won’t be contending for a few more years.

  7. bhunter1995 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    I love how hard Hill plays, he crashes the boards hard and works on both ends of the court. Although he has a limited offensive gamd he has some solid post moves, his right hand post hook for example is a shot that he hits more often then not an dc he can hit jumpers out to 15-18 feet if you give him too much room. As a Laker fan I will hate to see him leave but I’d rather see him get the minutes he deserves on another team instead of being buried on the end of the Lakers by a coach who would rather play Sacre and Kelly over Hill and Kaman.

  8. kb2408 - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    So, when did it become fashionable for role players to make threats of not returning? I like Hill, but if I were Mitch he would not be a LAKER next season. He’s too inconsistent anyway. One game he plays like a borderline all star…the next like a D-leaguer.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      What game has he not given it his all? You sound like a boxscore watcher rather then a game watcher. Next time you read the boxscore to judge Hill, look at the minutes played as well.

  9. dinofrank60 - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Kobe must be the most polarizing player in NBA history.

  10. Professor Fate - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Great article about unintended consequences of the new CBA. Must read for an excellent explanation of how the owners’ attempts to level the playing field between large- and small-market teams has not panned out.

  11. campcouch - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    trade him to Milwaukee.

    • bougin89 - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Nah. We don’t really want him.

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