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  1. Tuesday And-1 links:

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:07 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. • Pau Gasol is in Chad right now, working with UNICEF on important food…

  2. Movie? Check. Next, maybe a rap tracks from Kevin Durant

    Aug 28, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    You really need to go right now and read the entire Washington Post Q&A with Kevin Durant by Michael Lee. Don’t worry, we’ll wait for you. Durant talks about acting. About winning gold medal. About losing in the NBA finals. About doing a rap album. Wait… what? Durant a rapper? That’s what he said. Durant…

  3. Former Duke star, No. 1 pick Art Heyman dies at age 71

    Aug 28, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Art Heyman — a man at the heart of the Duke/North Carolina rivalry who went on to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Knicks in 1963 — passed away Monday at the age of 71. The cause of death is not known. Heyman is often remembered as the first great players at Duke,…

  4. New Orleans native Greg Monroe watching hurricane Isaac

    Aug 28, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Pistons center Greg Monroe was a high school sophomore in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina hit and decimated that city. His family decided the night before to get out of town and left with a full car at 3 a.m. headed to Houston. He and his family survived, but it forever changed his life. Like…

  5. Kings own online store goes dark, not that anyone notices

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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    There is just not a lot of demand for Sacramento Kings gear right now. They are not very good, they don’t have a huge national fan base, and some think they have the ugliest jersey in pro sports. Even the local fan base feels ownership has been flipping them the bird for the past few…

  6. Video: Jordan and Kobe going shot for shot

    Aug 28, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    This video was obviously put together by a Kobe Bryant fan (it comes via Bleacher Report). After a shmaltzy introduction it matches Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant shot for shot. And it’s interesting. It confirms what we already knew — that Kobe clearly patterned his game after Jordan. They like the same spots on the…

  7. Who will be most drama-filled, soap opera team next season?

    Aug 28, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v New York Knicks

    Where will the soap opera be next NBA season? Certainly the Lakers will be in the spotlight and every twitch will be magnified after the additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. But it’s not the soap opera some expect — this is not going to be a Kobe vs. Shaq part deux. Dwight Howard…

  8. Problem solved — Pippen back on Dream Team for NBA 2K13

    Aug 28, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Scottie Pippen is back on the Dream Team. Not that he technically was ever off it, he still has a gold medal at home to prove he was in Barcelona in 1992 along with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and the rest of the Dream Team. However, this year’s NBA 2K13 is going to…

  9. Ricky Rubio update: Things progressing well. That is all.

    Aug 28, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Minnesota could be a playoff team this year, maybe should be. They have Kevin Love in the middle as the anchor, and this summer they added some guys who potentially really lift the franchise in Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko. But ultimately, Minnesota’s playoff chances come back to Ricky Rubio — the young Spanish center…

  10. Mike Miller back in the gym, gearing up for Heat season

    Aug 28, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Last July, a lot of people expected the Miami Heat to amnesty Mike Miller. Despite his stellar shooting in Game 5 of the finals, his body had largely given out on him. It would be easier to list the body parts on Miller that were not injured. Hobbling would be a good way to describe…

  11. Rondo says he wants to be greatest Celtics point guard ever

    Aug 28, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    I like that Rajon Rondo is thinking big. Like “the Celtics are my team” big. Look what he said while in the Philippines (where he is helping at a Red Bull sponsored youth Clinic), as reported by Interaksyon.com (via SLAM). “I hope I can end my career as the greatest point guard in the history…

  12. Doug Collins wants Spencer Hawes to be like Pau Gasol

    Aug 28, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Brandon Bass

    Before back and Achilles injuries sidelined him, Spencer Hawes was the key to the Sixers offense last season. It wasn’t about the points, it was his passing that got the ball moving side-to-side against the defense and created good looks for others. Without him the offense stagnated some, he was not the same player upon…

  13. Harden says he wants to stay with Thunder. But want is not the issue.

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    James Harden likes being a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. A lot. If we take nothing else away from the recent discussion of his contract status, that much should be clear. Of course, I want to live in a beachfront home in Malibu. Money often complicates what we want in life. Harden was interviewed…

  14. Dwight Howard will be back… someday. No timetable set.

    Aug 28, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California

    When people — and by people we mean guys like Kevin Durant and Chris Bosh — say the Lakers have the best roster “on paper” they are saying it’s one thing to have talent on the roster and it’s another thing to make it work in games. But before we know if the Lakers can…

  15. Waiters says it was no big deal he was out of shape at Summer League

    Aug 28, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Dion Waiters Summer League

    Dion Waiters did not impress at Summer League in Las Vegas. The No. 4 pick of the Cavaliers seemed a step slow, and going against guys who were fighting for jobs in the league (or overseas) he looked sluggish. Not ideal for the guy you drafted as an athletic slashing wing. More than one person…

  16. Report: Scalabrine may become Bulls assistant coach

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:16 AM EDT

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    Brian Scalabrine is likely going to be back with Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls next season, just not as a player. Scalabrine is close to becoming a Bulls assistant coach, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. According to sources familiar with the situation, the fan favorite is in line to join Tom Thibodeau’s coaching staff for…

  17. Report: Kareem’s getting his statue

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Turns out it doesn’t matter how much of a pain you are if you’re the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer and one of the best players to ever step on the floor for the best franchise in basketball. The Los Angeles Times reports: The Lakers plan to unveil a statue of Hall of Fame center Kareem…

  18. DeShawn Stevenson is very DeShawn Stevenson at Orlando pro-am

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Deshawn Stevenson

    Atlanta, this is what you can look forward to this season. These are some DeShawn Stevenson highlights from the Orlando pro-am. Some impressive plays, some smack talk, more the latter than the former. He will defend, he will act the fool, he will be fun and the fans will like him more than Larry Drew…

  19. Wizard’s Kevin Seraphin loves snakes more than you do

    Aug 27, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Seraphin snakes

    It is the offseason, so sometimes we catch things that might slip past us when we are focused on trivial details like games and standings and level of play. Although, not sure that photo would have slipped by us in any circumstance. That is Wizards soon to be third year player Kevin Seraphin, and those are…

  20. Derrick Rose talks about Chicago, his family, more

    Aug 27, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    For a guy we’re not likely to see on the court until around the All-Star break, we are seeing a lot of Derrick Rose right now. Adidas has a special series on his recovery, which is pretty good. Aggrey Sam spoke with him for CSNChicago.com. And now he sat down with the BET to talk…

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