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Thursday And-1 Links: Carmelo Anthony wants to mentor DeMarcus Cousins

Mar 27, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins, Carmelo Anthony AP

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.

Carmelo Anthony told the Sacramento Bee he wants to help mentor DeMarcus Cousins.

“I love him, I love him,” Anthony said of Cousins. “I’m trying to get him to calm down a little bit but I love him, his game, what he can do out there on the basketball court. He stuffs the stat sheet, points, rebounds. He can pass the ball, got a good feel for the game. He just does a lot out there but I’m just trying to get him to calm down out there a little bit. I’m working on that, that’s my project.”

Why we should place more value on creating steals (this is a fantastic post at the new 538 blog, go read it).

Here is a fantastic look at the complexities of the Golden State situation with Mark Jackson. The situation is not simple, and it involves how the current ownership group is impatient and hands on, and how Stephen Curry is a Jackson fan.

Mark Cuban clarified his stance on the NFL and potentially expanding its television package, and he makes a lot of sense.

This is a great look by Chris Ballard at Sports Illustrated about how Doc Rivers has worked to build up in DeAndre Jordan what Vinny Del Negro just tore down. Watch the Clippers play now and you see the dividends of Rivers’ work — when he was saying earlier this year Jordan should be considered for Defensive Player of the Year that was all about building up Jordan, not reality. Smart man, that Doc.

Roy Hibbert is not showing any concussion symptoms after the elbow from LeBron James and can play in the Pacers’ next game. Also, LeBron will not be fined by the league for the contact.

• The virus that sidelined Ray Allen Wednesday night against the Pacers will have him out Friday as well.

Check out the graphic evidence of how Monta Ellis is playing differently this season — he’s gotten to the elbow a lot more and knocked those shots down, plus he’s got the left corner three down.

Nate Wolters had a surprisingly good rookie season for the Bucks, but he is done for the year now with a broken hand. After a recent game Bucks coach Larry Drew said had it not been for the rash of injuries that hit the Bucks this year Wolters would not have gotten many minutes but a year like this where he is thrown into the fire can help speed his development.

• Charlotte isn’t tanking, rather they are building a winner (and are playoff bound this season).

• A lot of states — where lawmakers are looking for extra revenue but without taxing their constituents — have turned to a “jock tax” where professional athletes have to pay an extra tax for coming into their state and playing. It happens all over. Tennessee is doing away with theirs.

Hedo Turkoglu is no longer going to play international ball for his native Turkey.

• Jahlil Okafor is maybe the most recruited player in next year’s freshmen class and is the projected 2015 No. 1 pick (as much as you can do that this far out). Not surprisingly, he’s not a fan of the 20-year-old age limit.

• My daily Snopes imitation: No, the rumor Michael Jordan is walking away from the Jordan Brand is not true.

  1. elcapitanfiscal - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Melo as a mentor?

    I thought it was April Fool’s already.

  2. readysethike - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    maybe this sets the stage for the Knicks to try and go after Cousins this summer.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Demarcus Cousins signed a 4 year contract extension with the Kings last offseason and greatly improved this year, so the Kings have no interest in trading a young big man on the rise.

      Meanwhile, the Knicks don’t have any assets that would interest the Kings in a trade.
      The Knicks’ main goal this offseason is to keep Carmelo, so that way, when they finally have cap space in 2015, they can try to lure a second star player to join Carmelo rather than having to rebuild from scratch.

    • basketballbro - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      That’s a train-wreck waiting to happening (even more so than the Knicks this year). In order to keep Cousins in line, you need a legit leader who demands no nonsense and nothing but the best. I only see 2 players in the league that can do that (Kobe and possibly Garnett).

      • savvybynature - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        I think Duncan/Pop would have more success than Kobe. Kobe just seems to get on everyone’s nerves to be honest.

      • jjthesportsguy - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:59 AM

        I think LeBron could be a good mentor to Boogie. I also think Chicago would be a good fit for his development.

  3. sasquash20 - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Cousins has been a beast. And what is he 23?

  4. ranfan12 - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Thought he was supposed to be Shaq’s project. What happened to Shaq being involved with the Kings >_>

    • pharohislife - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Shaq has been involved, he talks about it from time to time on InsideTheNBA.

      • ranfan12 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:49 AM

        Oh ok. I miss a lot of those episodes. Thanks

  5. campcouch - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Yeah,find a woman named La La to dictate your career and marry her.

  6. slowclyde86 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    “Shoot it every time you touch it, unless I’m on the floor. Rest at the other end. Mentoring is easy.”

    • money2long - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      do you know what mentoring entails ?
      why are you talking about the game of basketball?
      your attempt at humor has backfired on you.
      you look dumb.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I’m sure DC knows how to ball-hog, he needs someone to teach him the rest of the game.

    *Looks at anyone and everyone except Mr. LaLa*

  8. jjthesportsguy - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Not sure you want Shaq or Melo as mentors. Melo is a volume shooter who offers little else most times, and while Shaq won campionships, he was quite lazy. Unless you want Boogie to gain some weight and look a little doughy in the mid section, maybe stay away from Shaq or Melo.

  9. chiadam - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Melo the Mentor. I love it. He can teach valuable life skills like not passing ever under any circumstance whatsoever, not playing defense ever under any circumstance whatsoever, forcing trades to horrid teams, what to do with snitches, and getting pushed around by your wife.

  10. cruzan80 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    For all you Melo haters on this board. This is about his attitude on & off the court….not basketball skills. Cousins needs to get his attitude right…..the kid is what…23 years old? & already averaging a double double. Being a professional is half of what’s required to having longevity in this league…..talent alone will not grant you a 10 year career if you develop a reputation that suggest that you can’t be coached or is an awful teammate.

    In his very short career, Cousins has already developed that reputation. His attitude is even what got him off the last Olympic team. You think they couldn’t a player of his skill set after Griffin had to leave the team due to injury??? He gotta get his mind right & shout out to Melo as 10 year vet who also had some off court issues early in his career for stepping up to the plate in an attempt to show the kid the “what” & “what not’s” in this league.

    • archibaldnemesis - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      the melo hate is insane and unfounded. its annoying to hear people who don’t watch the games talk about how he plays. it is what it is i guess.

  11. kingperk123 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Good combination Anthony to the kings..

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