The version of the Gilbert Arenas gun story that best helps to explain how this could be, to Arenas, a joke.
Daryl Morey says the Rockets are being aggressive in shopping Tracy McGrady, and adds that he thinks his team could use an All-Star level talent. (How about Andre Iguodala?)
Kirk Hinrich trade rumors are to the NBA as clouds are to the sky: If they're not there, they can't be far away. A recent theory is that he could be traded for Arenas teammate Caron Butler. Worth noting, Butler has faced his own gun and drug charges, in his youth as a drug dealer. But easy with your "the Wizards are weeding out the bad seeds" interpretation of this. Butler's story is not at all the stereotypical one, and if you read Michael Lee's 2008 Washington Post profile, you'd get the feeling that Butler -- his friends mocked him for working at Burger King after he gave up dealing, now he owns Burger Kings -- is the kind of person who would be a mature influence.
Basketball as a tool for peace ... in Rwanda, in amazing photographs.
If Yi Jianlian is a baller, that could change everything for the Nets.
A big collection of the best playoff highlights from the last decade. Lots of Robert Horry, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and that amazing Baron Davis dunk over Andrei Kirilenko.
Portland has been winning without LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Steve Blake, Rudy Fernandez, Greg Oden, Travis Outlaw and Joel Przybilla. Without a center at all, they have beat teams like Phoenix, Miami, Dallas, San Antonio and Denver. Wayne Winston's adjusted plus/minus says Jerryd Bayless and Andre Miller deserve credit.
Every single NBA team uses the pick-and-roll, and here's proof.
If you're up late watching basketball, and you're a Hornets fan, and you see David West start making 3s, it's time to wake up everybody in the house.
If DeSagana Diop had fallen off your radar, it's probably time to put him back on.
Kevin Durant, MVP? Russell Westbrook, All-Star? Raising expectations in Oklahoma.
And as long as we're talking MVP candidates, please note Tim Duncan is playing about as well as ever.
Rob Mahoney of The Two Man Game on the Mavericks' stiff loss to the Lakers: "One can only hope that the next time these teams meet (which is the 13th, by the way), the Mavs perform at a respectable level. Hopefully the Lakers won’t be allowed to waltz down the lane for uncontested dunks and layups. Hopefully the Mavs will be able to make a damn jumpshot to save their lives, or at least execute some semblance of an offensive game plan. Hopefully the Mavs can show a little heart and a little pride, and prove that they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the Lakers. Hopefully all of these things will happen because we know that the Mavs are capable of them. Dallas is better than this. The defense is better than this. And hopefully nine days from now, they can prove it."
Jeremy from Roundball Mining Company: "How painful must it have been for Philly fans to watch Ty Lawson? With the seventeenth selection in the 2009 NBA Draft the Sixers drafted Jrue Holiday. One pick later the Timberwolves selected Lawson to trade to Denver. Maybe Holiday will turn out to be decent, but watching Lawson torment Philly every minute he was on the floor had to have left them wondering what could have been." Also worth noting: John Hollinger called it before the draft (Insider).
The love affair between Eddie Jordan and Sixer fans is evidently over. Unclear: Did it ever begin?
Zach Lowe of CelticsHub: "Do you realize how awful Brian Scalabrine has been this season?"