Good afternoon, Hardwood Houdini readers!
The Boston Celtics are enjoying a nice little break in their NBA schedule – an early Christmas present, perhaps, for having such a bear of a November schedule? Hope the players got all of their holiday shopping done, because they are back in action tonight!
Before we get to the game, though . . . let’s check out our dose of NBA links!
Some good games last night – check out the results. [NBA.com] Go Portland!
Perhaps you have noticed – there are some damn good coaches in the NBA this season, many of whom have made some teams pleasant surprises. Here’s a look at five coaches who are getting it done. [NBA Hang Time Blog]
The Pacers squared off against the Blazers last night, and apparently, it was a rough contest for Roy Hibbert, who declared this following the game. [Sports Illustrated]
I don’t know who thought of this . . . but what if NBA jerseys were designed by fashion experts? [Sports Illustrated]
Good news for New Yorkers: the Knicks and Nets battle this Thursday, meaning one of those terrible teams has to win. The bad news: the Battle of New York has turned out to be one big, hilarious joke. [Sporting News]
Many of made fun of the Lakers for throwing arenas full of cash to Kobe Bryant with his new, two-year extension. Could it be, though, that the Lakers were right, and that Kobe is set to become a dominant player again once he returns to the NBA? [Bleacher Report]
Last link: the Boston Celtics are among three teams who are highlighted in this ESPN video that examines how a trio of unheralded big men are paying off for their teams. [ESPN]
Enjoy, and check back in with us for tonight’s game coverage!!!