Even though there were only two games being played last night, it was a busy day across the Association. First there was the Thunder’s easy win over the Bulls, followed by some drama in the locker room afterwards. Then there was the extremely short-handed Spurs defeating the Warriors on the road. Plus, we found out that the Omer Asik trade talks are off for now. And on top of everything, we learned that Kobe Bryant will be out for 6 weeks with a fractured bone in his leg. Tonight we have nine games on the schedule, including a doubleheader on ESPN. Until then, catch up on some reading with today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
Our friends over at Hickory High are doing a series in which they profile a number of NBA coaches. In this edition, Andrew Johnson wrote about new Boston Celtics‘ coach, Brad Stevens and his connection with numbers.
Smoothing Over Rough Edges: Mandela, the NBA and Manicuring Memory: By Jacob Greenberg (@jacobjbg)
A few weeks ago, as you all will know, South Africa, and the world, suffered the loss of Nelson Mandela. Over at The Diss, Jacob Greenberg wrote about Mandela, his relationship to the NBA and the means by which the NBA – and society as a whole – choose to remember people.