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• Dan Devine of Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie blog, a longtime Knicks fan, swallows hard and reflects on Reggie Miller’s Hall of Fame induction. I’m guessing this post sets the record for most uses of the word “stupid” in any Ball Don’t Lie post.

• Video of Jamaal Wilkes, another new Hall of Famer, destroying the Sixers in the clincher of the 1980 Finals with an array of cuts, rebounds and funky jumpers. This is mostly known as the game in which Magic Johnson scored 42 points while jumping center for an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but if you score 37 points in a title-clinching game, you get your own highlight reel — and an invite to Springfield.

• Speaking of Silk: Which L.A. championship team ranks as the best of the bunch?

• Fran Blinerbury of talks to Ralph Sampson and several of Sampson’s NBA contemporaries about Sampson’s injury-plagued career. Some really good quotes in here from the early 1980s, when NBA people talked of Sampson as a potentially revolutionary player.

• Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! reflects on Sampson’s unmet promise.

• Eric Freeman of Yahoo! reflects on the ups and downs of Don Nelson’s career as the Hall prepares to welcome the NBA’s all-time leader in coaching wins.

Marc Stein of has a fantastic Q-and-A with Nellie in which the coach reflects on small-ball, his new life in Hawaii, the first time he saw Dirk Nowitzki play in person and how Mitch Richmond was somehow unaware of Nelson’s long playing career.

Meet Don Barksdale, a pioneering African-American player who will receive posthumous induction tonight. Lots of good stuff in here about Barksdale’s pre-NBA career, his time with Boston, his relationship with Bob Cousy and other topics.

Some video of Chet Walker, a core player for the Sixers in the 1960s (including the 1966-67 champs) and the Bulls of the 1970s. Walker is another member of this year’s Hall of Fame class.

• Ah, the Spirits of St. Louis, the wackiest team of the wacky ABA. They gave us Bob Costas, Marvin “Bad News” Barnes, a hundred hilarious quotes and anecdotes and one ridiculous story of television rights, smart negotiating and big-time money that just will not die.

• Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune catches up with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on a variety of topics.

• Three smaller, but still important, questions about the 2012-13 Lakers.

• Howard Beck of The New York Times strikes the appropriate tone in reporting on the Knicks’ announcement Thursday of some slight alterations to their uniform.

Tom Ziller of SB Nation looks at some potential breakout candidates for the 2012-13 season.

• Ian Levy, writing at the Mavs-themed blog The Two Man Game, tells Dallas fans what they should expect from three incoming former Pacers (two players and one coach). Good stuff on Darren Collison here.

• Brett Koremenos, writing at HoopSpeak, with a ton of smart thoughts on the Nuggets and their strange but important place in the NBA’s hierarchy.

Video breakdown of a pet play Washington used to generate some easy buckets last season despite a near-crippling lack of outside shooting and spacing.

How John Wall can become a better pick-and-roll player.

• Want to be a sports agent? Read this first.

• I think we can all agree the Clippers have had a rather disappointing franchise history, dating to before they were even the Clippers or in Los Angeles. Is it possible that the single biggest disappointment among all Clipper players during the franchise’s decades-long misery is … Andre Miller?

BlazersEdge names the five most influential Portland players in the team’s history.

• Some interesting numbers, courtesy of the Bucks-themed blog BrewHoop, on which guards shoot accurately and often from particular areas of the floor.

  • Published On 5:01pm, Sep 07, 2012
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