Playing against quality Nugget big men, Greg Oden has what are being called his best minutes yet in the NBA.
Marcus Thornton, Hornets second-round pick, has been hitting 3s (9 of 21 in the preseason) and driving fearlessly to the hoop.
TrueHoop has often touched on the notion that it's odd an active NBA player has never come out of the closet. In that, now, basketball is behind hurling. (UPDATE: I first wrote "curling" which was a typo. But TrueHoop reader Daniel points out that the NBA is behind curling too.)
An NCAA coach says recruiting European players is tough, because they'll commit to attend, and then get a nice offer to play professionally closer to home, and they'll renege.
Minnesota, Milwaukee, Orlando and Portland ... cases that all four will win more than expected this season, from a blogger with a pretty good track record.
Chris Douglas-Roberts says that all of his tattoos are easy to cover up with clothes, except the one on his neck honoring his mother, and that's no accident.
We should get used to the idea that Blake Griffin will be doing a lot of this kind of dunking. Also, David Berri says this has a chance to become the best Clipper team ever.
Seeing Courtney Lee -- he went from the Magic to the Nets in the Vince Carter trade -- as a potential star. As a rookie he was a go-to stopper for the team with the league's most efficient defense, while making 40% of his shots from downtown. He also came this close to winning a Finals game at the buzzer with an alley oop.
The NBA is reaching out to Hispanic fans. Peachtree Hoops says Al Horford should lead that charge, as he's "articulate, engaging, highly skilled NBA player who happens to very proud of his Hispanic roots."
Goran Suton, Kyrylo Fesenko and Kosta Koufos -- three Jazz players who look so alike they're confusing broadcasters.
Wayne Winston has been looking for players whose adjusted plus/minus scores improved with time. Some of his findings.
If the Spurs find they need help from long range, there's a spare missile launcher in the area.
Heat fans, waiting for that promised Jermaine O'Neal production. In three preseason games, he has had three injuries, and a total of nine rebounds.
UPDATE: Two players for Olympiacos -- the team that played against the Cavaliers the other day -- have reportedly tested positive for swine flu.