Who's going to contend for the gold at the 2012 Olympics in London? The Painted Area has your morning line. M. Haubs reiterates The Painted Area's strong belief that "we fully expect 2012 to be the year in which the torch of South America basketball officially gets passed from Argentina to Brazil."
Baron Davis, using rustic fashion to diffuse the pressure.
Nets Are Scorching's Mark Ginocchio on the extremely artful, but generally detested Rick Barry. Also at NAS (via Brooklyn Fans), the Nets hold PA Announcer tryouts. After a full season in Miami where fans endure a human weed wacker at the microphone, I'd like to see more arenas return to the baritone, gravitas and old school stylings of the Lakers' of Lawrence Tanter.
Rudy Fernandez's stint with the Trail Blazers ended on draft night. Dave of Blazers Edge writes that, in retrospect, Fernandez's tenure in Portland was disappointing, particularly when you consider that "Rudy came to the team at the center of the perfect storm, in just the right environment to raise expectations."
PistonPowered continues its walk through Pistons history, zeroing in on the 1968-69 season when Detroit traded local legend Dave DeBusschere to the Knicks for Walt Bellamy. At the time, the Pistons were regarded as one of the least competently managed teams in the league and they wouldn't reach the postseason again until 1974. Also from PistonPowered, Austin Daye is having a rough go at it for BC Khimki in the Euroleague.
Michael Schwartz of Valley of the Suns writes that Phoenix would benefit from a hard salary cap in both the short term (the Suns have only $24 million committed in salaries after next summer) and the long term (they wouldn't have to get into an arms race with the Lakers, et al).
Will someone please reboot the scoreboard at the Verizon Center?
The literary journal lives: Seth Rosenthal of Posting & Toasting rolls out the first installment of Knicktion, a series of creative written works that are Knicks-ish in theme.
Via Hooped Up, a very cool rendering of Magic Johnson by Korean artist Kim Min Suk.
Michael Beasley confesses to IamaGM.com that his 2K12 rating of 78 is "higher than I thought."