Hollinger Insider Gems: Nov. 20, 2008

Five observations as we head into Thursday night's games.

Updated: November 20, 2008, 1:22 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Five more nuggets from around the NBA:

1. I have no idea if this says more about the league's inability to track its own history or the league's progressive stance toward minority hires, but I find this interesting nonetheless. Yesterday the Seattle Mariners hired Don Wakamatsu as their manager, and much ado was made about Major League Baseball's first Asian-American in that position.