The NBA's evening schedule only features three contests, but all three should be interesting to watch -- the Magic will look to stay undefeated in Chicago, the Thunder will try to bounce back from a home loss to Portland, and in Denver, both the Nuggets and Pistons will be seeking their first win. As we await tonight's games, let's check out a few odds and ends from around the Association:
- Pacers assistant Brian Shaw is arguably the most qualified assistant in the league, but Mark Montieth of Pacers.com doesn't expect him to hold that title for much longer. Shaw turned down the Bobcats head coaching job this summer because he didn't like the fit, but figures to receive a stronger offer in his next try.
- Speaking to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, one league source predicted that Jerry Sloan will replace Mike Brown as the Lakers' head coach within the next month.
- Although James Harden was upset that the Thunder rushed his decision on a contract extension before they traded him to the Rockets, LeBron James tells Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports Florida (Sulia link) that he thinks Harden is welcoming the opportunity to "have his [own] team and showcase what he's able to do."
- Kevin Martin, who played with Hasheem Thabeet in Houston, says Thabeet seems to be an entirely different player with the Thunder. "Whatever they did to him, it definitely worked in his favor," Martin tells Susan Bible of HoopsWorld.
- Andrei Kirilenko talks to Michael Scotto of RealGM.com about his decision to play in Russia during the 2011/12 season before returning to the NBA with the Timberwolves this year.