Odds & Ends: LeBron, D-League, Boogie, Melo

January 11 at 12:30pm CST By Zach Links

LeBron James has a lot of reasons to be unhappy following last night’s double overtime loss to the Nets, but he’s especially irked over Mirza Teletovic‘s foul on him in the fourth quarter.  The horsecollar tackle has been outlawed in football, but Teletovic apparently wanted to give it a try on the hardwood.  At any rate, the game saw the Nets beat the Heat for the second time this year behind Joe Johnson‘s team high 32 points.  Here’s more from around the Association..

  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com runs down his All-D-League Showcase team. Stein’s five: Pierre Jackson, Seth Curry, Devin Ebanks, James Nunnally, and Jarvis Varnado. No NBA assignees made the cut, but the Wolves’ Shabazz Muhammad and Nando De Colo and Malcolm Thomas of the Spurs all received something of an honorable mention.
  • Count DeMarcus Cousins among those who are happy to see Rudy Gay with the Kings.  “He helps this team out so much. Another option offensively – I think he’s great addition,” Boogie said, according to the Kings’ official Twitter account.  Since joining Sacramento, Gay is averaging 20.6 PPG and, perhaps more importantly, a career-high PER of 19.7.
  • Before last night’s game, James offered up some unsolicited advice for free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony, as Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com observes.  “You got to do whatever makes [you] happy at the end of the day. If you’re happy, the game of basketball is going to be fun for you,” the Heat star said. “Strive to be great every day, and you can live with whatever else happens.
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