Jason Thompson press conference and other links

Nothing major to report here but the two video’s off Kingsflix that anyone can get.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ComrK55bt0E?feature=player_detailpage

And

http://youtube.com/watch?v=iI5QkfVrqN4?feature=player_detailpage

Matt Moore of CBS Sports breaks down the schedule. Here is a handy breakdown of rest days for each team for the East and West.

Ken Berger’s thoughts on on other NBA thingys going on. Read his piece with Mark Cuban if you have not. It’s terrific.

Mark Deeks of Sham Sports recently put out a GIF that showed every luxury tax amount a team has paid. As  you might expect if you follow these things, the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks lead the way by a very large margin. (What’s strange is that the Knicks would have paid more tax if Allan Houston had been on the books for the remainder of his contract, and if they had not amnesty’d Jerome Williams. The Mavericks amnesty’d Michael Finley and the remaining 51 million on his books. Yikes!) There is also a quiz from Deeks on whether or not you know the 7 teams that have not paid the tax. I bet there are a few teams of the 7 that will surprise you.

James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom talks about an arena alternative. I would suggest listening to James and Jon Santiago’s discussion of Summer League and other things as well.

A balanced look at Aaron Brooks arrival from Marilyn Kenyon of A Royal Pain. Bryan Rosa talks about discussing the actual trading of Jimmer.

Philip Rossman-Reich of Crossover Chronicles (and Orlando Magic Daily) thoughts of what Dwight Howard’s options are now.

This is all I got for now. Have a good weekend.

UDPATE: One of the resident number geeks at Canis Hoopus posts his thoughts on how the West might shake out. In case you don’t like that, read his thoughts on Andrei Kirilenko and Free Agent wings.