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OKC Loud Links: Basketball Awaits Us This Weekend

The Goodman vs Drew League is finally happening this weekend in Washington D.C. If you're in the area or have free time tomorrow night, be sure to tune in.

NBA Coach Rankings: Who Takes the Throne? | SB Nation

Prada ranks all of the NBA head coaches, and with Phil Jackson gone, he looks for a new #1. OKC coach Scott Brooks clocks in at #10, which is probably a good spot for him since his coaching strategy last year - a tight rotation and dedication to a starting five - was both the reason for the young team's success but also a hindrance when the NBA Finals rolled around. 

Perkins Pleads Not Guilty | NewsOK

Kendrick Perkins, arrested over the last weekend, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Court date is set for the end of next month.

NBA Players Under Contract Barred From Playing in China | KSAT

It looks like China will not be a destination for NBA players looking to earn a little extra coin during the lockout. 

NBA TV On the Lookout During Lockout |

NBA TV has plenty of archived games for which the nostalgic fan can entertain himself. However. one thing that the network cannot do is broadcast any of the current players, and the network has a cutoff date of the 1993 season. Might I suggest a TV program featuring SB Nation bloggers? I'm sure that would go over well.

HoopSpeak Live: Kevin Pelton Interview | HoopSpeak

Basketball Prospectus' author Kevin Pelton stops by the HoopSpeak team to talk a bit about a wide range of topics, including the WNBA. 

More links after the jump.

15 Legends on NBA 2K12 | ESPN

Here is your list of all the legends that will be appearing in 2K Sports' new edition. Pretty cool stuff, even if the player likenesses look a little bit zombie-ish.  

The 50 Worst Rotation Players: 50-41 | Hardwood Paroxysm

We've had our top player rankings, now here is one of the 50 worst rotation players in the league. We see a few familiar names here.

Michael Jordan Mentions Bogut, Probably Awaiting a Fine | Ball Don't Lie

Michael Jordan spoke briefly about the Bucks' Andrew Bogut in an interview. How much money is that worth? At least the front nine wager, I'm sure.

Tribute to Tex Winter | A Scout's Perspective

Tex Winter, recently enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame, had a tremendous impact on the game. This first person account from a former pro scout is an excellent insight into how the man worked and why he was so good at what he did.

Dwyane Wade is Grant Hill With a Ring | Wages of Wins

This is a great comparison of Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade, and how so much of a player's ultimate success is out of his own hands.

LeBron, Taiwan, And Five Deadly Sins | Basketbawful

Here is an interesting post that breaks down the play where LeBron James gets his pocket picked and then gives up the breakaway slam. His reaction tells us both nothing and everything about how the idea of LeBron is a little different from the reality.

As an aside, I really like how the court's steam machine erupts after every basket. 

Thunder Release Pre-Season Schedule | AP

I'm guessing that these tickets can be had on the cheap.

Shaq Tries to Hook Up With Another Tiny Female | Ball Don't Lie

Fortunately, Ms. White nixed that idea from the get-go.

Reggie Miller in Contention for GM Spot for Pacers | SB Nation

Reggie Miller, Pacer icon and second best player in his own family, may be returning to the Pacers to assume their vacant GM position. Hiring a man who has no front office acumen at all to make executive level decisions on personnel seems like a brilliant strategy to me.