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OKC Loud Links: Durant Aspires to Be the Next Wilt Chamberlain, and Other Random Links

Of course this is silly; there is only one Wilt Chamberlain. Even so, these pro athletes are bored and looking for things to entertain themselves.

Evolution of NBA Team Logos |

This is a great look through league history to see how logos have evolved. The Bulls logo is one of the few that have stood the test of time. At the other end of the spectrum, apparently the first Pistons' logo was an early model for Bender of Futurama.

The Genius of Basketball's Endless Summer | SB Nation

I like the allusion to one of my favorite surfing movies. And that's really what it is, isn't it? Hoopsters trotting around the globe searching for opportunities to do the thing they love above all other things.

Redrafting the NBA: Round 2 | Basketball Prospectus

Pruiti pairs up two pasty foreign born forwards. Interesting.

Summer League Better Than Nothing | Sports Illustrated

Lowe is not as enthused about some of the summer league games as the rest of us, but does acknowledge that it is better than the NBA has offered up thus far, which is no game and no hope.

Profitability a Reasonable Aim | SB Nation

Ziller takes on Malcolm Gladwell's most recent piece, which examines the psychic pleasure that owning an NBA franchise produces. 

It's All About the W's: Jason Kidd | Behind the Basket

Blott runs down Jason Kidd's lengthy and rocky pro career. The only thing as fascinating as his unanimous successes wherever he has gone has been the puzzling inability to stay with one team more than a few seasons. At the end of the day though, Kidd took the Nets to the finals. Twice. 

Various Pitches for Kevin Durant Movie | The Basketball Jones

I might pay to see Battle Royale: Hardwood. No, I probably wouldn't.

Owners Seek More Advantages to Keep Stars | SB Nation

Ziller writes that owners are thinking of ways to further be able to hang onto their stars. Not surprisingly, this effort is being spearheaded by the Orlando Magic.

More links after the jump.

Welcome to the Sports World, Where Ego Comes and Goes | HoopSpeak

Harper writes about the level of confidence necessary for the best to be so. He also quotes Henry Ford, which is nice.

Interview with LeBron James | HoopsHype

This is one of the rare extended interviews that LeBron James has given since the end of last season. To his credit, he seems to be a bit more self-aware after last season's 100 game roast.

Best and Worst Means Something Different For Each Team | Wages of Wins

 Dave Berri examines each franchise's high and low water marks. If you want yet another gauge of Michael Jordan's greatness, take a look at what happened after he retired the 2nd time. As an aside, I really need to get my own portrait done like Mr. Berri. 

1993 Playoffs Retrospective V: Cavs vs Bulls | SB Nation

Prada continues his trip down memory lane, which could also double as a Michael Jordan vanity tour. I'm not complaining. Jordan was in full vengeance mode during this series, the thought of which still warms my cockles.

NBA 2K12: Greatest NBA Game Ever? | SB Nation

Prada runs down the list of all the players that appear in NBA 2K12's new game. Bill Cartwright? That's good commitment to digitizing one of the ugliest shots in league history.

Honoring the Iron Giant | Hardwood Paroxysm

The Cavaliers will be retiring Zydrunas Ilgauskas' jersey. Oh, Cleveland.

Zach Randolph + Drug Dealer = Bad Mojo | Ball Don't Lie

Zach Randolph, who had seemingly turned a corner in his overall maturation, appears to have had a setback. 

Carmelo, Bosh to Appear on Law & Order | SB Nation

Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh will be appearing on TV. Kevin Durant encourages both to keep chasing the dream.