Your morning links roundup. Happy Walter Plinge Day.
- Walter Plinge Day is "A day to recognize Walter Plinge, said to have been a London pub landlord in 1900. His generosity to actors led to the use of his name as an actor in play programs to conceal the fact that an actor was playing more than one role."
- The Hornets beat the Bobcats last night. Check out the game flow here, see the Times-Pic's recap here, Rufus on Fire's thoughts here, and Rohan's recap here.
- The Hornets talk about what they look like in NBA 2K11. Jason Smith thinks he's too slow in the game, Willie Green vehemently denies wearing long socks, and Trevor Ariza makes random noises. A good time is had by all.
- Chris Paul talks to John Reid of the Times-Pic about what he needs to do to finish games more effectively, focusing on being more aggressive down the stretch on offense and playing better defense. Grayson takes a similar tact at his site, Swarm and Sting, but says that late-game play-calling needs to be better for Chris to be effective.
- The fallout from the weird bombshell John Reid dropped yesterday regarding the Hornets' lease at the New Orleans Arena continues. Pro Basketball Talk thinks that New Orleans just isn't a good basketball city, while the Blog of New Orleans exhorts fans to get out to the games. Rohan's take on the attendance issues is worth a read, as well.
- Derrick Rose won the NBA Player of the Month award for October and November, beating out Chris Paul. Here's CP3's stats, and here's D-Rose's stats. You make the call.
- At some point, the rumors of Chris Paul going to the Magic become farcical. Originally, they sounded like "Chris Paul might be traded to the Magic." Now they sound like, "The Magic have a fanciful dream of acquiring Chris Paul." Carmelo Anthony is also included in this rumor, for good measure.
- Here's a couple of NBA-wide links I'd like to throw in at the end for good measure. The first is an intriguing article by Scott Schroeder about how Johnny Flynn's assignment to the D-League could revolutionize the way that NBA clubs utilize their D-League affiliates. And the second is a great article by Outside the Lines on LeBron's return to Cleveland. Be warned: it's really long.