Your morning (M-F) link roundup. Happy Mudd Day
- There's not much out there today beyond news of last night's Pistons debacle. So I figured we'll have ourselves a look around the league in the meanwhile. The Hornets are at Indiana tonight, and I should have some hardcorier analysis of the team after that.
- Today is Mudd Day, celebrated in honor of Dr. Samuel Mudd, an American physician who treated a disguised John Wilkes Booth in 1865. After shooting the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln, Booth broke his left leg as he attempted to flee the Ford's Theater. Mudd was found guilty of conspiring with Booth to kill Lincoln in 1865 and was sentenced to life in prison. In 1869, he was granted a pardon by the 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson. He died of pneumonia 14 years later.
- The big NBA news of the week is of course the pair of blockbuster trades executed by the Orlando Magic. SBNation's Orlando Pinstriped Post was the first to report on the trade rumors. Orlando ultimately gave up Mickael Pietrus, Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Rashard Lewis, a first round selection, and cash for Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, and Hedo Turkoglu. I love the addition of Richardson for them, but I think it's ultimately a short-sighted deal that will cost them in the long run.
- The trade also means Gilbert Arenas will be leaving Washington D.C. for the first time since 2003. SBN Wizards blog Bullets Forever has declared the day "Gilbert Arenas Tribute Day" and will be putting up a post each hour remembering Arenas.
- Matt Bonner's shoes fell apart on the court this weekend.
- And I suppose this last one kind of has to be linked to: J.R. Smith flies.