Saturday Afternoon Links, Featuring Minnesota’s Acquisitions

Golden State of Mind: Chris Johnson, a bouncy big man who’s enjoyed cups of coffee with the Celtics and Blazers, has been called up from the D-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors to the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.  Johnson averaged over two blocks per game for the Warriors, and his slam dunk reel is well worth 46 seconds of your time.  With Nikola Pekovic ruled out of tonight’s game, Johnson could see action against the Rockets.

Star Tribune: The Wolves have also signed French Olympian and former Supersonic Mickael Gelabale.  Gelabale hasn’t played in an NBA game since March 2008, and he only made a total of 109 appearances over the course of two seasons in Seattle, but you might remember him from the second round of the ’05 draft.  His hair was pretty epic.

ESPN Chicago: Joakim Noah still doesn’t like Kevin Garnett, and that was evident during and after the Bulls’ road victory over the Celtics on Friday.

Pro Basketball Talk: The sun rose in the East on a Friday evening in Philly.  I almost wrote something about Jrue The Damaja’s 33-point, 14-assist effort this morning, but I couldn’t get over the recent misfortune of the Toronto Raptors.  Notice, not a single Craptors in that entire post.  I feel that badly for them.

Crab Dribbles: Tracy McGrady’s Chinese saga continues its surprising upswing.  Yesterday, T-Mac recorded a double-double to lead his Qingdao Eagles past Stephon Marbury and the reigning-CBA-champion Beijing Ducks.

Youtube: Watch Paul George drop a barrage of three-point bombs on James Harden’s Houston Rockets.  Also, be sure to take note of the pair of unassisted, isolation jumpers he knocked down in the face of Carlos Delfino.  This is the new Paul George, folks — he dribbles, he drives, he posts, he toasts — after he eats your layup attempt for breakfast.

Youtube: Ty Lawson didn’t do much in the first, second, or fourth quarter of Denver’s disappointing loss to Washington, but he was pretty freaking good in the third.  Watch the clock and count his points.  I hope you’re good at math.

Broken Yellow Lines: On Monday, two of the season’s most spectacular poster dunks were thrown down by Taj Gibson and Kevin Durant.  As for Anthony Tolliver and Marcin Gortat, Gibson and Durant’s respective victims, here’s what may have been going through their heads just prior to being humiliated.

Courtside Collective: When in England, Rasheed Wallace… well, is still Rasheed Wallace (and therefore still the best).

Fox Sports AZ: The Suns fired Alvin Gentry yesterday, but they haven’t yet figured out who will take his place on a long-term basis.  Maybe they should make Marcin Gortat a player-GM, as he’s firmly decided on one candidate already.  Earlier today, Gortat could be found on Twitter openly campaigning for Stan Van Gundy.  SVG and Michael Beasley, a match made in basketball heaven.

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