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August 3, 2008
Public links: the locals, ranking the Celtics, and the classic video

*Who would have thought Baron Davis would be captured for posterity better than Kat Wade of the San Francisco Chronicle got Baron posterizing Andrei Kirilenko in the '07 playoffs? Historic dunk and great picture. Now comes the Davis / Steve Nash star turn that will only be circulating on the Internet the next four millenniums or so. Awful Announcing has the clip and explains the project is a promotion for the website IBeatYou in which people post videos and viewers pick the best. The first two posts on the Awful Announcing comment board put it best. "I have no idea what that was but it's better than 95% of the [stuff] that Hollywood puts out." And: "couldn't agree more... being extremely rich and a little strange has to be a good time."

*Ryan Anderson, a first-round pick of the Nets by way of Oak Ridge High in El Dorado Hills, is profiled on the blog, The Court Reporters. Just ignore the surfing cliche. Unless a storm of Biblical proportions rolled over Folsom Lake one day. The New York Post also has the look at the prominent role Anderson, Brook Lopez and Chris Douglas-Roberts could all play as rookies. Anderson averaged a combined 13 points and 6.4 rebounds in 24 minutes while shooting 32.1 percent overall and 30 percent on threes in the Orlando summer league and the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City.

* notes the big finish for DeMarcus Nelson in the Rocky Mountain Revue and in the same top post concludes that the undrafted Sheldon High product impressed with his aggressive play in Salt Lake City and with Golden State in Las Vegas. The July 17 post is a longer profile of Nelson and his road back to Northern California. In nine total games in both summer leagues, he averaged 8.8 points and 2.9 assists in 19 minutes per.

*A little late, but still good conversation: the champions and their place in Celtics history, an especially relevant ranking coming from the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan, who has closely tracked the Celtics as a beat writer and columnist since sometime around the days that Paul Revere had courtside seats. Ryan puts the 2007-08 title club at No. 2, a surprise given that it had to go to a Game 7 in the first round against the 37-45 Hawks, and No. 3 didn't even grab the crown. He definitely does not just line up the championships in a row. His best of the best, the awesome 1985-86 club, is a sound No. 1.

*In case it flew under the radar in a busy time: Bill Cartwright went from the Nets to the Suns as an assistant coach. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has a nice feature and makes the valuable point that the former star at Elk Grove High and All-Star center arrives in Phoenix at the same time as first-round pick Robin Lopez. The Suns, playing to win now, will probably need Lopez to be immediately dependable as the backups to Shaquille O'Neal and Amare Stoudemire.

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