Some links for you today:
- John Wall is hanging out at the Reebok Breakout Challenge Camp in Philadelphia, which holds a special place in his heart because that's where he first started to get noticed in 2007. [Interview via SportsNet New York]
- He's doing a lot to help out the campers there too. [Dana O'Neill, ESPN]
- Really good story on what the Wizards are doing to help Jan Vesely get acclimated to the U.S. [Truth About It]
- Speaking of Vesely, here's a site you're going to want to bookmark that translates all the Czech media coverage of him. [LUKE_MELLOW]
- And here's an interview with Vesely on Tuesday, where he talks about the lockout and some incredibly goofy wedding gift he's thinking of getting for a friend. [LUKE_MELLOW]
- What's Mo Evans up to, you ask? He's playing in Houston and getting ready for the season as he normally would. He's also been in touch with his Wizards teammates, even though he's a free agent. [Carla Peay]
Below the jump, some lockout links.
- First, Nate Silver suggested the NBA isn't actually losing money, as it suggests it is. He used data from Forbes to prove his point. [New York Times]
- The NBA, in a strongly-worded statement, said Silver and Forbes were inaccurate and says the NBA is indeed losing money. [NBA.com]
- Ironically, Forbes comes out with a report in line with the NBA's numbers. [Forbes]
- But Tom Ziller notes a potential reason for the discrepancy is that the category known as "other expenses" accounted for a higher percentage of total expenses for several years. [SBNation.com]
- Speaking of Ziller, this series is quite entertaining. [SBNation.com]
- ESPN and ABC apparently stand to lose a lot of money in the event of a lockout. [Adweek]
- Finally, there are Turkish reports out there suggesting that Deron Williams is close to signing a contract with Allen Iverson's old team to play there during the lockout. There are no American reports yet, so we'll have to wait and see if this is true, but if it is, that could really tip the scales for more players to go overseas. A Nets source told Ken Berger that they are not aware of any offer.