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* It was great to see Basketball Canada run Blake Murphy’s exclusive interview with Carl English.

* I’m loving the Podcasts that Lang Whitaker has started posting for Slam Magazine. This week he had David Aldridge, Josh Childress and Nick Collison on the show.

* Speaking of Podcasts, the guys at Waiting For Next Year made a return to the Podcast grind with a look at the NBA trade deadline.

* Tyson Chandler sounded off on his blog about the failed trade to Oklahoma City which saw him return to New Orleans.

* The Sporting News has an interesting article about Ike Diogu applying for an internship at EA Sports.

* Adrian Wojnarowski did a great job of writing about the honor that was bestowed upon Bill Russell last weekend. Another of my favourite writers, Bob Kravitz, dropped a gem on the Pacers this week.

* I’m having a blast following Chris Bosh’s new site which is named after his alter ego Blane Harrington. It’s not as good as his Twitter feed, but it has a ton of promise to be a great way for fans to get to know the All-Star forward.

* Tom Ziller from FanHouse has a great  look at how a lowered salary cap this summer could doom a ton of NBA teams. Another interesting read is the one Fortune Magazine had in their recent magazine.

* Nisbit is running a promotion where NCAA fans can earn a 6 day/5 night Caribean vacation.

* Sports Radio Interviews posted links to some great interviews with Robert Starver, Larry Brown and George Karl.

*  Earlier this week ESPNU’s Selection Show unveiled the 48 players that will take the court for the 2009 McDonald’s All American Games in Miami, Fla. on April 1. Not only will these young stars have the opportunity to play in one of the most prestigious high school all-star games, they will also be raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

* Here’s an entertaining picture of Clyde Drexler from All-Star weekend that gave me a chuckle.

* Sergio Rodriguez was not impressed with how the dunk contest turned out.

* Paul Jackiewicz from Converse sent me a JPG of the new kicks Dwyane Wade wore during All-Star weekend.

* Speaking of kicks, a big thanks goes out to for giving me the scoop on the new kicks from Kevin Durant, TD1  Seattle Sonics Player Exclusive and the KD1 Texas Longhorns

* Mountain Dew is running a new promotion online where fans can score free snowboards, iPods or gaming gear.

* adidas and UNDRCRWN have joined forces to create a new shirt to celebrate the new shoe for West Coast rapper Damani.

* I received a press release from the Raptors PR team this week informing me:  “Lawrence M. Tanenbaum, the President of Kilmer Sports Inc. and the Chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE), announced today that he has completed the previously announced purchase of an additional 7.7% of MLSE from CTVglobemedia Inc. As a result of the purchase, Mr. Tanenbaum has increased his ownership to 20.5% making him the second largest shareholder of MLSE. The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, which holds 58.4%, continues to be the largest shareholder in MLSE. CTVgm continues to hold a 7.7% interest in MLSE.”

* HoopsHype did a great job with their media credentials during All-Star weekend when they got the players in the Rookie-Sophomore game to talk about Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

* Draft Express has some great video coverage of the 2009 D-League Dunk Contest.

Ryan McNeill
Ryan McNeill has appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.
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