(0-0) vs. (0-0)
Time/TV: 6 p.m./Who am I kidding?
Line: What Line?
Tickets: Good luck with that...
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando (I guess); Feb. 15 in Orlando (maybe); March 17 in Memphis (perhaps)
1) Whenever the lockout ends, one of the tasks Orlando must complete is to determine what is Ryan Anderson's ceiling. Anderson's numbers compare favorably to a young Dirk Nowitzki and he has a unique skill set. But can he really get much better?
2) Justin Harper tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that he believes he made the right decisions starting his pro career in France as he awaits the end of the lockout.
3) The Allan Houston amnesty provision has quickly become the Gilbert Arenas amnesty provision, writes Matt Moore of Pro Basketball Talk. His deterioration is very much at the center of the discussion over amnesties and the hard cap, as Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News adds. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reminds us that the amnesty provision will not solve all of Orlando's woes.
4) Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue examines how contract values affect basketball-related income.
5) Are the Memphis Grizzlies just a myth or is something really special brewing after last year's run to the second round of the Playoffs?
6) Players at the All-Star exhibition game in Miami met with union head Billy Hunter at the conclusion of the game, Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball writes. Not much came out of the meeting, except for Carmelo Anthony pretty much conceding the first two weeks of the regular season are gone. The line appears firm at 53 percent.
7) Kyle Stack of SLAM takes a look at the connection between the art at Amway Center and the city of Orlando.
8) Stephen Colbert's super PAC releases its advertisement... supporting the owners. This is a joke, I think...
9) So... at what point does Barack Obama make some sort of comment on the lockout, asks John Karalis of Crossover Chronicles?
10) Josh Selby was once the top high school prospect in the nation. After an up-and-down career at Kansas, Memphis took Selby in the second round. But with the lockout, Selby and several other rookies are in limbo waiting for a chance to play and try to make the team, Ron Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes.
11) Like most teams, the Grizzlies are giving similar refund options to season ticket holders. Marcus Privitt of Straight Outta Vancouver asks how last year's playoff run affected Grizzlies fandom.