Quick hits on the NBA's first two nights:
-- ESPN is reporting that the Stephen Jackson talks are "heating up" between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, and if you saw either of the Cavs' first two games (they were outclassed in Toronto on Wednesday), you can see why.
The Cavs will make the playoffs, LeBron James will be astounding, and there's no real reason to panic, but coach Mike Brown's offense looks more desultory than ever. As LeBron gazes upon 37-year-old Shaquille O'Neal, wishing he were 10 years younger, he has no legitimate options on the wing. Delonte West, if he ever gets back, won't help.
-- Shaq has decided that he and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, combined, represent "the best center in the NBA." Wow, that is not even close. And this is a bleak era for centers.
-- Jackson heard some booing when he was introduced at the Warriors' home opener. He cupped his ear a bit later, asking for noise, but he doesn't win back these fans easily -- nor should he.
-- The Warriors' Monta Ellis grabbed the microphone and addressed the crowd with energy and confidence before the game. Strong move.
-- Steal by Stephen Curry, smart pass to Ellis, who fakes a baseline jumper and goes for a thunderous dunk. The Warriors have their concerns, but if they're healthy, they'll play exciting basketball all season. Guaranteed.
-- Nice scheduling: As the Lakers stage an elaborate pre-game ceremony, honoring the '09 champions and so many great players of the past, they're playing the Clippers. This is a franchise that shouldn't be in the league -- and especially not in L.A. One team at the Staples Center, period.
-- The Clippers' Baron Davis shot 1-for-10 against the Lakers, mostly on wide-open looks, and apparently he has some sort of foot injury. Perfect.
-- The guy with the worst nickname in the history of sports, Boston's Glen Davis, hurts himself brawling with a "friend" inside an SUV, then gets suspended. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck decides it's time for everyone to call him Glen, not "Big Baby." What, they're just now realizing this?