Link: Thunder Soften on Harden

From ESPN.com Late last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets pulled off the first blockbuster trade of the season.  Reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden is the principle player involved, moving from OKC to Houston in exchange for high-scoring guard Kevin Martin and promising youngster Jeremy Lamb. The Thunder will also…

Link: Nowitzki Gets Surgery

From Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas The Dallas Mavericks’ chances of going 82-0 took a huge hit today, as 2007 MVP and 2011 Finals’ MVP Dirk Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The Mavs’ training staff has drained his knee twice already this month, but it hasn’t stopped swelling, prompting Nowitzki to opt for…

Link: Tebow to Increase PnP Traffic

From Jane McManus, ESPN New York In a really cheap effort to get more hits via advanced SEO metrics, we have been advised to link all Tim Tebow stories, including this one from ESPN New York’s Jane McManus which says the New York Jets’ back-up QB may play some running back against the New England…

Link: Busting A-Rod’s Ball

From Ian O’Connor, ESPN New York Since Alex Rodriguez isn’t doing anything on the baseball field during the playoffs so far, Ian O’Connor and the rest of the New York media are focused on Rodriguez’s misinterpretation of “Ball So Hard.” If you missed it, and don’t feel like clicking the link, apparently Rodriguez sent a…