The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache, featuring a naked Greg Oden

The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache takes you on a trip around the League every weekday, bringing you the best posts from around the NBA blogosphere. Unfamiliar with the below ‘stache styles? The American Mustache Institute will school you on that subject.

The Chevron: Naked photos of Greg Oden surfaced on the web this morning. I’m not going to link to them, but here’s a Portland blogger’s preliminary reaction. [Bust a Bucket]

The Dali: Bethelem Shoals weighs in on the AI debate and gives his opinion on why he thinks we should let the aging star start in the All-Star game. [NBA FanHouse]

The English: Part 1 of Chapter 9 (the last!) of WSM? was released last night, featuring a one-on-one on court battle between Merri Sherman and Henchman Zero. [Who Shot Mamba?]

The Fu Manchu: DJ Foster revisits his preseason outline for the Clippers and checks how his predictions have looked midway through the season. [ClipperBlog]

The Handlebar: If you were the Nuggets, how would you handle JR Smith, who is currently in the midst of his worst statistical season since his rookie year? [Roundball Mining Company]

The Horseshoe: Sebastian Pruiti wonders whether the Nets would be well-served in the short run by starting Kris Humpries over Yi Jianlian. [Nets Are Scorching]

The Imperial: Ridiculous Matt (not sure if he is related to Ridiculous Scott) outlines what is working and what isn’t so far this season for the Grizzlies. [Straight Outta Vancouver]

The Lampshade: Brian Robb takes another look at Ray Allen’s low shooting percentages, but concludes that he is not doing nearly as poorly as you might expect. [Celtics Hub]

The Painter’s Brush: According to the film session, the way to beat a zone defense is to shoot over the top, attack the middle, and rebound with your life. [NBA Playbook]

The Pyramidal: Rashad Mobley is able to speak briefly with Heat player Rafer Alston about the subtle nuances of point guard play. [Hoops Addict]

The Toothbrush: Almost as good as the writing on DT are their amazing apparel designs. Check out the newest shirt to hit the looms: The Durantula. [Daily Thunder]

The Walrus: Zachariah Blott looks at foul rates in the NBA and comes out suspicious that the refs might be favoring Lebron and giving the Cavs an unfair advantage. [Empty the Bench]

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