The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache, featuring the closetted nature of American basketball

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: Austin Burton pens this stirring survey on the continued unacceptance of homosexuality in professional basketball. [Dime Magazine]

The Dali: Andrew Sharp takes issue with Matt Moore’s assertion that NCAA basketball is an inferior product to the NBA and delineates the reasons why March Madness is better than the NBA. [SB Nation]

The English: Matt Moore responds by saying that while the entertainment value of the NCAA is undeniable, the quality of play is borderline unwatchable. “Sharpe’s point is a fine one. March Madness is way more entertaining. But then again, if you look at the ratings, Lifetime’s going to demolish IFC. Pizza Hut is a multi-billion dollar company. But that doesn’t mean Lifetime’s making better movies, or that Pizza Hut isn’t poisoning you into obesity.” [Hardwood Paroxysm]

The Fu Manchu: Could Portland’s wunderkind GM and architect of the complete remodeling of the Portland Trailblazers, Kevin Pritchard, be on his way out? [Yahoo! Sports]

The Handlebar: The Minnesota have a great frontcourt and serviceable guards, so why are they languishing at the bottom of the standings? [BALL.]

The Horseshoe: After a devastating loss to the lowly Pacers, Royce Young is left wondering if his Thunder truly have what it takes to compete on the big stage.  But he is soon reassured that the young squad has already proven itself, and that he should stop worrying. [Daily Thunder]

The Imperial: Darius outlines how each of the rest of the Lakers big men need to step up in order to fill the void left by Andrew Bynum’s newest injury. [Forum Blue & Gold]

The Lampshade: Jordan Hill’s emergence with the Rockets begs the question: Does Mike D’Antoni hate rookies? [NBA Fanhouse]

The Painter’s Brush: Sebastian Pruiti breaks down the mental errors that caused the Knicks to throw away a winnable game against the Rockets. [NBA Playbook]

The Pyramidal: Jeremy Tyler might be done in Israel, but this is not the last that we’ve heard from him. [SLAM Online]

The Toothbrush: Andrea Bargnani explains that the reason that he is bad at rebounding is because he is lazy. [RaptorBlog]

The Walrus: In the latest installment of “Moving Pictures”, Rob Mahoney looks at the development of Roddy Beaubois, and what Mavs fans can expect from him in the future. [The Two Man Game]

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