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By Jim Reilly

Brave New World
Having selected foreign-born players Yi Jianlian and Andrew Bogut with their last two first-round draft picks, the Milwaukee Bucks have fully embraced the emerging global influence in the NBA. But selecting players and coaching them are two different things. In the second chapter of Basketball: A Universal Language, by Truman Reed of Bucks.com, coaches Jim Todd, Brian James and Tony Brown discuss the challenge of reaching across cultural and international borders in the world of basketball.

"Sometimes communicating can be difficult, plus you know I'm from Boston, and I have that Boston accent," said Jim Todd. "So even some of the players who've spent their entire lives in the United States are going to have trouble understanding what I say sometimes. I'm speaking my own language as it is, and sometimes guys look at me like I'm from another planet!"

Brian James credits Basketball Without Borders as a key factor in improving his ability to communicate with international players. "My first day, I was trying to not only speak English, but use a lot of sign language, in terms of rebounding, and guarding, and footwork and things like that."

Tony Brown thinks an international background will benefit Milwaukee's prized rookie Yi Jianlian as he adjusts to the NBA. "From what I understand, his national team coach, who is from Lithuania, spoke English to most of the guys," said James. "I watched Yi play four of his five games in Las Vegas and I could tell by the way he was coached that he understands basketball. When the official would call traveling, or whatever, he knew exactly what was going on."

Arrested Development
Gabe Pruitt wasn't getting many minutes with the first-place Celtics, so his shift to the D-League's Utah Flash made sense to Doc Rivers. "Playing against [Celtics Director of Player Development] Mike Crotty is not going to make you a better basketball player," said Doc.

Five Alive
Magic.com Blog Anez Sez wonders how the streaking Magic will fare on their big five-game West Coast Swing.

Freeze Frame
Picture this: as part of a schedule magnet giveaway in Detroit, one lucky fan will win a free fridge, signed by Rip Hamilton and Company. "Be the the first on your block to have a Pistons autographed refrigerator!"

Where LeBron Happens
Austin Carr blogs about the exploits of LeBron James and likes what he sees. "When he goes inside and makes a pass its an assist. When he goes inside and attacks the basket its two points. When he gets a rebound hes looking to put it back."

Nice Play, Jose
Chuck Swirsky can't get enough of Jose Calderon's big weekend for the Raptors.

Long and Winding Road
Nets.com has an all access view of Nenad Krstic and his continuing recovery from ACL surgery.

Sellin' of Troy
Fantasy Forecast examines Jermaine O'Neal's balky knee and the prospects for increased minutes (and production?) from Troy Murphy.

Super Mario
Rookie Mario West is called "Truck" because his motor is always running. Hawks.com looks at the hardest-working player in Atlanta.

Two Tough
The Knicks eye a second straight win after recording a victory over the Bulls.

Ricky Thinks Big
Newcomer Ricky Davis is helping the Big Brother, Big Sister organization in Miami.

Giving Thanks
Luol Deng gets in the spirit for Turkey Day on Bulls.com

Bobcats, Too
The Charlotte Bobcats take time to reflect during the holiday.

Game Day Does Dallas
The WashingtonWizardsBlog has game day content leading up to tip-off against Dallas, where the Wizards haven't won since 2001