Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says conference realignment is all about making money, but it really doesn't help schools. "The problem with the money grab," Boeheim told me, "is we're all making 10 times what we used to make and we're still spending it." ... Foxsports.com columnist Jason Whitlock thinks Dwight Howard needs to be more of a leader on the Lakers. "Kobe's personality is so pervasive," Whitlock said. "Howard has to take control of that team defensively and get on Kobe's butt about his defensive play." ... NBC analyst Stan Van Gundy explained how the Thunder stay under the radar. "If you had [that team] in New York," Van Gundy said, "they'd be the most covered team in the league. As unbelievable as they're doing, they're overshadowed by the stories in New York and L.A." ... I asked LaDainian Tomlinson why his former team didn't consider moving Tim Tebow to fullback. "How could he block guys like Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, Brandon Spikes or Jerod Mayo?" L.T. wondered. "I think [instead] he could be a good change-of-pace guy at H-back or tight end."