- Awesome, must-read interview at the San Antonio Express-News with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili (h/t: SLAM).
They discuss the changes that brought them together, their championship
runs, their legacy, the "lack of respect" they receive, and which years
of not winning that still bother them.
- Hakeem Olajuwon's absolutely sick numbers while fasting for Ramadan vs. the rest of his career. Akeem was the best center I've ever seen, and it's not even close. FreeDarko's
running tons on The Dream. If you disagree with me, look through their
feature and you have to change your mind and apologize to Akeem. You
only hear of Sam Bowie being the dumb pick ahead of Michael Jordan, but
remember that MJ was the 3rd pick in that year's draft behind Bowie
and... Akeem. No one seriously dares to criticize Houston's pick over
the man who'd become the GOAT. There's a reason for the that.
- Dwyane Wade didn't expend much energy in accomplishing the task
of convincing LeBron James and Chris Bosh to cut $15m from each of
their salaries and shaved $17m from his own, so the Heat could afford to
retain Udonis Haslem and acquire Mike Miller (h/t: TrueHoop).
- Steve Nash doesn't expect the Suns to compete for a high playoff spot and is outwardly uncertain they can even make the playoffs (h/t: Mark Miller). This comes on the heels of being embarrassed by the Nuggets in their final pre-season game 144-106, even though the Nuggets starters didn't play and the game was in Phoenix. Pre-season games really shouldn't be embarrassing because they don't count, right? Jared Dudley passionately expressed the team needs to 'knock off bad habits' on defense, especially among the bigs. EDIT: Nash tweeted: that it's not that he doesn't believe they'll miss the playoffs, only that "I understand why outsiders think we won't."
- Byron Scott thinks Kelly Dwyer at Yahoo! done loss his damned mind because Dwyer predicted the Cavs would win 12 games. Scott's right. They can totally win 15.
- Knee-Mac has "tired legs" and missed the team's last pre-season game because of it.
He's played -- wait for it -- eight minutes this pre-season. Thank the
Unicorn Sky Fairy that the Bulls only extended this guy a courtesy and
didn't actually seriously consider making him an offer. What a fucking
joke.... In other news, the Pistons are "still in the mode of being able to add help," according to GM Joe Dumars. They want more size as JJ's down and Charlie Villanueva continues to not feel like trying to be good at basketball.
- Magic Johnson on NBA contraction: "How much would it hurt the league if we lost teams? It wouldn't hurt
it. It might make it better [...] I think if you take
away a couple teams, the talent level goes up and the league will only
benefit, so I don't see a problem with that. We just hope that we put a
good product out on the court, and that's the key." I agree with Ziller that the contraction threat "has no teeth" and is simply a "bargaining tool". The threat always bites the bosses in the ass and it better unifies the union.
- One of my all-time favorite players, Allen Iverson, has agreed in principle to a 2yr./$4m deal, full of incentives to play in Turkey, Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski are reporting from unnamed sources at Yahoo!
similarities and differences between the conditions which brought Chris
Bosh and Carmelo Anthony into the league with teams that hit brick
walls, leading to similar reasons for both probably leaving their
teams to pass that ceiling. Steve Kerr denies the similarities between
'Melo's situation and Amar'e Stoudamire leaving phoenix because Amar'e
didn't want to leave the Suns; it was the Suns who decided they wouldn't