- Blake Griffin is the story of L.A. basketball because "the Lakers story will be told in the spring," according to J.A. Adande. Sure, he's being provocative, but the motive is to begin a serious push of media hype away from John Wall and earlier East coast basketball to not lose interest in West coast hoops and the guy who'll most likely perform as the best rookie in 2010-11. I'm afraid that attention whoring L.A. writers could see this ploy backfire, though, and draw exaggerated scrutiny to Griffin. Blazers eat the Clips in Griffin's debut. I didn't see the game or the highlights yet, but the line looks good and you can't touch the hoops sphere of the interwebz without finding things on Griffin's game. There are gonna be some funny shops of his facial expressions for years, no matter how good he turns out.
- Chris Paul is back. Hell yeah, he is!
- George Karl is back, too, and the Nuggets manhandled the Jazz in their openers. 'Melo and Karl have a great relationship, but 'Melo told Yahoo!, "I feel it's time for a change."
- Kevin Martin went 17-17 from the line and the Rockets scored 128 even though he went 5-14 from the field, thanks in part to Luis Scola's 36-16 double-double. But Monta Ellis went 18-24 from the field for 46 pts., David Lee had a 17-15 double-double in his GSW debut to beat Houston 132-128. I really wanna see this train wreck replayed soon. I'm not on the 'Can Curry and Ellis Play in the Same Backcourt?' nonsense. Curry had a 25-11 double-double of his own manning the point. Yao was inactive due to the game being on the tail end of a back-to-back. (Box Score)
- Dikembe Mutombo is expecting to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Yes, the NBA Hall of Fame. Seriously. I mean, he was real good n' all for some time there and such, but... naahhhh.
- OMG, the LeBron-less Cavs are ahead of the Bulls in the standings! I need something to jump off of! They're also ahead of the Heat, meaning that they're better without LeBron! ... If that's retarded, how bad is it to get giddy about someone pre-season stats?
- The Heat were awful and so were the C's on opening night, but the C's help defense was very impressive, I shared yesterday. The Heat didn't look so great tonight, either. But the numbers look really good when you have passing lanes and you can make a defense collapse in the wrong direction when the ball is moved well, as the Heat were allowed by the 76ers to let the game come to them instead of force the issue.
- Tuesday's Heat-Celtics season opener on TNT was the highest rated NBA regular season game on cable in history. I love that the highest sporting events are usually terrible.
- The Pacers and Spurs came out the gates way too fast for the latter's liking, but shut down the Pacers in the second half to display how outmatched the Spurs had 'em, but Roy Hibbert showed a lot of reason to give Indy fans a very interesting big man. (Box Score)
- Gilbert Arenas will miss the first two games of the Wizards' season with a sprained right ankle tendon.
- As previously speculated, Antawn Jamison will come off the bench in the Cavs opener for J.J. Hickson to start. He doesn't like it. He shouldn't because it's stupid. He's their best damn player. I don't care if they won. This is stupid.
- Knee-Mac was be on a 15-minute limit in the Pistons' first game against the Nets. He only played eight minutes in the pre-season and sat at the end with "tired legs".
- Wilson Chandler (of my alma mater in LP) denies the allegations that he was among those illegally worked out by Knicks scouts while in college. Strong game for my guy in a win against the awful Raptors, Amar'e had 19 pts., 10 rbs, and 9 turnovers in his Knick debut. This is a struggle because I hate the Knicks and their coach, but love Chandler and Amar'e.
- A bar in Hollywood, Fla. made good on its promotion to cover any open tab for up to $25 every time the Heat lose. It cost them around $4,000, according to a Miami New Times report. (h/t: Henry Abbott)
- Renovations to the Madison Square Garden will temporarily move the NBA Draft to Newark in 2011, where the Nets beat the almighty Pistons. The Nets are ready to lose $25-30m this season. Basically, a lot less than the $64m they did in FY2009. Derrick Favors pulled down 10 boards in 20 minutes. I wonder if he's too nice of a big man, along with the kinda' dorky Brook Lopez, to draw well. Not saying it's too fair, but wondering if that's so.
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