- Kobe Bryant is 21 points behind John Havlicek for 11th all-time going into Friday's game in Chicago. I didn't post a preview. Just about everything I'd write would be repeated from my preview and recap of their last meeting in L.A.
Also: Is tonight Phil Jackson's last night coaching at the United Center 20 seasons after the first championship against the Lakers? Probably.
- The Heat have stayed atop the BBR Rankings this week, based on schedule-adjusted Offensive and Defensive Rating, and their schedule gets easier.
Outside of obvious re-arrangements here and there based on machups,
preferences, bias, other variables, is there any debate that any of the
teams in the top seven aren't the legitimate top seven in the NBA?
- If you're in doubt and not the first or second option in the triangle, just stand in a corner where no one else is. That's what Ron Artest says he does.
- Eight guys who could be traded in the coming days: Brendan Haywood, Knee-Mac, Jermaine O'Neal, Eddie House, Theo Ratliff, Randy Foye, Anthony Carter, and Joe Smith.
- Rajon Rondo's the "worst offensive player" on the Celtics, Sebastian Pruiti notes. Yet,
the 29ers defended him in the final seconds of their Thursday 102-101
buzzer-beating loss to Boston as if he would be slated to take the
potentially game-winning shot. You know, as if he were slated to take it and would actually make it.
- The 2010-11 Mavs can end up as the best zone defense in history.
Hey! Don't knock it 'til you try it. There's a reason why the win in
Dallas by the Bulls made me go "WHOA!" like none other thus far. It's
the last game they've lost.
- I did some Knicks hatin' earlier this week. Justin Kubatko noted at the The New York Times "Off the Dribble" blog: "The Knicks' minor improvement on defense and major improvement on
offense have led them to their best start in ten years. But before
Knicks fans start dreaming of a deep run into the playoffs, they should
consider one sobering thought: the Knicks have played the league's
second-easiest schedule so far this season. From here on, they play the
league's second-toughest schedule."
Also: Howard Beck at the NYT wrote:
"Trading for [Carmelo Anthony] now would mean surrendering depth and
young players, the Knicks' current strengths. The clear preference is to
wait until next summer, to sign him as a free agent. By then, team
officials should also have a better sense of what they already have."
Typical New Yorker Goggles. If Denver can't re-sign him, why would they
hold onto them and lose him for nothing to do the Knicks a favor?
- Gilbert Arenas on the Wizards building around John Wall:
"I know my time here is over [as the face of the franchise]. I messed
up my legacy here." Anyone who knows anything about Gil knows this is
code for 'Will you get me the hell out of here if I ask nicely and keep
- Minnesota has a terri-bad NBA team. Fun, but bad.
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