- Tuesday was Larry Bird's 54th birthday. So, I share with you all one of my favorite Bird games. He had a 47-14-11 triple-double against the Blazers, scoring 22 with his left hand. It was on the tail-end of a back-to-back where he had a 35-15-11 triple-double in Seattle. That's right: two consecutive triple-doubles in a back-to-back set. Sick:
- The Mavericks (17-4) have won ten straight since losing to the Bulls Nov. 19. Tuesday's lamb was the Warriors (8-13). Tyson Chandler was out with a "stomach ailment," so some Afro-Franc named Ian Mahinmi dropped a 12-10 double-double in 21 minutes. I don't remember who this guy is at all. It's been that kind of run for Dallas lately. Mahinmi hot eight FTs, as many as Brendan Haywood all season.
- LeBron went kinda' Michael Jordan on Dwyane Wade. "I hear from LeBron all the time now that I'm the worst finisher in the league now because I can't make a layup sometimes," Wade said.
- The NBA has officially bought the Hornets and is valuing them around $300 million. Dan Bernstein discussed the rumors of them moving to Chicago as probably not having any serious weight, but concluded: "The idea of some OPEC sultan dropping another NBA team in Chicago and
building a sparkling new arena sounds wild at this point in the process,
but the same could have been said for the idea of a shadowy Russian
industrialist doing the same in the Knicks' backyard." I figured the rumors were beyond stupid, but he does have a point.
The bigger short-term picture is Jac Sperling, the NBA's Hornets administrator, "said Tuesday his assignment is to make the club more attractive to a buyer who would keep the team in New Orleans," adding: "He said it would not be wise 'to go try to find a buyer now when the asset is not performing at it's best.' " Going into negotiations with the NBAPA, the league has to be considering the strategy to contract the Hornets with another franchise with another owner
cutting his lossesre-prioritizing his life. Sure, the issue of re-negotiating the team's arena lease to make it more attractive will take time, but this bargaining ploy keeps it in the league's interest to hold the franchise hostage until a new collective bargaining agreement is in place.
- Andrew Bynum is targeting Dec. 14 to return to the Lakers rotation.
- A BYU professor conducted a study, asking: How much does race subconsciously -- or consciously -- factor into how refs call games? "It's unintentional, but NBA referees call fewer fouls on players of their own race," he reportedly found. (h/t: Marcel Mutoni)
- Steve Nash and Kevin Martin lead active players as the most one-sided offensive players. Well, Michael Redd is between them if you consider him active. I guess if you're making $17 million a year, you're active enough in the meta sense.
- How badly the Hawks are still under-utilizing Al Horford.
I thought it was some weird pullback to not showcase him so they gain a
degree of bargaining power. Given how they were winning relative to the
rest of the East, their position was never really in jeopardy yet they
hit their ceiling early, too. A stretch, yeah, but I was giving them a
weird benefit of the doubt. Now, they've got him committed for a long
time. I don't get it, either.
Also: Josh Smith scored 34 on 14-for-16 shooting from the field in the Hawks (15-8) 116-101 win over the Absolutely Nots of New Jersey (6-16). The ATL's 4-1 since losing the $119 million Joe Johnson to elbow surgery. It's the Nots fifth straight loss. They're 2-10 on the road. Playoffs? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
- The numbers are arguing with out eyes and telling us the Heat are best with Joel Anthony on the floor, defensively.
He's goofy to watch, but honestly, I can't think of him doing stupid
things any more often than most big men in the NBA. And it's real easy
to recall big men being stupid.
- Time for Doc to start resting one of his stars a lot. Not KG, Ray, or Pierce, but Rajon Rondo.
He "still remains as beatup as he's ever been, battling both
plantar fasciitis and a lingering strained hamstring that has cropped up
again this past Sunday" -- neither of which are injuries to take
lightly for basketball players so heavily dependent on 'young-player
- What to do with Greg Oden if you're an NBA team is a stumper.
Right when you think the answer is probably a no-brainer, you feel like
a complete idiot. Why? Erick Dampier has value, FFS. Aaron Gray was
willingly signed as a free agent before the season. Trust me, there's a
rational answer to Oden that simultaneously fits the scarcity model of
what you're pretty sure is so scarce, no matter how he's paid, he won't
be able to do what he's paid for doing but still scarce that there's any
possibility he can. Did you get that?
Also: Bill Simmons' "What if Portland drafted Kevin Durant" excerpt. Of course, anything short of the Sonics staying in Seattle while Oden three-peats and Durant having his third lower body surgery and fifth kid is unacceptable logic.
- I'm amazed the Knicks seem like they can cruise to the playoffs not actually being any good.... LOL just kidding! They are in the Eastern Conference. But so far, their acquisition of Amar'e Stou_emire has been the best mega-contract deal of the 2010 off-season.
Also: I was very wrong about Raymond Felton,
it seems. I thought people were vastly overrating what his impact to
the Knicks would be. Mike Antoni does know a thing or two about taking
point guards to the next level, though. Watching him play, his
production doesn't seem fluke'ish either. Add in that he's taken what he
learned from Larry Brown on defense to more-than-efficiently running
the offense and you have someone at the bottom of that second class of
point guards with Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Steve
Nash, and Tony Parker. Sebastian Pruiti took a look at how he's improved his pick n' roll game. If Antoni's your coach and Amar'e's one of your forwards, the pick n' roll can make you a star or bench you forever.
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