- It's All-Star Weekend n' the boys are playin' fuh some coin, son! But before the fun is what will likely be an ugly pow-wow between the league and the union.
- Excluding Reggie Miller from this HOF class is "patently ridiculous," as Tim Donahue wrote. Hopefully, Dennis Rodman gets his well-deserved trip this year, but no Reggie is a disgrace, maybe bigger than Dominique Wilkins missing the first ballot, because of the competition of those eligible.
My hate for Reggie is no secret, but no one in their right minds with half-a-brain who was semi-conscious in the 1990s can make a case that Reggie isn't a first-ballot HOFer against Rodman, Bernard King, Chris Mullin, Maurice Cheeks, Mark Jackson, Don Nelso, Dick Bavetta. If you can't understand Reggie's production and value to the game -- its quality and success -- then, you haven't been paying attention. This is terrible.
The NBA needs its own HOF. Just automatically import NBA people into it, but this needs to happen. I'm cringing to see what amateurs, coaches of amateurs, and players of shitty professional leagues get inducted.
- Eric Simonson working on a Magic/Bird script for Broadway. At first glance, I go, "Hmm..." in an all-too septical manner, but Simonson's Lombardi is a huge hit that generated rave reviews from trustworthy critics, those producers are on board, so why not? The difference is that these were players, not a coach, so you can't beat what you can find on YouTube. The 2:30-2:47 mark on this video still gives me chills:
- TrueHoop TV discusses the MVP. Most of them are right; it should be LeBron.
- It's time to buy the Bulls as fringe contenders; I'm with Doug Thonus. I'm not overrating the Thunder, Jazz, or Hornets as "legit contenders" (lolwut?!?!), but am I at a point where I can reasonably see how they beat the C's, Lakers, or Spurs in a seven-game series? Not yet, I doubt I'll get there, and the Mavericks, Heat, and Magic are probably in this same boat. But if you can get to the conference finals, can beat anyone on any given night, I have to admit that the fringe possibility of running hot for three-to-four weeks is worth entertaining. They're reasonably fifth in BBR's Schedule-Adjusted Rankings this week.
- Bulls players reminisce on their first dunks. Great, fun piece at the Red Eye.
- If you're not watching the Thunder a lot, you're missing a ton of fun. (Yes, Bethlehem Shoals wrote something good at GQ
to negate the awful.) I was a total Thunder-hater coming into the
season because the offseason hype that they were title contenders was
ridiculous. They still can't rebound, their team defense scheme is
incredibly flawed, and their offensive scheme doesn't maximize the usage
of their strengths -- instead they resort to just running into people
too much. But Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, James
Harden, Jeff Green, and that crew put on a nice show almost nightly. And
they're a hell of a lot better than I expected.
- Nets re-offer for 'Melo reportedly on the table. It's "Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Devin Harris, Ben Uzoh, and four (FOUR!) first round picks to the Denver Nuggets for
Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Melvin Ely, Shelden Williams, and Renaldo Balkman," as Kelly Dwyer summed it up.
This looks ridiculous when you ignore that the Nets will likely be
frontrunners in acquiring Chris Paul or Deron Williams should they leave
their teams in the next 18 months.
Of course, this is all
meaningless if 'Melo doesn't agree to a contract extension for the deal
to be a sign-and-trade. Denver's granted the Nets permission to
negotiate with 'Melo. Anthony and the Nets owner will meet for the first time this weekend in L.A. during the All-Star festivities. The Nets are Nuggets are reportedly in full agreement and 'Melo just needs to sign on.
A source told SI Murphy, who's been completely shelved by Jersey, 'will most likely land in Orlando,' so the Magic as a third party isn't out of the realm of possibility.
- The NBA is "losing fans" because "white fans want white superstars," according to Luddite Buzz Bissinger. Great point if the NBA weren't actually gaining popularity at an insane rate. Racist boob.
- C's are looking for help on the wings.
With Marquis Daniels still out due to bruising his spinal cord in a
very scary manner, Boston reportedly shopping Nate Robinson and Daniels
around for a small forward or big guard. Nate sounds like a crippling
gesture, but they expect Delonte West to be back soon and be the backup
The C's are reportedly interested in Anthony Parker, but I highly doubt the price would be as high as Nate or Daniels. Because of cap limit, Boston would have to part with two players -- Avery Bradley likely being one of them -- so, I'm fine with the Bulls just backing off. That said, there really isn't a deal for Parker that works well for Boston and Danny Ainge isn't dumb.
- Joe Johnson ducking out on a $74k custom jewelry order? This is just weird. The $120 million-man probably just forgot, right?
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