- Tim Duncan to the big kids out there: the backboard is there; use it.
- Bulls remain 5th in the BBR Schedule-Adjusted Offensive and Defensive Ratings after Thursday. The Heat remain at the top, followed by the Spurs, Celtics, and Lakers
- Of course, I love the result of Thursday's Bulls-Heat game, but as a basketball fan, it pains me to watch LeBron hate basketball like this in the final minute of games.
- NBPA Exec. Dir. Billy Hunter thinks there will be a lockout this summer.
He called owners' proposals for a hard cap a "non-starter," said that
the union is arguing the "interpretation of the numbers" saying how much
money the league is losing, and thinks uncertainty for what the new CBA
will contain had "little or no impact" on trades made this week.
- Talk about contracting the Hornets has begun.
What's disturbing about the existential risk of the NBA owning the
Hornets with the intention of holding its fate hostage -- I've said since
they took it over -- is that they refused the sale to buyers willing to
pay more than the franchise is appraised.
- Apparently, Michael Beasley was "havin' a ce-le-bration" on Wednesday: (h/t: Dan Devine)
- What the hell is a "big market?"
- Kendrick Perkins and the Celtics took the news of him being traded very hard. Players were in tears, KG was talking about losing a family member. This was a very confusing deal on an emotional level for them. The angle that the move was to kickstart their offense begins to makes sense, though I still scratch my head. And I'd totally buy this shirt if I were a Celtics fan. Either way, as I said Thursday, the Thunder just got really scary.
- George Karl's reasonably confident in his Nuggets after the roster makeover. "You guys must think I'm crazy but I think we're good," he said. "I had one practice with them, and I'm going 'whoa!' "
I agree with him. They don't have a superstar, but look at that roster and it's deep with strong secondary and tertiary scorers, athleticism, rebounders, shooters, creaters, spot shooters, and shot blockers. I'm not saying they can contend for the West or that they can win a playoff series over the Spurs, Lakers, Mavs, or Thunder, but they're no garbage. And if Denver's the 6th-, 7th-, or 8th-best team in the West, that's still a very strong conference. Can Denver be more fun to watch now than before the 'Melo deal?
The magic of Karl's recent openness was his comment to TNT on 'Melo's _efense: "You have to handle what 'Melo gives you. I'm not knocking
'Melo, he is a great offensive player. 'Melo is the best offensive player I've
ever coached, but his defensive focus, his demand of himself is what frustrated
us more than anything."
- Mike Bibby wants a buyout, but it could be too rich for the Wizards. I didn't like the Hawks dealing him for Hinrich, but I regrettably just wasn't paying enough attention. Apparently, Bibby's been a real dick all year. Kirk's a dick, too, but mainly only if you're on the other team or a ref.
- GSW is "expected" to release Troy Murphy and his expiring contract. The Celtics and Heat will reportedly be "bidding" for him.
- Mutiny in Detroit. Five Pistons staged a "players protest" by not showing up to practice. Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox, and Ben Wallace were the five players. Yeah, this has T-Mac written all over it. It's no secret they don't like Coach John Kuester and the shit's hit the fan.
- The Knicks are interested in picking up Jared Jeffries, whom the Rockets have agreed to buyout. Jeffries' contract was set to expire this summer. (h/t: Mark Miller)
- Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (yes, that KJ) is convinced the Kings are "trying to cut a deal to leave" the city. Tuesday's the deadline for the team to file a format request to relocate and they've asked the league for an extension.
- John Wall's growing up fast. "Until we find five guys that really want to fight, compete and care the whole time, it's really going to be tough," he said after Thursday's loss to Philly.
- I love Ray Allen:
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