- If the Bulls win a title, I'll go with Doug Thonus to get that "1.7%" tattoo.
- "No stat in basketball is perfect, regardless of the complexity of its formulation," Rob Mahoney wrote, later adding: "The measures themselves are imperfect, but they're perfect in promoting
further research. None of the advanced stats we have today are ideal,
but they bring us closer to the pinnacle of our comprehension of the
- "As [Evan] Dunlap breaks down, there are tons of reasons why Howard is statistically the most relevant player in the league." Matt Moore wrote on Dunlap's great article refuting Bill Simmons.
- "Don't listen to the haters, this big market exodus has been fantastic for pro basketball," Ethan Sherwood Straus wrote in a fantastic post, refuting the memes that are unfortunately loud enough to be taken too seriously.
- NBA superstars are actually underpaid by 30-50% and the new CBA will likely make them more underpaid.
- Tony Parker will be out two-to-four weeks with a strained calf. It could be a lot worse of an injury and George Hill is a very capable fill-in.
- Kendrick Perkins signed an extension with the Thunder. It's four years at $34.8 million. OKC did what Boston couldn't: pay that man his money.
- The Kings have until Apr. 18 to file for relocation. The NBA granted them an extension.
- The Knicks cut Corey Brewer. Further evidence they hate basketball. The Celtics, Spurs, Mavs, and Thunder are interested, Marc Stein reports. My top choice for the Bulls to go after right now.
- Mike Bibby was bought out for $6.2 million by the Wizards, while Troy Murphy was waived by GSW, Rasual Butler was waived by the Clippers, and Kelenna Azubuike was waived by the Knicks. The Bulls are expected to pick up Butler after he clears waivers, as they need to have at least 13 players on the roster. Thonus makes a good point that Azubuike would actually be useful, though. Murphy seems to be a definitely booking for Boston.
- Chris Douglas-Roberts is out of the Bucks' rotation. Further proof Scott Skiles hates basketball maybe more than anyone. Play bad and get ferociously yelled at. Play well and get tied up and hidden in a closet, so the penis-insecure coach can publicly display his power to do so. Play mediocre-to-bad and you get to play 25-to-40 minutes every night. (h/t: Zach Lowe)
I won't back down on my conclusion that Skiles is a head coach that can make bad teams into hopeful mediocre teams, but will always keep well-generally-managed teams in the hell of mediocrity. That said, he could be -- hands down -- the best assistant coach in the NBA. Unfortunately, his over-reaching to curb egos and not tolerate nonsense is a result of his own insecure, self-grandiose, destructive ego.
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