- A great case can be made that Tom Thibodeau was the best franchise acquisition of the last offseason.
- The Bulls moved ahead of the Celtics in BBR's mathematical power rankings. They're now sitting in 4th, behind the Spurs, Lakers, and Heat.
- That said, why was Carlos Boozer still in the game to sprain his ankle at all? Matt McHale wrote on Thursday: "The incident occurred with 4:24 left in the game and the Bulls leading 92-75. Considering the circumstances -- Chicago was in full control and Taj Gibson (14 points, 6-for-7) was playing better than Boozer (10 points, 4-for-9) anyway -- you have to wonder why Carlos was still in the game at all. But then again, Thibodeau has had a habit this season of leaving his starters in the game longer than absolutely necessary."
Zach Lowe added: "Also: Many coaches have their stars on the floor during blowouts in the time range when Boozer was hurt. It's conventional wisdom, which is why the NBA world reacted so strongly to what Gregg Popovich did in a blowout loss to the Knicks in January."
- Danny Nowell on the "trend of teams being evaluated more by comparison to their own narratives than by examining their on-court product." The post is within the context of the Magic, but a very interesting look at the national media is conceding analysis standards to the pomp and circumstance contrived by franchises.
- Charles Barkley rightfully called Billy Packer a "jackass" in a special comment during Thursday's NBA on TNT pregame show. Packer is getting sand in his pussy about pro basketball broadcasters analyzing the coming amateur tournament on the Turner networks.
- The NBPA sent an "instructional handbook" to all of its players on how not to be a collective short bus in the case of a lockout.
- The value of offensive rebounding is strategic. To take it as high value in an axiomatic manner misses key points of actual and closer-to-being basketball axioms.
- His knees suck right now, but Chris Paul is still right there with Deron Williams as the best point guard in the NBA. Yes, over Russell Westbrook and maybe Derrick Rose:
- Yes, Russell Westbrook deserves inclusion in that discussion. He became the "fifth player in NBA history to reach 4,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,000 rebounds during his first three years in the league. The others are Chris Paul, LeBron James, Anfernee Hardaway and Oscar Robertson."
- Dwyane Wade finally won custody of his two children. The battle has lasted years and never fell short of ugliness. Congratulations to a great guy and children lucky to be loved by a good man willing to fight for them.
- Hoe, lee, shit, Blake Griffin:
- John Wall is getting very, very good very, very fast:
- Andrew Bynum's back and he's why the Lakers could be unbeatable. I fell victim to prisoner of the moment rhetoric regarding the Lakers a bit, too. But in the preseason, I fully expected the Lakers to struggle without Bynum and Kobe Bryant taking a while for his knees to get into playing condition; also that successes would heavily rely on Pau Gasol's production overall. Then, I fully expected the Lakers to be unbeatable after the All-Star break. All of that has happened and I'm getting re-sold to them being unbeatable. Next question: should Kobe lay off a bit?
- Speaking of Kobe, he missed practice on Friday. What a drama queen.
- Kendrick Perkins could play the final 16 games of the season with the possibility he debuts Wednesday against the Heat.
- In economic crisis, the Knicks are immune from taxes on obscenely hot property. Evan Weiner reported at New Jersey News Room: "NBA owners claim they are losing copious amounts of money yet in Manhattan, the owner of Madison Square Garden (Cablevision's James Dolan) is pocketing money from his regional cable TV network and sellout crowds at Knicks games and not paying some $13-14 million annually in property taxes on a prime piece of real estate between 31st and 33rd Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenue."
As NYC has "declared war on teachers' tenure and salaries," both in the city nor the state governments, "there is no stomach to put the Garden back on the tax roll." The meme that the Garden provides to the community greater in other manners is seemingly as untrue as it is across the country, Weiner added: "Politicians look at the construction of sports facilities as an economic engine. In virtually every case, sports arena and construction building has been a failed policy. The construction jobs are temporary and aside from the players and owners not many jobs created by a team are substantial. On game day, there are quite a few per diem slots available such as parking lot attendants and vendors."
- Chris Bosh is "the softest big man" Jackie Mac has "ever seen" (h/t: Celtics Hub):
- Gerald Wallace isn't only still bitter about being traded by the Bobcats, but he's still compelled to repeat his feelings. Maybe this drawing would cheer him up (h/t: Tas Melas):
- The list of restricted free agents coming out of the West this summer is very interesting.
- The Cavs think someone in the league is as dumb as them to take on Baron Davis and his contract. Let that sink in for a minute.... Never mind; not that crazy, unless the T'Wolves get contracted.
- Trevor Ariza, bad. Real bad.
- Gilbert Arenas is shooting well. I don't know what that means because it's pretty uncontroversial he's a terrible shooter. But even for him, his play could've been called a shooting slump until the last week or so.
- The Knicks want Marc Gasol, speaking of big men and the New York franchise.
- Mo Williams is making the Clippers' pick n' roll dangerous. And we all know how much Vinny Del Negro uses the pick n' roll; as in all he calls are pick n' rolls. (h/t: Zach Lowe)
- Larry Ellison's drive to buy and relocate the Hornets to San Jose could keep the Kings in Sacramento. Weird, but it makes a lot of sense when you factor the Warriors' interests. The NBA has consistently blocked Ellison's purchase, keeping the proprietorship in the hands of the league for months.
- Wearing jerseys to games is acceptable, but there are dos and don'ts that separate you from being a fan and being a pud. Personally, I don't understand jerseys on people over the age of 12, but the dos are reasonable.
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