- No, Grant Hill, Jalen Rose didn't say you and other black Duke players "sold out your race." Hill's op-ed post at the NY Times completely missed Rose's point and Rose seems to have fully acknowledged that his hate for Hill in his college days was irrational and misguided. The 'Fab Five' documentary wasn't a look back in hindsight; it was to reflect the feelings induced by the events of the time at that time of those events to better tell that story.
I could write 750-to-7,500 words on this topic, including my personal experiences of how my image as a middle class minority raised by well-educated parents has and hasn't been in my control. Where I've benefited from my privileged upbringing and been forced to have more to prove because of general prejudices. I could make the social commentary as a whole, but that would miss the point. Rose was giving a first-hand account of being an extreme talent from the inner city with prejudices and defense mechanisms of his own. This issue is far too nuanced for a quick hit, I admit. I'll only say that it doesn't surprise me that Coach K only recruits kids -- black or white -- he can easily bully around and leave it at that for now.
- Joakim Noah's expected to start vs. Nets on Thursday; Boozer still day-to-day.
- A follow-up on Derrick Rose's terrible 3-point shooting over the last month or so by Matt Moore to mine from last week.
- Doc Rivers says Derrick Rose is this season's MVP and Brian Scalabrine will "make a hell of a coach" someday. The first point is arguable, the second makes a lot of sense. I've thought of Scal's future as a coach more than I probably should, but hearing of what he's done for this Bulls team in practice shows he's been a large asset to scheming the Bulls' elite defense.
- There's a great case for LaMarcus Aldridge as Most Improved Player. I lean more toward Rose, but I get it.
- Watching the Blazers endgame lineup should scare the crap out of the West. LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Gerald Wallace, Rudy Fernandez, and Marcus Camby displayed great chemistry and their high basketball IQs in their win over the Mavs. That is a dangerous bunch... when healthy, of course. I have to admit, considering what he's been through, watching Roy jump all over the place, take bumps, and land hard was a mindfuck.
- Paul Pierce's old-man-game includes constantly dunking on people's heads. Awesome.
- The beginning of the next step toward better quantifying defense.
- Delonte West will be less than 100% for the rest of the season. At least.
- Why I fail to take fear of a Mike Antoni team to a significant level. He deliberately doesn't coach and the most important part of the game is lost by his teams.
His team scored 117 in Indiana on Wednesday. Guess what happened:
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