- Tumblr site of the week: Sad Perk:
- I'm getting to the point where Sam Smith has no credibility in my mind. He wrote that Dwight Howard "doesn't play pick-and-roll." He really wrote that. Then, that "there's a big difference between a player who can find a teammate when
he is double teamed and a player who manages the game and involves his
teammates," describing LeBron James as the former to sell Derrick Rose as MVP.
I understand the LeBron point he was making, but it wasn't articulated well. Excusable. Smith's point on Howard screams to the world that he doesn't watch Magic games. It isn't a guess on a the style of a role player or relaying from a prospect's scouting report. It isn't an opinion. This was about as much of a misrepresentation of one of the uncontroversially most favored offensive weapons of one of the top-five -- if not top-three -- players in the NBA. It's like writing ten years ago that Shaq has doesn't play back to the basket and primarily relies on facing up.
It isn't just this. Smith's basketball comments on anything and just about everything not related to the Bulls seriously screams that the only basketball he watches are Bulls games. Which would be fine with me if he didn't write on other teams and players around the league like he actually knew anything about them.
- Speaking of D12, I may be the last to the party on this one, but Matt Moore and Evan Dunlap had me thinking:
All #NBA players are free agents, how many players do you target over Dwight Howard, besides LeBron James? Anyone? Durant, maybe?
- Horace Grant is winning. As for Charlie Sheen, any man who hits women is always losing -- especially when he feels he's winning.
- The Bulls will have competition for Rasual Butler. "Reports
also indicate that Butler, bought out by the Clippers, will garner
interest from the Celtics, Hawks, Thunder and Knicks," Teddy Greenstein wrote Tuesday. Marc Stein has the Bulls behind in the running for Corey Brewer. I hope this doesn't mean overpaying Butler in a bidding war.
- The Spurs' defensive issues are overblown when you figure the top-four Ds have had weak schedules. And the Spurs are 6th in defensive efficiency, behind the Bulls, Celtics, Magic, Heat, and Bucks.
- FT+ is a very good stat.
I've been trying to wrap my head about a more telling way to represent
the value added by free throw efficiency without negating or overvaluing
its volume. FT+ also confirms what I've been saying all season: that
the OKC Thunder offense consists of little more than running into people
and wildly throwing the ball in the air. (h/t: Henry Abbott)
- Mike Bibby going to the Heat is kinda' about money.
Though he left $6 million on the table in D.C., he's old and the social
capital he can accumulate in Miami on that team should provide him
What's odd is the Heat cutting Carlos Arroyo to make room instead of a from-the-grave big. Zach Lowe wrote: "The Heat now have just three little guys -- two point guards in Mario
Chalmers and Bibby, and one of whatever Eddie House is. On a team with
two ball-dominant wings, that lack of point guard types probably isn't
an issue. But the Heat now have at least four bigs who may end up
contributing somewhere in the area of nothing to their playoff run --
Magloire, Juwan Howard, Dexter Pittman and (through no fault of his own)
Udonis Haslem. And Zydrunas Ilgauskas isn't exactly playing much,
- Does 'Melo have a higher basketball I.Q. than LeBron? No, but LeStupid could read some situations like 'Melo to improve.
- "The trends seem to suggest that [Gerald] Wallace is settling for the jumper a little more than in years passed," Django Radonich-Camp found. I'm a huge Snoop Wallace fan, but this has made him painful to watch this season.
- Eddy Curry was bought out by the T'wolves for $3 million.
Coincidentally, the Knicks gave the Puppies $3 million with Curry's expiring
contract in that 'Melo side deal to free cap space. Saddest part of
Curry's downfall is that, if he ever gave
half-a-shit, he could've half-assed his way to the type of
career that Kendrick Perkins busts his ass to maintain.
- Buzz Bissinger, racist boob, decided to go on Twitter-tilt in response to Marc Cuban calling him a coward.
My response to Bissinger blasting those who have little more to say to
him than call him a racist is that his racism isn't worthy of a very
- Tyson Chandler went down with a sprained ankle.
I'm high on the Mavs, but Chandler being a top-five defensive player
this year is too valuable to lose. Dallas' playoff run will likely be
related to seeding.
- Shane Battier found out he was traded back to Memphis via Twitter. When he saw it was for Hasheem Thabeet, he had to think it was a lie, right?
- The Wizards bought out Al Thornton.
A lot of potential, but kinda' the beta version of James Johnson. As in
there's a place for him in the NBA; just not on a team that plans on
winning many games. In related news: GSW is picking him up, which seems like a good fit for Al.
Kenyon Martin filling the leadership void left by 'Melo and Chauney in
Denver because it's all he can attempt to market as a free agent? One on hand, the cynicism makes me feel dirty. On the other, what a Kenyon Martin-y thing to do.
- Marcus Thornton and the Kings are the newest 'not enough basketballs on the court' meme.
- I poke fun at Hedo Turkoglu, but overall, role model, IMO. I
was privileged to meet him in Phoenix during the Circus Trip. He's
difficult to understand when he talks, but even not liking his situation
down there, he found ways to put smiles on people's faces. No wonder
Dwight Howard has a mancrush on him.
- Oh, yeah, the Nets and Raptors are playing in London this weekend. Well, there's a way to keep Londoners from liking basketball enough to expand the NBA across the ocean.
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