- Kevin Durant says he's "out for the year" after spraining his ankle:
To which he quick followed up: "No, just playing. It's just a little tweak. I did it before. I've just got to see how it
feels in the morning and hopefully I'm ready to go."
- Lee Jenkins' profile on Derrick Rose at SI is about more than a courtesy text to LeBron James. That that's being dramatized and fixated upon is weird to me, but I'm wired differently. Jenkins' article is about a humble, "self-deprecating" young man who plays with his friends one day, takes an entire NBA franchise on his back the next, and takes instruction from a great teaching coach like a willing student. I highly suggest actually reading it. Listen to Jenkins' interview on the sportstalk radio show in the city, 670 The Score's "The Boers and Bernstein Show," from yesterday here.
- "Wrenches" tossed in Derrick Rose's MVP candidacy, then, Dwight Howard's, by Zach Lowe.
- "What the Chicago Bulls have is preposterously old-fashioned and perhaps even a touch corny: a team where the total is so much greater than the sum of the parts," Michael Wilbon wrote at ESPNChicago.com. What's amazing is Wilbon's discovery across the team that their confident because of their defense and acknowledge their offense is a byproduct of it. A great testament to the communication and teaching skills of Tom Thibodeau, whether or not an outsider agrees with the philosophy.
- "The Bulls don't intend for [Rasual] Butler or any new player to break into the starting lineup or even log major minutes," ESPNChicago.com's NickFriedell reports from his source. Butler will take a physical on Thursday, but it's "unclear whether he will be available to play Friday" in Orlando.
- The opposite of anti-stats isn't anti-scouting, Kevin Pelton wrote. I agree that this is a false dichotomy. What should be uncontroversial is that no one has magical eyes and there's no magical algorithm to fully objectively compare basketball players. The hostility of the Luddites is misplaced. Statisticians and analysts are finding what the eyes miss -- what the brains as terrible information gatherers misplace.
Analytics being 'advanced scouting' doesn't in any way make traditional scouting of a greatly lesser value. Metrics and eyeball scouting close up the margin of error created by the other and as both improve, more information is data-mined and closer-to-true conclusion can be made. Understanding the numbers improve the ability to watch games and watching games improves the ability to interpret the numbers. Yes, the eyes are wrong more often than the data. If you don't believe me, why do all scouts record data?
- Paul Pierce with the old-man fastbreak finish:
- LOL Brad Miller.
- Should buyout conditions be included in contracts? I'm still surprised they aren't.
- Chris Paul needs to change his game.
He's the most skilled PG in the league, but he's just not healthy. I
don't see how he avoids another procedure on his knee this summer,
seeing his play not just deteriorate slowly through the season, but it's
been evident as game progress since late November.
- Dwight Howard disrupted some good-looking new offensive sets that the Knicks rolled out on Tuesday. Quentin Richardson played Carmelo Anthony really well. Without Mickael Pietrus, he's crucial to defending the wings.
- How Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade produce against elite defenses in the playoffs. Great analysis.
- Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge were named NBA Player of the Month for February
in their respective conferences. Howard: 26.6 PPG, 14.8 RPG, 2.0 BPG,
.667 FG% in 11 games; Aldridge: 27.8 PPG, 9.3 RPG, .563 FG% in 12 games.
- Memphis is winning and pushing toward the playoffs with their defense. Yes, their defense. Oddly, their top-ten defense is below average in three of the Four Factors. If this pace remains, they'll be only the 11th to do so since 1974.
- Kevin Love was offered a six-year, $70 million contract extension by the T'Wolves.
The maximum contract length is expected to shorten by one or two years
in the next collective bargaining agreement. With the current CBA
expiring on June 30.
- Speaking of UCLA alums, UCLA has sent the produced the most NBA players sine 1991-92 with 31. "They are followed by North Carolina (29), Arizona (28) and Kentucky (27)," Cork Gaines found.
- Corey Brewer plans to sign with the Mavs on Thursday after clearing waivers in the afternoon. Great pickup by the legitimate fringe title contenders, who'll only miss Tyson Chandler for two games with his sprained ankle.
- George Karl is reportedly "close" to signing a three-year extension with the Nuggets. Who could blame him? That's a deep team; just without a go-to.
- Ty Corbin got a multiyear deal to coach the Jazz.
- Eddy Curry's expected to sign with the Heat. The recently traded and bought-out center has never publicly discussed the murder of his ex-girlfriend and their daughter.
He's only played nine game played since that tragedy. But Bulls fans
who wanted to trade Omer Asik for Courtney Lee should take notice. Think
about it: centers are so scarce in the NBA that a team with a .717
winning percentage wants Curry.
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