December, 29, 2009
By Kevin Arnovitz
- Red94 has fun with motion maps and team efficiency.
- And Tom Ziller maps the percentages of shots each NBA teams from the most efficient areas of the floor -- beyond the arc and the immediate basket area.
- HoopsTVonline.com catches up with former Florida Gator Nick Calathes, who's playing for Panathinaikos in the Greek League this season. A month after signing with Panathinaikos, Calathes was drafted by the Timberwolves, then dealt to Dallas: "I talked to coach Carlisle since I've been here and I have talked to Mark Cuban. I was going to play in the summer league (Las Vegas), but FIBA made a rule saying that I couldn't. So I have stayed in close contact with them throughout the year. I think Dallas could be a great fit for me, maybe in the future ..."
- Nobody knows for certain whether it's too early to start composing eulogies for Tracy McGrady's career, but Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm beautifully catalogues some of his favorite memories from McGrady's prime.
- Per Blazers Edge, will this in-game tweet from Martell Webster result in a fine? One has to assume that Webster, himself, probably wasn't at the controls of his account.
- Today's time suckage: Who wore that jersey? (Hat tip: Feldman)
- "There’s a certain buzz in the arena" when rookie big man Jon Brockman checks into a game at Arco Arena, writes Cowbell Kingdom.
- Erik Larsen, basketball vulture, on the inner life of a Sonics fan circa December 2009.
- Go ahead and stick the Suns' Jared Dudley on the All-Guys-You-Want-on-Your-Side team. There's nothing freakish about Dudley's skills other than his intuition. Moment to moment, he simply knows the spot where he's most useful on a basketball court.
- After Philadelphia's shocker over Portland last night at the Rose Garden, 34-year-old Allen Iverson says that getting back into the flow of an NBA game isn't as easy as it use to be: "Once I got my second wind I was all right. The first couple minutes I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest."
- How low is the bar for Nets fans this season? Mark Ginocchio of Nets are Scorching captures the prevailing sentiment: "It’s getting to the point where I’m openly bartering with the basketball gods – I’ll take the bare minimum – give me 10. Just no more history books. No more futility to top all futilities."
- How high is the bar for Thunder fans? Royce Young of Daily Thunder describes the shifting worldview in OKC: "You know how you know your team is getting better? Wins aren’t good enough anymore. You want to play well AND win."
- Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic is cautiously optimistic about Toronto's recent improvement. The Raps have won four straight and though they haven't beaten the league's best competition, they're becoming stingier on defense.
- If advanced stats voted for the All-Stars.