February, 18, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- Tony Parker has plantar fasciitis, a condition with the potential to hang around and cause trouble for a very long time. Many say the only real cure is extended rest. And there's evidence Parker's various injuries has been a major factor in the Spurs' lukewarm season. Nevertheless, Parker says he's absolutely planning to play for his national team next summer.
- A John Updike comment about New York that will really piss off Cleveland fans. (Worth noting: Updike himself left New York to live in a small town north of Boston.) Meanwhile, New York-based Forbes calls Cleveland the most miserable of American cities, with Akron 12th.
- Jerry Sloan: "I don't get happy about anything."
- John Rohde of the Oklahoman on why the trade deadline is no longer late in the evening. You can call it the Scott Brooks rule: "Somewhere around 8 p.m. local time on Feb. 23, 1995, Brooks was on the court during his team’s halftime warmup session when Houston Rockets general manager Bob Weinhauer waved Brooks over and informed him he had been traded to Dallas. 'Well, that’s a great way to tell me,' Brooks said, or words to that effect. Brooks never saw it coming. He thought he had survived the deadline. Nine days earlier against the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooks had erupted for 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting and also had four rebounds and four assists. 'I remember my wife (Sherry) and some buddies giving me the thumbs up (from the stands) saying, ‘I’m not traded. I’m back,’' Brooks recounted of trade day. 'I remember going in at halftime and listening to all the halftime adjustments. I was in the layup line. All the sudden, Bob Weinhauer says, 'Come here.'"
- A quick look at the Lakers' crunch-time offense without Kobe Bryant. Everything looks easy against the Warriors, but especially Pau Gasol in the post.
- Remember Jayson Williams' car crash in Manhattan? They tested his blood for alcohol, and found a lot.
- Amare Stoudemire on the notion that he could be a Sun for a long time. Worth noting that Phoenix has been toying with trading him for the last 100 years.
- Matt McHale of By the Horns: "How awkward must it have been for John Salmons before last night’s game against the Knicks? Vinny Del Negro got a call before the game telling him to leave Salmons at the team’s hotel. Not a very nice way to say goodbye. But, yeah, it’s just business. That left the Bulls -- who are still without Joakim Noah (plantar faciitis) -- two men down for the second game of their home-and-home series with the Knicks. Fortunately, the Knicks are still the Knicks."
- Andrew A. McNeill of 48 Minutes of Hell on Tim Duncan's bizarre night: "Perhaps no one’s performance on the night personified the win as much as Tim Duncan’s, who shot 4-23 from the field en route to eight points, yet totalled 26 rebounds, five assists and led the game in +/- at +19." The Spurs needed all of that -- barely scraping by the Pacers.
- Salt City Hoops: "I did sit next to longtime Jazz assistant Gordon Chiesa, now a scout for the Memphis Grizzlies, at the Utah Flash game and asked his opinion on the Jazz as currently assembled. He was clearly impressed, and was emphatic that the Jazz are legitimate title contenders this year."
- What the Clippers have achieved with their trades.
- What the Wizards have acquired.
- Magic Johnson says the Lakers and Nuggets do not like each other.
- This weekend Danilo Gallinari, Larry Johnson and John Starks will be part of a Courts of Dreams event to fix up basketball courts for New York City children.