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Monday Bullets

  • Gilbert Arenas grew up not knowing his mother. He recently told Esquire's Cal Fussman: "When I was little, I looked in the mirror and held the Bible in my hand -- that's how I talked to God. I never just asked for stuff. The way I saw it, if you give Him something, you get something. So I said, I want to ask for two things. I want to see my mother. If you let me see her, I won't ask her any questions. The second was, If you get me to the NBA somehow, I'll never do drugs." He did talk to his mother once, and the results were complicated. Today there's word that his mother has died, in the same week Arenas is scheduled to be sentenced on gun charges.

  • Mike D'Antoni says he doesn't hate rookies. But Tom Ziller reports D'Antoni hasn't played any rookie more than 1,000 minutes in a season since Leandro Barbosa in 2003.

  • The state of Rodrique Beaubois in video, circa this morning.

  • A must-read update in the state of Kevin Pritchard, especially for anyone still insisting all this is going to wash over.

  • I missed it last week. If you did too, be sure to read Rick Reilly who has a front row seat on George Karl's grueling cancer treatments: "By his car, I ask Karl if he's scared to die. 'I'm scared every day,' he says. 'Scared all the time. But my kids, my family, my staff, they keep me thinking positive.' Anything good coming from all this? 'Oh, yeah. Lots. Sometimes, I feel the sunshine on my face and I just stop and think, 'Damn, this feels good.' I never used to think about sunshine, you know?' He fairly beams saying it. Guess there's more than one way to radiate." A TrueHoop reader whose father had the same cancer and similar treatment years ago writes about Karl's insistence of working through the grueling therapies : "Men of their generation were pretty much taught to press on no matter how poorly they felt and my dad didn't realize he was pushing too hard through the pain until he ended up in the hospital with a bad throat infection. ... I want George Karl around for a long, long time and the game-by-game treatment of his disease isn't good for him or for the Nuggets."

  • According to a press release: "The Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association have retained Galatioto Sports Partners to conduct a sale of the Team."

  • A video breakdown of the mental mistakes that cost the Knicks a win against the Rockets.

  • After his favorite team lost badly to the Jazz on Saturday, Niall Doherty of Hornets247 looked at the bright side: "Instead of trying to list everything that went wrong in this game, it's easier just to list what went right and assure you that everything else was a disaster: Nobody got hurt. James Posey hit a jump shot. Yeah, that's about it."

  • The day America fell in love with March Madness.

  • The Pistons almost had Joe Johnson instead of Rodney White.

  • Darius from Forum Blue and Gold: "It was all fueled by Kobe in that second frame. Mr. Bean would outscore the Wiz 20-15 all by himself in the second period and do so on an array of jumpers that reminded me of some of Kobe’s vintage performances of years past. A triple head fake then turn around baseline jumper was followed by a pull up three pointer in transition. Those shots were then followed by another pull up three over the top of Washinton’s zone defense. And then another pull up three over the zone from the top of the key (after a couple of between the leg dribbles and a hesitation move to his left). Then, just to show that those other long jumpers weren’t some sort of fluke, Kobe would hit another three off high handoff that served as a P&R when Kobe brushed off Pau’s shoulder, faded left, and then buried the J."

  • Bret Lagree at Hoopinion: "Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan were the two best players on the court. The Hawks couldn't stop the Spurs at all in the first quarter and put up marginal resistance at best for the duration. The Hawks couldn't buy a bucket for the first quarter-and-a-half despite creating far superior shot opportunities than they did against the Bobcats thanks to a relatively relentless commitment to player and ball-movement. And yet, the Hawks won."

  • Rio Grande Valley may be having the best D-League season ever.

  • Kevin Arnovitz of ClipperBlog: "[Sacramento's Carl] Landry is a handful to defend one-on-one in the half court, but you know what’s really difficult? Defending him zero-on-one."

  • In trading away Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw, the Blazers gave up a lot of 3-point shooting. The Suns figured out how to punish them for that, by using a zone against which Portland could get very little done.

  • John Krolik of Cavs: the Blog, describing the efforts of a player who has already once helped a gritty team win a title: "If I had to sum up what the Cavs did tonight in one word, that word would likely be POWESMASH. The Cavaliers beat the Pistons up in the paint and on the boards, and nobody was doing that better than Leon Powe. Despite barely leaving the ground, Powe was grabbing rebounds left and right and wouldn’t be denied when he got the ball in the paint. Every time he got it down low, Powe either finished the play or got to the line, and the rest of the team matched Powe’s effort en route to an easy win. Powe ended up drawing eight fouls on Sunday, but the Pistons were the ones who came out looking worse for the wear." UPDATE: The reality of a productive Powe is especially bitter in Boston, where a player they cast out while he was injured could well come back to haunt them in the playoffs.