May, 17, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- A new study finds that maybe there is such a thing as hot hand, at least at the free throw line, where players who make the first free throw are slightly more likely to hit the second.
- The suggestion that the Lakers might do well to fight through that Amare Stoudemire screen, because he does not appear eager for that contact.
- Phil Jackson starts with some media mindgames on Phil Jackson, and Steve Nash smiles while saying "everyone knows what he's up to." Then dishes his own, by calling Gregg Popovich the best coach in the NBA.
- Kobe Bryant is reportedly coping with a sore right knee, from which he had a significant amount of fluid drained. If this is true, it's yet another parallel between Bryant and Jordan's careers, as Jordan had fluid drained from his knee during his time with the Wizards. It's a potentially troubling piece of news, as explained more when Allen Iverson underwent the same thing last December.
- This blog post is the reason I just ordered a rather expensive copy of the very frank book Phil Jackson published in the 1970s.
- Vince Carter had a strange Game 1 against the Celtics. Several of the game's most aggressive scores were his, and while I was tempted to blame him for some of Paul Pierce's early scores, in slow-motion replay he had some monster Kendrick Perkins picks to contend with. The strangest thing he did all night, however, was force some really odd passes to the corner. And now I understand why. The corner 3 is proving to be a key battleground in this series. They are like candy to the Magic, and the Celtics are not in the business of handing out candy.
- All that said, you can see for yourself that the Magic did get plenty of good looks at 3-pointers. They just missed a ton of them.
- An amazing highlight from Grant Hill's early years. (Via Dustin Cu.)
- Jay-Z says his relationship with his new business partner, Mikhail Prokhorov, is off to a good start.
- One of Lithuania's most prominent teams is competing without a coach.
- Laugh if you want at the idea of LeBron James playing for the Clippers, but they can offer him a roster that makes some sense.
- A basketball blog quoting Eleanor Roosevelt.
- Rahat Huq of Red94 previews Tuesday night's draft lottery: "They’ll most probably start off with some footage of the top prospects supplemented with some analysis. Then they’ll move on to introducing the representative personalities from the teams -- in most cases this will be slightly awkward with anecdotal references to various good luck charms. Then they’ll get underway."
- A strong case that the Lakers can, and should, acquire LeBron James in a sign-and-trade.
- Concerns about how the Cavaliers allocated minutes.