July, 7, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- Jared Dudley tweets that he's hearing LeBron James will announce he's going to the Knicks. If you go back through the flow of information surrounding LeBron James' free agency, it is clear that there is not some really good propaganda out there. Very hard to know who's lying, but somebody is, and hard, because you'll almost never see so many plugged in people saying so many different things. And I guess some reporters might be making it up, but I don't think Dudley is, do you? I'm certain reporters with great sources are saying all kinds of different things. Never happen, but in my dreams, 100 reporters would compare 100 sets of notes for some kind of killer post-mortem documentary one day.
- John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog on Chris Bosh: "It may behoove us to take a look at Bosh’s NBA career to date. He was drafted in 2003, just like LeBron was. He has won a total of three playoff games in seven seasons. He has not played a playoff game since 2008. He has been named to the All-NBA second team once. He has fewer player of the month awards than LeBron has MVPs. He was the starting power forward for the worst defensive team in basketball last season. This dude is NOT a franchise player, but he’s become part of the 'LeBron-Wade-Bosh' trinity because he’s a very good young big man in the summer of 2010 and doesn’t have Amar’e Stoudemire’s baggage."
- Michael Beasley is the ultimate high risk/high reward player. The stories about his time in the NBA have been fairly depressing. I'd just say, however, that he had his act together in college, and presumably could have it together again at some point. The Raptors will likely scoff at the idea of a sign-and-trade for him, but there is some percentage chance -- two percent? ten? -- that Beasley will one day prove to be a better player than Bosh.
- 2010 TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown champion Jeff Ma has published a book . Believe it or not, Ma is not just famous for winning the Smackdown. Some people know him better as the real-life protagonist of the book "Bringing Down the House," about the MIT blackjack team, which became a major motion picture called "21." He also recently sold his company, Citizen Sports, to Yahoo, which made him something of a star in the business world, and he got some attention in Portland where he was an adviser to Kevin Pritchard as he had a very effective run of draft success. In any case, here Ma is talking about his new book "The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win in Big Business." He will explain why sometimes, in blackjack, it's good to split 10s, and how that knowledge can help your business.
- The Thunder reportedly now have Kevin Durant under contract into 2016. That may matter more, in the long run, than the news about Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Everyone knew he was going to be a great player, but it's delightful to see what a dedicated NBA teammate and employee he is. Holy cow. I suspect Oklahoma City might melt with pride.
- Nate Silver, the brilliant baseball stat geek who turned politics on its ear with his remarkable election forecasting site fivethirtyeight.com is making a foray into hoops, speculating about where LeBron James will go: "My hunch," he says "is that LeBron will either stay in Cleveland or join the Knicks."
- Fat Joe tells the camera about the central role he played in getting Amare Stoudemire to the Knicks. (Thanks, Tzvi.)
- Don't get too excited about Allen Iverson as a Celtic.
- The Chris Duhon signing in Orlando has been ridiculed, but it's a little less crazy when you consider that he can hit the roll man on the pick-and-roll, and he's a good spot-up shooter. Both are key skills to play with Dwight Howard.
- Just like to point out that the Clippers are holding their Vinny Del Negro introductory press conference in the middle of the craziest NBA media frenzy since Michael Jordan retired. There's a chance it might get drowned out a bit.
- Looking to video to answer the question: Is Lance Stephenson a point guard?
- Video analysis of Derrick Favors in summer league so far. Verdict: young.
- Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball: "Moving [Ersan] Ilyasova or [Luc Richard] Mbah a Moute may be a big mistake. As fun as the NBA off season is (and I use the term fun very loosely, as this one has been equal parts excruciating and entertaining), it still amounts to gambling. While it seems like Milwaukee’s done a great deal to improve itself for next season by acquiring Drew Gooden and drafting Larry Sanders to help on the front line, it’s impossible to tell how either of them will fit in. And in the case of Sanders, while summer league may be an indicator, until he actually starts getting minutes in the NBA no one will know if he’s ready to make the impact a playoff team like Milwaukee will need. So as fun as it is to project, dream and hope, Milwaukee’s new acquisitions are still unknown commodities. But Ilyasova and Mbah a Moute are known and valuable."
- Matt Moore on Pro Basketball Talk on LeBron James: "He wants to have a business empire that extends beyond the fans that buy his jerseys and cheer for him at games. He wants a place in the cultural and business atmosphere that is rarefied and extremely difficult to reach. It takes an inordinate amount of planning, expense, and effort to execute. Thursday night, LeBron James can put himself on the map in a way few athletes, few people, ever have. The world stops for him tomorrow night. We can turn our cheek or up our nose or whatever we'd like but this isn't about a handful of people, it's about the world. And right now, King James has it in the palm of his hand."
- Was Kevin Pritchard's firing a watershed moment for Blazer fans?
- When the owners tell us players are overpaid, remember what they gave Joe Johnson.