Wednesday Bullets

  • DeMarcus Cousins' sophisticated passing ability. His summer league coach Mario Elie is into it, too.

  • Rob Mahoney of The Two Man Game on Tyson Chandler's coming to Dallas: "If the Mavs could have picked up Chandler circa ‘07-’08, when he was one of the game’s elite interior defenders and a Chris Paul sidekick? This would be a definite upgrade. Yet as it stands, it’s actually very debatable whether Chandler is better than Erick Dampier at all. Even gifting Chandler the advantage, it’s entirely possible that Damp’s contract, which was supposed to add a significant, long-term piece for the Mavs, could have no direct roster impact past next season. The Mavs may choose to let Tyson walk next summer, and for all of the hullabaloo, that’s awfully anticlimactic."

  • M. Haubs of the Painted Area: "If there's one thing that's been missing from the NBA over the last decade or so, it's that we haven't had a team truly take a run at all-time greatness -- we're coming up on 15 seasons since the '96 Bulls. I'm not yet ready to call the Heat the favorites for 2010-11 (I think I still favor the Lakers because of superior size), but in future seasons, when they can use salary-cap exceptions to add more depth of quality bigs next to Chris Bosh, I do think we'll get a 70-win team at some point. Lots of times I hear complaints that the NBA just isn't like it was in the glory days of the '80s, when the Celtics and Lakers fielded teams full of Hall of Famers (while, in my opinion, conveniently forgetting how much worse the quality in the middle and bottom of the league was). That's the thing: in the 2010s Heat, we finally have a team loaded enough to be a potential heir to the '80s Lakers and Celtics. Yes, they still need to make it happen on the court, but the potential is there. I do also expect it's likely that we'll see another mega-team or two emerge to counter Miami as their dominance becomes evident in a couple years, though SuperTeam2 may develop in the East, which would mitigate the Lakers-Celtics effect a little bit, by not being a Finals matchup. Getting beyond the supreme awkwardness of "The Decision", that's a pretty damn cool thing for an NBA fan, isn't it?"

  • Haralabos Voulgaris thinks that Mike Miller puts the Heat over the top, and for the next five years there may be precious little mystery about who will win all the titles.

  • During the Finals, the Celtics' Tony Allen was looking for CelticsHub's Zach Lowe. He was mad at him for something he had written. Lowe admits to some jokes about Allen, but writes thoughtfully about Allen's departure: "I actually like Tony Allen. As a fan, I gravitate toward athletes who exhibit frailty. The supermen—the guys who come through in the clutch and never show fear—are like a different species. I don’t understand them. They’re amazing to watch and wonderful to have on your favorite team, but I can’t relate to them. On the other hand: It made me like Chris Webber more when he became visibly terrified toward the end of Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals and refused to even look at the rim. I found it endearing that Pedro Martinez was so bratty that he responded to a Yankee post-season beating by getting frustrated and throwing the ball at Jorge Posada’s head. I thought it was sort of cool that Donovan McNabb puked with the Super Bowl on the line. TA had this sort of human quality. He made the same mistakes over and over, even though he knew very well that he was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing. Even in the 2010 playoffs—perhaps his finest stretch—he committed a few of his patented charging fouls after ill-advised 1-on-3 drives. We all have that friend who jumps from one bad relationship to another even though part of them realizes what they are doing as it happens. TA was a basketball version of that friend. It’s temptation, baby. TA just couldn’t resist a tight lane to the hoop when a simpler play would do. And he knew it, and nobody took it harder than him. No player has a more immediate or exaggerated “my bad” reaction than TA. When he dribbles the ball off his foot or commits a dumb offensive foul, he raises his hand to take the blame or even slaps his head to punish himself. He often shakes his head and talks to himself as he retreats on defense, disbelieving that he has just done the same damn thing again. Some guys are too cool to admit they’ve done something wrong or that they’re frustrated, even embarrassed. They point the finger at someone else or they smirk, pretending they don’t care. TA cares, and he tries. He feels horribly every time he messes up, and I love that about him. But all that caring didn’t lead to much improvement."

  • Reaction from Minnesota: It may be a good thing that Al Jefferson finally gets to be a supporting player on a good team, instead of a leading man.

  • The mood of the Wizards, in a photo.

  • The top five moments in Jeff Bower's time as New Orleans GM.

  • Offensive rebounding can be expressed as part of field goal percentage. As in: If the team took a shot, how likely were they to score on that possession? In the Lakers title-winning game, they missed like crazy, but got a lot of offensive rebounds and ended up effectively shooting 45%.

  • The deal that's keeping the Pacers in Indianapolis.

  • Who's in the D-League who might be able to help the Heat?

  • The Bucks' summer league team keeps losing at the buzzer. Here's how.

  • Jose Calderon is on the trade market. So many teams need point guards, from it's amazing to me that this guy is at a loose end.

  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook with the in-depth video analysis of John Wall in summer league: "John Wall does have a lot of Derrick Rose in him, from the physical skills to the style of play. However, there is one big difference between the two of them, John Wall has a pro-ready mid-range jump shot that he looks comfortable taking off the dribble."