Brandon Jennings to John Wall alley-oop. This is what summer is about.
Today's version of Karl Malone is ... Alana Beard.
Jeremy from Roundball Mining Company making a huge point about the realities in Denver: "The presence of Josh Kroenke and advisor Bret Bearup indicate the GM will have a fairly limited role relative to the same position on other teams. With George Karl also having a say in player personnel decisions it will be vital that these men all have a good working relationship."
Bill Russell once told me that the thing you have to remember, when you watch the most creative basketball players, is that the things they do are not just difficult to do, but also difficult to think up. Before Dr. J can swoop like that do dunk, he has to imagine doing that. Watch this yo-yo expert. He is simply amazing. But there's a point in the fourth minute of his insane routine that he runs out of ideas. Then he has some more, and all is fine. But it illustrates Russell's point. Execution is not everything.
Similarly, Lance Blanks will have some work to do to carve out a niche for himself among the powers that be in Phoenix.
The Sixers are reportedly exercising their right to keep an injured player -- Andres Nocioni -- from competing for his national team. He is said to be devastated.
Scottie Pippen is in the Hall of Fame and there will be a statue of him in Chicago. Does that mean he's going to stop playing the odd Finnish exhibition game to make extra cash?
Who's a better power forward: Pau Gasol or Tim Duncan?
Tom Haberstroh, on Hardwood Paroxysm, assessing players who passed up opportunities to be free agents this summer by signing extensions: "The contracts handed to [Rajon] Rondo, [Brandon] Roy and [LaMarcus] Aldridge were incredible bargains for their respective organizations."
A Michael Jordan trading card with factual errors. Why this is fascinating I can't really say, but as soon as I saw it I couldn't help but think "ooh ... that's bad."
Zach Harper on A Wolf Among Wolves: "I apologize for not remembering who mentioned this on Twitter but for the last play of the game, if Rubio’s flip over his shoulder to Rudy resulted in the game-winning shot he’d be praised beyond belief. Instead, he flipped it to Rudy, Rudy hesitated and let the longest human being in the history of lankiness recover enough to block his shot at the end of the game. It’s funny how one little hesitation can possibly change the entire outlook on a player’s performance."
D-League Digest is grading how well different NBA teams used the D-League last season. It's fantastic! Another way for the Nets to get a failing grade from last season.
I'm very sorry I didn't get to make it to Joakim Noah's charity event when I was on vacation, but I'm very glad Nick Friedell did go, and wrote about it so well. Well worth a read.