September, 14, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- M. Haubs of The Painted Area: "2010 has the been the best year of Coach K's illustrious career, for winning the most improbable of his four national championships in March, followed up by winning USA Basketball's most challenging gold medal of the NBA era on Sunday."
- One of the greatest moments in Turkish basketball history was Kerem Tunceri's last-second layup to knock of Serbia and send the hosts to the Finals. Now a photograph shows n0t only that Tunceri stepped out of bounds, but that the whole thing should be very clear on FIBA video that has never, to my knowledge, been shown publicly. (We were only shown video from the opposite side of the court, where it's impossible to tell what happened.) If anything, it's an argument for instant replay, which is imperfect but probably the best way we know to get these things right. And, umm, sorry Serbia.
- Who says 5-9 Korean guys can't be NBA head coaches? Well, for one, the 5-9 Korean guy the Nets recently hired.
- Some people are taller than Serge Ibaka. Others are stronger, or faster. But nobody is shinier.
- Artis Gilmore is blogging, and offering to help Greg Oden.
- Although everyone's a genius after the fact, it's very hard to find people who knew, on the record and in advance of the 2002 draft, that Carmelo Anthony would be a better pick than Darko Milicic. Also, I'd add that if you're pointing out blunders in that draft, missing Dwyane Wade was the bigger one.
- Andrew A. McNeill of the Spurs blog 48 Minutes of Hell is giving the Spurs bulletin board material: For as long as I can remember, I started every San Antonio Spurs season with the belief that the team could win the NBA title. Partly because of my youth — I was in elementary school during the David Robinson-Avery Johnson days. And also because of the quality of the teams, especially the ones Tim Duncan led as I’ve grown into adulthood. But now, in September 2010, I’ve finally lost that feeling. To me, the San Antonio Spurs are no longer title contenders.
- Jrue Holiday tantalized for a few months last season. With more opportunity, can he make it an every night thing this year?
- Your vote probably won't count, but who knows! Ted Leonsis reads blogs and may be listening. So, if you care about that sort of thing, vote for the Wizards' next public address announcer.
- Nice pictures of Kevin Durant's presence creating scoring opportunities for his Team USA teammates.
- The internet can get you in shape for the upcoming season. Or something.
- Wow. Free throws per field goal attempted as a measure of point guard aggression. You ever wonder why Jose Calderon went from everyone's favorite player to also-ran? By this stat, he has lost almost all of his aggression on offense, perhaps due to injuries, and that makes all the difference.
- WarriorsWorld's Ethan Sherwood Strauss on the signing of Lou Amundson: "When he’s paired with David Lee, the offensive glass should belong to Golden State for the first time since…before peachbaskets were hoops, and doctors were blood-runners for leeches."
- Allan Houston wants you to take parenting seriously.
- Oh, it's on! Brandon Jennings suggests he might be on Team USA if he were a Nike guy. Those are deep waters he's plumbing. Nike certainly is a big player in Team USA at every level. I don't know if there's a Jennings ban there, but there's certainly something there.