October, 19, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- A big chunk of how the media covers the NBA makes players seem like they are not like us at all. They are skywalkers! They are millionaires! They are young, tall and chiseled! But Kyle Weidie of Truth About It took his video camera into the Wizards locker room and asked everybody what the most relaxing thing was they they did this past summer. The answers make clear how much these athletes are just like us. Andray Blatche was thrilled to see his parents renew his wedding vows. Nick Young OD'd on romantic comedies after a breakup. New Zealand's Sean Marks took his children to visit the motherland.
- The Spurs, yes, the ancient Spurs, are showing strong signs that they are really serious about running this year.
- Brandon Roy implies that he understands Spaniard Rudy Fernandez's homesickness, because Roy himself has had to endure moving nearly three hours south, from Seattle to Portland. One day, I hope Roy gets to live in Spain.
- Ted Leonsis, I present to you a D.C. sports fan in need of Wizard salvation.
- The Sixers announce that Doug Collins will miss a game due to after-effects of a concussion he had months ago, and a Sixers fan in the comments immediately smells a rat, suggesting in the comments he's trying to get out of one of the NBA's less attractive head coaching jobs. I just hope he's OK.
- Add Elton Brand to the list of contenders for Most Improved Player. He'll never win it -- as a once-great player he doesn't fit the profile. But if he is healthy he has a chance to have a massive jump in production over last year. Also, he says Evan Turner will get more than five rebounds per game, which appears wholly doable based on his preseason numbers.
- Near the top of the list of things to do this season: Watch Blake Griffin highlights.
- If you're a Laker bench player, and you're not married to a Kardashian, don't expect to play much.
- The NBA bans some shoes that may or may not make you jump higher. If I ran the company that made those shoes, I'd cry tears of joy, and start printing up the "so effective they were banned by the NBA" banners.
- Unraveling the mysteries of Hakeem Olajuwon's game with about 189 videos.
- Carl Landry gets a D- for reading skills, but an A+ for handling the whole thing with fantastic poise, class and good humor.
- Hassan Whiteside is to this NBA season as free peanuts are to a trans-continental flight.
- Rahat Huq of Red94 would like your input into optimal caffeine strategy. And he thinks it's too soon to assume Carmelo Anthony won't be a Net: "A lot of talk lately over just how bad rookie Derrick Favors has looked leading some to smugly conclude that any interest the Nuggets may have had in the Nets forward must surely have eroded. Not sure I follow this logic. Everyone knew Favors was raw. If the Nuggets had interest, it wasn’t with the present in mind and surely took into consideration his stage of development. They’re not going to suddenly be turned off by the validation of something they probably already knew."
- Is Andrea Bargnani's defense getting better?
- Something ESPN's NBA writers learned yesterday from ESPNChicago's Nick Friedell: The Bulls' head coaches' name is pronounced THIB-oh-doh. Not TIB-oh-doh. However, the players all call him Coach Tibs, not coach Thibs. So, figure that one out. Also, know that he is reportedly far more uptight than Lawrence Frank. In related news, Chris Broussard's dad would like it noted that his last name is pronounced BREW-sard. Not brew-SARD. Got it?