November, 17, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- Dwyane Wade says that in his next life he'd like to come back as a trust-fund baby. I'm surprised to hear that, frankly. Isn't he addicted to the pride of accomplishment? Most self-made successes are junkies for that. And for those of you hung up on all that alpha-doggery stuff, it's also worth noting that he tells (the recently banned) Scott Raab of Esquire: "It's hard, what I was doing the last couple years, trying to score forty a night, trying to lead us. It's hard on your body. So let these guys take me to the mountaintop, and I'll ride the wave."
- Chris Bosh, the stapler, in rap.
- John Hollinger says it's reasonable for the Rockets to consider moving beyond Yao Ming (Insider). Not because he's so terrible at this stage, but because it's very tough to rebuild on the fly, and the cap space he could afford them is tantalizing.
- A year-and-a-half ago, Sacramento-based blogger Tom Ziller wondered aloud if the game was passing Geoff Petrie by. Now Ziller notes that the team is horrible at defense, and good at taking care of the ball compared to the league. And yet Petrie says the team's troubles are on offense, and in taking care of the ball. If you look in the comments, a lot of Kings fans refuse to believe that Petrie could be that out of touch, and insist he's merely offering a smokescreen.
- Tracy Morgan, from "30 Rock," wearing a microphone sitting courtside at a Knicks game. Speaking of players he says, a little sadly, "those guys don't know anything but basketball." He also brags that he once met Frank Sinatra. Also, when you watch the video, notice the guy a couple rows back canoodling with his date. Looks to me like that's Scott Adsit, who is also a "30 Rock" regular, albeit, apparently, one with a little less star power when it comes to getting the good tickets.
- I dare you to find a smarter game preview.
- I dare you to find a smarter breakdown of a Gilbert Arenas hockey assist.
- Google "eva longoria tony parker divorce" for a dizzying array of conflicting news stories. The Associated Press has apparently seen the divorce documents.
- For all the talk about height and athleticism, perhaps the greatest thing about NBA basketball is the creative thinking. How are you going to get around that guy? Where are you going to pass it? How will you move? (Bill Russell swears the greatest thing about Dr. J's dunking was not the jumping at the rim, but the idea to jump at the rim that way.) We're really talking about human movement as a kind of art. Which seems a little weird, but nonetheless, it's real. And here's a video, which is not basketball, to illustrate the point. It's an amazing stunt biker. But before they show the amazing stunts, they show his blank canvases: a park bench, a knee-wall, a staircase railing or castle. Freeze the movie right there, on the object, and try to imagine whatever crazy thing the biker is going to do there. I promise he'll shock you a dozen times. So, sure the execution is ridiculous, but the envisioning is off the charts too.
- Shane Battier is old-school on the topic of instant replay. I support his view, in a world where the quintessential way to view is in the flesh. But when the only people in the arena are the rich, and all the regular people are at home is watching with HD instant replay of their own, it's no fair to have referees work with far less information than the fans.
- The Rockets' quant approach to the game, spreading like a virus. Knick staffer Kenny Atkinson is a carrier.
- Big hair on big hair dunk.
- In yesterday's post about the 2006 draft, I had intended to give a little more attention to Shannon Brown, who is having an insane season, with a PER ahead of Yao Ming and Rajon Rondo.
- It's raining Hawks.
- Brandon Bass' team defense has improved mightily.
- The great German dunk that got LeBron James tweeting.
- A review of Allen Iverson's first game in Turkey.