Guess who played major roles shaping Kobe Bryant? Pop legend Michael Jackson was one, Celtic legend Bill Russell was another. Also, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
Video reveals at least one, if not two travels in Blake Griffin's spin move breakaway dunk on the Knicks the other night. Theory: A nice spin move reduces the likelihood you'll be called for a travel.
Mama Kay, an Orlando Magic fan who inspired Dwight Howard with her spirit in the face of fatal cancer, has passed away.
Beno Udrih is one of several Kings sounding exasperated at their offense in an Ailene Voisin Sacramento Bee article: "'This is draining us,' a visibly upset Beno Udrih said afterward while tossing his belongings into a bag. 'We get nothing off pick and rolls. We don't set screens to free cutters. We get nothing easy. Basically, everything is one-on-one, and there is too much standing around. It's like, 'Keep working. Keep working hard in practice,' but you can't keep going and going and not make some adjustments."
Derek Fisher has been recording podcasts imploring NBA players to save their money gearing up for a lockout. In the past, the players have negotiated from a weak position, as many of their members, desperate for cash, have voted for any deal just to get the paychecks flowing again. The union can bargain a lot harder if players have fat savings to last through an extended lockout.
Delonte West talks about his ongoing battles with mental disease, which he says had nothing to do with him getting arrested while armed to the teeth in September 2009. West says that he was merely transporting the guns from one house to the other at the time of the arrest. This would seem to be at odds with his dad's story at the time -- that West was in need of self protection from specific people who were out to get him.
The Blazers may be hurting, but Andre Miller is playing as well as ever.
Before the season, I criticized the Heat for assembling so many old, slow, unproductive players on their bench. Now that injuries are putting pressure on the bench to really perform, I feel the Heat brass can be questioned more than ever for their single-minded attachment to proven veterans.
Karl Malone hanging out at an amusement park. This doesn't matter, but I bet you'll click on it anyway.
After a dreadful start, Darko Milicic has had some crazy games lately. Meanwhile. Shaquille O'Neal has suited up only nine times. My bet with Tom Ziller is getting interesting. Here's a head-to-head comparison of their stats so far. And remember, the bet is not about efficiency, it's about production.
The stats do not predict that Jerryd Bayless will outperform Jarrett Jack in Toronto.
Ben Heller of Red94 on Rocket blocks, or lack thereof: "Through 11/17, opponents were shooting 63.7% at the rim against the Rockets, above the league average of 62.4%. In case you were curious, Howard and the Magic are holding their opponents to 54% at the rim, the lowest rate in the league. The bottom line is Jordan Hill needs more playing time. All of this business about him being a liability offensively needs to stop. He is shooting 70.8% on inside shots, with only 53% of them coming from assists (which means that he is creating about half of his own shots inside, and still shooting 71%; sounds pretty good to me). As I mentioned last week, one of the biggest reasons he cannot stay on the floor is his poor court awareness and defensive rotations. As soon as he can work out those kinks, I think he can provide the interior help that we have been lacking most of the season."
Tim Duncan is doing much less, yet the Spurs are doing much more. Somewhere in there lies genius.