David Berri says the Lakers are about as good as last year, but the competition has gotten a lot better.
Zach McCann on Twitter: Gilbert Arenas to JJ Redick: "We're the two best white shooters in the NBA."
David West talks lockout with Rashad Mobley of TruthAboutIt: "Personally, I’ve been talking to some of the younger guys, not just on my team but around the league, about being fiscally responsible and holding on to your money … not just pre-lockout. but all the time. We have no excuses not to do that, especially considering what some older and recently retired players are going through with their finances. Our generation has no excuse to be irresponsible with their money, and given that we’ve known about this possible lockout for a minute now, no one should be complaining about not being able to work for pay for a few months. We need a better deal, so sacrifices have to be made, simple as that.”
Rodney Stuckey is far from the worst Piston regular, but he's the guy on the hot seat nonetheless.
Weighing Darko Milicic's chances of making the All-Star team, which David Kahn says may be in the cards. (Doc Rivers, meanwhile, would vote for a different young Timberwolf.) Also, could this Darko highlight reel be any longer? Does it even count as highlights if it's edited so lightly?
SBNation's Jon Bois: "You don't get to be Kobe Bryant without the discipline of a monk, the drive of a mad scientist, and the resilience of a plow horse."
LeBron James either praised or ripped into his coach, who was named coach of the month.
A hockey team bans a beat writer for writing negatively about the team. No, that's not NBA news, but the pressure to be positive is around in every sport, including the NBA, for sure. (Via bruce_arthur on Twitter)
Phil Jackson, poor guy, seems to think all phrases ending in "up" mean the same thing. He's having a screw it up/crank it up issue as we speak, in fact. He said Kobe Bryant had "screwed up the game" against Memphis. Bryant later said he knew Jackson wanted him to take his shots in the triangle offense, and further acknowledged that he, Bryant, had decided to ignore Jackson's wisdom on that point in that game. So, that would seem to be what Jackson had been talking about. But nooooo, that's not what Jackson says he was talking about, as Dave McMenamin reports on ESPNLosAngeles.com: "When a game starts getting out of hand -- and rightly so -- Kobe will crank it up, not screw it up," Jackson said. "I used that term 'screw it up' but not in terms of it being an error or a mistake, but 'crank it up.' He'll go to another notch to try to get us back in the ballgame. That's something we do in the fourth quarter, that's our fourth quarter action, that's how we win ballgames. To have to crank it up and do that in the third quarter, we didn't have much left in the gas tank after that."
LeBron James, maybe or maybe not trying to get Michael Jordan's attention.
Is there any chance Tim Duncan would opt out of his current contract to help save his team some short-term cap space, in exchange for a longer payout, like Richard Jefferson did? Unlikely.
Send your questions to the head of NBA officials, and if they're about interpreting current NBA rules, he might answer them.
Ray Allen talks about Kevin Love as a rebounder not unlike Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace or Jayson Williams.