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Friday Bullets

2/5/2011
  • Gilbert Arenas' last few minutes in a Washington uniform were pathetic. Watch.

  • Would the snubbed Western would-be All-Stars beat the Eastern reserves?

  • How did Antonio McDyess get that position under the rim?

  • Mark Cuban was asked by Dan Patrick if he'd like to be NBA commissioner: "No. I don’t have the personality. I don’t have the patience. I am not a fan of compromise. David does a really good job of dealing with all of the different personalities, being able to find compromise, being able to find a happy medium, and that is just not me… I think he does a great job actually. If someone like me came in and said something I would be like, 'Are you an idiot?' The commissioner can’t just say that. 'Oh what a great idea. Let me consider it and take it under advisement.'" (Via Sports Radio Interviews)

  • Is the NBA really hurting financially? That's a topic of much debate. What's not up for debate, however, is the freakish number of mid-level employees who have left the league. Public relations, marketing ... I'm aware of seven or eight departures in recent months, but not one new hire.

  • Most teams have a few players who account for the vast majority of wins. The Rockets are different.

  • Landry Fields does a little bit of everything ... except get to the line, which he's working on.

  • Your last name can make you a careful shopper. Or ... my last name can, anyway.

  • Last night I had the pleasure of joining 14 talented writers speaking in the basement of a swanky bar in the West Village. Many thanks to Dan Shanoff, Carl Bialik and Gelf Magazine for persisting with a very cool series. So many highlights, including an amazing Jason Fry anecdote about how attending a Mets game can, believe it or not, be life-changing. But the night was carried by Chuck Klosterman, who stood up there and made an amazing point about how sports are real, so real in fact, that he could not bring himself to describe one of the biggest turning points of his life, which evidently happened on the high school basketball court.

  • Kobe Bryant says that he has been passing out of the double team all year, and his assist rate is as high as it has been in his career.

  • Jacob Mustafa of Red94, in a post called "The King of Ugliness," on how NBA fans outside Cleveland first got to know LeBron James: "People did not line up to see this man-child, this freak, like they had Jordan (or like they now flock to see the Blake). Maybe his team took too long to get off the ground (it is rarely remembered that the King missed the playoffs in his first two seasons), or maybe it was that said team operated out of the bustling media metropolis that is Cleveland, Ohio. Maybe Kobe was too busy carving up guys for 40+ for those with untrained eyes so as to make LeBron’s balanced but violent attack seem too mundane or boorish. Maybe LeBron is just kind of a boring person (that part he definitely got from Mike, not AI). Whatever the reason, the guy that was obviously on the path to becoming this league’s best player was not being embraced with open arms by anyone but David Stern, seeing his first real opportunity to create a Thing, the one that viewers take time out of their busy lives to see play ball, post-Jordan. After the brawl, he became the face of the league, a face with which no fan seemed particularly thrilled."

  • The Mavericks are pretty good in crunch time.

  • Does All-Star weekend need a shot in the arm?