February, 7, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- An amazing list of all the public jerky things Kevin Garnett has done. Spike Lee tells ESPNNewYork''s Jared Zwerdling: "[Kevin] Garnett needs to calm the f--- down. There’s no reason he should be cursing at me the way he did the last game. So you can put that in the article. It was disrespectful and I would never do nothing like that to him."
- The latest Carmelo Anthony trade reports do not appeal to the TrueHoop Network's Nuggets blogger.
- Tom Ziller at SBNation has a fancy chart supporting this point: "If any guard in the NBA is a black hole, it's Kobe."
- Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook has all kinds of video to support this point: "After scoring 12 points on 11 post touches, [Dwight] Howard got just five post touches in the second half (and none in the fourth quarter). Maybe more importantly, after a strong first half Howard’s first touch came almost three minutes into the third quarter (compared to getting a touch on the Magic’s first possession of the game).... He made some good moves in the second half, but simply missed. That could be a result of lack of touches."
- Reggie Miller and Ray Allen have been productive late in their careers. Does that tell us anything about Rip Hamilton? Probably not.
- Brandon Jennings has returned from foot injury. But he has not returned to crunch time, yet, and that's bothering him.
- Commenters on ESPN.com love to baselessly accuse Chad Ford of all kinds of stuff. One thing I hope they'll never accuse him of: laziness. He's a full-time professor. He's a father. He literally mediates peace. (Oh yeah, he writes for ESPN.com.) And here he is talking to a group of Palestinian sports writers.
- When a new coach takes over a team, that team is likely to improve, in no small part because coaches usually only get fired if a team is performing below expectations. Teams like that typically regress to the mean with a new coach or not. Also, think about work. Sometimes you just get tired of the limitations your boss puts on you, whatever they may be. So when the boss changes, you'll be delighted and inspired that those limitations have evaporated. You're fired up! You're set free! You're doing things a new way! But over time, you normally find that every boss places some limitations on you -- that's what bosses do. Those new limits may be just as frustrating as the old ones, but they're different. All this talk, by the way, may apply to the Pacers. Are the Pacers playing better under Frank Vogel because he's a better coach? Maybe. But that's a long-term question. A short-term bump may be a change of scene, and the law of averages.
- Some pretty cool insight into the warm relations in Doug Collins' family tree, which also functions as something of a coaching tree.
- Bob Finnan of the Morning Journal (Via HoopsHype): "According to fans at the recent St. Edward-St. Ignatius game, the Wildcats’ student section chanted, “Byron Scott, Byron Scott,” when St. Edward guard Elijah Brown was at the foul line. Brown, of course, is the son of former Cavs coach Mike Brown. Elijah immediately went on a scoring tear to help the Eagles win their rivalry game."
- Lively talk about the potential of an NBA team in Louisville. The idea, however, is to play in Freedom Hall, which was built in 1956. 1956, as a point of reference, was the year little-known Elvis Presley started popping up on TV and in the charts.
- Dwyane Wade, the preeminent Heat dunker. Blake Griffin, the preeminent anti-Heat dunker.
- If you subscribe to the theory that what the Jazz are really missing is a defensive-minded big man, then be aware that they could have drafted (but, clearly, didn't) Kendrick Perkins, Anderson Varejao, Tiago Splitter, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Semih Erden, DeAndre Jordan and some others. This kind of analysis is unfair: Just about every team missed on just about every one of those guys. But it's also not true that the team has not had opportunities.
- When sports owners sue the media ...
- If you did not read Marc Stein's Weekend Dime, you really should, for incredibly thoughtful insight about whether or not Steve Nash and the Suns should stick together.
- Super Bowl thought: What was more intense -- the play on the field, or the media scrum around Aaron Rodgers after it was all over? Holy cow. For something that's supposed to be fun, that stressed me out just to watch, and it didn't look so fun for Rodgers, either.
- Somehow it seems wrong to encourage Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom by linking to the video that's out there of their new "his and hers" perfume. I read somewhere that she has tried to limit his napping, to maximize his time for participating in moneymaking ventures. I'm all for that in theory, but if this is the kind of business they have in mind, I say nap away, Mr. Odom. We'll all get by -- somehow -- without your half of these kinds of fragrances in the future.
- Timofey Mozgov talks to Sports.Ru and it's translated here in Rush'n Hoops. on Mike D'Antoni: "Coach rarely discusses with us anybody’s personal future, game-wise. All the more, he doesn’t do it before every game. But he’s much more willing to do this when talking to the media. I guess the nuances of the NBA and the coach’s profession concern working with the media too. For example, I have just learned it from journalists that I should start in our next game vs. Philadelphia -- because I wasn’t too bad playing against Brand on defense." Very often in the past when NBA players have started saying these kinds of insightful things in blogs and whatnot -- thinks that can be construed as criticism of coaches and the like -- they soon stop blogging, at the request of the team. It'll be interesting to see what happens here.
- The Suns keep Zabian Dowdell for the rest of the season.