It's near-historic for an offensive player to perform as poorly as Chris Bosh did last night. Credit Chicago defense with more than a little of that. John Hollinger (Insider) "The Heat are 0-5 against Tom Thibodeau defenses, and 42-11 against everyone else. Miami has lost twice to the Bulls and three times to Boston, where Thibodeau ran the defense until a year ago and the Celtics still utilize nearly all the same principles. Unfortunately for the Heat, they'll likely have to conquer one and perhaps two of these opponents in the playoffs."
Also, Hollinger tells us that the Knicks also traded the Nuggets the right to swap picks down the road. Could be no big deal. Could be huge.
Player are more selfish than ever, right? Not so fast. Ethan Sherwood Strauss, on HoopSpeak, sums up how a lot of people assume things are: "LeBron, Carmelo, and Deron left plucky cities, as rumors of future departures wafted about. Who’s next to go? Chris Paul? Dwight Howard? It seems today’s ballers view small markets as a rest stop before a destination. It’s a selfish lot, our athletes. Coddled by Yes Men, they float on clouds of whispered sweet nothings, oblivious to terrestrial small town pain. Aye, there goes my monocle into the champagne flute. Before I faint, let us lament how our once gritty, humble, olden basketball culture is dead. I blame AAU. No wait, is it the lack of college? Wait again: Don’t we view every generation as more narcissistic than the last?"
On the Bulls' key play, Derrick Rose drove on LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade abandoned Luol Deng in the corner to help. Rose found Deng ... and that was that. Great question from David Thorpe: Did Tom Thibodeau tell Luol Deng to stand in the corner on that play? Or did he say: Whoever's being guarded by Wade go stand in the corner? Some coaches know stuff like which defenders get antsy to help. Did the Bulls have intel that Wade tends to help a lot? I'd love to find out, and if so ... cool.
One game in, it appears Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton can both play well in the same game.
ClipperBlog's Jordan Heimer on Baron Davis: "Theoretically, I’m sure plenty of Clipper fans admired Baron’s trips to Africa or his interests in documentary film… right up to the first moment that Baron failed on the court. Then, his outside interests became distractions. I enjoyed the three-dimensionality that made Baron unusual in professional sports, even as I recognized that those attributes were unusual because they don’t usually coincide with winning. Baron liked to talk to reporters about his trip to Rwanda or the best restaurants he had discovered in San Francisco; Kevin Durant talks about working on his free throws."
The troubles are getting out of hand in Detroit.
A while ago, I wrote about how Mark Cuban had been sued by one of his business partners in owning the Mavericks, Ross Perot Jr. My main interest in the whole affair were Perot's assertions, in the complaint, that the Mavericks have lost vast sums of money. Cuban disputed the extent of the losses, but not the reality of them. If Perot's version were true, that is valuable insight into the state of the NBA. One of the cases (there were actually two) has gone to arbitrator, who decided for Cuban. I have not been able to get anyone to comment on what that tells us, if anything, about the financial state of the Mavericks.
Wow. A theory that Michael Heisley does not like to deal with the Bulls. Fascinating.
Not nothing: Brandan Wright.
The Celtics blog PerkIsABeast used to be a joyous place.