March, 16, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- Malcolm Gladwell advanced the idea that being insanely talented can be an impediment to success, in that it keeps you from working as hard as you might. Tracy McGrady, who had been nominated as this movement's poster child, sees merit in the idea.
- Sacramento fans take on City Hall in an effort to hang on to their Kings.
- Candidate for coach of the year: George Karl. Nuggets are putting a little scare into the Thunder in the West standings, despite leading the league in roster turmoil and off-court distractions. Also on the list: Tom Thibodeau and Gregg Popovich. Who else?
- The league is finally catching on to the idea that the Sixers are pretty damned good. And now they're in the spotlight, they hit a speed bump.
- Ancillary benefits of being able to draw a double team. Also, did anyone notice that Brandon Roy can jump again, at least for the moment?
- Strange moments in Memphis basketball history.
- The Wizards play the youngsters, and even though they didn't get the win, they liked what they saw. Although JaVale McGee's triple double came with more than a little trouble getting the necessary points.
- Danny Granger hits the tough game-winner at one end of the floor, then misses his airborne teammates for chest bumps at the other.
- It's always fascinating when Donald Sterling talks.
- Chauncey Billups is back, but maybe more time off would have been best.
- Mike Kurlyo of Knickerblogger on Mike D'Antoni's Knicks: "There’s no question that D’Antoni’s team rely on offense to win, but how bad his defense has been is largely misunderstood. His Phoenix teams ranked 17th, 16th, 13th and 16th in defensive efficiency. ... No Knick under D’Antoni’s reign has been able to hold the ball without action longer than Carmelo Anthony does. So he hasn’t been unbending with regards to his offense. With regards to defense, D’Antoni seems to be doing the best he can with the players available. New York’s three biggest stars, Amar’e, ‘Melo, and Billups aren’t good defenders. Hence the Knicks have been playing more defensive minded players alongside them. Toney Douglas played nearly 30 minutes Tuesday night, including a good portion in the fourth quarter in lieu of Landry Fields and alongside Billups to give New York a better perimeter defense." All that said, it's not hard to find Knick mistakes on defense.
- Deron Williams and Brook Lopez working nicely together.
- Wow, I'm impressed, in a way. Still able to muster some Pistons vs. Bulls hostility from the old days.
- The Bucks are broken.
- When Dwight Howard is involved in the offense, the Magic are a more effective 3-point shooting team.
- You could do the world an important service by making T.J. Ford's enchiladas and telling us how it goes.