May, 10, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- Well, his hindsight is perfect. Jerry West in March: "If they're healthy, the Lakers will win the title." Jerry West on Monday talking to Dan Patrick: "I didn’t like this team from the start of the year. I didn’t think it was well-equipped to win another championship."
- Anonymous sources say Shaquille O'Neal is classy.
- About that botched Celtics play.
- Not all free throws are created equal. Alok Pattani of ESPN Stats and Information finds that a second free throw is easier than the first one (perhaps because the first works as some kind of practice?). NBA players made 74.2 percent of first free throws this season, compared to 78.2 percent of second ones. That's a pretty big jump over a pretty huge sample.
- It's not all that rare for champions to be swept the following year -- the Lakers were the fourth such team since the 1990s (and it happened in 1989, too, although in the Finals).
- Brian Windhorst has seen all of LeBron James' big-time playoff shots, and calls last night's 3 the second biggest of his career.
- Norm Macdonald on the Lakers violence vs. the Mavericks: "If you can't beat 'em, savagely beat 'em."
- Ron Artest was asked, once again, to explain his foul of J.J. Barea's face. His explanation might leave Barea, listed at 6-0, feeling shortchanged: "I don't like to dwell on things too much. It shouldn't have happened. Reaching out for a foul and the guy is 5-2, I'm reaching down. There's only so much down I can go. His face is right in my hand." Andrew Bynum's apology for his own assault on Barea was much more convincing.
- You're on notice YouTube highlight makers ... that's enough with the "All I Do is Win" soundtrack.
- You're not fully informed about the NBA until you've read up on Andrei Kirilenko's crazy new tattoo. His explanation of is essentially I'm a grown man, I'll do what I want. As you were.
- You picked a fine time to leave me, says Glen Davis, to his game.
- If Dwight Howard is bothered by all the speculation about where he'll play, the way to end that would be to decide where he's going to play.
- Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak would like to see LeBron James, not Chris Bosh, setting picks for Dwyane Wade. "At the end of the game, the Heat went away from their presumptive go-to play, repeatedly using Bosh as the screener in the primary pick and roll. This in itself isn’t a bad idea. Bosh is an underrated screener and presents obvious complications to any defense with his size, speed, skill and ability to shoot accurately from 18 feet. The problem is what Bosh brought with him. No I’m not alluding to the baggage that accompanies a history of shrinking from The Moment, I’m referring to his defender, Kevin Garnett."
- The Morris twins would love to be drafted together in the NBA, which, of course will never happen. But what if it did? It would become a media thing, that's for sure. That would sell some tickets, get some people talking. I bet somebody will at least try to make it happen.
- LeBron James used to sell newspapers in Cleveland. Now LeBron James hatred does the same job.
- Greivis Vasquez' huge shot was all part of the Memphis guard's master plan to turn Venezuela a little bit away from baseball and more to hoops.
- Did LeBron James travel on that big ol' jumpstop?
- Whoever leads early wins every time in Hawks vs. Bulls. This is one of those stats, though, that I would not place one penny on. It's cute and its nifty and it's 100 percent true ... until it's not. Which will come without rhyme or reason.
- Mo Williams, Allen Iverson and a zillion other All-Star scorers of the past all eventually face this issue: Are you willing to be the star of the bench? 'Cause with age comes declining efficiency, and a declining ability to take a lot of shots in long minutes.
- Chris Paul, on video, doing what he does.