Peter Schrager wants to see All-Star weekend become a mini-tournament between Team Europe, Team World (not Europe or U.S.), Team Straight from High School, and the Team that Went to College. He has rosters and everything. No denying it would be fun to watch.
Dan LeBatard sticks it to Pat Riley for apparently coaching when he feels like it.
Sonic honchos have set their site on suburban Renton for a new half-billion dollar arena. Renton could use some entertainment. A quick look at the city website at the moment, a recreation highlight in that town is the appearance of the guy who wrote FLUSH: An Ode to Toilets.
Dwyane Wade is the king of fourth quarter. He really is pretty damn good.
Avery Johnson's daughter was in a bus accident, but she was, thankfully, uninjured. Eddie Sefko reports Johnson's reaction: "You're never perfect. When things are not going well in the course of a game, the course of a season, it may take that one thing to change it for you. One minute, your team changes. One minute, you're down in a series and you can be up. One minute you're up in a series, you can be down. And the way you handle those cycles. That's what really makes your team."
An unnamed source tells a Las Vegas paper that the only NBA team that is a candidate to move to Las Vegas is the Sacramento Kings. An even less reliable source, Robin Leach, connects Greg Anthony to an effort to move the Grizzlies there.
Phil Jackson recalls, in a Howard Beck article, the weirdest moment of his 2005 job interview with Isiah Thomas and the Knicks: “I said, ‘Well, my coaching staff likes to wear their sweats and I like to wear jeans when I coach a practice,’ ” Jackson recalled. “He said, ‘Well, then, everybody would be wearing jeans and what you wear.’ I said, ‘I kind of like individuality at some level.’ But that’s the only thing that gave me pause.”
Chris Sheridan is already in Las Vegas, where he relays the important information that the replica of the Statue of Liberty is in an All-Star Jersey and Jerome Williams is still getting paid by the Raptors, Knicks, MSG, and NBA-TV. Sheridan accompanied Williams on some good deeds (Insider), where it became clear Las Vegas is not all glamour: "...yesterday I was in a elementary school, and I was told that 150 of the kids in that school were homeless. Now that's a statistic I just wouldn't imagine in the United States. No home to go home to," Williams said. "So we have to bring some light to the situation. We have to get some smiles out of kids that don't even have a home. Now that hits me. It gives me a sense of where I'm at, and what I'm dealing with."
UPDATE: Mr. Irrelevant has a great roundup of thoughts about TrueHoop going to ESPN. And, to address his concern about who I'm allowed to link to: the only restrictions have to do with pornography, hate speech, and the like. If there is foul language, you can now expect to get warnings. ESPN owns TrueHoop right now, and I have already linked to Deadspin at least once today.
Peter Schrager wants to see All-Star weekend become a mini-tournament between Team Europe, Team World (not Europe or U.S.), Team Straight from High School, and the Team that Went to College.