August, 12, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- Why is Keith Richards lauded for living on the edge of excess, while NBA players are chastised for an earring here or there? A thoughtful addition to my earlier essay.
- Boxing used to be a major American sport, but then America lost touch somehow. Baseball is threatening to slip a bit from the mainstream now. Meanwhile, basketball is growing like mad, and a good choice to join football at the top of the heap. In other words, this could be basketball's time. Something to keep in mind in calculating the potential costs of a long lockout.
- If the Heat traded LeBron James to the Magic for Dwight Howard, it's entirely possible both teams would be better next year.
- Kyle Lowry says Kevin McHale does some of his best coaching with his foot.
- Ed McLean makes about $300 a month working security at Blazer games, while going to school full-time. He counts on that money to pay his rent, and he is going to miss it.
- When Chris Mullin decided to seek help for alcoholism, he had to tell his dad, a recovering alcoholic. It was the scariest moment of his life.
- Mark Cuban has an idea to turn government spending into private sector jobs: "There is no reason why we can’t quickly create a federal website that allows existing companies to say to the Federal Government how much money they need and how many jobs they can create for that money and for what duration are they committing to maintain those jobs for the money."
- Name the Raptor with the highest PER last season.
- Good story about how Dell Demps made NBA connections. Basically, a bunch of NBA players needed an eighth guy to scrimmage with, and Demps was the random college student wandering nearby.
- Nice little play gets Ukraine a game-tying 3.
- Geek power comes not from great geekery itself, but from using great geekery and all kinds of cheap labor to get better information nobody else has, says Daryl Morey in the Harvard Business Review. (Via Red 94)