September, 19, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- First national bank of Kobe. NBA superstars reportedly willing to lend money to their shallower-pocketed colleagues.
- Minnesota GM David Kahn was once a sportswriter in Portland covering Rick Adelman's Trail Blazers. So what did he write about his new coach?
- Spurs fans want Tim Duncan to play forever. But how long should they really want him to play?
- Mark Cuban's solution to the recession: "Get out there and make a boatload of money. Enjoy the s--- out your money. Pay your taxes. It’s the most Patriotic thing you can do." (PG-13 for language.)
- Attention teams interested in beating Spain's team: The Gasol brothers plus Serge Ibaka will probably be better than your bigs. Watch Ibaka get five blocks in eight minutes. The U.S. and Spain lead the race to Olympic gold in London.
- Jay Aych of The Painted Area: "Pau finished EuroBasket third in points (20 points per game), third in FG pct. (54 percent), fourth in rebounds (8.3 rebounds per game), third in blocks (1.7 blocks per game). Pretty much does this every time he suits up for Spain. If there were any doubts about his enshrinement into the Naismith Hall of Fame, they should cease forever. (We covered Pau's FIBA accomplishments after Spain's 2009 Euro final win.) Don't agree with the MVP vote -- Pau should have won over Juan Navarro. Pau was more of a factor of both sides of the floor, with an underrated impact defensively once again. Navarro was clutch in the knockout round for Spain, but was a little off at the start of the tourney while Pau was consistent throughout."
- When Spain covers the floor with shooters, and yes, Serge Ibaka is a shooter, defensive rotations get tricky.
- Players with NBA potential who shone at EuroBasket.
- Nobody's walking to school anymore, which means nobody is dribbling to school anymore.
- Charles Barkley says Ron Artest leads the league in calling him to complain about things Barkley says on the air.
- Remember when the Timberwolves were awesome?