January, 23, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- Truth About It is insanely fun to read. For instance, do you want to know why Flip Saunders trashed his own clipboard in that game against the Celtics? They have you covered. Precisely what kind of fruit did Kevin Garnett grunt at, and then eat, as he stormed out post-game? This is the place. And then there's this: "In the Wizards locker room before the game, Andray Blatche asked a pair of Chinese reporters what they were covering. When the reporters answered they were celebrating the New Year, Blatche laughed, 'You’re late!'"
- Beckley Mason on HoopSpeak talking about magical powers of power forwards who can shoot from range: "There are all sorts of ways to defend the pick-and-roll, but the most effective methods include activating all five defenders. After a screening big man, say Dwight Howard, separates the ball-handler’s defender from the dribbler and crashes toward to rim, defenses with any hope of containing him send an extra-defender to pick up Howard before even begins his roll. It’s best to send someone big enough to make a difference, a wing player not named Dwyane Wade impedes Howard in the paint about as much as the #12 on his uniform. It is at this moment, when the defense rushes to the paint like so many white blood cells to the Howard’s infecting presence, that Ryan Anderson shines. Most teams can surround a pick-and-roll attack with a couple competent shooters, but few can boast a big man with the consistent deep stroke that has made Anderson an early season sensation. Even Glen Davis, for all his flaws, is a reliable catch-and-shoot threat from 18 feet. Every time Howard rolls with his hands high, defenses facing the Magic must triage the threat, and Anderson has responded by killing those that leave him untreated."
- When it's time to vote for coach of the year, remember this period, when the Bulls are without Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and John Lucas, and everyone still stays upbeat and plays their brains out.
- Ranking the NBA's best on Twitter. All hail Tony Allen.
- TrueHoop reader Sam, thinking about trades: "As a long suffering Wolves fan, this season has been a joy. I know they are just 7-9 but that is an improvement, and they have been competitive all season. I also feel that the players think they should win every game, which hasn’t been the case. The team has a bunch of weird and redundant parts, though, and I think they need to make a trade to really complete this team. Does a Derrick Williams and Darko Milicic for Marcin Gortat trade make sense for both teams? Wolves get a legit center at a good salary. I like Williams, but I just don’t know if he can play small forward, and Gortat starting at center is more valuable than Williams coming off the bench.
- How to be an NBA big man, from the guy who advises players like Kobe Bryant, with video of Tim Duncan making it look easy.
- A stats tweak to create more buzzer beaters.
- Tony Gaffney in a German dunk contest.
- Everybody likes Ricky Rubio's hair, including Michael Beasley.
- The comic sans font has taken a beating in NBA circles ever since Dan Gilbert used it for his kiss off to LeBron James. Just happened across a fantastic, and totally PG-13 McSweeney's story in which Comic Sans defends itself (by Mike Lacher): "You think I’m pedestrian and tacky? Guess the f--- what, Picasso. We don’t all have seventy-three weights of stick-up-my-ass Helvetica sitting on our seventeen-inch MacBook Pros. Sorry the entire world can’t all be done in stark Eurotrash Swiss type. Sorry some people like to have fun. Sorry I’m standing in the way of your minimalist Bauhaus-esque fascist snoozefest. Maybe sometime you should take off your black turtleneck, stop compulsively adjusting your Tumblr theme, and lighten the f--- up for once. ... I am a sans serif Superman and my only kryptonite is pretentious buzzkills like you."
- 21 players played in that Pacers vs. Lakers game. A mere seven had positive plus/minus numbers. It makes me secretly crave a game where only player hogs it all. For the night, though, Roy Hibbert came fairly close, and here's a big part of how.
- Did the Magic's Dwight Howard store re-open for business?
- On The New York Times website, the TrueHoop Network's Nuggets blogger Jeremy Wagner talks about how Carmelo Anthony once seduced Nuggets, fans, too. The tone in New York has shifted, huh?
- The Lakers can't hit a 3. And Paul George did a hell of a job defending Kobe Bryant.
- The Mavericks offense has been bad without Dirk Nowitzki.