Independence Day Mini-Bullets

  • Mark Cuban confirms to DallasBasketball.com that the Mavericks are in hot pursuit of Kevin Garnett.

  • Greg Oden reportedly offered some Portland TV media people a ride home from the draft on Paul Allen's jet.

  • Nearly a million people have already seen this YouTube video, but it's new to me: a three-person dunk that results in a beautiful broken backboard.

  • TrueHoop reader John imagines a scenario that would shatter fragile Orlando egos after the Billy Donovan affair: "How many Magic fans would rip their hair out if, between now and July 11, Rashard decided not to sign with Orlando after all?"

  • Former NBA player Jimmy Walker, who held the career scoring record at Providence until Ryan Gomes broke it, died on Monday. He was also, it turns out, Jalen Rose's estranged father. From Walker's obituary, by Richard Goldstein, in The New York Times: "When the University of Michigan's celebrated Fab Five team was playing in the 1992 N.C.A.A. tournament, it became known that Walker was the father of Jalen Rose, a star guard-forward on that team. Walker had never married Rose's mother, Jeanne, who named Jalen for Walker, whose given name was James, and for her brother, Leonard. And he essentially had no contact with the family over the years. 'Everyone tells me my father was a great player,' Rose, who had seen tapes of Walker playing, told The Star-Tribune of Minneapolis in April 1992. Walker told Mitch Albom in an interview for 'Fab Five' (Warner Books, 1993): 'I didn't handle the situation well. I remember Jeanne being angry.' But Walker added: 'I don't have any regrets or apologies about Jalen. That's just the way things sometimes happen.'" Yes, accidents happen. Yes, bad weather happens. No, intentionally avoiding your children close to their entire lives does not just happen.

  • Adam Morrison says he might have paid a little too much attention to all the criticism last year.

  • The Bulls are high on Yi Jianlian, reportedly having him ranked in the top three draft prospects. (Could he have been ahead of Oden or Durant, and assuming not, can we say he was ranked third?)

  • If Rashard Lewis is in Orlando, where's Hedo Turkoglu going? Sacramento?

  • Derek Fisher's agent says Fisher is interested in playing for the Knicks.

  • Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times makes the case that Clay Bennett has duped Washingtonians, in any number of sinister ways. He also makes the argument that P.J. Carlesimo got the head coaching job over Dwane Casey because Casey had strong ties to the Emerald City, which Bennett intends to depart: "Casey was too dangerous for Bennett. He had friends in Seattle. He wanted the franchise to stay. And Bennett couldn't have that. We've been duped. Bennett couldn't have a former Sonics assistant coaching his team. Casey has a home in Seattle, for crying out loud. He got married here. Yikes, he might have let it slip to the media that this team belonged in Seattle." He also makes the point that Carlesimo is too much of a grinder to nurture a young team, but I say give him a chance. He has been feeling the team love in San Antonio for a long time. People grow. Maybe P.J. has too.

  • When Boston fans dream of the past, this is what they dream about. No wonder they don't like the NBA right now. That level of corny performance is simply not available any more.

  • Falling asleep in the stands. I'd bet my right arm that's not an NBA game, though. It appears to be outside, they don't have those metal railings in NBA stadiums that I have seen, and there is not humpin', bumpin' music blaring at all times. That's a baseball crowd.

  • Very interesting reporter vs. web 2.0 debate in Detroit.

  • This is one of those years when having an open roster spot in the early autumn could be amazingly valuable. A lot of teams clearly have more players than they can keep. New York, Portland, and Atlanta are just a few examples.

  • Derek Fisher's release from his contract (it was not a buy out) is unprecedented. Player and team relieved each other of their obligations, and that was that. It won't give the Jazz any cap room, by the way, according to Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune.

  • Consider the collective bargaining agreement of the WNBA.

  • Mark Monteith of the Indianapolis Star: "An exceptionally well-connected league insider once told me the story of how Brian Cardinal got his mid-level. Seems Memphis owner Michael Heisley, frustrated by general manager Jerry West's lack of activity, walked into West's office one day and asked why he hadn't signed anyone yet. So an exasperated West picked up his phone, called Cardinal's agent and offered the mid-level on the spot. Then he turned to Heisley and said something along the lines of 'There, you happy now?'"