January, 30, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- Ricky Rubio and Kobe Bryant talking a little London 2012 trash to each other. Rubio says Bryant will get the silver, Bryant says if he wins, he wants the keys to Barcelona. (Also beefing: Derrick Rose and ... Frank Vogel.)
- Food Republic's Jason Kessler compares every team to something on the Cheesecake Factory menu. "Good on you, Jazz," he writes. "You’re the herb-crusted salmon of the Western Conference."
- Dwyane Wade posted up Rip Hamilton, but had a hell of a time scoring. Meanwhile, the Bulls missed Hamilton, who was wide open twice on the key play. Also, did you know Udonis Haslem was the hero of the Heat's big stop? Watch and learn.
- For the Knicks, homecourt advantage is marred somewhat by the pressure of the big stage.
- Paul Pierce has kind of a herky jerky, unpredictable style, especially on Twitter.
- Very pretty graphs of who is assisting whom. On the Wizards, for instance, players not named John Wall are essentially not assisting anybody. Ian Levy of Hickory High, who made the graphs, writes: "One of the important things to take from these graphs is that there is no ideal template for passing in an efficient offense. The two most efficient offenses in the league are the Nuggets and Thunder. They rank 1st and 25th in assists per game. However, a lack of effective ball movement can be a symptom of other offensive problems. In these graphs we can gather some more information about why and how teams like the Knicks and Pacers have been struggling to score efficiently."
- What if you weren't allowed to get your smartphone out at an NBA game. Would it make it more fun, like the old days? Or might it make it less fun, like what just happened at a Wilco concert because we're all just used to having them?
- The clutchiest moments of Derek Fisher's career.
- Jayson Williams' next book won't be as funny.
- More reasons to fear/respect Gregg Popovich.
- When the Bulls use zone against the Heat.
- Want to know how to become a dancer for the Jazz? Step one is to almost give the whole team chicken pox. The second step is tough: Wait a couple of decades.
- Ty Lawson will get back to telling you about visiting "Borat's country" as soon as he finishes scolding a teammates for stealing his chicken tenders. Don't steal his chicken tenders, OK? We need to hear this.