You might remember yesterday that John Hollinger (Insider) was discussing Tyson Chandler as a potential Defensive Player of the Year winner. Over at Hardwood Paroxysm, Steve Von Horn did some digging into just how good Tyson Chandler is and how much he means to the Knicks. This may surprise you but it starts with defense.
USA Today has a fascinating account about the Gilbert Arenas gun incident that happened in the Wizards' locker room. The account comes from Gilbert Arenas himself, so it should be a pretty credible source. He's opening up about the entire incident.
Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Andre Miller probably don't have a lot of time left in this league. They're the veteran distributors in this league that excel at getting the ball to their teammates in spots that simply the scoring process. Brett Koremenos at NBA Playbook has a fantastic breakdown of how Rajon Rondo will be able to keep the demise of the distributor from growing.
There are few blogs that do a post-game recap quite like Seth Rosenthal at Posting and Toasting. I recommend reading every single one of them.
I'm not sure how worried you were about Kobe Bryant being amnestied but you definitely don't have to worry anymore.
Ryan Weisert has a smart correlation between the decline of the traditional NBA center and the downfall of the modern rock star. Including this comparions: "Hakeem Olajuwon/Roger Daltry - Both are underrated/overlooked because of the quality of their competition. Both were undeniably talented and had great longevity. Both are still contributing in their respective fields today. Hakeem is the must-see guy for any NBA player looking to develop a post game. Roger Daltry and the Who still tour and play the intro to all the CSI’s."
I bet you didn't think there were three positive things about New Jersey Nets basketball. Well... you're probably right. But Devin Kharpertian is trying to find some positives.
Ian Levy at Hickory High looks into the value of clutch within a team concept. Pretty interesting finds that the first three quarters of a basketball game appear to be determined by your overall talent and skill, but the fourth quarter seems to be a chance out-perform your level of talent. If one guy is taking over at the end of games and succeeding, it's possible that he's not just carrying his own talent through the experience. He may be carrying his entire team's talent. Maybe a player really is putting the entire team on his back?
Boston and Atlanta are both good at defending the pick-and-roll and Orlando runs A LOT of pick-and-roll plays. But there is a weakness in Atlanta's PnR defense that Boston doesn't seem to have. According to Nate Drexler, it's a big reason why Orlando would much rather face Atlanta in the first round.
Remember when Ricky Rubio and Jeremy Lin were the talk of the town? Steve McPherson and Netw3rk (everybody's favorite tweeter) talk about the rise and fall of both players.
And FYI: HoopSpeak Live will have Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins and Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine on today at 3pm ET. Come check out the show.