Tuesday Bullets -- now with video!
September, 18, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- Iman Shumpert has original poetry about his aunt's losing battle with cancer. He does it right, with heart, and it packs a wallop. Dare you not to cry when he builds to this: "Seeing you battle cancer was a nightmare, don't know how my pops could spend nights there. I know you was trying to fight but they don't fight fair. I'm going to try to get us out of here."
- In the same vein of stirring original hoops video content, I really want to see The Iran Job. Watch the trailer, you'll see what I mean.
- It's a bad thing to steal your uncle's NBA championship rings and pawn them. Compounding the crime, however, is not getting a good price.
- Dikembe Mutombo says Andrew Bynum was "a steal."
- Michael Beasley has a mentor in Norm Nixon.
- On Hickory High, Ian Levy does a nice job presenting #NBARank's view on rookies. Some findings: Anthony Davis was first, which is no surprise. But the margin was massive. Also, Dion Waiters, Terrence Ross, Meyers Leonard and Jared Cunningham were among those #NBArank thought were drafted too high. Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger and Royce White, however, were seen as value picks.
- Hey look, the billionaire owner of the Wizards is wishing Occupy Wall Street "happy birthday."
- A magnificent collection of Kevin Garnett going above-and-beyond, screaming and -- my favorite -- really carefully, calmly and methodically just destroying Craig Sager's outfit. In fairness, I thought Sager looked pretty good, until the camera pulls back to show the pink jacket is paired with firetruck red pants, socks and shoes.
- The Maloofs, as owners dallying with moving the Kings from Sacramento, fight the "disloyal" label. Is that part of the reason they hang onto Geoff Petrie?
- On ClipperBlog, Charlie Widdoes opens a great conversation, saying that it's both exciting and terrifying that Chris Paul seems to be the de facto general manager of the Clippers. The exciting part is that he's a big name who actively campaigns for his free agent friends to join him. Amazing. What's scary is that team's built around a star's wishes, in Orlando (with Dwight Howard) and Cleveland (LeBron James) have had limited success. That would seem to point to a need for a competent GM. Here's the thing I would add to the conversation: Leaving aside the league's best general managers, I simply don't assume that a typical NBA GM has a better grasp on how to build a successful team than Chris Paul does. He might screw up the salary cap, but so do all kinds of GMs. And at least this guy commands the respect of other players and the owner. He can get things done. Meanwhile, general managers with far more credentials screw things up routinely.
- Are the Thunder -- one of the best on the court, and most profitable teams in the NBA -- victims of the new CBA? Here's a well-stated case from Royce Young that they are, and it's not without merit. The Lakers and Knicks make more from their local markets than the Thunder ever can. But that's not because of the NBA rules. That's because of life. Also, and here's a cheap shot ... but the argument is that the Thunder's market is simply far too small to generate those kinds of revenues. We all remember how that team got to that market, though, right? They were in a bigger, more lucrative local market, but for reasons of civic pride and personal passion, despite an assessment at the time that the market might barely support a team, the owners moved to one of the smallest markets in America with a pro team. I'm all for OKC having a team, but when you make a non-economic decision like that, is it fair to expect the league or the other owners to fill in any economic disparities?
- Tucking your tie into your shirt in a really weird way/playing video games with Deron Williams.