September, 21, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- A fancypants photo-rich Twitter rundown of the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. People get so excited about stadiums!
- If you're over 30, read this with caution. There's a tear-jerker opening, spiked with the death of a loved one. Then some brutally honest (emphasis on brutal) reflections on aging. And then there's Steve Nash. And we learn that as he ages, a funny thing is happening. His average play is a little worse than it has been, which is wholly understandable, in NBA years, he's ancient. But more interestingly, what's really happening is that the variance in his play has gone way up. His good games are literally better than ever, but he's also having epic bad nights, the kinds of stinkers that almost never happened when he was in his prime. This could matter as the season unfolds. Also: Could this trend be reversed if the Lakers severely restricted his minutes?
- Autistic high-schooler Jason McElwain was one of the first people ever to really earn the title "YouTube star" after stepping off the bench as team manager and lighting it up from the 3-point line to the delight of his teammates and the crowd. Now he's going to run a marathon.
- Tim Hardaway knows ACL tears, and cautions Derrick Rose to take his time returning to the court.
- The Maloofs own the Kings, which is evident in these photos. The interior of Adrienne Maloof's mansion -- made famous on, oh, some reality TV show or another -- includes a ton of insanely gaudy stuff. The most understated and tasteful things are the many pieces of Kings memorabilia. The estate is for sale for $26 million. (Funny tweet about this.)
- John Hollinger says that Marc Gasol is one of the best defensive centers in the NBA (Insider): "He may not look the part given his floor-bound game, but Gasol is consistently in the right spot, moves well for his size and can body up post players. His Synergy grades were top notch, and the Grizzlies gave up 4.9 points per 100 possessions fewer with him on the court. Moreover, Gasol did this under an unusually heavy minutes burden for a player of his size -- like his brother in L.A., he doesn't foul and is rarely injured, so he's on the court all the time."
- Making a fist with your left hand scrambles something in your brain (it's all science, trust me) and makes you less likely to choke in big moments. Seriously.
- Magic Johnson tells HBO about how he sold Dwight Howard on Los Angeles. A major feature of the pitch was that Kobe Bryant is, in Johnson's words, "the ultimate closer." Oh, really? That worked?
- Another sneak peek at the Nets' new uniforms.