October, 12, 2012
By Kevin Arnovitz
- Words of encouragement from Metta World Peace for Smush Parker, who's embroiled in yet another war of words with former teammate Kobe Bryant.
- One of the conflicts presented to serious NBA fans is how much to vest in preseason play. You want to glean something substantive -- otherwise what's the point in watching -- but the preseason is very much a laboratory of trial and error. At Liberty Ballers, Michael Levin takes a measured, patient approach to Evan Turner and his ugly shooting exhibition. At Philadunkia, Jeff McMenamin explores the central question facing the 2012-13 Sixers: Did the team improve with the addition of a top-line big man, or were the moves more lateral than upward?
- "How many games will the Houston Rockets win this season?" That's about as straightforward as a question gets, but one whose answer is as confounding as string theory. To help you out, Rahat Huq of Red94 provides three lists: What we know, what we think we know and what we need to find out. Needless to say, that last category is the most populated.
- We've said it before and we'll say it again: America's children need to watch Steve Novak shoot basketballs. An account of Novak's exploits in a preseason Knicks game against Washington.
- Evidence that Eric Bledsoe might finally see some big regular-season minutes in Los Angeles?
- Upon reading that Miami's shooters say they're "too open," commenters at Marginal Revolution wonder if Shane Battier has been reading Israeli psychologist Daniel Kahneman.
- Speaking of bookish NBA players, Dirk Nowitzki -- in a shared interview with his guru Holger Geschwindner -- says that reading physics books and attending Wagner operas have helped his game.
- Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic examines DeMar DeRozan's downward spiral, then culls the annals of Basketball Reference in hopes of finding similar players through the years who saw their true shooting percentage plummet during their early seasons, but subsequently saw a bounce.
- Gather 'round and listen to Zach Lowe with Bill Simmons on the B.S. Report.
- I'll be schmoozing NBA on HoopSpeak Live with the firm of Mason, Harper & Strauss, LLC at 3 p.m. ET.
- No Regard for Human Life's Presidential/NBA preview series has been a load of fun. But if your team's presidential analog is Franklin Pierce, you've gotta be concerned.
- Start hearing your name mentioned as an amnesty candidate, and you might take a few calculated risks -- like hiring a trainer who's been working with your kids.
- Co-sign on Mario Chalmers' impressions of Shanghai: "Gotta admit Shanghai is an amazing city. All these buildings around here is crazy. Buildings on top of buildings everywhere." Shanghai, aside from having culinary magic, makes you feel like you're starring in a movie being directed by one of those stylish, moody Chinese directors.