October, 17, 2012
By Beckley Mason
- People talk about a franchise being "Player X's team," but does any one player dominate a franchise the way Carmelo Anthony has directed the Knicks? Tim Keown has a fascinating look at how Anthony has shaped the Knicks in a story for ESPN the Magazine. And after the part about Anthony's role in getting Mike D'Antoni fired, there's irony: "D'Antoni was an assistant coach on the Olympic team. His role? Design the offense. Let that sink in for a moment: Team USA's offense, the one in which Anthony set a single-game U.S. Olympic record with 37 points, was precisely the point-guard- dominated, fast-twitch scheme D'Antoni ran -- and Anthony rebelled against -- in New York. 'It's the ultimate irony of this whole thing,' the source says. 'Carmelo was at his best and most efficient running that offense. It couldn't be more obvious to him, and he couldn't be more oblivious to it.'"
- Ryan Anderson discovers caffeine.
- The Warriors' new arena in San Francisco looks like it's going to be cool.
- From Nick Collison's post-apocalyptic diary: "A meteor or an asteroid or a bomb or something from a Nic Cage movie. I only know it was loud. The whole gym shook and I ran into the locker room and I was spared. I woke up under a pile of rubble and the sky was black and nothing else moved. The earth was as still as Pat Riley’s hair."
- Evan Turner played more preseason minutes than any Sixer and the possessions he used had the lowest expected value. Yikes.
- Piston Powered's Patrick Hayes on Andre Drummond's strong preseason: "I’ve tried to temper my enthusiasm for Drummond a little simply because I don’t want expectations for the guy to get out of control as he still learns the finer points of big man play at the NBA level. Still, even if it was another opponent that won’t be in the playoffs, it’s becoming harder to make a case that Drummond shouldn’t start."
- Tom Haberstroh (Insider) writes about why Oklahoma City will likely lose James Harden, and cites the fact that part of the team's revenue comes from the same people who own the team: "Dig deeper into the Thunder's math, in fact, and you discover that the cost of fielding the four-star roster, $59 million last year for the Finals run, could more than double by next season. And that's if the team fills out the roster with picks signed at the league minimum contract; no chance the Thunder will be able to poach Mike Miller types for $5 million a year the way certain big-market teams awash in lucrative TV deals have done. The Thunder's TV deal is a measly $15 million, and much of the other money the team earns comes from part-owner Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy, whose sponsorships (does Chesapeake Energy ring a bell?) inflate the balance sheet."
- Nate Robinson goes off in Chicago. It's strange to say, but Robinson will probably lead the Bulls in scoring more than a few times this year, and they'll need all the points they can get.
- Perry Jones' back looks just fine on this dunk.
- The Thunder have hired a Serbian development ace, 33-year-old Darko Rajakovic, to coach their D-League team.
- This Jordan Crawford quote is bad news for Wizards fans.
- Marc Stein suggests the Atlanta Hawks won't decide whether to keep Jeff Teague until they can make a run at Chris Paul next offseason.
- Ninth on Rob Mahoney and Ben Golliver's list of reasons to watch the NBA: "Tony Allen’s ill-conceived and utterly captivating efforts to be an isolation scorer."
- Smush Parker's biggest fan, and someone who wonders if Michael Jordan's legacy gives Kobe Bryant has carte blanche to be unlikable.
- Sure, Florida's Patric Young, a top prospect for the 2013 NBA Draft, can drag a car down the street ... but let's see him do it in game!
- Jeff Green dances around this comparison to James Worthy like someone who's had enough with oversized expectations.
- Miami's player development coach Dan Craig with some great insight on improving Norris Cole's game within the Heat's particular system.
- Steve Novak explains how his footwork makes him the best 3-point shooter in the NBA. His technique reminds me of something San Antonio shooting coach Chip Engelland emphasizes as well: stepping into a set shot is the best road to consistency.