A nice little video compilation of missed dunks. To me the worst here is Tony Parker, who wasn't even attempting much of anything other than to get the ball in the hole, sans defense. Sometimes I see some mammoth NBA player with good position attempt some kind of dipsy-doodle layup, that misses, and I find myself screaming "just dunk it!" With Parker, though, it's the opposite. Just lay it up, please.
Reports of some tough talk from the Luol Deng camp.
The U.S. avoids Argentina in group play at the Beijing Olympics, but gets tons of tough competition. China is at home, Angola has been killing people, and Germany features two elite NBA seven-footers in Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman. And those are the weak teams. The other two are recent international champions Spain (with Ricky Rubio!) and Greece.
If Josh Childress really does go overseas for more money, David Stern will have to stop citing Frederic Weis when he talks about NBA players getting lured overseas.
A pretty sober look at the Heat roster.
Let's touch on an older post questioning Marcus Camby's position as a super elite defender. Here's what I see: He does not trap the pick and roll, nor do much of anything to stop dribblers getting a crack at the rim. We judge him by his blocks and rebounds, but those numbers go up with people getting opportunities at the rim, while a perfect defender will stifle a good number of scoring opportunities farther from the hoop.
Also from a few days ago, the stock market seems to favor current owners of the Sonics, as compared to past ones.
The Nets have a lot of new faces. How does it all fit together? Not so well, according to the Wages of Wins people.
Canada wonders what it has to do to make the Olympics.
Matt Barnes has played well in some big games for the Warriors, and now will reportedly get to try to do the same for the Suns.
The worst of the NBA win awards.
Also not so new, but new to me: Watch an actual NBA player have actual laser vision correction surgery.
Carmelo Anthony, photographer.
Mark Cuban has made very clear that he does not like the current set-up whereby teams are asked to risk their players for national teams. German's elite professional soccer league, the Bundesliga, has gone so far as to outright ban its players from the Olympics, and it has caused a major rift.