November, 26, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- Alan Hahn sees tonight's Knicks vs. Nets as a trumped up thing, and I see his point. But the two franchises are not without history. The Nets had to sell Dr. J to afford the fee they owed the Knicks upon joining the NBA. One of the few good Nets teams in history was derailed in part by John Starks breaking Kenny Anderson's wrist. And there have been plenty of playoff showdowns, including a Jason Kidd-fueled run of dominance when the now-Knick was a Net. A nice history of the Knicks/Nets rivalry.
- Robert Sacre is dancing up a storm on the Laker bench, almost exactly like Ronny Turiaf once did. They both went to the same college, too, which makes you wonder what they're teaching at Gonzaga.
- Between an opponent's legs, buzzer beaters, circus shots ... the Spurs are doing a terrible job being boring.
- Witness the 0-11 Wizards delivering themselves the mother of all pep talks. Also, the Wizards are not only missing shots, but also misidentifying celebrities on the jumbotron. The owner is thrilled with the effort and the top-ten defense but amazed that the point guards combined for zero assists. Also, Bradley Beal can play better, right?
- Paul Pierce falling to his back on a Jameer Nelson fake. Nelson biting for this Rajon Rondo move ... top-shelf head-game highlights.
- Oh wow this Harrison Barnes dunk.
- I'm a little late to this, but Basketball-Reference now has ways you can dig into on court/off court stats, including career-long stats. Here, for example, you can see that the Celtics have always been better with Rajon Rondo on the court.
- Science and math and stuff suggesting George Karl has not gotten anything like the most out of the rosters he has coached.
- Michael Pina, writing on Red94, writes that Omer Asik may be the best defensive center in the NBA. Meanwhile on offense Asik can score at the rim, but otherwise is among the least inspiring 7-footers ever: "He appears scared. Not of any opponent, but of himself -- of the embarrassing spectacle that is a giant baby-faced man attempting a wild reverse layup or air-balling a free-throw."
- Nervous in Minnesota.