November, 27, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- James Harden and Jeremy Lin on video, talking about "Ron" Jeremy, Harden as a cranky video game player, and Lin's perfect math test.
- Malcolm Lee, you're working hard, trying to get up to speed as a Timberwolves injury replacement in this toughest of leagues. Meet the pen of MinnPost's Britt Robson: "Since the first quarter is usually a feeling-out process and Lee has the size (he’s a wiry 6-5) and discipline to reliably execute the team’s defensive schemes, this ironically may indeed be the best place to hide his overall lack of talent and experience. Sure enough, the Wolves have only been outscored by seven points during the 169 minutes Lee has been on the court this season. But is the point really to minimize the damage at a time the four players aside from Lee are ostensibly the cream of the crop on your ballclub, and need to be establishing their own rhythms and pattern as the game unfolds? The numbers -- and the eyeballs of anyone watching the games -- suggest that Lee has little to no business stepping foot on an NBA court. On offense, Lee has been an appropriately reluctant and consistently terrible shooter, converting just 29.8 percent from the field, 15.4 percent from three-point territory and 60 percent from the free throw line. Consequently, opponents have learned to ignore him in the half-court sets, essentially guarding the rest of the Wolves five-on-four. And on defense, his supposed strength, Lee is allowing players at his opposing position to score over 28 points per 48 minutes and compile an effective field goal percentage (which includes the added value of three-point shots) better than 63 percent, per 82games.com. Lee’s performance has been so ostentatiously wretched that even the Wolves’ ace color commentator Jim Petersen has been increasingly and appropriately willing to bite the hand that feeds him by calling out the absurdity of allowing Lee so many minutes."
- John Hollinger (Insider) on the Sixers: "The temptation is to think that they're holding down the fort fairly well without Andrew Bynum, because they're 8-6 and won in Boston. Think again. Philly has played 9 of its 14 games at home and faced the third-easiest strength of schedule; combine those two and perhaps no team has faced an easier slate than the Sixers, which is why they rank 21st. While there are some positive signs here, most notably the emergence of Jrue Holiday now that the Sixers allow him to do something more than pass and screen away, they shouldn't get carried away. When the schedule joyride turns murderous in mid-December, the Power Rankings indicate the Sixers are likely to fall off the pace of the Eastern playoff hopefuls."
- Kyle Singler with several ordinary trick shots, and then something awesome involving an imported sedan, even though he's in the motor city.
- Some flops are controversial -- did he really act? This from Patrick Patterson, however, is 100 percent pure floppery. Watch Tyson Chandler's bonus foll0w-up flop.
- Mikhail Prokhorov has special advice for people with bald heads.
- Aaron McGuire of Gothic Ginobili on why people in Philadelphia never fell for Andre Iguodala: "You know how we get on J.R. Smith for shooting a lot of jumpers? Iguodala, last season, was far worse. Despite shooting 75 percent at the rim, only 25 percent of Iguodala's offense came there -- the average wing shot around 34 percent of their shots at the rim, for good reason. It's really efficient to do that. Iguodala preferred to coast outside the arc, shooting an absurd 64 percent of his shots from beyond 15 feet, something that would be quite nice if he was Ray Allen, but turned out to be somewhat of a waste given that he's not. He shot just 31 percent from the long two, and while he had a flukishly-good showing from the 3 point arc, it really remains to be seen if Iguodala can stay around 40 percent from three on a regular basis. Watching him do this -- game in and game out -- can be infuriating. And it can cause a lot of grief to fans that are forced to watch his semi-regular dismal offensive nights where he acts allergic to cutting, driving, or the concept of at-rim play."
- Andray Blatche has a horrible reputation in Washington D.C. for any number of incidents. He goes through them one after another on the radio, clarifying things like "no my suit got thrown into a jacuzzi." To be honest, by the end the hatred is a little too thick in the air to make it funny.
- This article will make you root for Avery Bradley. This one will make you question Jeff Green.
- "Glasser." Use it.
- Amin Elhassan (Insider) on whether it's better to draft a specialist or a jack-of-all-trades: "A great analogy we used to use was 'The Gunfighter's Dilemma.' A man who walks into a gunfight with one pistol (the specialist) has no second thought about which weapon he's going to draw. A man with a rifle, a revolver and a bazooka (the JOAT), on the other hand, must decide which weapon is most appropriate for the situation at hand."
- Knicks not named Tyson Chandler combined to shoot 29 percent vs. the Nets.