December, 27, 2012
By Kevin Arnovitz
- There is an Israeli track called "Popovich" by an Israeli rap duo named Arik Henig and X, and the Spurs head coach has made good use of the video. From Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News relays the story from Stephen Jackson and other Spurs: "'He was showing some film of me messing up, getting on me real hard. I was like, "You know what Pop, I don’t even want to play basketball. I’d rather do this. Kick it!" And they played two of my videos. And Pop was like, "You know what? Don’t worry about it Jack. I got my own video. It was pretty cool.' Boris Diaw deemed the stunt “hilarious” while noted music aficionado Matt Bonner also gave his seal of approval."
- True story from SLAM's Tzvi Twersky: "A little less than two years ago, after he decided to leave Georgia Tech and enter the NBA Draft, Iman Shumpert was deciding on what agent to hire. After a couple of pitches from different agencies, it was Happy Walters’ turn. The meeting went well, and Shumpert went off on his own to think about it. Eventually, at some point during this time of contemplation, he decided to go with Walters. Instead of calling him to deliver the news, Shumpert, a lover of music, recorded a track called “Power Moves” where he talked about the decision, and sent it to to Walters. Thus the relationship was consummated."
- Among the despondent on Avery Johnson's firing in Brooklyn -- LeBron James.
- Devin Kharpertian of the Brooklyn Game rolls out a list of 10 potential coaching candidates for the Nets.
- Although former Russian national coach David Blatt is considered "a longshot at best," according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, it would be a blast to watch the international luminary try his hand with an NBA roster.
- Players who come into the NBA with marginal prospects rarely forget the first coach to give them a real break.
- It's a copy-cat league, as Jared Dubin illustrates how the Knicks lifted a play from the Lakers' playbook on Monday night, a set that burned New York just 24 hours prior.
- Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball poses an interesting question: Does the Bucks' desire to forge an identity around their defense exist in opposition to the organization's goal to sell more tickets in a small market experiencing little growth. But so long as Larry Sanders is on the floor for Milwaukee, they're just going to have to live with a sturdy defense, watchability be damned.
- How a Chris Paul-DeAndre Jordan pick-and-roll inspires musical composition.
- Coming in at No. 80 on The New Yorker's cheeky Hundred Best Lists of All-Time list: Dr. James Naismith’s original 13 Rules of Basket Ball.
- NBA Geek takes issue with Kevin Love's shot selection and says it's time to let Derrick Williams, who played well Wednesday night against Houston, out of the doghouse.
- In the same game, Love got seared in the pick-and-roll by James Harden repeatedly.
- Magic backup point guard E'Twaun Moore might be better suited off the ball, writes Noam Schiller of Magic Basketball. Unfortunately, the Magic have two quality options at the 2 already.