Rodney Stuckey's goal: Play in the 2012 Olympics. It's a great thing for Team USA -- To be the dream of good young players. He also tells Patrick Hayes of MLive.com that the Bad Boys are back: "I'll tell you one thing, our defense and defensive standpoint, things are going to be a lot different. We're gonna be picking up full court, trying to get back to our old ways of playing Bad Boys defense. That's something to look forward to this coming year."
The Josh Howard controversy has stirred up all kinds of crazy anger and player-hating. Mark Cuban has taken a crazy bold step, in posting a lot of the racial hatred (terribly PG-13) that has come his way.
Ken Berger of Newsday, quoting Dwyane Wade: "First of all, No. 23 [LeBron James] is 23 years old. He's young. He's very young. He's one of the best players in the game and you only could see him getting better. I'm in a good market in Miami. He's not in a good market in Cleveland, marketing-wise, so it just makes sense that everyone wants to see one of the best players in one of the best markets. Kobe's in one of the best markets already in L.A. Everybody wants LeBron in a great market, and that's why they already put him in a New York jersey. It's going to be a lot to decide for him. So I just get all the attention off me and throw it on him, so it's easy." And Wade talking about playing for Mike D'Antoni.
A few hours ago, the injured Marcus Fizer was reportedly cut by Maccabi Tel Aviv, and his name is no longer on the team's official roster.
Talk of Antonio McDyess as sixth man.
David Berri: "Darko, I have seen Chandler play. I have analyzed Chandler's numbers. And Darko, you're no Tyson Chandler."
TrueHoop reader Matt, with a question for an international team of laywers: "Could a team -- say the Jazz -- buy a team in Russia, then buy out Andrei Kirilenko's contract for a dollar, and sign him to a deal to play for the Russian team?"
In an interview with SLC Dunk, Mark Eaton recommends some books: "I would say over the last few years I have been influenced by Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie, and I just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I also recommend Wilt. Larger than Life by Richard Cherry a great look inside the life of a man who may have been the greatest athlete of the 20th century. I'm also listening to The Tipping Point in my car."
UPDATE: Dwight Jaynes, admitting to a bias: "I don't particularly like players who cannot shoot. I don't care if you're a point guard or a center, I probably don't think a lot of you if you can't make an open shot. I've always thought it one of the easiest skills to master in all of sports -- because you can practice it all by yourself. Man, there are people who can't play a lick of real basketball who can shoot. If you can't shoot, I believe it's because you've never had any coaching, you never listened to your coach or you never bothered to put in enough time. Like all generalizations, that's not 100 percent true -- but it's close enough that I go with it."
UPDATE: Rob Mahoney, on Hardwood Paroxysm, making clear what happened that night at the Rookie Transition Program: "Mr. Michael Beasley, Darrell Chester Arthur, and Mario Chalmers, Esquire, were enjoying a delightful evening of backgammon, reruns of classic Polo contests, and some light reading (Dickens, strictly). Unfortunately, shortly after Mr. Arthur telephoned the other two members of the Advent of Modernity Reading and Culture Club (Ms. Abigail and Ms. Leonore, naturally), Mr. Beasley encountered a sudden case of stomach discomfort. As he relieved himself in the restroom as swiftly and quietly as possible, Mr. Chalmers and Mr. Arthur thought it would improve the aromatic state of the room to burn some incense. But as the scholarly ladies arrived, so too did the company security. The police followed soon thereafter. Embarassed with his discomfort, odor, and affliction, Mr. Beasley flushed and flushed and flushed with the vigor of all the royal stables, but to no avail. He quickly telephoned his employed agent to inform him of the situation, and to keep his name out of the newspapers and periodicals."