Late Friday Bullets

  • I can hardly see right now, because I just tried to beat Jessica Alba in a staring competition. Play along. She'll CRUSH you, like she did Steve Nash and Baron Davis. This is not new, but it's new to me via this article.

  • The Suns' defense, busy not looking good on video.

  • Hornets247 with a game preview: "Positional Analysis: PG: Sebastian Telfair v Chris Paul. Advantage: Hornets." Indeed.

  • Wow. It says here that TV commercials make people like TV more, because it reminds them how much better the actual program is than the commercials.

  • If you're thinking of trading for Raymond Felton, you'd be crazy not to read this statistical analysis very carefully.

  • In his early days at the University of Washington, Brandon Roy played second fiddle to Nate Robinson. One season, he realized the team needed rebounding. So he went out and led the team in that category. Tough. (Thanks Philip.)

  • Something is funny with those All-Star votes. The thing to remember is that voters don't watch basketball. Proof: All those times Grant Hill was voted an All-Star when he had barely played, or had been out entirely with injury. If I have learned anything, it's that it's a popularity contest based on how long you have been a household name. Then, you see Dwight Howard getting more votes than Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, or Bruce Bowen getting more votes than Carmelo Anthony. Makes me think that things have changed, somehow. Perhaps we're in a new phase, that's more about the "get out the vote" effort.

  • They have said Don Nelson is tanking. They have said he is not getting along with his front office. They have said he has lost it. Scott Howard-Cooper of the Sacramento Bee talks to Don Nelson, who wants to set the record straight: "His wife, Joy, his cigar, his Scotch and his two dogs are nearby, thus: good mood. The coach says the interview will cease after the second glass of Scotch, because after that, he can't be sure whether it'll be him talking or the Dewar's. That's fine. They're tall glasses. Besides, Don Nelson seems like a man who wants to talk. He doesn't do many of these sit-downs anymore, and there are things that need to be said – basketball things, relationship things, state-of-journalism things – and he doesn't trust most of the media around him on a regular basis to accurately portray his words and actions. That's the pressing problem, Nellie has concluded: bloggers pushing rumors and writers he has little regard for, not the losses."

  • Rajon Rondo is hoping that coaches pick All-Stars from winning teams. Here's the latest set of arguments that he deserves the honor.

  • Good teammate: LeBron James is campaigning for Mo Williams to make the All-Star team with him.

  • ShamSports: "This year's votes on the All Star Starters are in, and Allen Iverson is one of the starting Eastern Conference guards alongside Dwyane Wade. Vince Carter was third in the fan vote, narrowly missing out on the second guard spot. (Luke Ridnour was fifth, proving once again that this system is still effing stupid.) However, despite his popularity barely waning, Iverson's skill level has started to drop, and he is no longer truly deserving of any award that claims him to be (implied or otherwise) the second best guard in his conference. On the season, Iverson averages only 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.4 assist and 2.8 turnovers, finally declining like the 33 year old that he is. Several players behind him in the voting, Carter included, are better players than he is now. (Note: Luke Ridnour isn't one of them.) And while the concept of the fan vote is to see the most popular players, not necessarily the best (which incidentally is another damning slant on the whole idea of giving up the spot for Jordan in the first place; the fans clearly didn't want him to start), it shouldn't be. I want Allen Iverson to give up his starting spot for the better player this year, and the more deserving player over Jordan six years ago, Vince Carter. I realise that it is hypocritical to condemn the idea that Carter was forced to give up his spot in the first place, and then later in the same blog post to infer that Iverson should give up his spot this year to make up for it. And for this, I am sorry. But sometimes, two wrongs do make a right."

  • Watching basketball in Spain. Two surprises: No alcohol served, and the court is slippery with dust.

  • The Onion: "More than six months after the approval of the Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City, the metropolitan region's 1.3 million residents continue to eagerly await the arrival of the Thunder, their promised NBA team. 'We realize basketball season started back in October, but we're not worried. We have no problem waiting a little longer for our first real professional basketball team to arrive,' Mayor Mick Cornett said during an interview. 'I called Commissioner Stern a few months ago, but I haven't heard anything back yet. I assume the Thunder will be here any day now.'" (Via Bend it Like Bennett)