Not playing tonight: LeBron James. Not surprised: Everyone.
An NBA possession: The Flow Chart.
An associate law professor at Florida International weighs the relative merits of having Isiah Thomas as a new colleague. Several others have expressed that they are mystified that Isiah Thomas would coach a team that puts the "mid" into "mid-major" but I get it. For one thing, it's a nice place. For another, Lute Olson explains that the smartest move for any coach is to take a terrible job, where expectations are zero. Then you can only become a miracle worker, or someone who was dealt a bad hand, but did his best. Not a bad way to restore your career. On the other hand, getting a great job (were there any on offer?) and then not delivering (he's new at this) could have been fatal to his career.
They're already calling for Isiah's head.
From David Thorpe's chat: "Rob (Portland, OR): My head hurts from trying to figure out all the playoff scenarios tonight. You being the "short answer guy", can you simplify it for me? David Thorpe: (12:06 PM ET ) Wait until morning."
Always wondered what Twitter was about? Here is is, clearly explained for the first time.
Ballet dancers have gotten better and better at how high they can raise their legs. Which Freakonomics uses as an excuse to once again point out that it's weird basketball players haven't been getting better at shooting free throws through the years.
Jeremy of Roundball Mining Company: "The Denver Nuggets' list of prospective first round opponents has shrunk to include only the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Hornets. At this point we have to be hoping the Nuggets end up facing the Mavericks. The only position at which the Mavs have an advantage over Denver is power forward, but even there Kenyon Martin is capable of making things tough on Dirk Nowitzki."
A bunch of lawyers implicate a New Orleans Hornet in various crimes. OK, not exactly. But on the Louisiana State Bar Exam, a hypothetical criminal named "Chris" commits hypothetical crimes against people named "Tyson" (a riverboat gambler with a hidden handgun) and "Peja" (who has a heart attack and dies when Chris pulls a gun on him). Perhaps some statistician could tell us the likelihood those three names were randomly selected.
The Suns surprise Suns fans by playing really hard in a meaningless game against the Grizzlies.
Love to see some attribution and sources for this story about Allen Iverson being banned from casinos.
Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel: "Beasley was positively dynamic at Tuesday's start, when the Hawks still had most of their regulars in the game. He completed his eighth double-double of the season before the end of the first quarter."
UPDATE: Easily the most passionate and inventive of the t-shirt genre known as "commemorating the lack of national publicity for Kevin Durant's sophomore NBA campaign."