Monday Bullets

  • Phil Jackson on Ron Artest's campaign to join the Lakers, which began in the showers more than a year ago, where Artest went to find Kobe Bryant to tell him he could help his team. And another Ron Artest video diary (with a little PG013 language near the end).

  • A reaction to "hot hand" research, showing shooting is essentially random, from James Kwak on Baseline Scenario: "When it comes to stock prices, there is a very persuasive theory of why you can't beat the market consistently; beating the market requires information, and if you have the information, then the people you are trading with already have that information, too. When it comes to basketball, it strains belief to think that your ability to shoot the ball is a constant, day after day, play after play, all the time. For one thing, sometimes you are tired, or sick (and few of us can replicate Michael Jordan's 'flu game'), or injured, or distracted; the idea that this wouldn't affect your shooting seems preposterous. If your actual field goal attempts end up looking like random patterns, then I think that's more likely a result of the complex and un-modelable way in which you, your team, and the other team adapt to each other."

  • Rodney Stuckey tries on the idea of Avery Johnson as Pistons coach, as has been rumored.

  • The best moments of the past NBA season. A puke makes the list.

  • In the early going from Orlando Summer League, Indiana's Josh McRoberts has a beard, a huge dunk, and a behind-the-back dribble. (As for the dunk, one of the commentators on OrlandoMagic.com says: "He's been saving that up his whole life!") Marreese Speights is killing.

  • When you think about Rasheed Wallace playing Big Baby's minutes in Celtic green, two main thoughts come to mind for me: Big Baby's two-pointers could be Wallace's 3-pointers, and he's a better defender.

  • What does Portland do now that they don't have Hedo Turkoglu? My main hope, as a Blazer fan, is that they don't spend the money just to spend the money. Rather have the cap space for lop-sided trades at the deadline.