Wednesday Bullets

  • Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference with a humbling thought for Shaquille O'Neal: "Coincidentally enough, 37 just happens to be the magic number at which some of history's greatest big men -- Ewing, Olajuwon, Wilt, Robinson, Moses, etc. -- either retired or saw their production fall off a cliff. In other words, Shaq had a nice comeback season last year and will be an offensive upgrade at center for the Cavs if he can retain that form, but if Cleveland is counting on him to be the final piece of the puzzle to help them beat the Magic or Celtics in the playoffs, they'd better have a backup plan, because relying on O'Neal is a bit of a gamble at this stage of his career." I also can't help but think that if your two centers are Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Shaquille O'Neal, you need a third center.

  • A very interesting interview with Josh Childress, which has a link to highlights of one of the great moments of his Stanford career. The Cardinal get two straight crunch-time steals against Arizona, which result in six points -- a Childress 3 and a miraculous Nick Robinson buzzer-beating 3 on the run. (Robinson's shot reminded me a little of Dwyane Wade's game-winner against Chicago a few months ago. And just as I was thinking that, the commentator on the Stanford clip says, "you don't get this in the NBA." Which is a comment straight from bizarroland.)

  • OhMeOhMyJelloIsJigglin with a Willy Wonka take on the Lamar Odom affair: "Trying to predict the end-time for all things Lamar Odom-related and which way he might be leaning towards at any particularly given hour is like trying to predict the end-time of an everlasting Gobstopper."

  • Jonny Flynn's real dream: Turning pro as a ping pong player. Hilarious bit of video spoofery by Ryan Miller, who recently made a name for himself by having his videotape confiscated by Nike at LeBron James' camp.

  • Starbury shoes, now being re-sold in a thrift store near you.

  • A Maverick fan, attempting enthusiasm for the newest player in Dallas, Tim Thomas.

  • Amare Stoudemire tweets that he has been appointed a Good Will Ambassador of Sierra Leone. His Twitter feed is actually full of interesting (if sometimes repeated) stuff these days.

  • Carlos Boozer does not have the gift of making people love him with the words he says. While under contract with the Jazz for $13 million, he's talking about economic hard times while flirting with the Heat. I think he chose his words poorly. But I also think it's worth noting that anyone with a car, a roof over their heads, food every day, medical care, a computer, hot running water and all that is ridiculously rich compared to much of the planet. But we all complain about the things we don't have. And we're all candidates to end up broke if we spend more than we make.

  • An on-the-record conversation with Bret Bearup, one of basketball's great mystery men, and an advisor to the Denver Nuggets.

  • What about Udonis Haslem for Lamar Odom?

  • Britt Robson of Secrets of the City on Chucky Atkins as a Timberwolf: "In short, a minor trade in the grand scheme of things, but one that will make the Wolves a better, happier ballclub next season and provide whoever the hell is supposed to coach this squad with more options and locker room cohesion."

  • Nate McMillan, envisioning the Blazers' running more.

  • Brendan Haywood is an elite NBA center. True or false?

  • The Clippers recently acquired Craig Smith. I've heard David Thorpe speculate Smith may be the strongest player in the NBA. What does that get you? An examination of his game.