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Thursday Bullets

10/20/2009
  • A report that Derrick Rose's SATs could be at the center of a disaster for college basketball in Memphis. Worth noting: NOBODY in the NBA cares about his SATs, right? So why's it such a big deal to the NCAA? By any objective measure his college experience was a success, in terms of preparing him to become a successful professional athlete. But the NCAA, of course, has to maintain the illusion that he was actually a serious student, and for that, SATs matter.

  • David Foster Wallace, reminding us from beyond the grave not to be shocked when elite athletes seem not to be well-rounded humans. 

  • Assess this statement by Ben from BlazersEdge: "[LaMarcus] Aldridge just turned 24 last month. Please take a moment to process that fully. Unless you prefer Josh Smith, Paul Millsap, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph or Blake Griffin, and at this point I'm not sure why you would, there's not a better, younger power forward currently playing basketball." I'm sure a ton of people disagree, but who do you have? Who is the best young power forward in basketball? UPDATE: Chris Bosh gets a vote from TrueHoop reader Daniel, and he just turned 25 in March.

  • I'm sure we all remember all the controversy about how O.J. Mayo was courted by agents. After Bill Duffy Associates was scarred in a media investigation, he signed with Leon Rose of CAA. Now, however, Mayo has reportedly left CAA, and it will be fascinating to see where he ends up. The Bill Duffy Associates agent who was suspended in the affair, Calvin Andrews, is working again. UPDATE: And a report that he has hired Anfernee Hardaway's former agent.

  • The first dunk of Hakim Warrick's life ended with a broken wrist.

  • The same thing I think when I watch the Wizards: More Caron Butler, please.

  • A look at players with contracts that teams might want to ditch to avoid luxury tax.

  • The idea is that making buckets inside forces the defense to collapse, which makes it easier to make buckets from the outside, i.e. 3-pointers. Is that true?

  • When LeBron James checks into your game of media and bloggers, by Vince Grzegorek of CleveScene.com (a little PG-13): "There was little time to think, since most of that precious time was spent staring at what The King can do even giving 1/100th, if that, of his usual effort. It was the fastest two minutes of my life, and as some girlfriends would bitterly remind me, I've had some fast two minutes. There was little time to do anything but attempt to avoid embarrassment. Which, I did not. (Cue girlfriend joke Part II.)" (Via Cavs the Blog)

  • Not a lot of tattoos on Thunder players.

  • An optimal Suns lineup to use to follow Malcolm Gladwell's advice to press once in a while.

  • Trainer Steve Kostorowski, who is training Stephen Curry among others, was asked by Golden State of Mind to name some training mistakes NBA players make: "Most guys need to spend much more time stretching, foam rolling and getting massages than they do. The quality of tomorrow's performance begins with the recovery from today's work. I would also like to see the quality of calories improve both in and out of season. Many guys think, 'Oh, I'll burn it off in the game," which may be true ... but late night, lousy eating takes its toll on the inside and can negatively impact blood pressure, cholesterol levels etc. not to mention adding a few unwanted pounds! Quality performance begins with quality calories. Oh ... and quality sleep."

  • I spent a chunk of my morning sitting around Allen Iverson's Twitter feed as if it were a campfire.

  • After two quick triggers, getting fired as a head coach in Milwaukee and Phoenix, Terry Porter is embittered and taking some time off.

  • Pete Pranica, Grizzlies play-by-play guy: "I believe with all my heart that the Grizzlies' greatest value in Memphis is in bringing all of us -- white, African American, Latino, Asian, Native American and all ethnic groups -- to a place where we can pull together to help others and to enjoy a few hours of thrilling entertainment. No, it doesn't show up on a balance sheet. But it still counts."

  • No one will outwork Al Horford.