Words of wisdom, from Kermit Washington to a young college football player, LeGarrette Blount, who is suddenly, like Washington, famous for punching an opponent in the face. Washington, still known mainly for almost killing Rudy Tomjanovich with one swing of his fist in 1977, has dedicated his life to fighting HIV and hunger in Africa.
Stephon Marbury's response to rumors: "If you think I'm gay, leave me in a room with your girlfriend for an hour."
Omer Asik played well in Turkey's last Eurobasket game. There are those who think he'll be the Bulls' big man of the future. (Also, a lesson from the same boxscore: Every single Bulgarian player but one has a last name that ends in the letter "v.")
When Spain played Great Britain, Laker Pau Gasol lit up Blazer draftee Joel Freeland, while Ricky Rubio continued to display his lack of scoring ability, making one of two shots to go with six assists in 22 minutes.
In building interest in his clients, an agent has made them into a team and is taking them on a barnstorming tour of Ireland. And they're offering to fly some professional basketball coaches in to watch.
Benjamin Balskus of ChicagoNow, on Derrick Rose: "Derrick has said his goal, every season, is to be the MVP. To get there he will have to learn ways of making space in the pick and roll, how to play two or three steps ahead of the action on the court. To learn that sometimes he needs to be more selfish. That defense is not about reacting to what your man does, but understanding what he is trying to do and frustrating those ambitions. That sometimes, as Dywane Wade knows so well, the shortest path to two points is not the basket but the foul line. So this season, give Derrick more than he can bear. Push him to his breaking point. Watch him struggle, get knocked down and beaten up. Trust that he will keep working hard, and that with experience he will get stronger and overcome. Bring on the Rondos and the Chris Pauls. By the end of the season Derrick should be ready."
A zillion really amazing basketball shots, on video, from summer camp.
Last year in New Orleans, in a sentence (from Hornets247's Ryan Schwan): "I expected [Tyson] Chandler to give the Hornets 73 games and something like the production he'd given them the previous two years. Instead, Chandler didn't do jack, Peja [Stojakovic] broke down, Julian [Wright] regressed, [Rasual] Butler gave less than [Morris] Peterson the year before, [Devin] Brown replaced [Jannero] Pargo and somehow was worse, and Hilton Armstrong . . . well, I've said enough about him.
Deadspin founder Will Leitch is blogging again, I guess in competition with Deadspin, although he assures me it's not full-time.
David Robinson, stat monster.
Yet another new design for the Nets proposed Brooklyn home.
Mark Cuban, on an interesting idea that failed: "This summer, in response to the changing sports media landscape, I wanted to create a 'media pool' for the Mavs. I wanted to assemble a group of unpaid interns that would acquire video, write game reports, track unique stats, do interviews, interact with fans, and then compile all of this incremental media and provide it free to any and every outlet we could think of. If a middle school newspaper or website wanted up to the minute Mavs reports, check. We had em. Social networks ? All the content you need. Of course we would update our Mavs.com, mavswiki.com, friends.mavs.com websites and offer the content to any and every blogger out there."
The Spurs' Marcus Williams talks at length about the D-League. He has horror stories, including asking for extra blankets to make it through a very cold pre-game night in a dingy Colorado hotel. But he also tells Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell this: "I don't think you'll ever have guys who'll dream of playing D-League. But more and more you'll have guys who realize it's a big help. It helped me become a better player. It has helped guys like Mike Taylor. Those guys are in the NBA because of their time in the D-League. One thing college kids don't understand is how hard it is to get to a team and not play. Because most teams don't play rookies. In the NBA you don't really practice much after the beginning of the season. And if you're not good enough to play, that means you're just sitting around. The coaches are busy, the stars are resting, there isn't a lot of time for player development. Being in the D-League allows you to keep your confidence up, to play a lot of minutes, and to work on your game."
UPDATE: All hail Ersan Ilyasova.