Wednesday Mini-Bullets


Posted by Kevin Arnovitz

  • Howard Beck revisits 1995, when replacement refs took to the hardwood and the grass was vividly greener for the players: "The games got messy. The players got antsy. They wanted their old referees back - the same ones who, in any other season, would be the targets of their fury."

  • Kurt Helin of Forum Blue & Gold tries to answer a pertinent question: "How do you fit Artest into the Triangle?"

  • Brandt Andersen, dynamic owner of the D-League's Utah Flash, wants to see a Michael Jordan-Byron Russell charity game. (Hat Tip: McHale)

  • The 76ers unveil their new (old) jerseys with Elton Brand on the podium showing off the gear. With today's event, Brand has now officially logged more minutes as human mannequin than power forward for Philadelphia.

  • Using a win shares-based system, Basketball Reference projects win totals for the 2009-10 season. The system is relatively bullish on Utah, Dallas and Toronto, and frowns on Miami, Washington and the Clips.

  • Bret LaGree of Hoopinion poses a direct question to Hawks fans: "What is the argument to support the opinion that the Hawks will win more games than last year?"

  • Everything you could ever want to know about Lawrence Funderburke. Among the curisoties, Funderburke wrote a book titled "Hook Me Up, Playa!" Even more curious is the author of the book's foreword -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella.

  • Basketbawful's Idiom of the Day: Pickup Revisionism (pik'-up ri-vizh'-uhn-iz'-uhm) noun. The conscious or unconscious distortion of specific events that occurred during a pickup basketball game such that certain elements of a player's performance appear in a more or less favorable light. Pickup Revisionism appeals to the intellect using a number of techniques to advance a view. These techniques include presenting false memories as genuine, inventing reasons for distrusting accurate accounts of the game, attributing their own conclusions to other players, manipulating statistics to support their views, and deliberately misinterpreting other players' statements.