"5 of the top 10 players are Americans who ascended directly from high school to the NBA, and yet only 8 percent of NBA players are Americans who ascended directly from high school to the NBA."
Blog-a-Bull is thrilled with Mike Sweetney, thank you very much. The numbers say you can keep your Eddy Curry. They also say
Channing FryeEddy Curry plays terrible defense.
Portland beat writer Jason Quick has a new blog (with Mike Tokito) with some behind-the-scenes stuff about the Ruben Patterson ordeal, and news that Damon Stoudamire seems to be almost tampering with free-agent-to-be Joel Przybilla.
Now raging in the blogosphere: a big ol' pissing match between some old-time ex-players who want retirement benefits and the league and Mark Cuban.
"Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley tries to go back on the court, holding a dust pan over his head, but is turned back to the locker room." A chronology of last year's Pacers/Pistons brawl in Detroit.
There's too much Kevin Garnett trade speculation already. Here's a series of blog posts with plenty more from Dave D'Alessandro, most involving a team in need of a big man: the Nets.
Sam Smith has examples of the whole "do you foul when you're up three" debate, and far more importantly, a snippet of news about Marvin Barnes telling Bob Costas he sniffed cocaine on the bench during a game in Boston. (via Ben Maller)
Josh Howard is on my list of favorite players.
Rick Brunson's 9-year-old son beats adult blogger in one-on-one. Handily.
Blazer owner Paul Allen's examples of young players he has enjoyed watching develop: Cliff Robinson and Drazen Petrovic. One's the only remaining NBA player from the 1980s, the other has been dead for more than a decade. I take it has evidence that one of the world's richest geeks has in fact perfected a time machine, and forgot he stepped out into 2005.
Dennis Rodman will be playing tonight in San Francisco. Please don't go. You'll only encourage him.
Chris Ballard praises Baron Davis, gets Jason Richardson to slam every other Golden State point guard of recent memory, and then gets into how heterosexual men talk about heterosexual men.