Tuesday, February 16, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- Dallas fans, you will never get a better guide to the eccentric personalities of your new Mavericks than this tremendous post from Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog. An extremely fun read about a team that used to be funny.
- Lakers say Kobe Bryant is doubtful to play against the Warriors tonight. They're not pleased with how his ankle responded after Monday's practice.
- Baron Davis dribbling through traffic. Shanghai traffic.
- Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO, says he is trying to bring a team to San Jose, whether that's the Warriors he has attempted to purchase, or another team. (Via Kawakami on Twitter)
- Hornets247 is having a writing competition you should consider entering.
- Kevin Durant on Twitter: "@DwightHoward im taller than u ... can i play center too?" Dwight Howard's response: "@KevinDurant35 lol yea u can. Only against a wnba team."
- What Tracy McGrady could do for the Knicks' cap situation, from Larry Coon at the New York Times website: "With an estimated $53 million cap next summer, the Knicks would stand to have as much as $31.5 million with which to pursue free agents. The cream of the crop -- LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -- can each sign for $16.57 million, so the Knicks can almost afford two of them. They would still be about $1.7 million short of making a maximum offer to two of these players." And if cap space is worth two superstars to the Knicks, should the Knicks pay through the nose for that cap space in draft picks and other assets? What if they don't get the free agents they want?
- Is Michael Jackson lip-synching here? (John Krolik will explain. It has something to do with the NBA. Maybe.)
- Extending George Karl is a solid move.
- Royce Young of Daily Thunder on All-Star Weekend: "I’ve covered a good amount of stuff in my young journalism career and have talked to some pretty important people. Bob Stoops, Adrian Peterson, Sam Bradford, Chris Paul, Sam Presti, Kevin Durant, etcetera etcetera (I realize that was probably some insufferable name-dropping there). And through all that, I’ve never been really starstruck. Nobody has ever really made me completely stop and go, 'Whoa. That’s [insert person].' But it happened twice this weekend. First was when David Stern walked by me. Upon seeing him, my immediate thought was, “I don’t belong here. This place where I’m currently standing, I shouldn’t be at.” Stern was just walking. Nothing fancy. But it was like seeing the President or something. You know he’s important, but he also looks, very, very important."
- Not sure what's being said on the phone in the Nuggets' war room today. But I know what's on the plate.
- Michael Schwartz of Valley of the Suns: "With the Suns dangling him on a stick like a piece of meat in front of frothing teams around the nation, does anybody think there’s even an inkling he’s going to want to stick around here, especially at the hometown discount it likely would have taken to get a deal done? Amare is all about pride. I don’t think he wants a max extension for the money so much as the recognition of being a player who can command a max salary. He cares very much about his status in the league. Remember those comments he made last year about wanting to be in the same class as the LeBrons, D-Wades and Dwights of the world? And why do you think he spend so much time on viral All-Star campaigns? Amare is a big boy, but you’ve got to think all these trade rumors have hurt his feelings."
- Using Dean Oliver's Four Factors, and some cute graphs, to determine who is most likely to win the East. Cleveland and Orlando look good.
- Word that Jeff Van Gundy could be a coaching candidate in New Jersey and Rod Thorn may well keep his job. (Via Nets are Scorching.)
- Nate McMillan on video, talking about his new center, Marcus Camby.
- Oh this is so perfect. "The Bayer Aspirin Full Contact Rebounding Challenge" should absolutely be part of next year's All-Star Weekend.
- The D-League's Bakersfield team built a new kind of arena that seats just 420 people, and provides each with a "luxury experience." It's a fantastic experiment, right? Don't you want to see a game there?
- Some time ago, I wrote a very high-concept story about how a high-concept Spanish restaurant El Bulli can inform the NBA's MVP race. Seriously. I wrote that. Well, that restaurant has been losing tons of money, it turns out, and is in dire straits. It may even stop serving food.