Thursday, December 23, 2010
- Just couldn't feel worse for Carmelo Anthony, whose sister died leaving four children behind. Count your blessings, people.
- Watch this highlight reel from the Knick win over the Thunder. Kevin Durant has an unchallenged dunk on the break. But why was it unchallenged? Watch first Danilo Gallinari, then Wilson Chandler, and wonder with me.
- J.R. Smith with the kind of silly move that makes highlights but angers coaches. But wow, it really is just fantastic.
- Lots of blame to go around as the Timberwolves mismanage the final minute of a winnable game.
- Is the gap between Joakim Noah's front teeth getting wider? And how many years in a row (we have to be going on 30) will it continue to count as comedy to have players sing off-key?
- Everyone remembers the good old days, when Magic Johnson shared a Christmas sleigh ride with Pee Wee Herman.
- The Timberwolves are doing a secret santa thing, and Anthony Tolliver drew Kurt Rambis' name out of the hat. He says he's going to get Rambis plastic surgery for his messed up and bent left pinkie. "I think it would be a really good Christmas present for him," says Tolliver.
- Steve Perrin of ClipsNation is miffed about a technical foul on Blake Griffin. Here's the point, though -- the new technical fouls are about keeping fans watching on TV from getting tired of seeing complaining, not about protecting referees: "Blake is lobbying directly to the baseline official who made the possession call. That official does not appear to have any issue with what Blake is saying, nor how he is saying it. He clearly isn't going to reverse his call, but just as clearly he is fine with his interaction with Griffin on the matter. The whistle comes from somewhere else. I wasn't at the game and could not see who called the T from the replays on TV, but of course it was Bob Delaney. Think about it -- he's calling a technical on Griffin for disrespecting an official, but the official that is ostensibly being disrespected has no notion of calling a technical. How does that make any sense? With three refs working the game, can Delaney not trust one of his crew members to know whether or not he's being disrespected? And who is in the better position to make that call? Bizarre."
- Andray Blatche, with his fingers freshly buttered. Opponents say he plays with "no feeling." Honestly, he's an OK player, but he could be so much better. The Painted Area digs way into this. Why didn't the Magic insist on Blatche? My guess is that they couldn't get him -- the Wizards really value his potential, as he is huge and talented. Also, the Magic already have another uber-talented, long scorer in desperate need of coaching: Earl Clark. Here's a fun fact: Lamar Odom was once adrift in the NBA, master of nothing but loaded with size and potential. Under Stan Van Gundy, then in Miami, Odom became incredibly productive. His rebounding improved instantly and permanently. Wonder if the coach can repeat the feat with Clark, who has been nothing like as productive as Odom, but has something of a similar skill set.
- You can lose badly on Christmas Day and still win a championship, points out Kobe Bryant, whose Lakers did just that last year.
- Reportedly the Chinese government has asked the media to stop using the most common Chinese translation of "NBA."
- Blake Griffin jumps so high he nearly breaks his face on the rim. I hope he never stops doing that.
- Second overall pick Evan Turner registers a dreaded DNP-CD. Marreese Speights also never heard Doug Collins call his name.
- Lots of charts and cartoons and stuff, leading to the conclusion that Kevin Garnett has been the MVP of the young season. (Via Red94)
- How will Flip Saunders integrate Rashard Lewis into a Wizards team expecting Josh Howard, and eventually Yi Jianlian, back from injury? Experimentation is the name of the day.