Tuesday, April 5, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- The mother of two young boys who yell "GO KINGS" out the car window should they drive anywhere near the stadium writes a truly inspiring letter about the power of bumping into Jason Thompson in the line at Jamba Juice, the importance of dreams, and the soul-sucking nature of how these things so-often happen. If you're a Maloof, you'd be wise to put some thought into giving her a nice response.
- Dr. J says he hardly watches any NBA -- just highlights and game parts -- but nevertheless is willing to predict a Spurs vs. Celtics Finals.
- Who knew the Nuggets would be this good? You mean, besides an expert in instant clay miniatures?
- Mark Cuban's crazy media theory machine is up and running again.
- Grant Hill tweets "great essay" to Kevin Powell for his inspiring open letter to Black America.
- LeBron James is shooting as efficiently as ever, especially lately, but Tom Haberstroh of the Heat Index notes that the guy with the reputation as the best finisher on the break has been turning the ball over a lot in that situation this year: "When James barrels down the court like a bowling ball, an increasing number of brave souls are willing to be the bowling pin and step in front of his path for the charge. Synergy Sports, a data-tracking warehouse, tells us that 15 percent of James' plays in transition end in a turnover, up from 11.4 percent last season in Cleveland."
- Brian Windhorst, also on Heat Index, discusses the candidates for executive of the year: "After getting turned down by their top four free agent choices -- Wade, James, Bosh and Joe Johnson -- the Bulls regrouped and spread their free agent money over numerous players. Forman signed Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson, while also picking up veterans Keith Bogans and Kurt Thomas. That core ended up fitting well together and the depth bolstered the Bulls through injuries. Forman did it while keeping the Bulls under the salary cap. Forman also signed 2008 draft pick Omer Asik, who has been one of the few impact rookie big men in the league this season. Last fall he also was able to sign Noah to a contract extension that, at the time, seemed like a fair deal for the team. That body of work, while nowhere near as flashy as [Pat] Riley’s free agency splashes, has created a well-rounded team with a bright present and future because the roster is flexible with numerous trade assets. [Masai] Ujiri would probably be considered a long shot to win the award but, nonetheless, may have won more respect during the season than any other executive."
- Andrew Bynum with some good Twitter trash talk for Amare Stoudemire, who had called Bynum's teammate Gasol "soft."
- Steve Nash, for whom the playoffs are now a pretty good joke.
- Things that are less surprising than the 76ers' surprisingly good season.
- Houston lost the crucial game to the Sixers. That pretty much should have eliminated them from playoff contention. But their playoff odds are crawling back up to where they were before that loss. It's a crazy long shot, but it could still happen.
- Carl Landry has been filling in nicely for the injured David West in New Orleans. Will that work in the playoffs? An investigation with gleeful charts and video.
- Recently on TrueHoop TV we discussed the worst deal of the year. Drew Gooden didn't make the list, but he could have.
- Picking your playoff opponents out of a hat.
- Chauncey Billups says he's finally healthy again.
- Shelden Williams, potential difference maker.
- Some NHL writers refuse to vote for MVP, in protest for a blogger who lost his credential for being critical of the team.