Monday, June 27, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- The last NBA season in tidy graphics.
- Tim Donahue of Eight Points, Nine Seconds goes deep making is own proposal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. James Dolan is not going to like it.
- This little Whole Foods YouTube rap that has been around for a while does an amazing job rhyming with "quinoa," and has a little hat love for the Clippers.
- Same as it ever was: The Pistons praise the character of their draft picks.
- I know less than nothing about Celebrity Apprentice, but right here in this video clip we have Meatloaf wigging out on Gary Busey over some misplaced art supplies. The whole will make you worry for humanity. However, at the very end of the clip ... check the art Meatloaf is making. In other words, yes, this entire tantrum was over Meatloaf's burning desire to do a great job coating a basketball in yellow paint, and dropping it on a canvas.
- Jason Richardson's days numbered in Orlando?
- Corey Maggette's legendary ability to get to the line could be meaningful to the Bobcats.
- Here's a story about a college coach allegedly trashing his player entering the draft. I have no idea what happened in that case, but in general, this is fairly common. And there are certain consistent reasons behind the dynamic. Basically, top players under a college coach's control are incredibly valuable. Exiting that control can hurt, and anger, coaches. Of course NBA-grade players can win college coaches plenty of games, get them to the tournament, and get the college coaches ever more lucrative contracts. (Which is why college coaches are seldom reliable in telling players when they should or should not enter the draft -- they want them to stay.) Coaches also need good relations with the agents, runners and insiders and who help them get players -- a coach can do an agent no bigger favor than advise an NBA-bound player to sign with him. (People who know the recruiting game can tell you stories all night about how this coach works with that agent.) Players can screw up that process, however, by not following their college coach's advice, and signing with somebody else. In more than a few cases, that has led to angry coaches.
- Jan Vesely, smooching his way into history.
- A huge game-fixing scandal rocks Greek soccer, which is dominated by the same clubs that dominate Greek basketball. If you speak Greek, this may be fascinating. (Via The Hoop.)
- Interesting thoughts about the role of race in discussing LeBron James. It ends with a comparison between Jimmer Fredette and James, which is on the mind of this guy, too.
- From Herb Kohl's public filings, a peek at the Bucks' finances.
- Ooh, one Blazer fan is calling Raymond Felton "Miller Lite."
- David Thorpe is getting people all excited about Marcus Morris in Houston.
- That John Wall is getting pretty famous.
- What Joe Dumars is looking for from a coach.
- One geek's view: The new and improved Nuggets won the draft and are "really scary."
- There is hope for Bismack Biyombo on offense -- he wasn't bad in the pick and roll in Spain.