Monday, July 18, 2011
By Kevin Arnovitz
- Ben Polk of A Wolves Among Wolves on Don Nelson's Warriors squads: "Those Warriors were the NBA’s id, its dark, chaotic dream of freedom." The same post also provides a reminder that Eric Stoltz was one of Sean Penn's hangers-on in "Fast Times."
- Will 17-year-old Toronto native Sim Bhullar eventually be the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA?
- The saddest basketball you'll ever see.
- At Brew Hoop, Frank Madden looks at the similarities -- and vast differences -- in the games of John Salmons and his replacement in Milwaukee, Stephen Jackson.
- Imagine being on a law school admissions committee and coming across Ben Wallace's application in your pile.
- The confluence of summer with an NBA lockout provides the best opportunity in years to catch up on your basketball reading. In that spirit, PistonPowered is hosting a book club. This week's selection: "The Jordan Rules" by Sam Smith.
- The Basketball Hall of Fame has always had a strange, byzantine standard for entry whereby lifetime achievement to the game means more than career stat line. Jay Aych at The Painted Area examines whether retired European NBA players like Vlade Divac and Sarunas Marciulionas belong in Springfield.
- Get ready for Blazer Star Smackdown. In the power forward division, you've got Buck Williams vs. LaMarcus Aldridge.
- How problematic is it that neither Carmelo Anthony nor Amare Stoudemire really helps the Knicks when he's playing without the basketball?
- You might not find it in the Thunder's media guide as a franchise milestone, but the Thunder's first win of the 2009-10 season was a foundational moment for OKC. Royce Young of Daily Thunder takes a look back.
- Still making money off the NBA's television revenue: The Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association.
- A reminder from Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook that good basketball is good basketball -- irrespective of where, when and by whom it's played. Conversely, the same rule applies for bad basketball.
- Translating a Euroleaguer's numbers and projecting his transition to the NBA is a tough exercise. What do Jan Vesely's stats tell us about his future as a Washington Wizard?
- Which colleges have produced the most wins in the NBA?
- Set your bookmark: John Krolik of Cavs the Blog, the New York Times' "Off the Dribble," Pro Basketball Talk and Heat Index has launched Pick-and-Pop Culture: "For the last few years, I’ve been working as a basketball writer, both as an amateur and as a professional. During that time, I’ve been blessed enough to meet a lot of really cool and really smart people, and... I noticed that when we talked, we often didn’t mention basketball at all. Instead, we talked about our other passions: movies, television, books, video games, whatever ... a lot of us had really smart things to say about pop culture, and I got the idea to create a website that would allow us to put all of our long-form posts about our favorite non-sports things in one place."