Tuesday, August 9, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- In video analysis, NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti shows that Jimmer Fredette can score while open, while covered, from all over, and pulling up off the dribble. He's also not bad at finding the open man when he's doubled. That's the good news. The bad news is that his defense and finishing at the rim were both pretty bad at the college level, and that's not going to get any easier in the big leagues.
- Brian Windhorst on LeBron James' offseason: "During the two months since the Dallas Mavericks vanquished his Miami Heat in the Finals, James has been busy. He shot a commercial in Los Angeles, attended Chris Paul’s bachelor party in Las Vegas, held a camp in San Diego, played in summer league basketball in Cleveland and Los Angeles, went to meetings at Nike headquarters in Oregon and hosted the top college and high school players at a camp in Akron, Ohio. On Tuesday night, he’s being inducted to his high school’s Hall of Fame. Wednesday he’s flying to China. But he did something else, something that could prove to be the most important thing James does during the lengthening lockout. Without fanfare, James had his private jet stop in Houston for some workouts with Olajuwon to tap the Hall of Famer's valuable knowledge of that old but rare skill of playing with your back to the basket."
- Just for the record, the August 20 "Capital Punishment" game between the East Coast's Goodman League and the West Coast's Drew League is available pay per view on line at thebasketballchannel.net. It has a pretty killer lineup of NBA players. For Goodman, it's Kevin Durant, John Wall, Ty Lawson, DeMarcus Cousins, Gary Neal, Sam Young, Josh Selby, Emanner Jones, Warren Jefferson and Huge Jones. For Drew the lineup is James Harden, Brandon Jennings, JaVale McGee, Nick Young, DeMar DeRozan, Dorell Wright, Craig Smith, Pooh Jeter, Bobby Brown and Marcus Williams. There is talk that this might provide a business model for NBA players to make money from basketball while locked out. I suspect it will be a tremendous event that will essentially prove the owners' worth. With the most expensive seats $60, and no huge-dollar TV deals, no big corporate sponsorships, no luxury suites and the like we'll learn that TV deals, stadiums and aggressive sales teams are essential to generating the kind of cash NBA players are used to making. Almost everyone who has ever made big money from sports has had a stadium.
- You're probably not going to understand DeMarcus Cousins' new tattoo.
- Brandon Jennings, using his head. Kevin Durant using his reverse.
- Terrence Williams keeps his pants on.
- Terry Porter and Clyde Drexler have been called -- by science, or something! -- the best backcourt of the last 30 years.
- A little photo gallery of Jay-Z enjoying sports. One of the captions says that Jay-Z has new lyrics about when he was fined for hanging out with the Kentucky Wildcats. Be interested to find those lyrics.
- Shawn Windle, Pacers strength and conditioning coach, tells The Art of Manliness how to get a job like his. "Volunteering!!! Nobody wants to hear it, but you must be willing to work for free. I was fortunate in that I have received at least some form of payment throughout my career, but I know plenty of people that are professional interns. Jobs working with athletes are hard to find, jobs working with really good athletes are really hard to find, and working with elite athletes is nearly impossible. Many young coaches build their resumes by interning with well known strength coaches at well known universities to increase their visibility and to prove that they are capable of handling the stress of working in a pressure cooker. We have seen the stakes grow each year in college sports, and new coaches usually have 4-5 years to make a significant impact in the win column (2-3 years in professional sports); therefore, the will to win and prepare to win are extremely high on the priority list. Losses can be very tense times for everybody involved from the head coach all the way down to the interns. Higher profile jobs generally lead to other high profile jobs. A great deal of effort, determination, networking, and preparation help move you through the field just like any other profession. Most strength coaches I know have moved around the country quite a bit with the intention of building their resumes and sometimes because they are forced to move. If you are a strength coach in the NFL, you could have a short shelf life since many are directly linked to the head football coach. When that coach gets fired, many times the strength & conditioning staff is released as well. The ideal situation is to be hired by the owner or general manager since these positions do not experience as much turnover."
- One of the toughest things in hoops is getting off a good, consistent, high-percentage shot from a body that is in motion. All those runners and floaters with defense to worry about ... that's a lot of movement to account for. But check out who is amazing at this from nature: The owl. No kidding. Watch this mesmerizing owl video. His wings are all over the place, guiding, managing and powering the flight. The legs are busy as hell, getting ready to grab the prey. But the head and eyes never waver in the slightest. All hell is breaking loose all around, but the view is perfect and stable.
- Serious charges for a player who just missed out on this summer's NBA draft.
- The next training camp Kevin McHale runs will be his first.
- Martell Webster, intern of the heart.