Wednesday, November 30, 2011
By Kevin Arnovitz
- ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Clippers have intense interest in Dwight Howard. D.J. Foster of ClipperBlog on the Blake Griffin effect: "If there’s a testament to the power of Blake Griffin, this is it. The Clippers were never really in the running for LeBron ... Now that Blake Griffin is a real, dunking, dominating thing, it buys you more than that. It lends legitimacy to these types of discussions. It’s no longer a pipedream for Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to be a Clipper -- Blake Griffin has made even the wildest of dreams suddenly seem very tangible."
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's editorial page sounds the bell for a new arena to replace the Bradley Center: "If there isn't a shovel in the ground for a new state-of-the art facility within the next five to eight years, the team's days in Milwaukee are numbered. Bucks owner Herb Kohl has paid big salaries in an effort to keep the team competitive, but he has been relatively quiet on the question of how to fund a new arena. If Kohl wants to keep the team in Milwaukee, he should have some skin in a new building. There will have to be other sources of funding as well. Kohl should be leading an effort to build a new home for the Bucks, and the business community should be backing him."
- How badly do the Heat need Mario Chalmers? The Indexiers discuss.
- HoopSpeak's Beckley Mason breaks down some tape of Tony Parker and discovers that he might be the best analog for the younger Russell Westbrook: "[W]hen he gets space in the open court, Westbrook is every bit as difficult to corral as Parker. But after witnessing James Harden’s emergence as pick and roll dynamo, the Thunder would be well served to take advantage of Westbrook’s excellent cutting instincts by giving him more regular opportunities to be a finisher from off the ball, rather than a creator on it."
- Similarly, Aaron M. of Gothic Ginobili sees a lot of Gerald Wallace in Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard: "His game brings me the electric rush I get watching an older and wiser Gerald, grounded in a younger, more durable frame. The leaping athleticism I love watching in Gerald’s game is there, but in Kawhi’s game it’s completely unhinged from Gerald’s creeping tendency to dial his pure athletic plays back a slight bit -- Gerald knows he’s over 30, and he knows he needs to keep from killing himself just to make the super athletic move when he can do an efficient but not exactly as effective move that keeps him from injury."
- Danny Chau of Hardwood Paroxysm would like you to take a closer look at the Thaddeus Young. The Sixers' 23-year-old small forward might be the league's most valuable sixth man. Imagine him with a right hand.
- Team LeBron James vs. Team Kevin Durant in flag football at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Quickish chooses the best sports book of 2011.
- When Wes Matthews chats with teammate Nic Batum on Twitter, he uses French -- and addresses Batum in the "vous" form.
- NBA nostalgia in the form of high-top fades, gold-capped teeth and standard-issue goggles.
- A securities analysts upgraded shares of Madison Square Garden on Monday from a "neutral" to a "buy." The stock jumped more than 10 percent during Monday's trading session.
- Macao Time Machine, as retired NBA players like Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton and Dale Ellis tour Asia.
- Among the losers of the settlement: Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, which canceled Chalmers' charity game scheduled for Thursday night.
- The Top 40 most shared stories of 2011 on Facebook.