Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- Everyone is worried about Chris Paul's knees. Are they like Brandon Roy's? A useful, plain-English summation of the available knowledge. Verdict: His knees aren't perfect, but they're nowhere near Roy's either.
- The guy with the reputation as the most selfish basketball player in modern American history, tweeting a mini-lecture on the value of selflessness.
- John Hollinger says the Knicks will finish just behind the Pacers. Hear that? It's the sound of pulses quickening in Spike Lee and Reggie Miller. Also, here's Tim Donahue of Eight Points, Nine Seconds: "Tyler Hansbrough is the Pacers’ best player right now — or, more accurately, he is playing better right now than anyone else -- by a relatively wide margin. While that’s wonderful for Tyler, who has played very well, it is an open question as to how good a team with Tyler Hansbrough as their best player can actually be."
- No need to change out of hoops gear to pick up a good book.
- On Grantland, Jonathan Abrams writes about accompanying Stephen Curry when he returned to take classes at Davidson this summer: "He enrolled in three classes this semester: a class on the history of education, a medical sociology class, and today's qualitative research class. The research class is a precursor for Curry's thesis. He is planning to write on the relationship between basketball players and tattoos. He has already polled about five players and drawn a surprising correlation. Nearly all the players1 said they wouldn't have as many tattoos if they weren't in the NBA spotlight, and they certainly wouldn't be as visible, because they believed it would damage their prospects at other employment. Curry has only one discreet tattoo on the inside of his left wrist. It reads 'T.C.C.' and stands for trust, commitment, and care. Curry received the tattoo along with four teammates, and it served as their motto. The idea for the thesis arrived while Curry drove to class and tuned into a sports radio show. The show's topic concerned Panthers owner Jerry Richardson apparently asking Cam Newton to refrain from any tattoos or piercings. Curry thought about the many NBA players who would have shattered that rule."
- Marcin Gortat tweets that he broke his thumb and it helped his free throw shooting.
- If you have the urge to guess at Ted Leonsis' net worth, here he provides a road map.
- In street clothes and fuzzy red mittens, unsigned Raptors draftee Jonas Valanciunas takes on Santa Claus in a flop-heavy game of one-on-one.
- If it's possible to know too much about the NBA, that is illustrated here.
- Enthusiasm flickers in Cleveland. Anderson Varejao is back, and Kyrie Irving is exciting.
- Neil Olshey is winning raves, most recently for signing a furious rebounder like Reggie Evans on the cheap.
- Too many Michael Keatons in Detroit. And a less metaphorical look at the Pistons of the moment.
- Wild thought that occurred to me last night: While Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook divvy up the shots, James Harden could zoom past them both to lead that team in scoring many nights. In the words of Daily Thunder's Royce Young, Harden is looking "scary good."
- New Kings assistant Keith Smart tells Cowbell Kingdom's James Ham what it will take for Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins to get to the next level: "That’s the next step for Tyreke and DeMarcus, to grow up and mentally start paying attention. Looking at film, studying film, understanding -- not just watching yourself play, but studying the game to see what you are doing when you are playing. What am I missing when I’m watching this tape? I can give a guy a CD now and he just sees himself playing a game. But he’s missing so much of it. I want to get him to a point to where he actually understands what he is watching."