Wednesday, February 22, 2012
By Beckley Mason
- The Clippers have effectively replaced veteran backcourt scorer Chauncey Billups with veteran front court defender Kenyon Martin. Has that exchange made them legitimate title contenders?
- We're getting some statistical proof that coaches may call too many timeouts at the end of games. Don't have the numbers to back it up, but I'd wager that a similar phenomenon is at work at the end of the first half, when coaches compulsively spend their "use 'em or lose 'em" timeouts.
- What does Keith Smart talk to Jimmer Fredette about to help the rookie break out of his funk?
- Oracle Arena is the coolest. Earlier this week East Bay rapper Too $hort dropped in unannounced to perform with the Warriors dancers during a third quarter timeout. Then Dave Chapelle appeared in the locker room. Nate Robinson is the guy in the background yelling lines from "Half Baked."
- Greg Oden's health trials have been painful for him, and those who root for him. Now, while Oden copes with another surgery, that second group is feeling some sympathy fatigue.
- Interesting thought here on the Monta Ellis vs. Steph Curry debate in the Bay Area: "Choosing is more important than whom they choose" because what the Warriors really need is a big man. Speaking of which...
- The Lakers are the definition of top heavy, with three great players and about 10 awful ones (and Matt Barnes). John Hollinger (Insider) makes a great case for why LA should unload one great player in exchange for a few good ones to even out the roster. He recommends they move Pau ... now how does Gasol and Steve Blake for Monta Ellis and David Lee sound?
- Jeremy Schmidt wants the Bucks to sell high on the suddenly studly Ersan Ilyasova.
- Meanwhile Queen City Hoops urges the Bobcats not to give up on Tyrus Thomas. At least while Boris Diaw is the alternative.
- The Lakers used a clever double action to get Troy Murphy an and-one. Also notable on that play: Andrew Bynum's slick bounce pass.
- Writes Jay Kaspian King, "regardless of what the polite rules of our post-racial society might say about conflating athletes into symbols or talking too much about race, Jeremy Lin-as-symbol-for-his-people has already arrived." There's no question! This is easily the most complex current in the swirling of story lines surrounding Jeremy Lin. Over at HoopSpeak, I reflect on playing pick-up with two Asian-Americans who had very different reactions to being called "Jeremy."
- Rick Adelman has the Timberwolves running some beautiful motion-based sets to get Kevin Love a few easy buckets.
- Flawed though they are, the Suns still play some pretty, self-less basketball. Wizard bloggers wish their team would learn a thing or two from it.