Friday, March 21, 2008
- Questioning LeBron James' decision to pose like King Kong on a magazine cover. The thing that jumps out to me most about this whole story is something almost desperate about how weird people are willing to behave in their attempts to be noticed. Here's another, non-basketball example.
- Dave from BlazersEdge: "It disturbs me sometimes how refs are able to interact with the players and coaches. I believe officials should be able to talk to people and interact with them right up and until the point where that interaction involves anger or argument. At that point there should be two options: the ref calls a technical which is traceable and recordable or the ref shuts up. Any baiting, arguing, or yelling at a player or coach should be grounds for discipline. At that point the only way to exercise authority and/or bias in a negative way would be with the whistle. I assume the league already traces fouls and technicals for each official and graphs them on a year-to-year basis. Deviation from the norm should be easy to ascertain. Also the controlling nut-jobs wouldn't be able to get the same satisfaction from the job. I propose calling this the 'Blow It or Stow It' rule. Technically some version of this is probably already in place but I think it needs to be enforced pretty strictly."
- If I'm a Dallas fan, I'm not sure I want to see Dirk Nowitzki heading to the hole in crunch time. I know, I know, it's what everyone always said he needed to do -- can't be an MVP shooting jump shots all night -- but he's so uncomfortable on the drive. He was barely touched in this video, and still missed by a country mile.
- In praise of Rajon Rondo.
- Another billionaire full of ideas about newspapers, blogs, and all that. Ted Leonsis and Mark Cuban both fancy themselves experts on newspapers. Here's my idea: a TV show where they both are allowed to spend (just) one billion of their own money (no more) on competing newspaper enterprises. We can follow it for years, and see who ends up with the better business.
- Ken Berger of Newsday explores the notion of Jerry West taking over the Knicks' front office: "Asked if he would consider the job if required to keep Thomas as coach, West said, 'I would not answer that question.' The most important question for the Knicks to propose to West -- 'Would you be interested?' -- hasn't been asked yet. 'I don't know if I'd do it,' West said. 'It would be nice, privately, if somebody had an interest enough to want to talk to you about it. That would be exciting, yes.'"
- Sitting Zach Randolph is not, in and of itself, proof the Knicks are throwing in the towel. He may be a big contract, but they have been terrible with him on the floor lately.
- Some making-of-the-commercial Kobe Bryant video. Pretty weird to see him dunking again and again dressed up as various old men.
- Is Gilbert Arenas going to hire an agent or not? My thought is that he's in a situation where he could use some veteran savvy -- there is not a lot of cap room around the league, he has been injured, and his team is serious about not spending too much money. If he's not offered what he wants right off the bat, there'll be some work to be done.
- Yes, the Nets have said goodbye to some big contracts. No, you should not expect them to have the cap room to bring in a big free agent this summer.