Monday, September 17, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- Dwight Howard does his best to do the impossible task of clearing up his messy Magic departure in a sit-down with Ric Bucher. "I can't make everybody happy," he concludes. That's very true, even if it's not the whole story. He does admit that he wanted to go to Brooklyn where he could write his own story, and not be in Shaquille O'Neal's footsteps. He also addresses the firing of Stan Van Gundy, saying "I didn't have any say-so."
- The pass that leads to a corner 3 ... where does it come from? A pretty chart, with a comment making a fancy dig at the Bobcats.
- How pedophiles groom victims, by Malcolm Gladwell. Not really a basketball story, but a sports one, for sure. A surprising number of the anecdotes -- nearly all of them, in fact -- involve sports.
- Now in Dallas: Jumpshooting centers.
- Neither new, nor breathtaking, but cool: A little YouTube video of some homemade basketball animation. Kind of looks like an eighth grader made it, which is what makes it enthralling.
- Metta World Peace, on YouTube. It's PG-13 for about three dozen different reasons, and pretty gross in no small part because of some vomit/social media shenanigans on a bus. Fascinating, though. One of the lyrics: "I admit I used to smoke right before games ... eased the pain the brain it's insane ... halftime, hit the liquor store for a half pint." Drinking at halftime is not a new confession, but smoking before is. Entirely possible this is all song lyric boast. Speaking of boasting, here's World Peace saying he's one of the best defenders ever and that this year's Lakers are thinking about trying to go 73-9.
- The Wolves have a very white roster. Good luck figuring out what to make of that.
- What if the NBA had players call their own fouls?
- Oh wow. Somebody has to sign Leandro Barbosa. Check him out here. Casually grabbing Reggie Evans' hand, so the two hold hands walking off the court in front of the TV cameras, as Evans cracks up. Barbosa plays it completely straight-faced.
- Dwyane Wade tells Maxim about the Finals fashion wars between the Heat and Thunder: "It wasn’t even close. We’re way better dressers than they are." (Via Daily Thunder)
- Kyrie Irving may be the most productive teenager in NBA history. (Insider)