Tuesday, January 22, 2013
By Henry Abbott
- Question on Twitter from Ross Siler. On the anniversary of Kobe Bryant's 81-point game, "name the three players (not Kobe) who have scored the most points in a game since then."
- We've launched a series called Working Bodies which is about keeping NBA players healthy. New thing to worry about, courtesy of Kawhi Leonard: Nails sticking out of the court, ready to tear you up when you hit the deck. Seriously?
- LaMarcus Aldridge plays power forward next to a 6-9 starting center, J.J. Hickson. Hickson has been a revelation for Portland, with the team's best PER. But the closer you look, the less of a fairy tale it is. Aldridge recently told NBA.com's David Aldridge: "I love J.J. He's good for us. But somebody seven foot, 7-foot-1, a lot taller than me, that would be great." On Portland Roundball Society Sean Highkin notes "the fact that their starting center can’t guard anybody can’t really be ignored." Meanwhile, the team is in the running for a playoff spot ... but weird factors combine to make it almost certainly better for the team, long term, to miss the playoffs. Which seems wrong.
- The new collective bargaining agreement in action. Whole idea of leveling the playing field was to force good teams to give up talent to worse teams to avoid stiff taxes. Only oddity is that the "good" team is in one of the tiniest NBA markets, Memphis, while a lot of people saw the CBA as a way to help small-market teams.
- Dwight Howard "hasn't updated his self-image to reflect the current state of his game," writes Kevin Ding in the Orange County Register. (Via Beckley Mason.)
- Person to know on the basketball internet: Incarcerated Bob. Robert Silverman tells the PG-13 tale.
- Suspicious assists.
- Ryan Anderson's game is expanding.
- As an off-the-dribble 3-point shooter, Stephen Curry is in a class by himself.
- Blake Griffin: You, sir, are a flopper.
- On occasion, the ball does lie.
- Tim Duncan would like to sell you a killer set of rims.
- What's the difference between Joel Anthony and Chris "Birdman" Andersen? About four rebounds per 36 minutes.
- Sacramento has not given up yet; how they might keep the Kings.
- On Cavs: The Blog, remembering a classic Cleveland sports fan, recently parted: "Ed was your typical trooper when it came to Cleveland teams falling short -- he approached the disappointment with a sort of gloomy optimism, surrounding all of his hopefulness with a gigantic swig of negativity. Ed knew as well as anyone else that while next year meant another chance at success, it also meant another opportunity to fall short."
- A lot of what's fun about sports is in these GIFs.
- How not to defend the 3-point line -- an illustrated journal, by the Charlotte Bobcats.