Tuesday, April 23, 2013
- The story of the Maloofs long quest to leave Sacramento, as told by James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom: "The entire Maloof family hopped a plane for New York and asked Stern for permission to relocate the team immediately. That was 2006."
- Carl Bialik of The Wall Street Journal's Daily Fix: "Home teams have, on average, won 6.2 of eight Game Ones each season since 1984, by an average of 8.2 points per game; and 6.1 of eight Game Twos each season, by an average of 7.4 points per game. The good news, though, is that a set of Game One blowouts doesn’t predict the same outcome in Game Two. The correlation between first-round home-team wins in Game Ones and Game Twos is negative: The more home teams win their openers, the fewer win their second games — though the relationship is very slight. There’s also a negative correlation between median victory margin in Games One and Two; and a positive correlation, though a slight 0.2, between mean victory margin in Games One and Two."
- Paul George's motivation: Watching video of last year's playoffs and noticing Dwyane Wade taking plays off, knowing George would not attack.
- Tony Allen wishes he would have made Chris Paul drive the other way.
- Kevin Durant says he is done with being second.
- This is all kinds of PG-13, but fascinating how Michael Jordan's uniform played a crucial role in Eddie Huang's Obama-infused streetwear career.
- Lionel Hollins seems to have lost faith in his bench.
- Would be interested to hear from Mike Dunlap and Byron Scott about tanking. Two coaches who lost a lot of games for organizations that appeared to want exactly that.
- The Nets like to use isolation plays, but they didn't work on Monday night, when the team got one stinking bucket from that approach.
- Now that he's a featured part of the Nuggets attack, here's the book on Evan Fournier.
- Appreciating Mike Woodson.
- Kevin McHale says Jeremy Lin's best attribute is his toughness, and he'll bounce back.
- I'm a little distraught at how much time I spent watching this low-rent Chris Bosh sci-fi.
- The whole idea of a sixth man is a bit odd.
- Popeye Jones can snarl.
- Talking trash to Michael Jordan.