Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Posted by Kevin Arnovitz
- Re: Allen Iverson and ticket sales. It turns out that, over the weekend, Dave Berri looked at the data: "When we look at the attendance data we see a small increase when Iverson comes to Denver and a small decline when Iverson departs. But the changes are quite small. For Detroit, the change is not very large either, although when a team stops selling out every game it's hard to conclude Iverson helped. In other words, the Detroit experience suggests Iverson does not sell tickets (and it is hard to conclude he helped much in Denver)."
- Brandon Haywood's Four Keys for Pro-Athletes to Avoid Going Broke: "My last rule is arguably the biggest of them all – get a prenuptial agreement (prenup)! If you're a pro-athlete or if you've achieved a lot of wealth before you met your mate, don't get married without a prenup. One of the quickest ways for pro-athletes to go broke is through a messy divorce. I know a lot of folks say it sounds cold-blooded but I don't care!"
- Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub revisits Boston's decision last offseason to let James Posey walk.
- Tom Ziller puts the NBA age limit debate in a human context -- DeMar DeRozan, whose mother suffers from lupus.
- David Lee has received little love as a restricted free agent this summer. Mike Kurylo of Knickerblogger breaks down Lee's 2008-09 season in detail and concludes that Lee was efficient on offense, a swell teammate, a subpar defender and ... a hamburger?!
- Channing Frye had a love affair with the city of Portland, but he returns home to Phoenix where the offensive system is far more suited to his skill set. Frye says he's ready to "blow up" in the Valley of the Sun.
- A cornerstone of the Magic's success last year was positional flexibility. Stan Van Gundy had the luxury to mix and match various players to create a barrage of different lineups. Despite all the roster moves Orlando has undertaken this offseason, it hasn't forfeited that advantage in the least, says The Painted Area.
- Raptors Republic explores the notion that Toronto's acquisition of Jarrett Jack was as much about Chris Bosh as it was obtaining a backup point guard: "Until I heard them yesterday I had no idea that they were this close, and Colangelo had to know this because the signing has taken quite a new dimension with the revelation of this very close friendship. Here I am thinking they were casual friends and ex-teammates but turns out they're tighter than tight."
- Ridiculous Upside has a stellar, two-part roundup of guys who made good at Summer League, beyond the usual suspects.
- Who is Barry Parkhill? According to Neil Paine, he's Adam Morrison's statistical comp.
- Can you guess the clearance price of a Zach Randolph Blazers jersey or a pair of fuzzy Sonics crocs?
- It's widely assumed that Lamar Odom will return to Los Angeles and that the posturing on both sides is nothing more than kabuki. It's improbable that Odom will end up back in Miami, but Matt Moore enumerates all the reasons it would be supercool if he did.