Friday, September 4, 2009
Posted by Kevin Arnovitz
- Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge has assembled an incredible slide show of The Oregonian's special sections published by the paper over the years.
- Eric Musselman, on his Twitter feed, quotes Reggie Theus: "With today's players street credit is important." [Hat Tip: Ziller/The Baseline] Isn't it fair to say that street cred is actually less important than it was 10 years ago?
- NBA fans perpetually want their teams to run more -- but it's really difficult to do so effectively if the team can't rebound the ball effectively. Hoop Numbers looks at the best fast break "triggers" in the league.
- While in Henan Province, China, Shaquille O'Neal makes a side trip to the birthplace of Zen Buddhism: "I've been a lot of places but being at the Shaolin Temple has brought a tear to my eye. Buddha blessed."
- A quarter-by-quarter look at LeBron James' shooting efficiency by shot type.
- The NBA never sleeps, even during the dog days of summer. All Net's list of the five most ridiculous stories of the offseason.
- Part Two of an interview with Anthony Randolph. Does Randolph help a team more as a 3 or a 4? And what do Randolph and Sam Perkins have in common?
- Bruce Bowen's retirement from the Suns' perspective, and a list of Phoenix's most hated opponents.
- Much of the discussion about Bowen's legacy has focused on the likelihood that his jersey will be eventually hang from the rafters at AT&T Center. Zach Lowe takes a comprehensive look at Bowen's career number to see if the defensive and corner-3 specialist is truly worthy of the honor.
- Blake Griffin follows 20 Twitter feeds. Among them, pro skater Rob Dyrdek.
- Mike Wang, lead designer for NBA Live 10, says that the newest version of the game will allow users better off-ball controls: "We felt that off-ball play was an important part of basketball and we needed to focus on that. We added over 150 new animations off-ball alone where guys would be cutting, spotting up, doing V-cuts, and it just makes the whole game look a lot more organic." Does this elevate the game value of guys like Rip Hamilton?