TrueHoop: Andris Biedrins

Thursday Bullets

November, 10, 2011
11/10/11
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Arnovitz By Kevin Arnovitz
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  • Ben Swanson of Rufus on Fire writes that, given all we know about Michael Jordan's competitiveness, it's not surprising he'd be leading a charge of hard-line owners to secure as much revenue as possible.
  • Kate Fagan covers the Sixers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She also played basketball at the University of Colorado while the school was confronting a recruiting scandal and understands the complicated culture of big-time college sports: "Big-time athletic programs are not entirely unlike nation-states. Everyone wears the colors, says the pledge, and sings the school anthem. Everyone worships the logo, recites the fight song, and reports up the chain of command. Everyone's committed to defeating a common enemy: Ohio State or Nebraska or Michigan. This is what makes college athletics galvanizing and wonderful. And also, for anyone who has been inside it, it's what can make college athletics frightening. When you're inside, you're often a rah-rah believer. Blind acceptance exists that coaches and administrators, those who have established the institution's culture, possess absolute authority."
  • On Friday night, the University of North Carolina will play Michigan State on the USS Carl Vinson, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that hauled the body of Osama bin Laden to his burial at sea. Tarheel alma mater Danny Nowell is excited for the game. At HoopSpeak U, Nowell explores many of the same contradictions and mixed feelings Fagan has about the fervor of college sports in places like Chapel Hill and State College.
  • A French parody of MTV Cribs featuring a muppet Tony Parker, which concludes with some curious plant life.
  • I've received a number of emails from Canadians who maintain the NBA lockout is illegal under Ontario law, even though the NBA has a labor exemption under antitrust law in the United States (which allows it to impose things like a salary cap which would be illegal in other commercial sectors). Law professor David Doorey of York University looks at Ontario's Labor Relations Act and asks some interesting questions.
  • Noam Schiller of Hardwood Paroxysm has a memo for new Warriors head coach Mark Jackson: "According to BasketballValue.com, Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee, and Andris Biedrins played almost 687 minutes together last season. in that time, they were outscored 1553 to 1484, for a net efficiency rating of -4.60."
  • ClipperBlog's Jovan Buha writes that Los Angeles native Tayshaun Prince could be an interesting fit for a Clippers team that's been looking for a solution at the small forward spot since the Taft Administration.
  • Tom Haberstroh has a conversation about the lockout with the hilarious, insightful, sometimes goofy and always thought-provoking behavioral economist Dan Ariely.
  • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire occupy Sesame Street.
  • Several weeks ago, Knickerblogger's Robert Silverman observed Chris Bosh's charity fashion event at Saks Fifth Avenue: "All I could think about while staring at the huddled masses was the original (and awesome) 1978 Dawn of the Dead -- where zombies have overtaken a mall and are riding the escalators, numbly staring at stuff they couldn’t afford in some half-remembered haze, doomed for all eternity to repeat the pointless, boring, soul-deadening rituals of their former so-called life." Silverman goes on to explain, in further detail, how sports are like zombie movies.
  • Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro speaks about the influence the late Jim Valvano, who was fond of reciting poems to his players at N.C. State.
  • Seattleites take note: Metta World Peace feels for you. Among the other things he misses: "I miss the refs running down the court like they have hot tomales in their pants. I miss Charles Barkley commentating."
  • On his Twitter feed, Larry Sanders offers relationship/break-up advice: "When a good thing goes bad it's not the end of the world, it's the end of a world that you had with one girl."

Fisher, Bogut both beat buzzer Wednesday

December, 9, 2010
12/09/10
3:42
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Derek Fisher hit a game-winning layup to beat the Clippers on the same night that Andrew Bogut tipped-in the game-winner for the Bucks to beat the Pacers. That's the first time that two game-winning buzzer-beaters were hit on the same day since January 19, 2009 when Chris Paul and Dirk Nowitzki both beat the buzzer.

Derek Fisher
Fisher
At 36 years and 121 days old, Fisher is the oldest player to hit a game-winning buzzer-beater since Glen Rice did it for the Clippers in 2003.

Beating the buzzer is nothing new for Fisher. Since 2002-03, including the postseason, Fisher has hit three buzzer-beaters in games in which his team was trailing. The only player who has hit more in that span is Fisher's teammate Kobe Bryant who has hit six.

Elsewhere around the NBA:

• Amar'e Stoudemire continued his strong play with 34 points and 14 rebounds in a win over the Raptors. Stoudemire has now scored 30 or more in six straight games. That is the second longest streak in Knicks history behind the seven-game streak set by Willie Naulls in the 1961-62 season.

FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Stoudemire is the first player with 30 points in six straight games, all wins, since LeBron James (seven straight in 2005-06).

• The Knicks have now won six straight for the first time since January 2-13, 2006. Speaking of six straight, the Heat have also won six in a row - all by double-digits.

• After a slow start to the season, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have found their rhythm on the court together. Over the last six games, the Heat have outscored their opponents by 22.3 points per game when all three are on the floor. During the first 17 games of the season, the Heat outscored the opposition by just 8.2 points per game when all three were on the court together as Miami went 9-8.

• The Timberwolves lost 111-103 to the Thunder, but Kevin Love had another big game with 22 points and 21 rebounds. It is the fifth time this season that Love has gone 20-20. The rest of the NBA has combined for five such games.

Wednesday Bullets

August, 11, 2010
8/11/10
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Arnovitz By Kevin Arnovitz
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Now Playing Well

November, 20, 2008
11/20/08
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A new NBA season is like a big wrapped present.

And now this NBA season is partially unwrapped.

Between all of us reading this right now, I suspect we have watched every single game of the season so far. 

Not many people can say that.

So what I'd like to know is: Who's playing well?Andris Biedrins

I'm not talking about the LeBron James/Kobe Bryant crowd. I'm talking about a player on your team who has been a mixed bag in the past, perhaps, but seems to have turned over a new leaf this season. Someone who is just starting -- because of off-season time in the gym, a trade, some new coaching philosophy, or something -- to enter studhood.

Who, in your mind, is starting to make a name for themselves right now?

I'll throw out a name: Golden State's Andris Biedrins.

When I tuned in to the Bay Area-based broadcast the other night, they set up the Blazers vs. Warriors as a clash between two up-and-coming stars. First they showed us some razzle dazzle video about Brandon Roy. And as I watched that, I couldn't help but wonder: Who is the up-and-coming star on the Warriors, when Monta Ellis is out? Are they about to tell me this is seven-year veteran Corey Maggette's time to shine? 

Then they showed us Biedrins, and my immediate reaction was: Andris Biedrins? The guy who helped to kill my fantasy league team last year? It's slim picking for stars in Golden State, huh?

But check out what this guy has been doing. He leads the league in rebounding at 14+ a night, and has been scoring nearly 17 a game. Now, granted, both numbers are inflated by Golden State's ridiculous pace, but they're great numbers anyway, especially when you consider 54% of the shots he has taken this season have gone in. Last season he had his best PER ever at just over 19. (An average NBA player is 15.) At the moment, Biedrins is at 22.54, fifth among all NBA centers.

So, there's one name I'll throw out there. But who else has been impressive in the early going? Who should we all be watching?

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) 

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