Wednesday Bullets

  • Jason Richardson was hoping to go as one half of Milli Vanilli for Halloween, but might have to settle for Cameo.

  • Del Harris, now in a dual role as head coach and general manager of the D-League's Texas Legends, tells Rob Mahoney of the Two Man Game that he's been working with advanced stats for decades: "I’ve been doing metric analyses since the 60s and was the first in a lot of areas in the 80s to implement electronic data systems and things when I was coach and Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Bucks. Then that continued on with the Mavericks in a more elaborate system of metrics. But the basic metrics that I use for coaching a game really only involve basic chart-keeping, so we will be utilizing things that I’ve done for over 40 years to evaluate our points per possession, our pace of the game, our momentum. I can train a guy to do that in 10 minutes."

  • From Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Major League Baseball has put the kibosh on Dirk Nowitzki's throwing out the first pitch in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night in Arlington, Tex.

  • Hakeem Olajuwon and LeBron James, all smiles.

  • One of the few beneficiaries of the NBA lockout -- the Basketball Channel. They'll stream yet another star-studded exhibition on Sunday, this one in Oklahoma City.

  • The Lakers had the most expensive secondary -- or resale -- tickets in the NBA last season, while the Pistons were the cheapest ticket in the league. Of note: the Raptors placed 5th, the Clippers 9th and the Jazz 28th.

  • The Timberwolves were markedly better with Wes Johnson on the floor. Ben Polk of A Wolf Among Wolves has a theory: "First, despite his inexperience in most phases of the game, Johnson moves the ball willingly and with some vision. Second, Johnson was second-to-last on the Wolves in usage last season, ahead of only Anthony Tolliver. He didn’t shoot well, but he also didn’t shoot too much or turn the ball over too prodigiously. On a team with Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph and Jonny Flynn contributing a full portion of heedlessness each, such judicious self-awareness counts as a genuine skill."

  • In its Euroleague opener, CSKA never stops moving against the zone -- and all that motion pays off. For a primer of Euroleague's first round, visit The Painted Area.

  • More impressions of Michael Redd, who has likely played his last game as a Buck, from the gang at Bucksketball.

  • Four players have won titles in both NBA and Euroleague. Can you name them?

  • Mark Ginocchio's enduring love affair with Drazen Petrovic continues, as Nets Are Scorching counts down the 44 greatest Nets of all time: "I would argue that Petrovic IS the Nets in a solitary player encapsulation. A guy who couldn’t break into the rotation of a far superior team who emerged as a borderline all-star with the Nets only to shockingly die less than two years later. The other elements -- his PER, his scoring average, his lack of an All-Star Game appearance, his intentions to leave the US after the 92-93 season -- come across as irrelevant when you think of Petro in these terms. He is both what’s awesome and overwhelmingly depressing about being a Nets fan wrapped into one player. Someone who was never expected to amount to much, yet left us before we could actually say without question what he was actually worth to the organization."

  • Trolling for celebrities who could potentially buy the Hornets.

  • A gay American playing professional basketball in Europe comes out to an old friend back in the U.S. via text.

  • Shop early and stuff your stocking with Goodman League swag. Proceeds go to Project GiveBack in Washington.

  • On LeBron James, straw men, a hero's journey and conspiracy theories.