TrueHoop: Jamaal Magloire
Posted by Kevin Arnovitz
- Ramona Shelburne of the Los Angeles Daily News catches up with Baron Davis. Money quote from Davis: "I sucked. I sucked last year. I admit it. What (else) should I say?"
- The Thunder have hired former Sixers and Blazers head coach Maurice Cheeks. How do the Thunder's corps of point guards measure up with Cheeks the Point Guard? Joe Newell of Daily Thunder takes a look.
- Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh gives Darko Milicic an endorsement in the New York Post: "He was a very skilled player when he was drafted ... I think the thing that's held him back is he's been thought of as a guy that has to play with his back to the basket. And everywhere he's been, people have tried to do that ... I don't think that will be the case here ... The way [coach] Mike [D'Antoni] plays, the fact that he's a skilled, fairly athletic, long big man who can run the floor and can dribble the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, he might fit into this system better. That's what I'm hoping."
- More than I ever thought I could know about Joel Przybilla.
- Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Rob Kurz signs a non-guaranteed deal with the Cavs. I still think Kurz can be a serviceable stretch-5 in the NBA, and is a better defender than advertised.
- Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm reminds us that Jamaal Magloire was once an All-Star. No joke: "And the crazy thing was he played really well in the All-Star Game. He scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 21 minutes. In fact, he took 16 shots in those 21 minutes. 16!!!! Who does he think he is -- Von Wafer?"
- Since the collective bargaining agreement necessitates that we all need advanced economics degrees to cover the NBA, Eight Points, Nine Seconds has devised a smart new feature called "Cap and Trade" to help Pacers fans.
- MSG Sports: hemorrhaging dollars.
- If your significant other happens to be traveling to Hvar, you might want to furnish him or her with a pictorial Who's Who of famous Croatian ballers.
- Will the Quentin Richardson carousel come to a complete stop in Miami? If so, how does Q fit in with the Heat?
- The Ministers of Teal are hard at work: vintage Hornets wallpaper. (Hat Tip: Hornets247)
- Don't mind the dust over at Queen City Hoops. Brett Hainline is in the process of installing some improvements that will raise the bar for smart, data-driven team sites, and he wants some help for his new player pages: "I do not have it in me to go through and come up with a witty ... one- or two-liner on every player in the NBA -- but I hope that through the power of the interwebs I can get it done ... So, here is what I am asking: Comment on this post with your player summary and you will be entered to win a $25 gift card to NBA.com."
- Know what I like about summer, other than hiking Griffith Park at twilight while listening to Vin Scully live on MLB At Bat 2009? Catching up on classic columns like Jim Murray's 1986 piece on Chick Hearn. (Hat Tip: Kamenetzky Brothers/Laker Blog). In a just universe, Clippers' broadcaster Ralph Lawler would also have a star on the Walk of Fame.
- Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver, and Mos Def all in one place.
Posted by Kevin Arnovitz
- As of right now, the small-market Jazz are carrying at least $94 million (maybe more) in salaries and potential luxury tax payments into next season. Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune asks, "Nobody from the organization has portrayed it as such, but doesn't spending $28 million more this season than last season constitute a crisis?"
- Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Sportando.net, a Spanish site, is reporting that Cavs' first-rounder Christian Eyenga has signed a deal to play for Ricky Rubio's (once and former?) team, DKV Joventut.
- Blazers Edge tackles fatalism and the sports fan when an e-mailer asks, "If you knew the Blazers weren't going to win a championship in the next ten years would you stop watching or like them less?" Blazers Edge then answers Nate McMillan's question about whether former players make better coaches.
- Miami re-signed center Jamaal Magloire on Wednesday. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel on the Heat's current 13-man roster: "The rotation order at power forward will be decided during camp. But for such a center-centric roster, it sure seems a bit limited at small forward and point guard."
- Zach Harper tells you why you're wrong about Greg Oden: "Greg Oden is a beast of a man, ready to unleash hell on the rest of the NBA. He's a rebounding vacuum. He's a shot-blocking, missile defense system that the Pentagon would be envious of ... He's a decent enough free throw shooter and he moves as smartly without the ball as any young center in the NBA. Greg Oden is not only a good player; he's a sure-fire perennial All-Star who will help his team win a couple of titles. He's a Defensive Player of the Year a couple times over."
- Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer to Bobcat fans: "Sean May never gave up on you. You gave up on him. I have this contrarian hunch his second act might make you wish you'd been more patient."
- Brian Robb of Celtics Hub explores whether Stephon Marbury is worth bringing back to the Celtics.
- Bust-a-Bucket's diagram of NBA off-season moves is a thing of beauty. If the diagram were a route map, the Pistons would be Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest hub in the world.
- At Dime, Ben York makes a strong case for the WNBA.
- Go ahead and add Derek Fisher to the pro-Odom lobby in Los Angeles.
- I could watch old NBA on CBS intros from the 1980s with Brent Musburger all day. Just one question: Did the network really join Game 1 of the 1983 Finals already in progress?