Rob Mahoney of Hardwood Paroxysm writes that the Miami Heat's abundance of talent will allow them to rewrite the book on last-possession strategy, if they so choose: "All it takes is an actual play. Not screening for LeBron so he can catch the ball 25 feet from the basket and go to work. Not just running a counter to get Wade open. I’m talking a real NBA set, complete with off-ball action, staggered screens, three-point shooters who don’t have their feet nailed to the ground in the corner, and maybe even a slash to the basket. Miami is set for incredible success this season not just because James, Wade, and Bosh are all immensely talented, but because of the way that talent will allow them to play off one another. Giving the ball to LeBron or Wade alone to isolate betrays the team’s most obvious strength, whereas operating in a more structured endgame offense would allow the Heat to be brutally effective down the stretch in close games."
Derrick Favors tells Sebastian Pruiti of Nets Are Scorching about the top item on his to-do list after struggling defensively during summer league: "I got called for defensive three seconds a lot so I just need to adjust to the NBA-style of defense."
Tracy McGrady to WDFN in Detroit: "It’s tough to play 82 games balls out. It’s tough to do that. When I say that, yeah I get criticized. Basketball players know there’s a lot of truth to that. I know it’s not the right thing to say. I don’t care what people think of it. It’s the truth if you play basketball."
Matt McHale of By the Horns looks at five big questions facing the Bulls headed into the 2010-11 season. Barring serious injuries, it's difficult to envision the Bulls finishing outside the Top 8 of the league in defensive efficiency under Tom Thibodeau. If the addition of the three Jazzmen enables Chicago to become a versatile offensive outfit that can create shots for itself all over the floor, the Bulls have a chance to run and hide in the Central Division.
Steve Nash might be the most advanced pick-and-roll practitioner in NBA history, but he can't do it alone. With Amare Stoudemire in New York, expect to see Robin Lopez rolling to the hoop a lot more in 2010-11.
Zachariah Blott of Hoops Karma offers up a rousing tribute to Tom Chambers. In this post, you can watch Chambers dunk on a nationally televised game at Boston Garden, at the 1987 All-Star Game and in Sega Genesis.
Red94 gets a new feature, '94 Toons, from illustrator Troy Palmer-Hughes.
Matt Hubert of D-League Digest charts the growth of the D-League over the past eight years: "When the league began in 2001-02, there were just eight teams. The league’s teams were exclusively located in the southeastern U.S. Today, none of those franchises exist in the same location and only three current D-League teams have lineage back to the original eight."
Bluff City Bears makes the case for the Grizzlies in the team's contract dispute against rookie Xavier Henry.
Was the 1988-89 St. Anthony's team featuring Bobby Hurley and Terry Dehere the best prep squad of all time?
The Cheesecake Factory finished third in Zagat Survey's list of best full-service chains, behind P.F. Chang's and Bonefish Grill, but ahead of CPK.