By Kevin Arnovitz
Whatever demerit the Miami Heat warrants for its abrasive public address announcer, this smart, stylized player introduction video by director Gil Green makes up for it tenfold. Green took inspiration from Blue Note album covers to create the opening montage. I'm particularly fond of the Carlos Arroyo-Freddie Hubbard visual (Hat tip: Free Darko).
Seen what Carl Landry has been up to recently? He's an incredible finisher and is posting a gaudy Player Efficiency Rating of 23 while coming off the bench. Landry is earning praise from the Rockets' staff but, as Jason Friedman writes, not too much praise: "Yes, Landry has taken great strides since bursting on to the scene midway through his rookie year. But there remains significant room for improvement. So understand that when the Rockets’ coaches are showering Landry with tough love, it’s only because they see a player who still has so much more to offer."
Sometimes when you're blogging about a legend like Dirk Nowitzki, his contributions go without mention because ... well ... dog bites man.
Do not get between Channing Frye and Hulu. According to the Suns' stretchy center, if you're not watching "The Biggest Loser," it's time to hand in your passport.
Os Davis of Ball in Europe would like to remind you that Danilo Gallinari can do other stuff besides shoot: "What has remained from that wonderful boy able to play the inside-out game, run the floor, and score from either from the low or the high-post?"
Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub examines the data to see how good a jump shooter Glen Davis has become ... and then discusses how good a jump shooter Davis needs to be to justify more minutes.
Sebastian Pruiti of Nets Are Scorching has a sharp post contrasting Courtney Lee, the Net vs. Courtney Lee, the Magician.
I love Stephen Jackson as the Bobcats' shooting guard. Along with Raymond Felton and Boris Diaw, Jackson gives Charlotte three point-y players in its starting lineup. For a team that's had trouble moving the ball, that's an effective salve. Brett Hainline of Queen City Hoops notes: "Charlotte is playing like an entirely different team. They are still not a smooth-running, offensive machine, but over their last 5 games, they have put together an offensive efficiency of 106.5, a mark that would put them just above average in the league. With a defense like theirs, that would be plenty."