Rahat Huq of Red94: "Tyreke Evans became just the fourth player in NBA history to average 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists during his rookie season. The achievement conjured memories of Steve Francis who was often lauded for his averages of 20-6-6 over a three year span with the Houston Rockets. It’s interesting how we trumpet these arbitrarily determined ‘milestones.’ If dissecting the numbers, in Steve’s case, what did 20-6-6 really mean? Pretty much that he was a pretty good scorer, a bad passer, and a damn good rebounder. So all we should really have taken from the statistical body was Steve’s rebounding prowess. But instead, the line was used to justify belief in Francis’ superstardom. Oops…"
Shane Battier is mocking bad karaoke in this video. Right? Battier is not kidding, though, I don't think, when he tells the Rockets.com's Jason Friedman: "There are too many throw away games in the NBA regular season. For anyone who’s gone through an NBA season, they know it’s nearly impossible to go maximum intensity for all 82 games of the year just because of the grind and the travel. I think the game suffers because of that. Don’t get me wrong, we travel first class all the way. We have chartered flights, we have people who pick up our bags, so it’s absolutely the best it can be. But with that said, I still think the game suffers because we can’t be at our physical peak due to the overall grind. I think by dialing the season back to where we play 58 games and you play every team once -- once at home and once away -- you’re creating a more pressure-filled environment where every game means so much more, so you have to play at your best if you want to get into the playoffs. You can’t afford to have a four or five game losing streak in a shortened season. I think the fans would appreciate it more, too. I know I’ve talked to a lot of NBA fans and they say, “I’d love to get season tickets but the commitment is just too great.” Instead of 41 nights a year, I think 29 home games is much more manageable for a fan. If I were a season ticket holder, I think I would appreciate that. Yeah, I’d love to see Kobe Bryant come to my arena twice a year. But you know what, I’d also like to see everyone play hard every single night in a pressure-filled situation. By shortening the season and creating that scenario I think you’d get that effect."
Digging through the dealings of Mikhail Prokhorov's companies, and finding something-or-other about a brutal dictator that'll need a good explanation.
Dwyane Wade will not party with wiseguys, thank you very much.
A year ago, a lot of you ignored a bunch of posts about the Nike Hoop Summit, which were mostly about John Wall. This year, we need to talk about Harrison Barnes.
John Hollinger in today's Daily Dime: "The underrated story about [Marcus] Camby's arrival: his impact on Portland's defense. The Blazers are now 16-3 in the last 19 games Camby has played, and in those 19 games only three opponents have hit the century mark; seven of the last 10 have failed to hit 90." Here's Camby trying to remember the last time he scored 30. Benjamin Golliver of BlazersEdge: "With decade-old Chinese tattoos, a diamond pinky ring and every trick of the basketball trade at his disposal, there is no Blazer from recent memory with whom to compare him. Everything -- tip outs, defensive assignments -- is thought out in advance. Even, it turns out, his unique habit of high-fiving teammates using the back of his hands instead of the palms. 'Been doing that since Denver,' Camby told me as he headed out of the arena after a night that saw him score more points than he has put up since December 2005. 'But why?,' I asked. 'Not everybody washes their hands, let's put it like that,' he replied, cracking a huge smile."
If you owned the Grizzlies, and you signed Zach Randolph because of his enormous expiring contract but then he played like an All-Star ... would you re-sign him?
Wayne Winston suggests some Thunder lineups that he thinks can beat the Lakers.
Lottery lock DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky's Zach Randolph-like big who scores and rebounds even on plays when he decides he'd rather not jump, has signed with a one-man band Washington-based agent who once played for the SuperSonics.
The Bucks wouldn't want to face the Hawks anyway, but this particular matchup is especially tough without Andrew Bogut.
Jeff McMenamin of Philadunkia attends a screening of the Allen Iverson "No Crossover" documentary, about the bowling alley brawl for which Iverson was jailed in 1993. It's by the director Steve James, of "Hoop Dreams" fame, and McMenamin says it's surprisingly uplifting: "Producer Emily Hart answered questions after the screening and had this to say about the interview process, 'It was frustrating. There were plenty of unanswered phone-calls,' said Hart. 'There were parts of the story that we certainly would’ve liked to have heard, but in some ways it spoke volumes about the situation back in 1993 and how far we’ve come or haven’t come with either the fact that people didn’t want to revisit it or that they were really afraid that it would effect their names now or their jobs.' One of those people choosing not to revisit the events of February 14th, 1993 was Allen Iverson. From what Hart knows, she doesn’t even think Iverson has watched the documentary yet. To me this just adds to the Iverson mystery and to the documentary overall. Throughout the documentary the picture of Iverson is painted by the people who knew him and taught him: His old AAU coach Boo Williams, his former neighbors in Hampton, his former attorney, and many journalists from around the area. There is also a lot of footage of Iverson throughout the movie that many people may not have seen before. Without as many interviews as he would have liked, James displays a brave documentary that will make you think about life and equality. This is as much a documentary about hope as it is a documentary on Iverson. It is a hope that one day class and race differences will cease and work together for a better cause." The documentary is on ESPN this evening.
Honestly, everything about this little Hawks vs. Wizards story-in-photographs is funny. "Mike Miller grabbed and coughed," write Kyle Weidie of Truth About It, "but he forgot to cough."