SBNation Blogger and Wizards fan Andrew Sharp once saw John Wall play in Kentucky, and afterwards he wrote: "He's not so much a freshman as an NBA player playing college basketball. Carolina's Larry Drew vs. John Wall was like pitting a golden retriever against a cheetah. It's not the dog's fault when that fight turns into a slaughter. It's just ... nature. Do you ever wonder what it would have looked like had LeBron gone to college? This is it."
A very cool visual summarizing 18 different mock drafts.
Ted Leonsis has said he reads David Berri, and Berri ranks Cousins and several others ahead of Wall in the draft.
Yes, Dwight Howard has a post game. Watch. His points per possession in the post are similar to Al Jefferson's.
The key to both conference finals may well be how well each team defends against 3-pointers.
The Lakers' weakness was supposed to be their bench, but it has been pretty good.
J.J. Redick's bad decision, in pretty pictures. OK, an immediate timeout was plan A, but just going for it would have been a good move too, as far as I'm concerned. The third choice was starting to go for it, and then getting the timeout, which is what happened.
Watching video to assess the idea that Kobe Bryant tanked against the Suns in 2006's Game 7, and finding no strong evidence.
Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball: "Make no mistake, the Celtics are the better team."
Kevin Garnett explains "Lost" to Glen Davis. It's amazing.
David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal: "After playing his whole career in bulky hightop and midtop shoes, the Lakers' Mr. Bryant asked Nike to make him low tops for the start of last season. The reason: He thought they'd help him move around better. Soon after he started wearing them, teammates Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, Shannon Brown and Josh Powell switched too. Mr. Nash said he has always preferred lowtops, probably because he grew up playing soccer in low-cut cleats. On the rare occasions when he's worn hightops on the court, he says he wasn't impressed. 'I just felt less mobile,' he said. Sacramento Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie, who was one of the first NBA players to switch to Nike shoes in the 1970s from the then-popular Converse brand, says the league's tendencies are simple -- if a star does something, other players will follow. 'If they started wearing sandals, so would everyone else.'"
On the downside of fame: Someone allegedly claiming to be Brandon Roy was arrested in California after getting into a car accident while under the influence. The real Roy insists he was in Washington state, and has evidence to prove it.
One of the Celtics' big buckets of last night was a long Rajon Rondo two-point jumper from the left side. He has made just two of those all playoffs.
Doc Rivers, an Orlando resident, says that "unfortunately" he knows the Magic fan who argued with referee Joe DeRosa in Game 2.
After a miserable playoffs, Jason Kidd confesses that he had a cold and back trouble. After the circus surrounding LeBron James' "no excuses" media policy, I'm strongly in favor of just being frank about injuries. What would we think of Willis Reed if no one knew he was injured for the most famous game of his life? He didn't play so well in that game, after all. People would have killed him. If you're injured, just say so. Lies can make things very weird indeed.
Now reportedly on the market: Kiki Vandeweghe.
So, what's so strange about Mikhail Prokhorov saying Jay-Z is his soulmate?