Remember those technical foul issues we talked about this morning? Matt Moore over at NBA F&R thinks the new policy is being overblown. “The final piece of this ridiculous counter-reaction to a call for responsible, mature behavior is the "robot" argument. "I want my players to play with emotion, not be robots!" As if this behavior has anything to do with the emotion of the game. The new rules don't prohibit a fist pump after a big shot down the stretch. From a defeated collapse or hitting the floor after a player knocks down a tough shot over you. It doesn't prevent the hip bumps, chest bumps, high-fives, fist-pounds, jersey-popping, or any of the other things that produce imagery we've come to love about this game. There isn't an ounce of in-game emotion that's being sapped by this rule set.”
Mike Prada over at Bullets Forever is concerned about JaVale McGee’s latest comments about his confusion with what Flip Saunders wants. I’d be concerned too. This shouldn’t be a hard concept to grasp. I think Saunders wants more of a basketball player than an athlete right now. Maybe that’s asking too much of a guy who doesn’t really have a ton of experience.
Khloe Kardashian’s mom is Lamar Odom’s new manager? Of course she is.
Sebastian Pruiti breaks down some video on Blake Griffin. The thing I take away from watching Griffin is just how effortlessly he moves. People forget he’s practically the size of a center and moves like he was molded to play on the wing.
Here are two very good previews for the Orlando Magic. Eddy Rivera at Magic Basketball is still concerned with Orlando not having a go-to guy when a bucket is needed. Ben Q Rock at Orlando Pinstriped Post is concerned with shot creation. Read both posts and you’ll be infinitely smarter about the Magic.
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers merchandise is at an all-time low. Buy now in case he goes back to the team.
Mike Schmitz would like you to know the Suns aren’t concerned with guys at the right position. And with good reason too.
NetsAreScorching would like you to know Derrick Favors is still pretty young. It may take some time.
The No Look Pass talked to Brent Barry. Topics of discussion ranged from Seattle basketball to Kevin Durant to Loy Vaught. I think we all miss Loy Vaught.
Some insight into why work stoppages happen. Please no NBA lockout next year.
Hide your eyes. The Bobcats won’t be broadcasting in HD this year if you’re watching locally in Charlotte. Rufus on Fire is baffled by this and so am I. It’s 2010. How are companies not pushing all sporting events in high definition?
48 Minutes of Hell is wondering who will back up Richard Jefferson. My pick is clearly going to be a Manu Ginobili clone (not mentioned as an option for some reason).
Mike Miller and his monkey. No seriously.
Carl Landry took out a Lakers girl during Wednesday’s exhibition against the Lakers. Nothing like a little more fuel to the Lakers-Kings rivalry.