Phil Jackson explains 72 wins is not something to aim for.
Nikola Pekovic's shoelace may have ruined Michael Beasley's season. Not really. But closer than you'd imagine.
Take a look at Allen Iverson's new teammates in Turkey. One of them went to Virginia Commonwealth, not far from where Iverson grew up in Hampton, Virginia.
This Sudanese "Lost Boy," now a collegiate basketball player in Canada, fled a massacre by swimming to safety with his sister on his back when he was just 11 years old. His best friend did not survive.
Manu Ginobili put himself in position to draw a charge from an airborne Aaron Brooks. Brooks landed on his foot and will be out a month. NBA referees always harp on the fact that you have to let the airborne player land ... The slow-motion replay shows a foul certainly should have been called on Ginobili -- Brooks was in the air before Ginobili moved into his path. But was that just an inventive bit of aggressive defense, or a dirty play?
Stephen Jackson says he was fined for something he said to no one but himself, based on people reading his lips on camera. I have no idea if that's true or not, but be aware the NBA is concerned about how players appear to the people watching on TV. If I were a coach I'd make sure my players understand that, if you want to stay out of trouble, realize that being nice to referees is less important than looking like you're being nice to referees.
As this Kevin Love vs. Kurt Rambis thing plays out, it's worth noting that Rambis was once not unlike Love.
Former Sun Casey Jacobsen is playing in Europe, writing for SLAM, and (although he is not yet 30) he's staying closer to the ground with age: "What I am struggling with is the fact that my body is slowing getting older and that I can’t do the things that I once could. A perfect example of this came this past preseason during an exhibition game in Germany. In the third quarter, a teammate stole the ball under the basket while I was guarding my man towards the top of the 3-point line. As I saw my teammate knock the ball loose, I just released (a.k.a. 'cherry picking') and sprinted towards the other basket looking for a long pass. When I caught the ball, there was nobody around me. Ever since I was 15 years old, this was an easy dunk for me; a 100 percent shot. I don’t think I can think of a time when I didn’t dunk the ball in this situation during my pro career. So, without thinking, I went up for my usual two-handed “white boy” finish. As I jumped to attempt the dunk, everything felt fine. There was just one problem; I wasn’t high enough. I got the ball over the rim, but not enough that I could throw it downwards. The ball squirted off the side of the rim and my opponent grabbed the rebound. As the crowd moaned in pity, all I could do was smile (it was a preseason game, after all!) and run back on defense. That was the first time in my life that I had missed a dunk…and it will probably be the last. The reason it might be the last is because I think I’ll be laying the ball up from now on. Writing that sentence hurts me a little bit inside, but I have to be honest with myself."
A very cool concept: A blog post based on watching one player for an entire game. First up: Gilbert Arenas.
Suddenly Richard Jefferson is a great 3-point shooter, which lets the Spurs run plays like this.
Alvin Gentry says that whatever they signed Al Horford for, it's a bargain.