Chris Bosh is proving to be a major new front in the old stats vs. new stats debate. Old stats say he started sucking when he left Toronto. New stats say he's as good as ever.
Look, a tale of an NBA writer wearing a ski cap in the media room ... 100% guarantee that's Kevin Arnovitz.
Eric Bledsoe and John Wall were college teammates, and now both NBA rookies. Wall is in the conversation for fastest player in the NBA, but David Thorpe suspects Bledsoe could be even faster.
The Spurs are using their D-League team to test a secret sports medicine and nutrition plan. Fascinating.
Beckley Mason, hoops blogger and high school J.V. basketball coach, writes an ode to awareness: "I’ve long been baffled by the fact that, among professional athletes, there seems to be so much separation in ability. Think of all the millions of players that pick up a basketball in high school. As the herd is culled using a rubric of athleticism and skill, the last distinguishing factor separating the incredible from the simply awesome, is awareness. And as the game speeds up between the college and professional levels, it’s the player who commits to augmenting his awareness capacity that ultimately succeeds. For every Nick Young there’s a player like Stephen Curry, reading the game at a level far beyond his years."
Gordon Hayward, NCAA tournament darling, has been only OK in the NBA.
Instead of running, watch Rudy Fernandez slide laterally around the perimeter, ready to catch and shoot at all times.
Vince Carter played well enough last night to deserve his own little mini-highlight reel.
Should the Heat be playing faster? Yes, is one decent answer. To me, it'd be nice to have a real point guard to run such an attack. Sure LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can handle the ball in the middle, but not at the same time they're catching and finishing on the move -- at which they're about the best ever.
Meet the Nets' third option: Tranthony Morrlaw.
John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog: "Random thought: I don’t really like Miami LeBron that much. A part of me was kind of excited to see what he’d do alongside teammates like Wade and Bosh, but he seems way too tentative so far. He’s not looking to drive enough, and seems to be deferring to his new teammates instead of really taking advantage of them. Also, the Heat are still way too dependent on jump shots -- even in that blowout win over Phoenix, they were doing most of their damage from the perimeter."
Strange ending to the Portland game: LaMarcus Aldridge attempted a shot when merely holding the ball would have been enough, then Denver didn't call timeout, opting to play in chaos, which almost worked.
J.A. Adande wrote meaningfully about his own role in helping to create the NBA's All-Star ballot, and how it is that this year's does not include Paul Millsap (who happens to have the NBA's ninth best PER, as of today). My main thought is to reiterate the argument I make every year at this time: Not that I can't believe this or that player was left off, but that I can't believe a paper ballot still dictates the process. Are you kidding me, in the digital age, we can't just let fans vote for any ol' player they want? The only reason to confine that list was to fit it onto a little piece of paper. But nowadays, in deference to things like the realities of communication, and trees, shouldn't that whole process be electronic -- and inclusive of all the NBA's players?
Exactly! I have this thing about how the media covers politics. The media will come down hard on a guy for not wearing a flag pin on his lapel, for instance. Not because the media really think a small symbolic act is a problem. But because they assume that will offend the more simple-minded public out there. You see how that's weird? Politicians and media agree other things -- tax policies or whatever -- are what really matter. But the media screams foul on behalf of people who may or may not even be upset about it. Anyway, Ethan Sherwood Strauss has the bitter news that that same brand of media coverage is coming to the Miami Heat.