Jack McCallum spent the better part of a year with Mike D'Antoni's coaching staff, and wrote a book about it. That book was not flattering to the notion that Amare Stoudemire would ever lead a great team, or anything like that. Five years have passed, and now McCallum's on Dave Zirin's radio show, relating a story about how D'Antoni recently told McCallum that he had never been around a leader like Stoudemire. The lesson: You have to allow for the fact that people change, often for the better. That's a good thing.
Evidence that the NFL is starting to listen to stat geeks, who have been advocating things like going it on fourth down and passing more. This was a huge issue at the MIT Sloan Sports Conference last year. If you think teams should be listening to you, by the way, you have a few days left to submit them for the chance to present them in a speech at that conference.
Not sure I have ever had more fun on the radio than this conversation with Ryen Russillo. On that show I reiterate an earlier position that I wouldn't assume Kobe Bryant is the best guy in the NBA to take the shot with the game on the line. Related: John Hollinger (Insider) points out that Bryant is due to break the all-time NBA record for most missed field goals.
Tim Duncan has already sat out ten fourth quarters this season, as the Spurs blow out one opponent after another. That leads, of course, to a suggestion that Gregg Popovich may listen to Lil Scrappy.
A beautiful Hawks play, undone by a pass that sailed too high.
Possibly bad sign for Sixers fans: That Ed Snider is so consistently identified with the Flyers, even by a fellow NBA and NHL owner. You don't want your first priority as a sports fan to be the second priority of your owner.
Halfway into the season, the Spurs are on pace for 70 wins, but don't expect them to get there.
When Lloyd Daniels was a Greensboro Gater. Yes, that's spelled correctly.
Dawn Evans has the same kidney disease Alonzo Mourning had, and is leading the NCAA in scoring.
Hey, another major knee injury for a Blazer, as Marcus Camby goes under the knife. Portland's fifth knee surgery of the young season. Chad Ford's talking about bad Blazer karma for how they handled Kevin Pritchard. Re-capping, Camby's the emergency replacement to the backup to the starter, all of whom, now, have had knee surgeries. Joel Przybilla has been back for weeks, but still hasn't jumped yet this season.
If I were Gerald Wallace, I'd show this to my kids.
A tough moment for referees in Chicago vs. Charlotte. Big bad calls, back-to-back. (Via Basketbawful.)
Most likely to win the East's top spot: the Celtics.
Rod Benson on HoopsHype: "I truly believe that Kobe Bryant could go a month without food, water, or an iPad if it meant another championship. Kevin Garnett would give up trash talking for an hour if it meant two more rings. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! Still, when the new GQ comes out and Kobe is dressed up like an Amish Eskimo, the fans, the kids, and the players will all be reminded of the other side of the game. They’ll all strive to be good enough to one day have their own GQ cover. Of course, nothing is absolute, but if there are other hoopers out there like me, I’m pretty sure they love the lifestyle too. I’ve been envisioning this life since I was 12 years old: the travel, the money, the parties with people who other people consider to be important. It all comes with the territory. While I work on getting MVP of the Korean League (maybe?) this winter, it’s so that I can resuscitate the party this summer. Why not? I will have earned it."
Dropped passes, no post moves, excessive fouls. Profile of a "project" big man; specifically the Wizards Hamady N’Diaye who toils in North Dakota.