Tuesday Bullets

  • Mike Wise says Gilbert Arenas is already the third best player in Washington franchise history: "He will go down as one of the top three players in franchise history, if not the greatest. With all due respect to Chenier, Gus Johnson and, yes, Monroe, who played just four full seasons, it says here that Arenas is at the moment behind Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld."

  • By the way, here's a bunch of recent Arenas video, including from his party.

  • And Dan Steinberg urges you to watch that final play (it's also here) again: "One of the under-discussed points of the final shot was this: what was Antonio Daniels doing? Did you notice this? He crossed his arms behind his back and then bent over forward. He did that before the shot went up, and he didn't flinch after the ball went through. Was he praying? Stretching? Playing charades? No. 1 on my list of questions for this morning." Looks to me like he was getting in position to be launched from an invisible cannon.

  • The Mavericks have a wiki. There's a fan-editable (but moderated) page for every game in Maverick history, although it hasn't been getting a lot action yet.

  • Ian O'Connor: "In the summer of 2003, off two consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, Kidd decided to stick with the Nets and, among other perks, the brighter prospects the metropolitan area offered a spouse with camera lights in her eyes. Now Kidd and Joumana are waging their war of the Atlantic Division roses, and Nets' officials are bracing for the worst, waiting for Joumana to pay back her husband with interest on his claims that she abused him and their kids. 'She might try to tear apart the team,' said one."

  • Must be Shane Battier: this year when Yao Ming or Tracy McGrady is hurt, the Rockets don't play dead.

  • Joey from Straight Bangin' on big men and playing the right way: "I watched the Wizards lose to the depleted Hornets as Arenas and the Wiz used the final four minutes of a close game to take contested jumpers, throw up awkward runners, and take reckless drives into the paint. But it wasn't as though they deviated from their routine or played with a unique desperation. They just don't feed the post. And thus, there were no moments when the team stopped to pitch the ball inside as a means to draw attention away from he perimeter, collapse the defense, create new angles for passes to cutters, or anything else that a post presence can establish. It was, rather, offense predicated on dribbling past someone or using the threat of a drive to create enough space for a jump shot. It's hard to sustain winning against a good team when you're left to rely on that sort of a game."

  • Brian McCormick: "With Mussleman, the Kings still run some of the old motion; the occasional post split for a Bibby three-pointer or a Martin backdoor. However, Mussleman is more of a traditional, defensive-minded, pick-and-roll or set play coach. But, his personnel is not built for his system. He has offensive personnel trying to become a defensive team. It's no surprise that Williamson is again one of the Kings more effective players, as he fits a more traditional style of play better than Thomas, Miller or Abdur-Rahim because of his low block post moves and toughness on defense. So, where does that leave the Kings? Well, right where they are. Struggling."

  • FreeDarko's SilverBird5000 takes a crack at David Berri and Wages of Wins, calling it "dismal science."

  • Charles Barkley from TNT last night: “If (Dr. King) were still alive today, as a person who preached non-violence, would he be disturbed at all the violence we have going on in the black community? It does a great disservice to Dr. King with all this black on black crime going on in our communities.”