Doc Rivers signs up for the long haul, which makes sense: The team is due to rebuild, no coach would want to be judged on their record a year or two from now. It's also just -- let's be honest -- a big piece of cake.
Humans are taller than ever, which is great news for basketball scouts. But is it great news for humans?
The Bulls' pick and roll, and video of how we can expect the Heat to defend it.
Know why the Heat will be better against the Bulls in the playoffs than they were in the regular season? More LeBron James and way less Erick Dampier and Carlos Arroyo.
Enes Kanter working out, talking about how amazingly well one can play hopped up on painkillers. Anticipating the knee-jerk criticism that he's foreign and therefore soft, let me point out that imported big men -- Marc Gasol, Zaza Pachulia, Tiago Splitter -- have been some of the league's most physical performers in these playoffs. (Also, a video warning against competing intoxicated.)
The NBA has a website devoted to sharing, and presumably spinning, just a little, information about the CBA negotiations. For the record, the analysis on that site is that the NBA will have a hard time talking the players into a true team-by-team hard cap.
This clip has a few things -- a fantastic Josh Smith dunk, the worst few seconds of Joakim Noah's last 100 games and, most importantly, a stellar example of Hubie Brown saying "whoa, whoa, whoa" like he really means it.
SI.com's Zach Lowe on Tom Thibodeau's Kyle Korver conundrum: "Watch any Rose drive from the Chicago-Atlanta series when Korver was not on the court, and chances are pretty strong you’ll see at least four Atlanta defenders surround Rose when he’s in or near the paint. And even then, Rose will have few -- if any -- clear passing lanes. The Bulls’ biggest weakness is a lack of perimeter shooting, and when Korver isn’t on the floor, Chicago’s players tend to get bunched up around the paint, making it easy for defenses to both load up on Rose and stay near passing lanes. Deng is really the only Chicago starter consistently good at cutting in ways that give Rose a target. All of this changes with Korver on the floor, which is why Chicago’s offense has scored at a ridiculously efficient rate when he plays. The problem, of course, is that Korver has had the opposite effect on Chicago’s defense, and the Bulls have scrambled to find places to put him on that end."
Without Kevin Love, says David Berri, the Timberwolves would have won about three games.
It would be a mistake for the Lakers to pick Rick Adelman because they like his offense. They had the best offense in history with the last guy -- but the challenge was getting everybody on the same page. What's called for here is an incredibly inspiring leader, who can succeed where Phil Jackson failed -- in getting everybody passionately pursuing one goal. I suspect that he'd not take the job at this juncture, but Mike Krzyzewski would seem to be on the short list of people with a shot at pulling that off. For the record, here's our big list of available candidates.
"Tampering Week," at Nets are Scorching, has been tremendous.
Tim Donahue makes a strong case for a hard cap: "The drum I will beat is one of NBA unity. The league and the franchises must recognize their inherent connections, and that means that all the teams affect both the national and the local revenue for each team. The local revenue is in part a product of being a member of the NBA, and part should flow back into the NBA community. It is not communism, socialism, or anything remotely approximating; it is simply enlightened self interest."
John Milton's "Paradise Lost," and Rashard Lewis. You're not getting that anywhere else, folks.