Friday Bullets

  • David Aldridge reports talk of Geoff Petrie returning to Portland, which might be one of the reasons Blazer brass did not immediately hand the reigns to Kevin Pritchard.

  • The Brian Davis/Christian Laettner team has not given up in an attempt to buy the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • Today is the first day of the modern era (or, that's my story anyway) when the version of The New York Times that comes to my house doesn't have one single NBA story. Nada. It has standings, a box score, and, if you delve deep into the transactions, news that Louis Amundson caught on with the Sixers. Guess that's a sign March Madness is upon us.

  • Behold Bobby Brown. He'll likely be drafted this year. A common concern of potential draftees is: how can I prove to NBA scouts, in a college game with a short three-point line, that I can hit the longer NBA three? Brown figured that out: score 47 mostly by standing about five feet behind the college line and firing away. (College coaches everywhere don't want you to watch that video.)

  • Columnist is convinced no one is reading his column on the newspaper's site, so he republishes it on his blog where he hopes it will actually find an audience. I'm sure this is some kind of mini-milestone in the evolution of blogs.

  • Michael Jordan's son can jump.

  • Chris Broussard takes a crack at the best basketball nicknames of all time, in order: Doctor J, Magic, Air Jordan, Earl the Pearl, The Human Highlight Film, Pistol Pete, Sir Charles, King James, Hakeem the Dream, and The Reign Man. Not sure who'd be my 2-10, but my #1 is Chocolate Thunder. No contest.

  • Speaking of, Josh Howard needs a real nickname.

  • Indy Cornrows is asking the right question for a floundering franchise: what would Mr. Brady do?

  • Praise for Walt Williams.

  • The incredible "recovery" of Steve Francis may have nixed a buyout, which means his playing these few games will reportedly cost James Dolan something like $20 million in salary and luxury tax. Although it seems he's still headed for a buyout at some point, surely...

  • Get to know the dude who "made it rain" at All-Star weekend.

  • Dikembe Mutombo is more productive than Yao Ming, says David Berri.

  • Paul Allen, in a major tumble, is reportedly now barely in the top twenty of the richest people in the world.

  • P Nussbaum of SuperSonicSoul compares the recent transactions of the Utah Jazz and the Seattle Sonics: "The essence of the difference between the two boils down to how the Jazz went after Deron Williams two years ago. O’Connor knew that the #6 and 27 picks weren’t going to make his team a contender, so he dumped them and got the best or second-best young point guard in the league. The Sonics, rather than looking at moving up and getting someone who can help now, have settled on projects in the draft; first Swift, then Petro, then Sene. That’s great if you’re the 1994 Bulls, but the Sonics are a team that needs help now, not 5 years from now. Not surprisingly, Sund is polishing his resume now, and it’s inconceivable to me that Clay Bennett won’t can him this summer. Quite frankly, he’d be crazy not to."

  • A big day in the Middle East for Peace Players International. Mike reports: "The team walked bravely though the New Gate together and into unknown territory. For the Jewish children from Beit Shemesh it would be the first time they had ever entered an Arab dominated section of the Old City. For the Arab children they would be walking next to their Jewish teammates, not into a obscure gym, but right out in the open and in their own backyard. All this against the backdrop of the turmoil surrounding the excavation near the Temple Mount. To this moment I am stirred by the passion with which our boys played that day. They walked in together under challenging circumstances and after a difficult defeat they walked out no less together."

  • Some interesting Greg Ostertag video.

  • UPDATE: Peter Vecsey defends Steve Patterson.