Rob Mahoney at the Off The Dribble blog with a great breakdown of Iman Shumpert's game and whether or not the lockout will affect his progress. "Even though Shumpert was powerless to resist the allure of jump-shooting opportunities during his junior season at Georgia Tech, he displayed a much more impressive understanding of when to take risks on defense. He has the potential to be a genuine weapon in the passing lanes, but unlike many of the N.B.A.’s (and the N.C.A.A.’s) steal artists, he doesn’t overgamble; Shumpert works hard to maintain good defensive position on a consistent basis, and is rather opportunistic in his approach to creating turnovers – a fact that makes elite rankings in virtually all steal-related statistical categories that much more impressive."
You're probably not going to beat Jimmer Fredette in a game of H.O.R.S.E. at a basketball camp (via Cowbell Kingdom).
Speaking of highlights, Brandon Jennings just T-Mac'd the Melo Center.
Sam Amick of SI.com asked Ron Artest about his process for coming up with his comedy routine. "I get most of my jokes in the bathroom. I go to the bathroom and come up with some silly stuff, some good stuff, and then I go get my pen and pad and my recorder, just to see how I'm going to do it. I'm not doing the whole set, but I'm trying to figure out which joke I'm going to say and how I'm going to say it. So I practice it, and then I go out there and do it."
Jovan Buha on why Andrew Bynum is not a role model and why it may be unfair to ask him to be. "Bynum, like Beasley and Howard, is just one case of a player slowly disintegrating under the public’s eye. And if history is any indication, more players that fall susceptible to the same pitfalls. But who knows, maybe the players themselves aren’t to blame. Maybe it’s a lack of education, maybe it’s the environment the players were brought up in, or maybe people in general will continually mess up if you observe them close enough. Either way, some outside factor is to blame, even if we can’t place our finger on it."
Zach Lowe believes the Houston Rockets are still in great position even without Yao Ming. Kyle Lowry fans agree.
On Twitter, Nate Silver manages to connect Washington’s debt ceiling situation with epic NBA mismanagement in L.A.
A video of Bob Costas interviewing the young tandem of Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury (via A Wolf Among Wolves). Not even 30 seconds into the video and they don't see eye to eye. The funny thing about that video is it was before Game 5 of the 1998 first round series against the Sonics. The Wolves seemed to be on the cusp of becoming something special. The Garnett-Marbury duo was supposed to be part of the new NBA for a long time. Instead, they came out and played horribly in that elimination game. KG and Marbury combined for 14 points on 21 shots. Garnett finished with 10 turnovers and Marbury had five of his own. Without Anthony Peeler's 28 points, the 13-point loss would have been even worse. The Wolves led at halftime of this game and were 24 minutes away from a huge step in the right direction for this franchise. 10 months later, Stephon Marbury was a New Jersey Net.