Lost in the shuffle of 50/50 revenue talk: League offered players the right to get out of a deal after seven years. I'm told both sides would have the right to opt out at that point. If we assume that in seven years the league will have incredible national TV deals and a swelling global audience, that's a big concession. The union has been adamantly against players missing out on what could be fat revenue years, just as the league has been looking forward to that exact thing.
Larry Coon's analysis that players will lose as much in two weeks as they are holding out to gain has a lot of people crowing about how dumb this or that negotiator is. Settle down, people. They don't start canceling regular season games until Monday, and there may well be a deal by then. A fair deal and a full regular season are still in sight, and even makes perfect sense. If that happens, everyone from both sides has done well. CBAs are hard.
Advice from a Steve Jobs speech: "stay hungry, stay foolish." He also recommends something the Dalai Lama is also into: be aware, all the time, that one day you will die. Helps you make good decisions.
At risk if there's a lockout: The NBA's credit rating. Are there still people out there who say players have no leverage? Being able to shut down the entire enterprise is leverage galore, and the reason the owners have given the players two straight fantastic agreements, and all kinds of big concessions on Billy Hunter's third.
Brandon Jennings should be in Milwaukee, not getting knocked around in pickup games all over.
Remember this great play from when Dominique Wilkins played in Greece? Me neither. (Stolen wholesale from Wendell Maxey.)
Derrick Rose plays a bull, as opposed to a Bull, in a new commercial.
It will not surprise you to learn which NBA team leads the league in stashing players overseas.
Jerry West says he wrote a book because he wanted to clear up some things that were in another book he didn't read. He also says he loves to read, incidentally. In an interview with Powells he also says that he has read Malcolm Gladwell, whose work he takes as an endorsement of making big decisions based on gut instinct: "He's written two books in particular that I think have been very compelling, The Outliers and Blink. I've been a person that has been able to process information pretty quickly. Whether it's a gift or a curse, I don't know. I've never been afraid to trust my instincts in life, and I think Blink kind of spelled out to me that it's okay to do that. I look at things maybe a little bit differently than the average person. I think you have to look beyond the resumé sometimes. It's easy to look at a kid in college who scores a lot of points and plays on a great team. But can he get better? Can he progress? Or is he not going to get any better? Is he a finished product? Those are things that I love to do. As I say, I wasn't always right, but we had a great amount of success in not only drafting, but in putting teams together. The people I work with certainly will shake their heads about things that I think would be interesting to do. But I think my experience working for an owner who encouraged and supported my desire to do that was, frankly, pretty enlightening. It was good that he would allow me to do that. We didn't always agree, but at the end of the day he would listen. I'd describe something that I think would be helpful on our team, and then we'd try to go with it, and in more cases than not it worked."
Josh Selby was drafted low with the idea that he might be a little showy or overly scoring-focused. This highlight tape of him being showy and scoring-focused is designed to prove he was drafted too low.
If I owned a team, I would be ruthless in assembling the best trainers, doctors and performance people around. I have no idea who is actually the best, but I do know that Joe Lacob seems to think similarly. The Warriors just hired the Spurs' Chad Bergman as their head athletic trainer, and the Clippers' JoHan Wang as director of athletic performance. Good people in those roles make a team way better; it's amazing to me that most teams simply go with the guy they've had forever.
More research into the hot hand, this time analyzing free throws and supporting the idea there may be a hot hand.