Thursday Bullets

  • Baron Davis does a masterful job working the drive-through at McDonald's. Must-watch.

  • It's always a good time to praise Raja Bell.

  • Jeff Van Gundy and the Rockets say nice things about Bonzi Wells, but also confirm they believe he's done with the team. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle quotes Jeff Van Gundy (who reportedly has text-messaged with Wells since his suspension, but not talked to him): "'I have nothing but positives to say about him. This one incident, he should have called me. Other than that, he handled himself very well. ... I was never seduced by one playoff series,' Van Gundy said of Wells' success in a first-round playoff loss with Sacramento last season. 'That was not what attracted me (to signing Wells). That was a different team, a different situation. He was guarded by two-guards there because (Ron) Artest was guarded by threes. ...'"

  • Marcus Camby introduces the concept of the five-block first quarter.

  • A tidy little line-up of racially enlightened gems from Don Imus, which includes mention of Patrick Ewing, Latrell Sprewell, and the New York Knicks. If you want a Ph.D. level analysis of the whole situation, to the Situationist. Also, as it turns out, Boston Celtic Allan Ray's sister is on that Rutgers team.

  • Minnesota really needs to protect their lottery pick -- if it's not in the top ten, the pick goes to the Clippers. They're on that bubble right now. In unrelated news, an injury Kevin Garnett has played through for months is suddenly something he has to sit out for indefinitely.

  • There are still Sixer fans out there, and some of them have blogs. One of those would like to point out that the team has a winning record since they traded away Allen Iverson.

  • This middle-school teacher in Phoenix has a lot of balls, and he can dribble them all.

  • Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress is hearing a lot of interesting things about who is signing with which agent, and updates my Kevin Durant news from Monday.

  • SLAM's Sam Rubenstein manages to be a little snide even as he weeps for Kurt Vonnegut: "Two of the best players to have on your fantasy team the past month are Rashard Lewis and Gerald Wallace. Pretty coincidental that they are both impending free agents, no?"

  • David Stern makes noises about this being one of the best drafts ever, which some people interpret as a sign he's expecting Greg Oden to be in it.

  • In this pdf you can actually see visuals, based on today's standings, of each team's chances in the draft lottery. Go Blazers! (Via Sactown Royalty)

  • Ivan Carter of the Washington Post saw Antawn Jamison doing a little NBA lecturing to Andray Blatche, who came to the arena on the later of the two buses ... the bus for the players who don't need to get in some extra shooting and the like: "I've been in the league nine (darn) years and I've never come over on the second bus. OK, maybe in Dallas a couple of times because I wanted out of there. I'm never on the second bus. Why you on the second bus?" Blatche smiled in silence in response.

  • There's Dirk Nowitzki talking about imagining winning handball championships and stuff when he was a kid.

  • Here's a really interesting-but-not-new New Yorker article about Robert Greene and his book the 48 Laws of Power, which is a book plenty of NBA players (including Stephon Marbury) and rappers (including 50 Cent) swear by -- although some consider it advice on how to be creepy and selfish. On his new NBA.com blog Chris Bosh says he's reading it right now.

  • Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog on Wizard lucky charm James Lang, who just finished his season in the D-League: "For the record, this team was 31-24 on the day James Lang was released. Since then, this team is 8-14." Lang has played 55 NBA minutes.

  • Michael Bloom is not overly impressed by Greg Oden. And he has charts.

  • Nussbaum at SuperSonicSoul quotes James Joyce in describing the state of the Sonics: "There's a line in James Joyce's A Painful Case, one of the dozen or so short stories included in Dubliners. The story is about James Duffy, a woeful man who tries to glide through life without any interest in anyone, to prevent himself from feeling the nick of sadness. When Duffy finally musters the courage to fall -- somewhat -- in love with a woman, it ends terribly. Joyce's description of Duffy is apt for a certain green and gold basketball team: 'He gnawed the rectitude of his life; he felt that he had been outcast from life's feast ... He knew that the prostrate creatures down by the wall were watching him and wished him gone. No one wanted him; he was outcast from life's feast.' That's us, folks. The 2006-07 season has been an abject failure, and the Sonics are now outcast from the marvelous playoff buffet. While other teams have their entire rosters down to the last man on the bench examined and re-examined by a host of experts, no one will examine the Sonics' roster, because to do so would be a waste of ink."

  • The Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman quotes Dwyane Wade, who has bad news for the Eastern Conference: "The shoulder's fine. I'm not worried about that. I'm just trying to get my legs under me."

  • Everybody loves Dwight Howard, right? I love him because he can bench press 345, which is more than the total combined weight of my entire family of four. (That's actually true.) He can also dunk over a stack of Volkswagens. (That's actually not true, but close enough.) But you want him to be all warm and cuddly, too? Ok. This'll work. (Via Deadspin)

  • Howard Beck reports in The New York Times: "Jon Stewart on Monday asked Bill Bradley, the former senator and onetime Knick, if his new book addressed 'why the Knicks can't get their stuff together.' Bradley responded, 'Jon, there are some things beyond the capacity of someone who is in public life for 20 years.'"

  • A nice roundup of some classic NBA commercials.

  • UPDATE: Carl Elliott, the point guard from George Washington who is hoping to get drafted, is hoping to make the NFL his backup plan. He last played football in high school, but people say he was pretty good.