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Thursday Bullets

  • Even if Italian basketball club Vitrus Roma fails to land Andrea Bargnani, it's safe to say that more people than ever know about AshleyMadison.com, the company that was reportedly set to underwrite the cost of Bargnani's salary. AshleyMadison's corporate mission is to help spouses find potential partners for extracurricular affairs ... or just coffee. Bargnani denies he's talking with Roma.

  • The props in Blake Griffin's most recent dunk? Roller blades, an antique phonograph, a ramp, a cannon and a white jumpsuit.

  • Dave of Blazers Edge on Sam Bowie: "[A]n iconic representative of disappointment, crossing time and space."

  • Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle distinguished himself in the NBA Finals with his lineup management. Ian Levy of Two Man Game looks at Carlisle's overall performance in that area. I like this general point from Levy, as he explains how he examined the data: "As the advanced statistics movement trudges forward, there will continue to be a vocal segment searching for a one-size, fits all, comprehensive measure, a number which says definitively that one player is better than another. To be honest, I find that search to be counter-productive. A visual observation can usually tell us who the best players are. For me, the benefit of advanced statistics is the increased ability to delve into details. I don’t want one number to explain everything. I want all the numbers."

  • Dwight Howard contemplates an old school Magic vs. new school Magic game in Orlando.

  • Barry Petchesky of Deadspin on Bryant Gumbel's comments and the lockout: "The lockout is all about who has to give up the money to close the gap between what the system was and what it has to be. But both sides will have to give something up in the end, and both will agree on the eventual solution. Believe it or not, they're all in this together. Partners! There’s a novel way to look at the NBA. The owners wouldn’t be able to get rich without the draw of the actual players’ play, and the players wouldn’t be able to get rich without the organizational infrastructure and marketing put in place by the league. This, I think, is what Gumbel was hitting at before the baggage that comes with his plantation metaphor dragged his point down, out of the discussion."

  • On his morning run, Wesley Matthews learns that dogs, in fact, love fire hydrants -- not just in children's books.

  • Team USA will feature a number of D-League standouts in the 2011 Pan-Am Games.

  • The Escapist's review of 2K12 evokes memories of the 2010-11 Timberwolves offense: "The simulation isn't perfect, however. The play calling interface makes it easy to get your team in motion, but I wish there was more visual feedback on how the players were going to move. Cutting through the lane is tough; getting too close to a defender will tie you up for a few beats. That may be physically realistic, but when it results in the whistle-happy refs calling a three-second violation, it's just damn frustrating -- not to mention illegal."

  • Would two additional rebounds a game from a power forward be a game-changer? Andrew Lynch looks at Amare Stoudemire as a case study.

  • Noam Schiller of Hardwood Paroxysm on Chris Paul: "The great thing about Chris Paul is that if indeed you try to play basketball vicariously through him, you will vicariously be really awesome at basketball."