It says here that Kobe Bryant has been wearing an over-sized oven mitt to protect his wrist. Can somebody please take photos of this?
In The New York Times, Howard Beck quotes Tyson Chandler on missing the Mavericks' White House visit: "'It was disappointing,' said Chandler, who never received a serious offer from the Mavericks last month. 'I know my wife was really looking forward to going to the White House and meeting the president.' Chandler met President Obama during the 2008 campaign. He was supposed to play in Obama’s charity game in December before the lockout was settled. 'He owes me a tour,' Chandler said, chuckling. “He owes me a one-on-one game. He owes me a lot right now. He owes me some more money back on my taxes.'"
Barack Obama razzes the Mavericks in various ways. The Associated Press: "Obama singled out the German-born Nowitzki, noting he played in the finals despite a painful finger injury and fever. 'Clearly Dirk is a tough guy, although the most painful thing may have been his rendition of `We Are the Champions' during the victory celebrations,' the president said."
Keeping the Sixers in perspective. And did you notice that even as they're the talk of the young season, the Sixers are still playing to a lot of empty seats? Why is that? Lack of star power? Lack of narrative? Or maybe just hard-bitten Philadelphia sports fans who'll believe it when they see it and not a moment sooner?
Globalization is real. Blazer fans are reading about a draft pick playing in Greece from a writer they know from Oregon, but who is now based in Europe himself. The way we're headed, there won't be many secrets.
If you're concerned about globalization, here's a hornets video to stoke your fears.
The Nuggets have been good, but hardly perfect. Jeremy from Roundball Mining Company: "I would cage the Birdman because he looks lost every second he is on the court." Also worth noting: Now that he has his big contract, Arron Afflalo has not looked like the same guy.
Patrick James of Daily Thunder: "Kevin Durant has really sharpened his passing and ball handling skills. And it has been beautiful to watch. The two most glaring things separating Durant and the guy who is undoubtedly the game’s best all-around player, LeBron James, is that last percentile of freak athleticism and passing. LeBron is simply the most fearsome specimen of combined size, athleticism and skill that sports has ever seen, period. You can talk about whatever rock-solid speed demon in the NFL or wherever else you want -- none of them are 6-freaking-9. Durant is never going to be the runaway locomotive that LeBron is. But he could improve his passing, and he’s done that. The extra high-quality street ball he played over the summer and fall surely helped, but as much as anything it’s the hard work he puts in and being a basketball junkie who is always playing that means you knew he was going to develop his passing. And he has."
Carlos Boozer isn't getting to the rim as much as he once did; nevertheless he is no longer on Bulls' fans' enemies list like he was last year.
Once upon a time, if your pigs got out, you could have paid Chris Wilcox to bring his dog to chase them back home.
Andrea Bargnani's numbers are getting Dirkish. Also, JaVale McGee dunked on two hoops, but Bargnani slammed on two Nets.
There are at least two songs about Ricky Rubio, but we still don't have the song.
Kyrie Irving has a usage rate that is through the roof for a rookie, but has been surprisingly efficient nonetheless.