ESPN's Chris Sheridan quotes Andre Iguodala saying that a good defensive trick is to touch a shooter on the nose, which messes up their balance and is never called a foul. And Toronto assistant Jay Triano explains some tips for international competition, as Sheridan explains: "He's a sideline veteran who has seen what has worked against and what has frustrated American teams in the past. One of his tips: When a player cuts through the lane without the ball, grab him and hold him, because the FIBA referees never call that foul, and the Americans always get particularly frustrated by it. Another Triano tip: Temporarily forget everything you've learned about avoiding a hand check. Yes, it's illegal under international rules, but no, the refs won't call that one, either. And if you doubt Triano on that one, he'll point to the tape of Canada's quarterfinal loss to France in the 2000 Sydney Olympics when French guard Makan Dioumassi manhandled Steve Nash for 40 minutes, forcing him into nine turnovers. And this one: 'On a screen-and-roll, in the NBA if I roll early and run into a defender, that's called a foul. Internationally, if I roll early and run into the defender, it's called a good screen,' Triano said."
Gilbert Arenas says he went to a friend's wedding, and as a wedding gift, he paid for the whole wedding. (You know they're thinking "well if we'd known he was going to do that, we would have ordered some fancier flowers!") He also encourages you to watch that Stephon Marbury interview everyone was talking about a few weeks ago. Arenas writes on his NBA.com blog: "If you guys haven't seen it, you need to search 'Marbury interview' on YouTube. If you don't think this is the best interview in history, something is mentally wrong with you. It was so good, I watched it 12 times just to make sure that what I was watching was actually real and I wasn't imagining it. He's like, 'I'm going to average 10 points, 11-12 dimes, four assists ...' And I'm like, 'What? Last time I checked, dimes and assists were the same thing.' Then he answers his cell phone in the middle of the interview. And at the end he just starts screaming, 'Do it with me now! Do it with me!' I had to rewind it just to make sure it was really Stephon Marbury on there."
A spirited defense of Clay Bennett. I would add this: every new stadium deal is a long shot. It's like climbing Mt. Everest. There are so many hurdles to clear! It takes teamwork! There is no prize for helping a little here and there. The fact is, that if, as suggested by his partner, some of the key people don't really want to get to the top of Everest, then guess what, you're not going to get to the top of Everest. Not doing everything in your power to make it happen is the same as deciding to fail. Also, this story simultaneously makes the cases that everyone should have known the owners wanted the team in Oklahoma, and that they were totally serious about keeping the team in Seattle. I'm confused.
What if you love the Timberwolves, and are from Minnesota, but now live in Boston? How do you feel about Kevin Garnett? Stare deep into your basketball soul.
Chuck Daly in the latest DIME: "[The Dream Team] only practiced one day. Clyde Drexler brought two left shoes to practice. He tries to deny it, but we still talk about that to this day."
Fantastic video spoof of the Tim Donaghy affair.