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Monday Bullets

  • Chris Paul on the brainy comedic NPR show "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." He says he wasn't allowed to play basketball unless he had a 3.0 GPA. He also says he gives his dad no freebies when they play each other. And he still feels like throwing up at the beginning of each game.

  • That newish owner's code of conduct, apparently designed with Mark Cuban in mind, could in theory be used to put the clamps on James Dolan.

  • Home video from the Yao Ming and Steve Nash charity game.

  • Phoenix won the WNBA title, which is a relief, because this series had some controversy. In Game 3 there was a little scuffle with a few seconds left, and some players left the bench area. The WNBA rules in this regard are the same as the NBA's. But nobody was suspended. And this game was in, of all places, Phoenix -- the city that is still entirely bitter that the same rule triggered an automatic suspension of Boris Diaw and Amare Stoudemire in what may have been the de facto NBA championship.

  • The abstract of the paper "High-Impact Athletics After Knee Articular Cartilage Repair -- A Prospective Evaluation of the Microfracture Technique" by Kai Mithoefer, MD, Riley J. Williams, III, MD, Russell F. Warren, MD, Thomas L. Wickiewicz, MD, and Robert G. Marx, MD: "Thirty-two athletes who regularly participated in high-impact, pivoting sports before articular cartilage injury were treated with microfracture for single articular cartilage lesions of the knee. Functional outcome was prospectively evaluated with a minimum 2-year follow-up by subjective rating, activity-based outcome scores, and the ability for postoperative participation in high-impact, pivoting sports. At last follow-up, 66% of athletes reported good or excellent results. Activity of daily living, Marx activity rating scale, and Tegner activity scores increased significantly after microfracture. After an initial improvement, score decreases were observed in 47% of athletes. Forty-four percent of athletes were able to regularly participate in high-impact, pivoting sports, 57% of these at the preoperative level. Return to high-impact sports was significantly higher in athletes with age <40 years, lesion size <200 mm2, preoperative symptoms <12 months, and no prior surgical intervention." (Via Basketball Forum which also has some interesting discussion.)

  • Kevin Pritchard is adamant that the Blazers did not overlook anything when it came to assessing Greg Oden's health before the draft, and the Ohio State trainer confirms that Oden's knees have not been trouble.

  • Baby Danny Ainge, at it again and feeling lucky.

  • Writing on the excellent TWolvesBlog, Liston really makes a strong case for being the most intense appreciator anywhere of Corey Brewer's teeny weeny afro. Some of the things he admires about the 'do: "... got a perfect score on the SAT's even though it only drew a duck on the first three pages, always has thoughtful gift bags for its guests when it throws a dinner party, is credited with having coined the rebuttal 'after while, crocodile' to the once indefensible 'see you later, alligator.'"

  • Basketbawful has the video: "If there were two guys in the 80s you wouldn't have expected to find dunking on each other in a solitary game of one-on-one, it would have been Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge. But Reebok begged to differ, to the point where they made an entire commercial that centered around such a dubious scenario. The 'dunks' are filmed in that sad, look-away manner that suggests poor DJ probably had to jump off a folding chair just to reach the rim."

  • Kelly Dwyer sends a cheer up Blazer fans email. Here is main part: "This year will be rough. But with Channing Frye, Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jarrett Jack a year older, plus Oden, and another lottery pick on the way... After that? $28.4 million in salaries come off the books. A conservative projection would have the team about $12-16 million under the cap. That's the youngest team in the league, way, way under the cap, and with Paul Allen likely more than willing to pay the tax. Because you guys traded Telfair, you don't have any 2004-class free agents to keep on the team, the only thing you'd have to do is pick up options; and even if you decided to hang onto Martell Webster, Channing Frye, or Jarrett Jack, you could wait until AFTER picking up new free agents, or letting them sign the qualifying offer. (That projection is including their cap hold during the summer of 2009.) You dump them outright, which is unlikely, and that's another 12-million under the cap to work with. Working them into sign and trades will be tough because raises even a little under what I'd guess their market value is would be enough to set off the BYC qualifier; but it's possible you could renounce Jack and Webster and be 21-million under the cap; with Frye left to sign. And, because Frye's cap hold is counted, you can use that money BEFORE extending him. I'm legitimately scared."

  • TrueHoop is one word (capital "H"). Just FYI. It's all over the web as two, which bothers me not much at all, but Google implies I have misspelled it if I write it the correct way, and that seems a little odd.

  • Rumors this weekend that there may be some action on the Seattle arena front. The rumors have been denied but that doesn't mean nothing is happening.

  • Charlie Bell is trying to divorce the Milwaukee Bucks so he can play for another NBA team, but it's not easy.

  • Donald Dell is kind of the godfather of modern sports agents (David Falk worked for Dell way back in the day when Dell represented Michael Jordan). He speaks.

  • Avery Johnson challenges Dirk Nowitzki to be a better leader.

  • The reality of the West: not a lot of playoff spots to go around.

  • Welcome back, Joey Crawford.

  • UPDATE: I bet Steve Nash likes the sound of Diana Taurasi's blog entry: "We are Phoenix. We run-and-gun, we shoot the three and we win c
    hampionships. This is the culmination of it all and it is a beautiful thing. Tonight we made beautiful music with beautiful people." (Via With Leather)