You have probably heard that Jason Kidd has told ESPN's Ric Bucher that he would like to be traded. Where might he go? Bucher writes: "There are a variety of teams who would be interested in acquiring Kidd -- Dallas and Denver already have reached out in the last week, a source said -- but it's a matter of what the Nets would insist upon in return. If draft picks are involved, weighing true value is infinitely easier after the May draft lottery, when the selection order is set and teams have a better idea of which players plan to declare their draft eligibility." Kelly Dwyer says Kidd won't be easy to trade.
UPDATE: ESPN's Chris Broussard (Insider) has an idea: "Lamar Odom, Javaris Crittenton and Sasha Vujacic for Kidd. It works financially and could potentially benefit both teams. ... I threw my proposal out to a few league executives Monday, and they said they'd make that deal in a heartbeat -- if they were the Nets."
An assortment of basketball-centric video, animation, and claims from presidential contenders.
Rasheed Wallace's face, expressed in cake.
A high point of Reggie Miller's career, told in crazy fun video. George Gervin's laugh should be in every highlight reel.
The Hornets destroyed the Nuggets, and look scary good. One guy I'm happy for: Ryan Bowen. He's getting real minutes on a real team. Last time I saw him in the flesh he was trying to get on the court for Minnesota's summer league team.
Wow, this is really beautiful cinematography, and music. The whole thing is amazingly fun to watch. But when they re-make the basketball version of this (aren't they sure to?) I could sure do without the ... you know ... bombs. (Via Kottke)
Maybe a better approach to preventing performance enhancing drugs: non-stop tracking of biomarkers. Joe Lindsey guest blogging on the Freakonomics blog describes an experiment on bicycle racing: "... instead of looking directly for banned substances, it checks biomarkers -- hormone levels, red blood cell concentration, and other benchmarks that remain relatively uniform in a person over time -- and compares them to past results. A sudden jump in a marker doesn't mean an athlete is doping, but it could, and that rider gets benched until the markers return to normal or can be explained by, say, illness. Too many warnings and the rider is fired.
Basketbawful on Marcus Camby's performance last night: "A lot of people are campaigning for Camby -- the reigning Defensive Player of the Year -- to be named as a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team. He had a chance to prove he was worthy of the honor last night, particularly since he was facing off against one his his primary competitors in Tyson Chandler. Well, Chandler used Camby like a jock strap on his way to 10 points (4-of-5) and 16 rebounds (8 of which were offensive). Not only did Chandler outrebound Camby 16-5, he matched the output of the entire Denver front line. Meanwhile, Camby struggled on defense (1 blocked shot, no steals) and forgot how to score on offense (3 points, 0-for-5)."
There has been some discussion of Pennsylvania basketball star Tyreke Evans on TrueHoop, but we have never really gotten into his tangential involvement in a shooting last month.
Even the video game version of Kwame Brown can't get any respect. More video game based video: Michael Jordan's "frozen moment" commercial recreated, the Michelangelo of highlight mixers, and a fresh take on some current NBA commercials.
The full article is not online that I can find, but a profile of Newark mayor Cory Booker in the current New Yorker is a must-read for anyone interested in a meaningful discussion of race. Here's an abstract. To me the big point is: with a younger generation of leaders who don't feel the old wounds of racial strife so freshly, there is a new opportunity for pragmatic race relations to become meaningful. Pragmatism will never satisfy yearnings for revenge, but it sure can get things done. Is this about basketball? Sure. Basketball has been one of a handful of forums where repressed black Americans can demonstrate mastery over whites. But as the tectonic plates of racial relations shift, and the best basketball players continue to come in a dazzling array of colors, creeds, and nationalities, I think more and more NBA players are buying what Cory Booker is selling to Newark -- the future works better if you work together.
The list of potential suitors is so long it might just be easier if you raise your hand if you don't think Damon Stoudamire might help your team.
One wearer of Starburys argues that they are not cheap when you factor in medical bills. It would be just hilarious if this site was sponsored by a competing "full price" shoe company, but it's not. Not yet, anyway.
Gregg Popovich calls up Ian Mahinmi just to hang out a little. Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News reports: "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Mahinmi is on the first leg of the rodeo road trip, a three-game stretch that goes from Salt Lake City to Seattle to Phoenix, strictly for the camaraderie he will gain with his teammates. 'We just wanted to bring him up and spend some time with the team,' Popovich said. 'He can make friends with the guys and enjoy himself a little bit. It's more that, a personality thing for him to be around the guys.' Popovich wants Mahinmi, a 21-year-old, 6-foot-10 rookie who was the team's first-round draft pick in 2005, to get all the seasoning he can in Austin. Mahinmi has played well for the Toros, and joined the Spurs after a 32-point, nine-rebound performa
nce in Austin on Sunday."
BrewHoop's midseason report card includes this note about Andrew Bogut: "Here are Bogut's ft% numbers from his Utah days until now: .640 (OK), .692 (Improving!), .629 (Uh, OK), .577 (Dude?), .560 (Seriously?)."
The WNBA has record attendance, a TV deal, and a new collective bargaining agreement with very modest raises across the board.
Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee: "The relationship between Don Nelson and Chris Webber originally lasted less than a year, resulted with Webber traded and Nelson hospitalized, and damaged the Golden State Warriors franchise for the better part of a decade. So this is completely absurd. The tooth fairy will visit before this story ends happily. That was my first thought. That was my second and third thought. But Nelson, who is older and wiser and not without regrets, needs to do this. The Webber matter has chewed at his gut worse than the beer and hot dogs he consumes at a record-setting pace. He will be fine with Webber. The issue isn't Nelson. The issue is Webber. Webber's goals. Webber's thoughts. Webber's maturity. Webber's grasp on reality."
Dwyane Wade makes reporters laugh with a PG-13 comment that is pretty mild for locker room humor, but not at all in keeping with the way most people talk in the newspaper.
Portland in crunch time, as described by the Oregonian's Joe Freeman: "Games decided by seven points or less: 11-5. Games decided by five points or less: 8-2. Games decided by three points or less: 6-0. Overtime games: 3-1." Why is that? My best guess is luck, Brandon Roy, Travis Outlaw, a deep bench, and a coaching staff that has been preaching poise all season long.
Lots of teams need point guards, and Portland isn't playing the intriguing Sergio Rodriguez much. People start thinking. But in a Kerry Eggers Portland Tribune article, Kevin Pritchard doesn't sound like he's dealing: "He knows we feel good about him. He has a future with us. But we've always said patience is the key. We've seen what has happened with Travis (Outlaw) and Martell (Webster), and we'll see it with Sergio. Right now, he's a very small part of what he's going to be. He's going to be a heck of a player.
Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star: "Do you remember when people were drinking the Pacers Kool Aid early in the season? I was one of those people sipping out of a tiny paper cup. Look at things now. Who knows when they're going to win their next game. Their next four games -- all at home -- Detroit, Houston, Orlando and San Antonio aren't against bad teams. Actually, the Pacers can't beat bad teams, either. It also doesn't help that Indiana is still without Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley. I recall some of you saying the Pacers were better off without O'Neal. Do you still think that? They could use him in the middle altering shots because their perimeter defense has been HORRIBLE. I wouldn't want to be in Larry Bird's position these days. It's obvious the Pacers need to shake up their roster, but who do they trade and what team is willing to take players with health issues and several years remaining on their contract?"
Kris Humphries gets singled out for praise in the national media.
Carl Steward of the Contra Costa Times: "Can Chris Webber still play? That's the $600,000 question, which is the approximate amount the Warriors will have to pay him to see if they sign him to a pro-rated contract for the $1.2 million league minimum. But it seems such a small price to pay weighing potential rewards against risks. While it seems the 34-year-old, gimpy-kneed Webber is an awkward fit for an up-tempo team, let's face it, the Warriors don't run every trip up the court. Webber could be a godsend in the half-court -- particularly in the postseason -- by improving their interior passing and scoring capabilities. At the other end of the floor, he enhances the Warriors' rebounding potential and can also play center or forward, which allows Nelson the flexibility of playing him alongside Biedrins or Harrington when necessary."
Kwame Brown isn't what anybody wanted him to be. But there's plenty to like.
You know how foot injuries are supposed to be almost impossible to overcome, especially for big men? Remember how Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed all those games with foot injuries? Now he's one of the most reliable Cavaliers.
To help the Hornets stay in New Orleans -- by meeting their attendance figures -- there is an idea knocking around that they should play the occasional big game (like when the Celtics come to town) in the Superdome, to goose up the numbers.
Not the best time for anyone eager to get a whole bunch of real estate financing -- like, for instance, the people trying to build a massive new arena for the Nets in Brooklyn.
Ha Seung-Jin, the first Korean to play in the NBA, returns to Korea as the first pick on the Korean Basketball League draft. He never did much in the NBA or the D-League (a Ha tribute highlight reel features one shakily executed layup after another) but he's still only 22.
The son of sportswriter Bob Ryan was found dead in Pakistan, where he was working for the U.S. government. Condolences to the entire family.