Dave D'Alessandro of The Star-Ledger: "Larry Brown, of course, went on to be one of the greatest coaches of his generation, as famous for winning as he is for being hated by the teams he leaves behind after winning. 'I always thought Larry is happiest when he's unhappy,' Mike Gminski said. 'He's one of the most delightful people you can know away from the sport, but get him in-season, and holy cow. That's just who he is. But what a coach. If my son's career was based on a single game and I had to have one coach to win it, I'd pick Larry Brown. But I would never want my son to play for Larry Brown.'"
A really hard read for Knick fans. New York magazine goes long and deep on the state of the Knicks.
For four months, as a rookie, Dwight Howard was a pretty good free throw shooter.
Benjamin Golliver of BlazersEdge: "If you told me Jarrett Jack would never make another jump pass again, I would feel 100% better about his game and 100% different about his future with the organization."
The bloggers at 3 Shades of Blue launch the first installment of a massive and fascinating conversation with Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley. He talks about a lot, but makes a really interesting point about the Celtics defense, Kevin Garnett, and Tom Thibodeau: "They've got Garnett and Allen who are fantastic scorers and everything else but in reality what they also got was a defensive coach out of Houston. They basically turned the team over to him and he was a great defensive coach. (Kevin) Garnett brought his enthusiasm to the team but my remembrance I don't ever remember Minnesota ever playing defense anywhere near as good as this team plays defense. They got Pierce who everyone thought could play defense but he never really did. He bought into the system and now they've got one hell of a defensive team. Matter of fact, we outscore them! We score more points per game than they do. They just don't let anyone score more than about 80 something points against them and we let teams score 120 against us."
Phil Jackson reportedly wants Vladimir Radmanovic to see the team psychologist.
Walter Herrmann won't play in the Olympics for Argentina.
Have you noticed that as the season has reached it's toughest phase, the Hornets keep winning? They're a game and a half up with six to play. A lot people thought they'd be slipping by now. But they're not.
Brian Windhorst of The Akron Beacon-Journal: ".. what to do next year is going to be an issue not just for Eric Snow, but for the Cavs. He has one year and $7.3 million left on his contract, which will be the largest salary of his career. Understandably, he doesn't plan on giving that money up because a knee injury prematurely ended his career. The decision probably won't be made for some time, Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry has other pressing matters on his plate at the moment, but what to do with Snow could have an impact on next year's roster. If the doctors agree, Snow and the Cavs could file for disability retirement and he could be released, which would clear his salary off the Cavs' books. ... By admitting it's over, Snow could be able to save the Cavs $10 million or more and in exchange get a chance to start his coaching career early. But Snow's contract, because it will be expiring next season, also has value in a potential trade."
Mark Madsen's former coach at Stanford -- and former Warriors coach -- Mike Montgomery, is going to UC Berkeley. Madsen is happy for all involved, but has complicated feelings about the school, in part because of a stolen email account: "All I can remember about UC Berkeley is hostility. One time one of our walk on players from the East Bay almost got into an altercation with a UC Berkeley fan even before the game started! I think the fan threatened a lawsuit or someting. Then last year someone actually hijacked my Gmail email account! The sad thing was that I could see when he was online through the 'Chat' functionality from another one of my gmail accounts. I 'chatted' with him online to my 'old' account and threatened to get the FBI, CIA and every law enforcement agency possible on his tail unless he gave me back my account. Finally he releneted and sent me a message: 'You can have your email account back, the new password is 'UCBerkeley.'"
Michael Lee of the Washington Post says Dikembe Mutombo might keep playing: "After he had eight points and seven rebounds in just 16 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers, I asked Mutombo if he really was going to leave the game when this season ends. Mutombo shook his head and chuckled. His career might not be over after 17 seasons, four defensive player of the year awards, more than 12,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocked shots. 'It's crazy,' Mutombo said. 'The owner [Les Alexander is] chasing me everyday, man. I'm going crazy in the back of my mind, man. When you have the GM [Dary Morey], the owner, the team president, your teammates, coaches. Walking away is tough, man. So, I'm just sitting down letting [agent] David [Falk] handle some of the issues, then me and my wife can talk and try and figure it out. I know she want me home at some time.'"
The butt-slap. Long a part of sports. Seldom captured on video quite like this.
Kevin Willis is retired and making some nice jeans for tall people. More and more athletes are asking for the Willis & Walker jeans. The demand is so great that former Michigan State basketball player Kevin Willis hasn't had time to make his annual NBA comeback. Willis, 45, and business partner and former teammate Ralph Walker are providing athletes a simple staple that the general public takes for granted. Players rarely wore denim because they were too big and tall to buy off the rack, and tailors made them look like dress pants. 'We wore dress pants or sweats when I played,' said Willis over the phone between visiting with clients at his factory near Atlanta. 'That was it.'"
Kevin Garnett wants you to know that he's from South Carolina first.
William Wesley is close to both LeBron James and John Calipari. Here's speculation that the Knicks could hire Calipari -- a hot coaching commodity at the moment for his work in Memphis -- and expect that would give them an advantage in recruiting LeBron James when he's a free agent.
Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald: "The deadline for media voting on NBA awards is April 17, and those banking on a second MVP honor for the Celtics' Kevin Garnett will likely be disappointed. But as Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and maybe even Paul Pierce [stats] fragment the process, Garnett should have another calling. He has transformed the Celtics into the league's best defensive team. He's not only responsible for the greatest turnaround in league history but one of the NBA's most remarkable defensive turnarounds, as well. It's inconceivable that Garnett has never won the league's Defensive Player of the Year award, but that drought deserves to end this year."
One of the best coaches in the world -- David Blatt -- is looking for work.
Reach way back in your memory and remember that game when the Raptors were apparently screwed out of a basket in Atlanta? Then there was talk that Al Horford might have tipped the ball? Here's some evidence he did not tip the ball.
Rod Benson, writing on Yahoo, on how to stay comfortable on an 11-hour D-League bus ride: "I bring four cushions from my teammate's couch, two of my own pillows, my comforter, and my travel bag onto the bus. I then put the bag in the aisle so that there is no gap between the 2 rows of chairs. I then lay out the couch cushions over the seats and my bag, creating an 8-foot-long bed. Boom. I throw on my noise-canceling headphones and call it a day."
Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times: "No fooling. Stephen Jackson is the NBA's Community Assist Award winner for March. It's a genuine, David Stern-endorsed honor, given to Jackson for his charitable work in the community. Volunteerism always has been one of Jackson's go-to moves, but he has elevated his game this season. In March alone, he appeared on a Silence the Violence panel with Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums; at a fundraiser for the Show Me campaign (which fights poverty, and to which he donated $15,000); and at a groundbreaking for a new basketball court he is funding in San Francisco. Oh yes, he has founded his own charitable organization -- the Jack 1 Foundation, based in his home town of Port Arthur, Texas -- which plans to open a K-5 school this summer."
UPDATE: Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star has a good question. Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh ran the Pacers together. Now they each run their own terrible team. The question Wells has is: "Who do you think has a better chance of getting their respective teams turned around first: Walsh or Larry Bird?"