Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune: "[Houston Coach Rick] Adelman finished third in the NBA's Coach of the Year voting, and that was fine with him. He observed that recent winners Avery Johnson of Dallas and Mike D'Antoni of Phoenix are in danger of losing their jobs, and other honorees of this decade including Hubie Brown, Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown and Doc Rivers did not last much longer in their positions. 'Maybe it's good not to get it,' Adelman said. 'It's nice to be mentioned -- but don't get it, you know?'"
Wonder if Team USA will be able to bring their own food with them to Beijing, as had been discussed earlier.
Robbi Pickeral of the News Observer, on a presidential candidate's scrimmage with the North Carolina team: "Tuesday morning, Obama toured the UNC locker room with Williams and his wife, Wanda, then played pickup with some team members, including consensus All-America Tyler Hansbrough, Marcus Ginyard, Marc Campbell, Alex Stepheson and Deon Thompson. Former Tar Heels Wes Miller and Sam Perkins also were among those on hand. [Coach Roy] Williams, who watched the play from a chair on the sideline, called out at one point: 'You've got the future president of the United States wide open.' And, yes, the Tar Heels started passing to him more." And yes, you're right, coaches are not, by NCAA rules, supposed to watch their team's off-season scrimmages, but the NCAA seems to believe this was a special occasion.
Stat expert Dan Rosenbaum, who has been consulting with the Cavaliers, has turned down a bigger job in Cleveland for a real deal economics job in Washington D.C. Here's hoping he gets lured back to basketball before too long.
Jason Friedman of the Houston Press on the Rockets who are 2-1 against Utah since the return of Rafer Alston: "'I've never been so excited going to Utah in my life,' said Chuck Hayes after the game. 'I'm looking forward to it and we know they're gonna come out pumped up. The crowd's going to be loud and there will be extra speed in their step, but we'll be ready.' Added Shane Battier: 'We're going back to the lion's den. The bad news is they've only lost five times this year, the good news is twice it's been to us.' Actually, the good news doesn't end there. Ever since Rafer Alston returned to the troupe for Game Three, the Rockets have displayed the sort of offensive balance necessary to compete with Utah. Yes, T-Mac remains the headliner, but Skip's presence means McGrady doesn't have to shoulder the burden of carrying this ensemble performance as if it were a one-man show. Says McGrady: 'That's what makes us a pretty good ball team; moving the ball, having energy, scrambling for loose balls, rebounding, getting after it on the defensive end, the energy guys coming in to do their job. Everybody has a role on this team and if everybody sticks to their roles, we're a pretty good ball club and I think we showed that tonight.'"