Thursday Bullets

  • Lengthy new video interview with LeBron James in which he guarantees U.S. victory in Beijing.

  • Carl Landry's agent threatens to "go Euro" too.

  • TrueHoop reader Matt e-mails: "I think you should let everybody know that my NBA fanhood is open for business. After the events that took place on Wednesday, I can no longer call myself an Atlanta Hawks fan. If Hawks management doesn't care about me, why should I care about them? I'm not going to live my life depressed. I don't want to be in the draft lottery nine more years, in a row. I'm tired of always being disappointed, frustrated, and dumbfounded by management's decisions. So, here I am America (not Greece)! I want to be a fan of a NBA team that cares about it's players, coaches and fans."

  • Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman will play in the WNBA at 50. That reminds me of this cartoon.

  • David Berri of the Wages of Wins comments on some ESPN.com coverage of the Josh Childress move and adds: "The NBA's collective bargaining agreement has rules that confer monopsonistic power to teams. What does this mean? A monopoly is a single seller of a good. A monopsony is a single buyer. When the population of buyers or sellers in a market is restricted, market power tends to get transferred to the smaller population. In the case of the NBA, Childress had trouble finding another buyer for his services in the NBA. This is probably because other NBA teams figured the Hawks would match an offer for Childress, and hence it was not be worth the effort to open negotiations. When offers are restricted, monopsonistic power develops and the buyer can make the purchase with less money. And it's important to note, that is the purpose of these rules. The NBA limits the free market for a player's services to transfer money from players to teams. It's not about competitive balance. Of course all this will only work if you can maintain monopsonistic power. What Childress has demonstrated is that European basketball teams -- who are not part of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement - are potential buyers of top basketball talent. With European teams entering the market, the NBA's ability to exploit (i.e. pay workers less than the revenue the worker generates) professional basketball players is mitigated. And this means the NBA is going to have to either a. live with players like Childress emigrating to the Europe. b. devise new rules so that NBA teams can pay wages that are closer to what the player is worth."

  • A decade and a half after leaving the NBA early for the NBA, Corie Blount gets his college degree from the University of Cincinnati. Talia Bargil writes about the event for the Legends of Basketball website: "A 39-year-old Blount -- graduation cap and gown in tow -- made the symbolic graduation walk across the stage June 14, 2008, as he clinched another meaningful victory ... earning his college diploma. 'I sacrificed a lot for that piece of paper,' said Blount, whose degree in criminal justice came from the University of Cincinnati. 'My last semester I had all A's and B's, and I had never done that before in my entire life!' A husband and father of five, Blount graduated in front of his family, friends and mentors. Esteemed guests included former U.C. Basketball Coach Bob Huggins, and NBA Hall of Famer, Oscar Robertson, who earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the University in 1960."

  • For the low price of $1.75 and an empty beer bottle, Rod Benson can help you strike up conversation in a singles bar. I'm quite sure this would also impress four-year-olds, which is something I spend a lot of time trying to do.

  • Tomorrow, in a friendly warm-up to the Olympics, Team USA will face Canada and Carl English, a sweet shooter with a terribly sad family story.

  • We talk a lot about new breed basketball statistics on this site, but when we do, what the hell are we actually talking about? Take a few minutes and read this nice little primer, with links to other nice little primers.

  • Chris Mullin floats the idea that if Golden State had offered Baron Davis the same contract he got from the Clippers, Davis might not have taken it.

  • The Kings reportedly sign Bobby Brown, a point guard who can certainly shoot. Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty, noting that Brown was expected to sign in Europe, writes: "Kings > Europe > Hawks."

  • The first place I have seen it suggested that Robin Lopez may one day be seen as a better professional player than his twin brother Brook.

  • All discussion of credentialing NBA bloggers ought to now include reference to this BlazersEdge post.