Monday Bullets

  • TrueHoop reader Robert e-mails about the FIBA rankings: "It's ironic that right after this Olympic tournament, the U.S. men actually dropped out of first place in the FIBA world rankings, being surpassed by Argentina. Through all their recent disappointing finishes they were ranked fisrt, but the moment the gold medal match ended was the precise moment they became second. By getting it backwards (the U.S. should have moved up to the top spot, not down from it) FIBA illustrates what many people know about the BCS -- neither human polls nor inflexible metrics are very good."

  • Crain's Detroit Business has sources saying Pistons guard Lindsey Hunter the target of an FBI investigation. Hunter and a business partner were part of some suspect property deals. Hunter's attorney acknowledges the partnership was involved in some bad deals, but says that as soon as his clients realized what was going on, he got out. (Probably not important right now, but Hunter had a little credibility issue last summer.)

  • TrueHoop reader Kirk e-mails: "Sometime at the start of the last NBA season I e-mailed you trying to make the case that the Dwyane Wade I had come to know and hate (as a Mavs fan) should not make the Olympic roster due to his disastrous injuries and a host of other issues. Last night/morning I stayed up as you did to watch the gold medal game, since I had gone to work early for weeks just to watch the other pool play and tournament games. I was wrong. Very, very wrong. And I love D-Wade now. I can't ever forget him breaking my heart in 2006, but he played with such a fury and passion that it was impossible not to cheer for him. He attacked the basket, made excellent under-control shots, rebounded in the land of giants, and played really amazing defense. His anticipation is among the top three in the league. I was wrong about him, but I couldn't be happier that I was. He has helped make me incredibly proud to be an American today. But now that it's over I am pretty sad. I love the NBA, but there are too many teams and too little talent spread among those teams. We never get to see D-Wade move without the ball like that or see LeBron James defend like an animal and pass like Magic. In order for their teams to win, they have to sacrifice the parts of the games which made them so phenomenal to watch these last few weeks so they can take on the scoring burden. Seeing those guys win last night, seeing the pure joy and understanding that hard work pays off was fantastic. I'd have to rank that game and the medal ceremony as among my favorite basketball moments of my life. I can't wait till the NBA season and I can't wait till the World Championships in Turkey in 2010."

  • You had to know that when the Boston Celtics signed Darius Miles, some Portland-obsessed conspiracy theorist would claim that it was all of a scheme to hurt the Blazers, who will be losing cap space if Miles plays ten games. Bingo.

  • Cleveland could have the cap space in 2010 to re-sign LeBron James to a max deal, and to bring in someone like Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh. Patrick McManamon of the Akron Beacon-Journal writes all about it. The only thing to consider, however, is that there is no reason to think Cleveland would be the only such team. Uniting two or more of that summer's big stars is the fantasy of many a front office.

  • An Oklahoma City writer makes the case that there is nothing wrong with giving the team a stupid name. He makes a convincing case that many teams have stupid names, but all the same I'm thinking that if it's your job to name the thing, you ought to do your job well.

  • Jameer Nelson pays for his Orlando teammates to come to the Philadelphia area for some kind of unofficial mini-camp, where they work out and learn about stuff like money management. Pretty amazing.

  • An ESPN producer ran across a Tibet protest in Beijiing during the Olympics and wrote about it after getting accosted by officials. He also mentioned that he was helped by an anonymous guy who called himself "no neck." Turns out No Neck himself has a blog with links to video of the whole thing.

  • Chris Sheridan puts some facts onto the claim that Sunday's game could have been the biggest win in U.S. Olympic basketball history.

  • What Kobe Bryant meant to Team USA.

  • Great photos of the Olympics.

  • Olympic-basketball themed condom advertisement.

  • No, Eduardo Najera does not want to lend your small business money. Not right now, after what happened with that landscaping deal.

  • Rudy Fernandez gives the NBA something to remember. (Via RotoEvil)

  • Joe Dumars talks to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. He says many different ways that he's fine if he does not make a big trade, and would only trade if the right deal came along. Then Dumars talks about his relationship with the existing roster: "I feel like I have such a unique relationship with all of those guys. They've been here for such a long time. When you have a relationship with people that's built on truthfulness and honesty, you can have any conversation you want. That's the relationship I have with these guys - truthfulness and honesty. I've had some absolutely great conversations with Rip, Rasheed, Chauncey, McDyess, with Prince before he left for the Olympics, obviously with all the young guys. Chauncey and I were on the phone a long time last night talking about different things. This has been a good summer from my perspective, because the complacency that I've taken issue with, the lack of urgency that I've taken issue with, has been front and center in a lot of conversations I've had with guys and it's straightforward, no cute language, here's the deal. It's been a very good summer for me from that standpoint. There is no gray area about where we stand right now."