Tuesday Bullets

  • A study shows that rebounding can be hazardous to your health.

  • Why the Spurs are great. A must-read story of funerals, family, and people being classy.

  • Yesterday I blogged about Chris Smith's Donnie Walsh profile in New York magazine. It included a great little anecdote about Walsh being alone in the locker room, not watching, as Reggie Miller created the greatest moment in recent Pacer history, by beating the Knicks with a three-pointer, steal, and another three-pointer. Smith says there is a little more to the story: "I said to Reggie Miller, 'that's a hilarious story about Donnie not seeing your great comeback in that Knicks playoff game.' "Reggie was silent for several seconds. "What do you mean?" he finally says. So I paraphrased what Donnie had told me about being mad that the Pacers had played lousy and stalking off to the lockerroom and having a tantrum. When I finish, Miller is silent again. "Wow," he says. "What i remember is when I got on the bus afterwards, Donnie pounding me on the back and saying, 'I knew you could do it!'"

  • Look, there I am on Maxim's website, talking trash about Harold Miner.

  • CNN's Campbell Brown talking to Charles Barkley about running for Alabama governor: "So are you going to run for governor? I plan on it in 2014. You are serious. I am, I can't screw up Alabama. There is no place to go but up in your view? We are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren't going anywhere."

  • Looking back at his time in Denver in a talk with HoopsTV, Steve Blake won't complain about Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson as teammates: "Not only are they great players, but they are great guys and great teammates. They always treated me with a lot of respect and I have a lot of respect for them as well. They made my job easy. I pushed the ball up fast and found them in the right spots and let those two go to work. Then you just play off of them."

  • No one, and I mean no one, is above the NCAA.

  • David Berri of the Wages of Wins: "The model -- which looks at both college and preseason performance -- projects that Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez, Eric Gordon, Jerryd Bayless, Russell Westbrook, D.J. Augustin, and Joe Alexander will be below average for rookies. And a below average rookie is really not someone who will help a team win many games."

  • Mark Cuban says the government should reduce your credit card rate.

  • It's Amir Johnson time.

  • How perfect would it have been for the NBA -- opening night tonight and all -- if the World Series had fizzled to a close last night? I was playing the Tivo in slow motion to see if one of those groundskeepers furiously trying to preserve the mucky surface was in fact David Stern. One of them looked a little like him.

  • Gilbert Arenas says that without LeBron James, the Cavaliers are a D-League team.

  • Candidates for governor in Washington talk about what it would take to get another NBA team.

  • The suggestion that the Nets might be just the tiniest bit for sale.

  • UPDATE: It's a fair question: What do we have to do to get more afros in the NBA?

  • UPDATE: Write a mini-essay about your local court, win a rare pair of Kevin Garnett's shoes.