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Wednesday Bullets

  • One of Mark Cuban's lawyers talks, explains that anyone can be told valuable information. Acting on it is only insider trading under special circumstances that may or may not have been met in this incident.

  • When NBA players drive to the hole, they often yell. Sometimes it is an effort to make the referees think they got fouled, when in fact they did not. That's the basis of a story that is on the front page of The New York Times. Not the first sports page, but page A1, nestled in there with appointments to the new administration and talk of bailing out GM.

  • Not often you hear NBA coaches talk about "truth." I like that.

  • Watch Donovan McNabb playing basketball then (lively legs!) and now (lively mouth!).

  • When this referee calls a game this season, home teams are 9-0. I really doubt that means anything, but I'm kind of glad that people are our there are using public information to mind the store.

  • Jay-Z says LeBron James will come to the Nets only if they put the best offer forward, not because of a personal relationship.

  • Greg Oden caught in the crossfire of some kind of rapper fashion shootout.

  • TrueHoop reader Chad: "Imagine (and it's a stretch) that the NBA decided to completely 'reshuffle the deck' with its teams rosters. The caveat is that each team gets to retain one player from their current roster. Now with some teams, it's obvious who they would keep (i.e. Cavs and Lebron, Magic and Dwight, and Hornets and CP3). But who would a team like the Knicks keep? The Hawks have a few up and coming players and that would make it tough to choose. Who on earth would the Knicks keep (I say Gallinari b/c young and low salary)? Assume every player kept by their team gets locked in to a five year deal starting that day. Pretty interesting to tangle with, no?" I'd say the Hawks keep Al Horford, and the Knicks, wow, they'd have to at least consider Wilson Chandler.

  • In a post yesterday, I summarized some recent research showing there is little difference between NBA coaches by saying that it must suck to be a coach and know that you could be replaced by a deck chair. All kinds of people thought I, and the researcher, had clearly not realized the key point: that if there is little difference between coaches, that could mean they are all really good. I assure you that both the researcher and I get that. I was being cheeky. He is David Berri, who addresses this in more detail on his blog at the Wages of Wins: "Certainly I suspect the coaches in the NBA know much more than the 'idiots' -- or deck chairs -- in the stands. Our study, though, did not explore these differences. What we did try and do is explore the differences in NBA coaches. And our study found that in many cases, there were not any substantial differences. In sum, although one has to acquire substantial knowledge to be an NBA coach, there isn't much one of these coaches is able to do to differentiate himself from his peers. Consequently, players perform in a similar fashion for most NBA coaches."

  • Yesterday I also wondered who might have signed that ball on the shelf behind Barack Obama. With evidence that is unclear, all kinds of people seem to think it's from Lenny Wilkens.

  • If the Spanish basketball federation urges Spaniards to vote for Spanish players in the All-Star game, is that a travesty? Or what about a joke campaign to get Stephon Marbury there? I can't see policing it -- it's the NBA's annual invitation to every freak out there to have a say. And unless they have a huge say, and get someone voted a starter, none of it matters.

  • Slovenia, where basketball is alive.

  • BlogaBull after watching his team lose to the Lakers: "Pau Gasol sure looked like someone worth trading for."

  • The Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman: "It hardly was an overwhelming homecoming for Michael Beasley, who had just two points at the intermission and then was called for his fourth foul with 7:35 to play in the third quarter. He spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench for the third time in four games. Just thinking out loud: If you could have Caron Butler straight up, right now, for Michael Beasley, would you do it? Judging by the extremely empty and quiet building Tuesday, the Wizards have to do something to pump up their crowd."

  • Americans investing in European basketball.

  • Things are not funny right now for the Wizards.

  • Stephen Jackson discusses his rules of engagement with Matt Steinmetz on Examiner.com: "The biggest thing for me was that I understood my intentions in both incidents. As far as the Detroit incident, I wasn't the one who went into the stands first. I didn't start the fight. My whole intention was to go up there and help my teammates, not to punch somebody. Now, it that happened that way because as soon as I got in the stands, my teammate was getting grabbed by a fan and getting a beer thrown in his face. So I just retaliated. OK, I was wrong. I deserved to be punished. Cool. At the same time when you're part of a team, part of a family, when you're in an arena with 15 thousand people and there are only 15 of you, that's how I was raised. I wasn't raised to run out and protect myself because at the end of the day you go home and protect yourself you've still got to live with something that happened to someone else that you call your family or your brother. Every situation I've been in I was trying to help somebody. It wasn't me being a thug. Wasn't me trying to be an a--hole. Wasn't me trying to be somebody I'm not. It was me coming to the aid of my brother, someone I call my brother. Now, wi
    th the strip club, obviously I handled it wrong, but I had my gun in the right way. I had a gun license. I didn't attempt to shoot anybody until I got hit by a car. The situation was always me being at the aid of somebody else. And it's the same way on the court. What upset me was how people perceived me as being a troublemaker. Before those two incidents I had never been in any trouble."