If you haven't seen this yet, you have to watch the highlights of Miami's 130-129 OT win over the Warriors. Dwyane Wade was the hero, but Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem, and Chris Quinn all made HUGE game-saving plays. Jamal Crawford scored 40. The Warriors -- in a real funk now -- made all kinds of bad mistakes. Hash of Golden State of Mind writes: "Oh man. That was no good for anyone involved. There aren't very many times where I end up thinking, 'Damn, I wish they had just blown us away instead' but this might be one of them."
SLCDunk quotes C.J. Miles of the Utah Jazz talking to David Locke from TheFanSports.com: "[Deron Williams] definitely stole my car too by the way. He stole your car? Came to my house, left his car, took my car. Which car did he leave you? The Maserati." Not bad!
Last week Jason Levien made the jump from NBA agent to NBA front office, with the Sacramento Kings. It has not been done much. But you know one guy who did it? Ed Tapscott, current interim head coach of the Washington Wizards. Mike Jones of the Washington Times on how Tapscott came to work for Ernie Grunfeld: "It wasn't until he left AU that Tapscott put his law degree to use and became an agent. In 1991, he met Grunfeld through a mutual friend. Tapscott was scouting Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson in hopes of signing him; Grunfeld was scouting Anderson in hopes of drafting him for the Knicks. Roughly five months later, Grunfeld, who had been promoted to New York's general manager, offered Tapscott a job."
Howard Beck of The New York Times with a couple of lines that do an excellent job of being gentle and factual, but still make Stephon Marbury look terrible: "The meeting Monday was scheduled for 2 p.m. Marbury's Rolls-Royce pulled up to the building at 2:30 p.m. Although he still has access to the players' private lot, Marbury had his driver park in front. Wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt emblazoned with his personal logo, Marbury strode through the front doors and smiled for a small group of reporters and cameras. He left 15 minutes later, then waited in his car. Biagas came out 20 minutes later and left with Marbury."
New LeBron James trade proposals enter my inbox. Every LeBron trade scenario has the same feeling of being impossible for any number of reasons. Worth noodling with, though. And for what it's worth, I think the Cavaliers need to get at least one of the ten best youngish players in the NBA for such a thing to even be remotely considered. (In case you missed it, this is why we're even vaguely talking about doing the dumb thing by trading the greatest player on the planet.) UPDATE: Mocking the entire exercise ... an insane Knick fan fantasy.
I am one of those people who, even though it's 2008 and I'm supposed to be too young for this demographic, loves getting a paper newspaper delivered every morning. A fresh paper has been a top reason to get out of bed for me since college. And when I get it, of course, the first thing I do is flip straight to the sports section. That used to be purely because I was a sports fan. I'm sure you're the same way. But these last few months, with financial turmoil, terrorism, and so much trouble on the front page ... doesn't it feel more than ever like escapism? To me it feels just a little like: OK, the house just might be on fire. But come on kids, let's go play in the sandbox in the backyard! It's a magical place where things like what kind of t-shirt Stephon Marbury wore yesterday matters, and no one will make you worry about soothing tensions in Pakistan.
The majesty of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook: A discussion. And I'll add my super obvious two cents to what made it so amazing: It went in. Yes, I know it was hard to block, and there were a thousand other things about it. But the greatest thing about it was that he hit it so darn often.
Remembering the 1993-1994 Houston Rockets, who proved that with Michael Jordan in retirement, one superstar was enough to win a title.
What ever happened to two-time NCAA champ Taurean Green? Jeremy from Pickaxe and Roll: "Green landed in Spain in the best league outside the NBA. He is suiting up for CAI Zaragoza. Zaragoza has a 4-6 record, but Green appears to be playing pretty well. He is third on the team in scoring at 11.3 points and 2.7 assists per game. He is shooting 43% from three point land and 52% from inside the arc. It may take one year or three or four, but I think Green will be back in the NBA someday."
Thoughts about who might want Eddy Curry. My thought is that with a contract like his, he'll need to show he can get healthy before someone will take him on.
Jerry Sloan tells the Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler about the death of the mid-range game: "There's not anything exciting about a 15-foot jump shot. People go home and say, 'God, I'm bored to death.' How many times you ever see them show on television, people write in the newspaper, anything about a guy making a 15-foot jump shot? It's always they made a three or they got a dunk."
Pretty good attendance, league-wide, over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Cavaliers' owner still expects us to believe that the fuss over LeBron James' free agency is a media phenomenon that is not being driven by James. OK, whatever you say.
Michael Lee of the Washington Post: "With the Nets trading Richard Jefferson to Milwaukee for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons last summer, they looked like a rebuilding team gearing up for the LeBron Sweepstakes in 2010 -- especially after they sent Jason Kidd to Dallas earlier in the year. But even while they playfully wink at LeBron James, the Nets (9-7) actually look like a team that plans on being somewhat competitive the next two seasons."
From the jokers at Bend it like Bennett: "Scotty Brooks etched his name into history this weekend by becoming the Thunder's all-time winningest head coach, tying the mark previously set by Thunder legend PJ Carlesimo."