Late Friday Mini-Bullets

  • Vinny Del Negro plays great defense. Wait, isn't he coaching now?

  • Some old-school Dean Oliver articles about how controlling the pace can affect the outcome of games.

  • Nice little video diagram of a winning Knicks play.

  • Ray Allen, taking the Celtics to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Love this kind of stuff for the team, and love that museum.

  • Breaking down the OKC Thunder vs. North Carolina Tar Heels.

  • Kevin Arnovitz of ClipperBlog: "Fans have a tendency to look at their teams as public utilities, and to regard their favorite athletes as public servants. Implicit in that construct is the idea that a well-paid pro athlete should rank the fans' interest in winning as his foremost obligation. Fans will accept an athlete who leverages his celebrity to do things that he couldn't otherwise do if he were an average civilian, so long as they sense winning is that athlete's first priority. I've never been completely comfortable with that equation. Here's a question: Would you take umbrage - both as a parent and as a taxpayer - if you learned that your kid's fifth grade public school teacher was coming into the classroom a little less prepared this semester because she's been serving as the chair of a cancer research walk-a-thon, which requires as much as 15 hours a week of her free time, time she'd otherwise spend composing lesson plans? What if her side project wasn't a charity? What if she were spending those hours starting a business that indulged one of her many passions outside the classroom?"

  • The Cavaliers' offensive coordinator, John Kuester.

  • Senate baller du jour: John Thune has next.

  • Kobe Bryant meets Earl the Pearl Monroe, whom he says he used to watch on videotapes as a young boy in Italy.

  • If you haven't already, you really must listen to Bill Simmons' recent interview with David Stern. Simmons does a brilliant job of fending off Stern's various jabs, and got him to talk specifically about things like his favorite owners, the heartbreak in Seattle and Vancouver, and a lot more.