Wizard DeShawn Stevenson, as quoted by the Washington Post's Michael Lee: "I've been on this team four years -- it depends on Gilbert Arenas. We can make as many trades as we want to. When he's healthy and he's playing, we're a dangerous team. When we don't have him, it makes it harder to move the ball; it's hard to get things easy. That's my point of view. If Gilbert is 70 percent, we're going win a lot of games. If Gilbert is 80 percent, we're going to be No. 1 in the East. If he's 100 percent, we might win a championship."
Keep an eye on Tyler Hansbrough's health. That's a team with a lot to prove, and they reached in the draft for a player with a lot to prove. And now we learn he needs extended rest to cater to an injury he had before the draft? It's not the biggest deal ever, but it has the potential to make Larry Bird look bad, especially as you know some of those players taken later will be very productive.
Do teams have the legal right to sell logo placements on practice jerseys? Imagine if your employer took in money by promising to have you wear this or that. Wouldn't you like the right to refuse, or a piece of the action?
I made a joke the other day that if NBA players were paid by the win, the Kings would starve. Here's an analysis showing that in some ways that's not true. But the same analysis also shows some Kings could end up with negative salaries because of their lack of contributions to wins. And if paying to go to work every day doesn't lead to starvation, I don't know what does.
Is it really possible that Chris Douglas-Roberts is still growing?
Writing for SLAM, John Krolik chronicles the fall of Stephon Marbury in fascinating fashion. One detail: "Part of the reason for Steph's decline is less than enthralling: the 2004 crackdown on hand-checks made Steph's game less effective. Stephon had one of his best statistical years in '04-05, but his skills instantly became far less valuable. The hand-check rules turned the game into a drive-and-kick game: point guards were now supposed to dive into the paint and get high-percentage opportunities or make the kick-out. Guards like Steph, who preferred to work 1-on-1 out on the perimeter, were no longer necessary to create quality offensive opportunities. Allen Iverson played in 57 playoff games before the new rules were passed; since then, he's played in 14. Steph's style of play was always less effective than advertised; the new rules rendered it nearly obsolete."
DailyThunder scored an interview with Thunder GM Sam Presti, and he talks about the time he managed to draw six charges in one college game: "I think my college coach would tell you that he didn't want me to do much else. And that particular night I happened to be in the right place a few different times. I knew my limitations as a player, as a Division III player and tried to find the best way that I could to help the team. A lot of times that meant not trying to do too much."
Rockets GM Daryl Morey, in a Jason Friedman Rockets.com story about social media: "Everything is public and people just have to get over the idea that anything is private anymore. I'm not sure that's necessarily even a bad thing. Some people might call it Armageddon but I really don't think it's that bad."
Jeremy from Roundball Mining Company, introducing some video: "I would argue that not only is [new Nuggest Arron] Afflalo cheaper than [new Pacer Dahntay] Jones, he is better on both ends of the court, but do not take my word for it, see for yourself."
A small sign of progress in the Timberwolves' coaching search: Monty Williams has been told he won't get the job.