A question for Laker fans: Is it good or bad when Kobe Bryant goes rogue and shoots a ton? The answer seems to be: Good when the shots go in. But, of course, that's not fair. Drunk drivers often get home safely, you know? But what you have to judge is not the outcome, but the process, the decision-making. Getting behind the wheel is dumb, we have decided as a culture, whether you get into an accident or not. So ... what about ballhogging by Bryant? Is that a good process or a bad one? They made him a hero for doing that. Hardly seems fair to kill him for it after a few misses. In any case, I think Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano has a sober take on things: "Working mostly in isolations, Kobe hit an array of shots that reminded everyone of how great a scorer he can be. But that fantastic work by #24 came with the price of his teammates falling out of the rhythm of the game and ultimately losing their feel for contributing. It’s difficult to really blame Kobe for looking to score in the manner that he did, but at the same time it was easy to see that his approach wasn’t necessarily getting the team anywhere in the big picture."
This is Phil Jackson at either his most, or his least, cryptic, depending on whether or not "energizing the team" is good or bad: "Kobe had to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one; it takes the rest of guys out. And as a consequence that didn't bring us back in."
Hats off to Javale McGee for contesting this. The best defenders do.
New York sports fans hate LeBron James most of all?
M. Haubs of The Painted Area calls "No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson" the best hoops documentary of 2010.
They're racing babies at Madison Square Garden.
Somebody should make a blog that has nothing but Blake Griffin highlights. I know a woman who looks up pictures of kittens when she's feeling blue, and sites like CuteOverload get a ton of traffic. This could work the same way. Feeling dreary? Griffin to the rescue ... UPDATE: Close enough.
OK, pick your Western Conference All-Star guards. It's tricky. Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul will have to be there. That probably leaves you three spots to fit in some combination of Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Manu Ginobili, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker. But don't forget Chauncey Billups. And Monta Ellis recently finished a week averaging nearly 40 points and seven assists. Kevin Martin is among the most efficient scorers in NBA history, and might become the first player ever to lead the league in 3-pointers and free throws made. Nicolas Batum says Brandon Roy will be back at an All-Star level at some point.
The Bulls have been good without Joakim Noah, but they have not been fastbreaking nearly as much.
The world's smallest painting of LeBron James. Looks hilarious over the mantel.
A fans' account of sitting courtside in Toronto, which includes an interesting note about Jay Triano allegedly leaving the court before the game even ended. Anybody else see that?