Josh Smith and Anderson Varejao are essentially non-shooters, but defenders still bite on the mid-range pump fake, which gives those athletes ways to get good looks at the rim.
Digging deep into Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, in print and on the screen.
PG-13 for language, but kind of funny: A joke report that Rasheed Wallace has decided against running the Boston Marathon.
The Lakers reportedly aren't relying on the triangle as much as they have in the past. If they aren't using it, will anyone? Could the end be near for the offense that has accounted for ten titles?
It's not a good sign if your team's players are denying they're tanking. I mean, seriously, think about that. What argument would you have your players make? The winning point is something along the lines of: No seriously, we're playing hard, but we're just not good.
A new, super-long Brandon Jennings commercial. It's fresh-feeling, and motivating. Although, I'm aware that Jennings is a big deal in Europe, where I can guarantee you basketball fans there will be upset by the slow-motion travel -- a shuffle of the pivot foot -- that occurs about 1:40 in.
Worth saluting Luis Scola's game against the Nets, in which he made 20 of his 25 shots for 44 points.
Watch how this very nice game-sealing Andrew Bogut backdoor play unfolded.
The D-League wrestles with the question of whether or not it's good to have your home teams televised. I'd be interested to see some smart analysis, but I'd have to believe that being in the conversation is the most important thing for a newish league, even if it costs you a ticket sold here or there.
HowlinTWolf: "Why isn’t [Ramon] Sessions playing more minutes than Flynn on a nightly basis? He doesn’t necessarily need to start but his production off the bench was superb tonight. He was playing defense -- [Tyreke] Evans actually started cooling off when Sessions came in the game in the third -- and he ran the offense correctly, all while hitting open shots from all over. He finished with an impressive 13 points, four assists and four rebounds in 27 minutes. As for Flynn, he had 12 points, five were during garbage time at the end of the fourth quarter, and didn’t record his first assist until the clock hit 1:20 left in the game."
Great John Starks quote, on Reggie Miller: "Man, did this dude just did this?"
A nice collection of Tyreke Evans videos from Sunday night's win Kings over the Timberwolves.
Looking at the Nets' remaining schedule, and feeling optimistic they won't earn the NBA's worst record ever.
I don't really understand the point of asking whether or not the Thunder are ready for the playoffs. Does that matter? They're going to the playoffs. When they get there, they will play basketball. If they play it well, they will win, and be happy. If they play it poorly, they will learn a lot, and fight another day.
Food for thought for the Magic: The Bobcats were without their best rebounder, Gerald "Crash" Wallace, but still outrebounded the Magic. Brett of Queen City Hoops: "Dwight Howard grabbed 16 rebounds -- yet the Bobcats out-rebounded the Magic 46-34 for the game. Theo Ratliff and Tyrus Thomas each had nine for Charlotte, and then the Stephens (Graham and Jackson) followed them with six apiece. The Bobcats were making a concerted effort to attack the glass (and to surround Howard to limit his rebounding opportunities) and it paid off with a 12 to nine offensive rebounding advantage. The Bobcats winning the rebounding battle without Crash has to be almost as improbable as the win -- if not more so."
Pau Gasol, now without braces.
If a picture's worth a thousand words, a picture of Mike Dunleavy's face might be worth 1,250. If that's true, here are 31,250 words. Let no one ever say the man didn't care.