All-time great season for predictive tattoos. First Jason Terry keeps the promise of the trophy on his bicep, and now we learn George Hill's torso has been 59 percent Indiana tattoo for some time. (By the way, when video guy extraordinaire Jade Hoye and I spent all that time with Charles Jenkins, Jade noticed Jenkins had no tattoos, and asked why. Jenkins' response: "You ever see a bumper sticker on a Maybach?")
The venerable "man of letters" Wendell Berry says Richard Jefferson is horrible. Actually, he says nothing of the sort. But he says smart things about systems, and right now the problem with San Antonio's system is ... Jefferson. Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell explains (and you should read the whole thing): "Richard Jefferson is a problem. He’s overpaid. He under-performs. His contract threatens to cripple the Spurs under a more restrictive, cap-tight CBA. Jefferson is a mediocre defender but the Spurs need a wing stopper—the only thing RJ’s defense has put a stop to is Gregg Popovich’s long suffering, patient, and tender disposition."
Sounds like Scott Skiles really is eager to coach Stephen Jackson. For what it's worth, David Thorpe is very high on Tobias Harris, too. If he's right, that was a very good draft day for the Bucks.
Ooh, that marvelous contrarian Ethan Sherwood Strauss second-guesses the pick of Klay Thompson.
Not a profound point, but one I'm stuck on: Nitpick David Kahn's missteps all you want, but Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, Wesley Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Anthony Tolliver ... I'm not saying that's a winning roster as is, but it is undeniably a very high-potential, high-value collection of youth. There will be questions about fit, though, to be sure, and to that end, M. Haubs of The Painted Area makes the case the Timberwolves should have taken Bismack Biyombo over Derrick Williams.
Can we get a ruling on number of names mangled by David Stern last night? Chris Mannix set the over/under at 4.5, and I took the under. There were a couple of picks where Stern wobbled on first name, last name and former team name. We need a real authority to rule on his performance.
The Clippers aim for rawness, and in Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, they got it.
Steve Gennaro of Raptors Republic with a lot of smart talk about Jonas Valanciunas. Many Raptor fans were all excited for Brandon Knight (Kentucky point guard like Dwane Casey) or Kemba Walker.
Jonas Valanciunas on playing with Andrea Bargnani: "He's kind of like power forward guy. So maybe he has better shooting. So maybe I'm better on rebounding. I don't know. We will be good."