There are a lot of knuckleheads in the NBA media, in our humble opinion. Many of them work for ESPN. But there is one guy that we absolutely love at the announce table. Jeff Van Gundy. The fact that they’ve paired him with Mark Jackson makes us livid, because whoever’s doing play-by-play almost always sides with the shill, Jackson, and negates Van Gundy’s points. Anyway, the point is, JVG is fantastic, and should be back in coaching really soon. Until then, though, he’s bringing joy to our lives. And no more so than by doing things like diagramming defenses for stopping the most potent offensive spots in the league for the New York Times. If you check out one link, today, make it this one. It’s fantastic.
Empty the Bench breaks down KG vs. Sheed last night. The thing that impressed me most from last night was KG’s work in the post. He hit the elbow J and worked the high pick and roll, but he absolutely abused the Pistons in the post. He used the size to bump them out of position, and then went plaid as he went around the corner.
So get this. Shooting twice as many free throws in a game as your opponent? Totally just because other teams are jealous and trying to hit you to stop you. There is no preferential treatment whatsoever. Please drink the Kool-Aid and move to the Celtics-Lakers Finals exhibit.