McHale is wondering about Thomas-Noah +/-. Â The trick with the lineups data over at 82games.com is twofold. One, the minutes distribution creates a double-edged sword. You can either see the smaller minute rotations as not having a large enough sample size to make any sort of conclusion, or you can see it as curious that the more effective rotations garnered so few minutes. Second, the context of lineups is naturally an issue here. A lineup that is only deployed in garbage time is going to have a much better +/-, just like often times scrubs in blowouts have good +/-. All that said, I’ve been wondering myself if Tyrus Thomas is a good player but not a good fit in Chicago, with the prior regime or the current.
Hornets 24-7 is preaching patience with Oak. Gotta say there was a weird vibe in the locker room for the approximate 20 seconds I was in the Hornets locker room the other night, but I concur that the minute Okafor starts ooping the alleys, it’ll be good times again in the Hornets’ locker room.
True Blue Jazz waves goodbye to Morris Almond. That kid never got a fair shake. He’s way too good of a shooter not to be employed right now. That said, the agent for these D-League guys kill me. If they’re not going to guarantee you a contract, don’t have them go to camp with teams that have no use for them. Morris Almond is a three point shooting specialist. So why in the hell was he in camp with the Magic? It’s like someone trying to set Paroxi-wife up with a balding NBA blogger who won’t do the dishes.
Peachtree Hoops provides a fantastic look at the gap between the Hawks and the East 3. I think the gap will be closer this season, though I’m obviously not bold enough to say it will close. What’s weird is how similar the Hawks and Cavs were last season, though the playoff series was so phenomenally uneven. Maybe a similar poles effect.
The problem isn’t just the lack of parity, having good teams and bad teams is good for business. It’s the stagnation in which teams those are and the market-influence on which teams are good and bad that is the issue. It’s fine for LA to have a few years of championship reign, it’s good for business. But we’re looking at 5 titles in 11 years. You gotta spread the wealth, otherwise, what are the other teams’ fans in it for?
Several times last night I saw Shaq try to go for the drop-step hook. He missed very badly each time. Paroxi-wife asked me why he can’t do that anymore. I said “He’s 37.” “Yes, ” she replied, “but why?” Â That’s a complicated question about how the body ages and conditioning and physics. This, on the other hand, is a simple guide to what Shaq needs to keep on the sideline to remember what he needs to do.
I am very pleased that Derrick Byars (D-League!) made the Bulls. I am very not pleased that Rod Benson did not.
I torched Greg Oden on Twitter last night, and I should clarify. BE has a good rundown, Blazers Fans, in case you think I’m just hating. If everyone just says “Oden is going to rebound and be dominant on defense in terms of blocks and affecting shots, until he learns how to properly maintain his responsibilities (INBOUNDSPLAYSINBOUNDSPLAYSINBOUNDSPLAYS), I’d be fine with it. I point out his offensively horrid game last night because he’s spoken of as the next great NBA center. And I have yet to see that from him. He and Bynum are inverse. Oden has natural, amazing defensive ability. On offense, he looks lost and gets confused. Bynum can battle and dunk and has touch and sick athleticism. He’s also dumb as a post on defense, goes for the weakside too much, loses his man more than Jennifer Aniston and pretty much gets bamboozled. Both are good. Just not great. They will be, in time. And when they are, I will say so. I’m just asking for the prediction to not be treated as current reality.
Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.