We’re back with more great words for you to read about basketball.
We were lucky enough to get a piece from Zach Lowe for the second time this week. Today, Lowe wrote a bit (for him) about offensive rebounding and transition defense. Using the Pacers as jumping off point, Lowe tried to figure out the reasoning behind teams that basically abandon offensive rebounding. Historically, there hasn’t been a correlation between high offensive rebounding rates and winning, but for the Pacers, at least, it’s worked out well so far.
Continuing with his experiences at the Hall of Fame induction last weekend, Ian Levy brings us another great piece at Hardwood Paroxysm. The point guard position is very strong in the NBA right now, with Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, etc. One of the best point guards from the previous generation, Gary Payton was inducted to the Hall of Fame this year, and Levy shares some of Payton’s thoughts on the current crop of point guards and the way defense is played in the league right now.
The Grizzlies made franchise history by advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time. This year they’ll be back in hopes of going even further. One of their biggest catalysts for success the past few years has been power forward Zach Randolph. But Randolph is getting older and over at Grizzly Bear Blues on SB Nation, Joe Mullinax makes the case that a reduced role for Z-Bo would be better for both Randolph and the team.