Monthly Archives: November 2010

Have Ball, Will Travel: Dwyane Wade (II)

In this installment, we’ll take a look at a nice move from the fourth quarter of last night’s game between the Miami Heat and the Washington Wizards, in which Dwyane Wade split the defenders with an inside-out dribble before breaking toward the rim.

For those who have been following this series, the travel here should be obvious…yet it isn’t called. The NBA’s video rulebook is quite clear on this move: “an offensive player with the ball may not hop consecutively on the same foot upon ending his dribble.” Andray Blatche has pulled the same maneuver before and was whistled for a violation, whereas Blake Griffin (by virtue of a quicker move, just as Wade does here) does not. It’s not an issue of the number of steps, but of the nature of those steps. Wade couldn’t be more obvious or deliberate about his hop toward the basket, but the officiating crew dropped the ball on this one. No violation was called, and Wade skirts free with a nice bucket.

Hat tip to Henry Abbott for recommending this play.

The Big Man of Tomorrow en Resurrection

Image by David Pham

Roy Hibbert was superb. It would be hard to overly praise him here. He slipped and fell flat on his face on one play and it was pretty funny. That’s the only negative I can really recall. Other than that, he did nearly no wrong. He passed like Arvydas Sabonis out of the post, baiting hesitant double-teamers to hedge his way and then whizzing the ball by their ear to a wide-open cutter for a lay-up. Collison and Rush both did excellent work finding space when their defenders turned their head. This needs to be a constant go-to. Roy is good enough now in one-on-one coverage that getting him the ball deep in the post is always a good look. He might miss, but he’ll make a decent move to create a makeable shot. And if they double? Well, when he is feeling it like he was in Staples Center, the opposition would be wise to just hope he misses a hook shot. He was Detective Alonzo Harris-in-Training Day-surgical-with-this-b**** tonight. Meanwhile, Pau Gasol was 5/15 on the other end with 13 points. Yeah … nice little night for the good Dr. Hibbert.

via Eight Points, Nine Seconds — An Indiana Pacers Blog.

This, my friends, is what we refer to as a Game Changer. While Andrew Bynum misses his latest recovery date and Greg Oden’s knee structure gently weeps, we are witnessing the discovery of the next great big man. Or at least very good. And in this day and age? That’s far more than enough to change your future in a significant direction. Dwyer’s calling him All-Star caliber. Everyone’s marveling at his production (check out his per-40′s and then hide ya kids, hide ya wife: 21.3, 12.7, 4.0 (!), 2.8 blocks, with a +21 PER, 17.6 TRR and shooting 72% at the rim-YE HOLY BEJEESEUS), while I’m stuck on the fact that he hung with Gasol’s body-fake right, dribble-step left fadeaway, got the hand up and made Gasol’s life generally miserable for a night. Gasol will respond next time out, because that’s what the best big in the biz does, but that’s a quality win if there ever was one.

More staggering are the ways in which Hibbert is superior to his contemporaries in the sub-Dwight zone. He has both sides of the mirror sharpened. Oden (when healthy) lacks a set of defined offensive moves and a midrange (HIBBERT’S GOT A MIDRANGE, SERIOUSLY WE’RE ALL DOOMED). Bynum (when healthy) can’t find a defensive rotations if you put him on a moving walkway routed to the weak side. Hibbert’s only restriction was fouls, and he’s cleaned up that part of his game (read: the refs have gotten used to him and are no longer giving him the kid treatment- Marc Gasol has yet to obtain this particular advantage). But with a balanced game that allows him to finish off a well-placed pass from Collison or Ford, in the post (shooting 44% from the post), and kill it on the offensive glass (14 of 23 on putback attempts this season) on offense, and protect the paint (allowing just 44% shooting at the rim in non-post-up situations- his post-up defense still needs work, allowing 50% in the block), and close out on shooters (allowing just 40.7% on spot-up shots), Hibbert has a complete game and that’s simply a weapon few have in this league at center.

Furthermore, Hibbert’s slimmed down, going for the lanky, athletic approach rather than the pure-brawn that can sometimes lead to injury issues with our fine fathomed friends. Instead, he’s capable of things like this, in tense situations such as:

Every team besides the Magic are searching for the next great big man. While the “always take the big man” logic has doomed more than one franchise in the draft, it’s still verifiable that having something like Hibbert roaming your lanes is irreplaceable. For the rest of us, it’s the dawning of a new era, if the Pacers can figure out a way to build around it. That’s of course the question, but all of a sudden, after years of looking lost in the snow, the Pacers seemed to have made camp with a point guard, a star forward, and now the monster from beneath.

Have Ball, Will Travel: Carmelo Anthony

In this installment of Have Ball, Will Travel, we’ll take a closer look at a play that wasn’t whistled for any kind of violation: Melo’s game-winner against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

Two things make this play interesting: just how quickly Anthony makes it and the fact that it’s a game-winner. Carmelo doesn’t commit any kind of traveling violation, but he triggers his step so swiftly that it’s almost impossible to assess the move’s legality at full speed. Additionally, referees seem more willing to let guilty players skirt any travel that may be borderline in game-deciding situations, which is cause to take every such sequence under further review as far as I’m concerned. Whether it’s a generous third step or a blind eye turned toward an illegal step-back, potentially winning games are almost lawless. This particular play was completely clean, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t warrant closer inspection.

Hat tip to Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook for recommending this play.

The NBA Alphabetical: November 29th, 2010

Rohan is the author of At The Hive. He’ll be contributing this column on the NBA Alphabetical swindled from Swindle from time to time. -Ed.

Sometimes, innovation is cool. Other times, it’s better to steal ideas. This is an “other time.” The NBA Alphabetical is based on Orson Swindle’s consistently amazing College Football Alphabetical and reviews 26 recent NBA stories.

A is for Assumptions

Specifically, the assumption that Carmelo Anthony has been “going through the motions.” There’s been talk- spearheaded by Charles Barkley last Thursday on TNT- that Anthony has been half-assing it this year. He’s so good, Barkley says, that only those that “truly know the game” can detect the fact that Melo looks like he’s playing well but isn’t actually doing so hot. This (almost imperceptible!) lack of effort is then linked with the whole “I’m Carmelo, get me out of here” deal.

But it’s entirely inaccurate. Through 15 games, Melo’s posting the highest defensive rebounding rate, steals rate, block rate, total rebounding rate, PER, and overall offensive efficiency of his career. He’s stepped up big time for a largely ineffective Chauncey Billups and an even more useless J.R. Smith. His clutch game winner against the Bulls will likely stem the anti-Melo tide for a bit, but that tide should never really have existed in the first place.

Yeah, he’s probably gone in a few months, but he’s balling for Denver right now.

B is for Bump, The

Are we making too much out of something that was probably entirely accidental? For sure. Does that mitigate its hilariousness? Nope.

This is one that you just can’t rewind enough.

C is for Collison’s Cap Curiosity

That Sam Presti’s a smart one, eh? By frontloading Nick Collison’s contract extension onto a 2010-2011 signing bonus, Oklahoma City opens up a ton of breathing room in terms of negotiating future contracts with Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, and Sergeballu LaMu Sayonga Loom Walahas Jonas Hugo Ibaka. (That’s a lot less people than it sounds like, but it’s still a lot of people).

All that said… the Thunder have to be just a tad worried about the decline in Collison’s productivity, right? Collison’s defensive and total rebounding rate dropped for a third straight season in 2009-2010 (and thus far, have dropped for a fourth straight season in 2010-2011). His turnover rates have started to rise since 2008. He’s still an efficient scorer around the hoop, but he’s now on the wrong side of 30 and battling knee problems. Yes, 2.8 million a year is a steal. But I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t end up quite as awesome in 4 years as it seems right now.

D is for Demoted

Terrence Williams was sent packing this week… to the D-League.

Personally? Not a huge fan of it. From the moment I found out what the D-League was (or “NBADL” back in those days, I suppose), I harbored elaborate dreams of seeing NBA teams creating their own MLB-esque farm systems. And I still hope that one day it will come true- that the D-League will be seen as a legit basketball circuit that NBA teams fully acknowledge and work symbiotically with. Teams “punishing” players by sending them “down” doesn’t help advance the D-League cause at all.

As far as Terrence Williams goes? Man has he been bad this year.

E is for Expirings

The New Orleans Hornets moved one of their primary chips last week when they traded the expiring deal of Peja Stojakovic to facilitate a backup point guard swap. The yield seemed underwhelming to many. More importantly, it highlights the fact that the market for expiring deals may not actually… exist.

The primary culprit? Possibly just the sheer number of expiring deals that are out there. Utah can flip Andrei Kirilenko’s $18 million deal. Jason Richardson and his $14 million expiring could be on the move. The Grizzlies have Zach Randolph’s $18 million deal to play with. Detroit has Tayshaun Prince’s $11.1 while Denver has Kenyon Martin’s $16.5. And those are just some of the bigger ones. All in all, a whopping 15 teams have an expiring contract worth at least $7 million.

Any team that moves a star- Melo, Iggy, etc- will be asking for plenty of return alongside any expiring deal because one too many teams can step up to the plate right now to offer pure cap relief.

F is for False Hope

Also known as The Darko Milicic Chronicles. He’s shooting below his career average (which sucks), he’s getting to the line below his career average (which sucks), he’s rebounding below his career average (which sucks), and he’s turning the ball over more than his career average (which sucks).

We can officially consider him Freed, but that doesn’t mean we can consider him good.

G is for Griff Show

At the beginning of the season, I was absolutely convinced that Blake Griffin would stroll to Rookie of the Year honors. Then I saw John Wall play a few times, and my confidence was slightly shaken. A few John Walls injuries and Blake Griffin dunks later, I’m firmly reattached to the Griffin bandwagon. Emphasis on “dunks.”

H is for Hibbert

I don’t remember if I wrote about Roy Hibbert last time around, but he deserves to be written about again anyway.

He’s such an excellent rebounder, a decently efficient scorer (when you factor in how often he’s fouled), and plays fundamentally sound defense (low fouls, high blocks). But the part I can’t get over is how good a passer he is. The assist rates don’t entirely reflect it, but 16.6% is nothing to sneeze at. Moreover, Indiana consistently runs their plays through him. A guard will bring it up, Hibbert will roll to the top of the post and make the catch there. Then the offensive set will proceed as scheduled with Hibbert scanning the floor and looking for the right pass. It seems unfathomable, but he plays almost a kind of point-center position a number of times each game. And it’s absolutely fascinating to watch.

I is for Impending Doom

Or not, depending on whether you’re a member of the player’s union or an NBA owner.

Based on all the reports floating around out there, I’m of the opinion that a lockout is probable at this point. But “99% sure”, as NBAPA exec. Director Billy Hunter described it as this week? That seems a little silly. As Bill Simmons pointed out this week, the NBAPA is fully aware that a number of its players live paycheck to paycheck and that has to factor into their decision making.

J is for Jarring

As in Elton Brand’s hit on JaVale McGee.

K is for Kobe’s Big Ego

Via SLCDunk, an anti-Kobe sign and Kobe’s pretty cool reaction.

L is for Loyalty?

Sports are a business, that much we know. The number of California Bay Area sports teams that have been rumored to move away from their current cities (to other Bay cities) is rather interesting. First there was the Oakland A’s plotted move to Fremont. Then there was talk that the San Francisco 49ers might move to San Jose.

Now, it’s leaking over to the NBA, where the Golden State Warriors may potentially cross the bay into the City. It’s still ridiculously early, but it’s plausible (just like the A’s and Niners’ moves were).

M is for Mo’s Clutch Revival

There was a time when Mo Williams was famous for hitting big shots at the end of games. Those were simpler days, before he began posing for invisible photographs by a cameraman who happened to be simultaneously rolling invisible bowling balls.

His game winner against the Bucks wasn’t quite his game winner against the Pacers back in the day, but it did provide something of a “coming full circle” feel. Right before, you know, the other coming-full-circle event that will also happen in Cleveland this week.

N is for Nobody Saw This Coming

Ummm. What’s gotten into Shaq? Highest offensive rebound rate since 1998. Highest defensive rebound rate since 1996. Highest total rebound rate since 1992! Highest free throw percentage since 2003. Highest effective field goal percentage since, gulp, ever.

Yeah, maybe it’s all just a small sample size thing, but Shaquille O’Neal looks like a ridiculously rejuvenated player right now.

O is for Oh Really?

Yeah really.

P is for Pedal to the Metal

Raise your hand if you thought the San Antonio Spurs would be faster than the Phoenix Suns this year. (Put your hand down, you lying liar liarer!)

It’s stunning to see a Gregg Popovich team skew offense rather than defense, but that’s exactly what’s happened with the 2010-2011 edition of the Spurs. Gone is the traditional emphasis on forcing low field goal percentages. Opponents shoot better than league average when they face the Spurs. It’s been gradually replaced by a more a turnover-focused brand of defense. San Antonio’s still a solid defensive team, but the way they do their work is no longer so insidious. It pops out right at you not only because steals are more exciting than 24-second violations, but also because once they get the ball, they’re off to the races.

Q is for Que Pasa, Dejuan?

The Spurs’ early season success notwithstanding, DJ Blair has been the anti-Shaq this year. The rebounds, passing, and defense have all stayed relatively constant… but he’s just simply forgotten how to put the ball in the bucket. Overall, his eFG% has declined from a very solid 56% last year to a putrid 39% this year.

So what gives? He’s still shooting just as often as last year (about a shot every 3 minutes). His shot locations haven’t changed much either.

I’m interested to see if this evens out over the long run, or if Blair continues to give away minutes to the Spurs’ other bigs. His rebounding is way too valuable to bench for long stretches, but it may not be worth it if his shooting woes continue.

R is for Richard Jefferson

Okay, three straight Spurs topics because of the whole #1 record thing. It’s only a matter of time before the Heat go roaring by on their way to a 70 win season, after all.

So here’s something interesting. Richard Jefferson’s eFG% by season for the last 5 years:

52%, 50%, 50% 49%, 51%…. 59%

The 59% pertains to 2010-2011. At first glance, that’s wildly unsustainable. Players, especially 30 year old players, don’t just randomly change like that, 10 years into their careers, barring something drastic.

But that’s the thing. You could make a case that a drastic change has occurred. Jefferson’s offense has fundamentally changed this year. He’s shooting more corner threes than ever before. He’s shooting more threes overall than ever before (1 every 9 minutes versus a career rate of 1 every 18 minutes). And he’s shooting all these threes wide open, more or less.

RJ’s 2010-2011 season will be a phenomenal test of the fundamental nature of the three point shot. Specifically: just how much can a player’s “true shooting ability” be hidden or altered by good defense and/or bad shot selection? My gut answer to that question would be: not that much. And I think my gut answer is molded in part by watching guys like Ray Allen or Reggie Miller or Peja Stojakovic stroke triple after triple over any type of defender from anywhere on the floor. But maybe I’m wrong, and RJ can keep this up. We’ll see.

S is for Sliding

Ovington J’Anthony Mayo was benched this week. And for good reason. Through two and change seasons, his ability to get to the foul line has seemingly decreased, and his shooting, passing, and rebounding have all regressed as well.

The Kevin Love-O.J. Mayo trade (and subsequent debates) seem a distant memory now, and it’s pretty clear who got the better player.

Mayo’s probably a guy that Memphis will make available via trade, but I’m not so sure he’s efficient enough offensively to help a legitimate contender off the bench right now.

T is for Triple Threat

Horford, Dumars, and Hardaway: Michigan Wolverines. A pretty cool story.

U is for Undeniable

If I could have picked three things to improve about Russell Westbrook’s game at the end of the last season, I’d have gone with improving his midrange game, lowering his turnovers, and lowering his usage rate (to better coexist with Kevin Durant).

One month into the new season, exactly none of those things have happened. After connecting on just 34% of his looks from 10 to 15 feet last year, he’s converting 29% this year. After turning it over on 17% of his possessions last year, he’s still right around that mark at 16% (neither of these rates is bad in the overall scheme of things, I should mention). And after using 26% of available possessions on the floor last year, he’s jumped to 31% this season.

And yet, Russell Westbrook has been undeniably awesome this year. Top 5 in the NBA awesome.

How? He’s been impossible to keep off of the free throw line. After visiting the stripe once every 7 minutes last season, he’s now heading there once every four minutes. On top of that, he’s hitting 90% of his attempts. I don’t want to say his success has been entirely predicated upon his newfound ability to draw whistles, but substitute last year’s rates, and he hasn’t changed much as a player. He ranks third in the league in free throws attempted, third in free throws made per minute, and first in overall free throws made.

Also worth mentioning? His free throw percentages the last four years:

55% (UCLA), 71% (UCLA), 82% (OKC), 78% (OKC). Let’s file this in the “unsustainable” folder for now.

V is for Voicing Concern

We’ve all heard the outrage about technical foul calls this year. There’s the “over the top” camp and the “respect the game” side.

So I decided to do some research to see just how much the rules have changed.

In 2009-2010, there were 1230 games played  and 741 technical fouls called. That provides a rate of 0.6 per game.

There have been 248 games played in the NBA this year. In those games, there have been 174 technical fouls assessed. That amounts to a rate of 0.7 a game.

Over a full season, that’s a difference of about 123 technical foul calls. If we assume that the average technical free throw shooter hits 85% of his FTs (a reasonable assumption, given that the median value for the top 30 free throw shooters is annually around that mark), we come up with a difference of right around 100 points a season. Distribute those points evenly amongst a full season’s worth of possessions by 30 teams, and that’s an increase of about 0.0004 points a possession.

So it doesn’t really matter who’s on the “right” side of the technical debate. Even if current (outrageously frequent!) form holds, very little has actually changed.

W is for Willie Green

Yeah, I write a Hornets blog, and no, Willie Green has not been one of the top 26 stories of the week.

But the question must be asked: how does a career 42% shooter average nine shots a game for the majority of a decade? How?

X is for Xceptional

No, actually it’s not because that’s dumb. I hate you, X. You’re the worst alphabet ever.

Y is for Yawn

Sorry, that’s not (another) clever lede into an NBA story. It just means I’m sleepy. You know what they say about starting strong and finishing strong? I apparently do not.

Z is for Zebrasses

See, now Z is a letter I can get behind. I could have gone with either zonkey or zebrass for this last one. That’s what I’m talking about.

In any case, a zebrass/zonkey is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. What are Zebrasses in the context of the NBA? Who knows. Perhaps it’s the newest nickname for the Heat. Perhaps it’s a backward reference to all the “Griffin’s a cross between Kemp and Hakeem! No wait, Rodman and Barkley!” In any case, I think you’ll be disappointed to learn that it sounds way cooler than it looks.

Podcast Paroxysm: You’ve Got Two Choices

A very late night edition following the Pacers win over the Heat last Monday. Apologize for the delay, holiday travel got in the way. That was an unfortunate rhyme. Very NSFW or for Lakers fans. Sound quality bites on this one, I’m working on a solution.

I’m working on iTunes. Hold your horses.

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Around the web with Hardwood Paroxysm Writers issue #1

11/24/2010
Box Score — Play-by-Play — Shot Chart — GameFlow

“The attempt and not the deed confounds us.”
-William Shakespeare
What a confusing game.
There are plenty of definite e more…

11/24/2010
At halftime of last night’s game, I tracked down a fellow Pacer follower who makes it his habit to walk laps around the lower concourse of Conseco Fieldhouse during the break.  The following co more…
Getting to Know Coach Westphal.cowbellkingdom.com
11/24/2010
Since this is my first official Cowbell Kingdom interview, I feel it necessary to lay down some of my personal ground rules in regards to interviews. I post what is on the tape.  No frills or embelli more…
11/24/2010
via the Sacramento Bee:
Better yet, they need Geoff Petrie to acquire a more conventional point guard – or a player whose skills would better complement those of Evans – and accelerate the learnin more…
11/24/2010
If this is stumbled upon by some later generation, or purposefully dug up on a rainy day, it should be stated that at the time of writing, the Houston Rockets stand at 3-10.  For the past few weeks, more…
Collapse!eightpointsnineseconds.com
11/24/2010
It’s the type of thing that makes you lose your appetite for the Holidays.  Just sickening.  I guess those who follow the Indiana Pacers should be inured to this type of thing by now.  Anothe more…
01/01/1970
by Matt MooreFiled under: Thunder, NBA Transactions, NBA D-League, Tulsa 66ersThe Oklahoma City Thunder assigned Cole Aldrich to their NBA D-League affiliate Tulsa 66ers, the team announced.

Aldrich more…

Around the web with Hardwood Paroxysm Writers issue #1

11/23/2010
Andrew Unterberger of The Basketball Jones is touring all of the NBA arenas in 60 days and was in town for the Kings-Hornets game on Sunday. I got a chance to talk to him about the team and arena afte more…
11/23/2010
Starting Line-ups Kings §  Luther Head §  Tyreke Evans §  Donté Greene §  Carl Landry §  Samuel Dalembert Reserves:  Beno Udrih, Francisco Garcia, DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Omri Ca more…
11/23/2010
I am extremely excited to announce that James Ham of The Purple Panjandrum is joining Cowbell Kingdom to be a contributor and basically bring his awesomeness to this site. James’ reporting insti more…
11/23/2010
Normally, we wouldn’t cram these two things together, but this is being done on purpose.  Sure, some of it is time constraints, but mostly it’s to at least symbolically remind the Pacers more…

Around the web with Hardwood Paroxysm Writers issue #1

11/23/2010
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg2uIwpLMl8
Analysis and the daily links come after the jump.
In basketball, some skills must be swept under rugs and appreciated only in seedy backrooms. Flopping canno more…
Looming Lockout?red94.net
11/23/2010
Billy Hunter said Monday he is “99 percent sure” there will be a lockout next summer.
Questions/musings off the top of my head:
1. This sucks.

2. Given the Rockets recent push for a top 5 more…

11/23/2010
From the perspective of a player, when factors such as pride are involved, getting blocked is something that must be avoided at all costs.  The roots of modern basketball (and a great number of NBA p more…
11/23/2010
How We Feeling? Sort of feel split down the middle. Literally. The Kings split the weekend games between the Nets and the Hornets (both at home) by playing pretty good defense and offense that ranged more…

Have Ball, Will Travel: Blake Griffin

‘Have Ball, Will Travel’ is a recurring video feature here at Hardwood Paroxysm, in which we take a closer look at debatable traveling calls and non-calls with documented rule in mind.

In this installment, we’ll look at one gem from Blake Griffin’s gaudy Saturday night highlight reel. On this particular play, Griffin mutilates Danilo Gallinari in transition by way of a beautiful spin move.

Beautiful though it may be, Griffin’s move is a debatable travel on one level, and a subtle — but certain — travel on another.

It’s clear that after his collect, Griffin proceeds to take three steps, a violation of the traveling rule‘s most basic tenet. According to the incredibly vague rhetoric in the rulebook, players on the move are not entitled to a pivot upon the completion of their two steps following the end of their dribble, which makes Griffin’s third and final plant before elevation an illegal step.

(Plus, if you’re the type to argue to for the pivot’s legality in this case, take a careful look at the final angle in the video. Griffin doesn’t jump off of both feet at once; he actually uses that plant as a full third step.)

In this instance, Griffin takes three steps after his collect, which should have been easily whistled for a violation. Whoops.

Additionally, Griffin commits the same error that Andray Blatche committed earlier this month: he takes two consecutive steps by hopping on the same foot. According to the NBA’s Video Rulebook, “an offensive player with the ball may not hop consecutively on the same foot upon ending his dribble.”  By not keeping his foot planted during the spin, Griffin sets himself up for a travel, which he commits when he re-plants his left foot to explode toward the basket.

Griffin can still have this sequence for his YouTube résumé, but only because he managed to blind the officiating crew with a fluid spin and a massive finish.

Hat tip to Zarren Kuzma for recommending this play.

Around the web with Hardwood Paroxysm Writers issue #1

11/20/2010
There’s something bizarre with these Celtics. They have three losses, and two of them are to teams without or missing their superstar. First they lost to the Cavaliers, which is odd since they d more…
11/20/2010
Phil Jackson discussed the Pistons this week after the Lakers waxed them with ease, saying that “some of those guys aren’t playing hard right now.” Nothing particularly groundbreakin more…
Report: Hornets and Raptors close to Peja tradeprobasketballtalk.nbcsports.com
11/20/2010
A report popped up this morning on a Euro site via HoopsHype describing a trade between the New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors. Now ESPN is reporting the same: The New Orleans Hornets are very cl more…
11/20/2010
We informed you yesterday of Brandon Jennings making some noise about heading back to Europe in the event of a lockout (an event which at this point has the likelihood of the sun rising in the East to more…
11/16/2010
UPDATE 11/17, 9:45 am: And now it is all back on, she has filed divorce papers. UPDATE 5:26 pm: TMZ is now backtracking from the story. 4:46 pm: Basketball’s most famous second most famous coupl more…
11/16/2010
The Suns might as well just accept they won’t be rebounding ever again. Coming into their first season without Amar’e Stoudemire, Robin Lopez was supposed to be the pre-eminent big man for more…
Trying to reassemble the Knicksprobasketballtalk.nbcsports.com
11/15/2010
It was supposed to be different. It really was. With the roster expunged of the mess outside of Wilson Chandler who is still serviceable and Eddy Curry who at least keeps the bench firmly weighted to more…
11/15/2010
If you’re a fan of celebrity gossip about NBA stars and their personal lives, this weekend was for you. Personally, I tend to think none of this stuff matters and the mere breaching of conversat more…
11/15/2010
Well, hey, it was probably too much to ask for the youngster to keep it up. Two days after making himself a part of NBA history with 31 points and 31 rebounds, Kevin Love came crashing back to Earth f more…
Dwight Howard still on the fence about extensionprobasketballtalk.nbcsports.com
11/15/2010
With all the movings and goings on in free agency, every team has had concerns about their star moving on. The Magic are trying to get ahead of that speeding train by locking up Dwight Howard to a lon more…
All the News Fit to Six: November 12, 2010bothteamsplayedhard.net
11/12/2010
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Turkey Has Its Answerbothteamsplayedhard.net
11/08/2010
No. Not to the burning question of whether the EU will or will not invite it to the prom.
It now has Allen Iverson, who was greeted at the airport with, as The 700 Level writer Enrico put it, a “ more…
All the News Fit to Six: November 2, 2010bothteamsplayedhard.net
11/02/2010
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The Boston Celtics Celebrate Halloweenbothteamsplayedhard.net
11/01/2010
The 2010-11 Celtics are having way too much fun. Below are some images of how they spent their Halloween.
I bet Big Baby cried extra hard after they told him, “No Glen, we are not going to watch more…
Houston Signs Erick Dampierbothteamsplayedhard.net
10/29/2010
After months of nail biting suspense that was almost too hard to endure, Erick Dampier has finally agreed to sign a deal with the Houston Rockets. Praise the lord, let the people rejoice.
I guess this more…
30 Teams, 30 Haikus, No Pointbothteamsplayedhard.net
10/26/2010
If you are like me, you’ve spent the last 24 hours pacing your house while mumbling “basketballbasketballbasketballbasketballbasketball” to yourself, and plan on doing so for the nex more…
All the News Fit to Six: October 26, 2010bothteamsplayedhard.net
10/26/2010
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Eastern Conference Previewbothteamsplayedhard.net
10/26/2010
It starts with the Celtics. Most things do.
Sure, if you take a look at that roster, they seem more likely to sit you on their lap and tell you war stories than actually play basketball. But for this more…
LeBron Makes a Commercialbothteamsplayedhard.net
10/25/2010
I haven’t made much headway in my whole Every NBA Commercial Project endeavor, but the new LeBron Nike spot from the famed Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency is obviously already a basketball c more…
Crazy Prediction Timebothteamsplayedhard.net
10/25/2010
Kevin Durant will win MVP. The Lakers and the Heat will meet in the Finals. The Sixth Man of the Year award will go to a volume scoring guard.
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