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Around the Net: September 27, 2011

Hello fans of Saving the Skyhook (Skyhookers? STSers? Neither are very flattering, so let’s just stick with fans).

I’m Ian Segovia. Formerly, I blogged at the ESPN TrueHoop Network site, Bucksketball. Currently, I still blog at Bucksketball, but now I have taken editing duties here.

The beginning of my reign is going to start off very underwhelming. Between a job interview and seeing a friend of mine off before he goes to boot camp, all I have to offer today are links. But rest assured things are going to get really funky and weird around here in the future. Continue Reading

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STS Roundtable: NBA Finals

Happy Finals Day!

Today, Saving the Skyhook kicks off our Finals coverage with some very exciting news. We have three new writers joining the team today: Alex McNamee, Neil Noonan and Scott Campsall. Blake and I have been reading their stuff, and we’re pumped to have these guys join the team. You’re going to enjoy what they can do. In the coming days, we’ll be updating the site’s About Us page with their information, but for now, we have a Finals Roundtable for you to pursue while you wait for tonight’s game (9pm ET, ABC).

Give this a read, and please welcome the team to the site!

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News and Notes: May 19th

Much ado in the NBA world today, featuring a big win by the Heat in Game 2 of the ECF, teams reacting to their placement in the draft, and everyone else still trying to figure out how exactly to define how good Dirk Nowitzki was in Game 1 of the WCF.

Personally, I like to think of it as ‘Slash leaving the wedding in the November Rain video to dominate the guitar solo in the middle of the desert’ good, but that’s probably just because I’m a nerd.

I was sent this post, which basically introduces a new stat specifically calculated to measure exactly how effective Dirk’s game was last night (Hint: it was insanely effective).

Here are some additional bits to chew on:

  • Josh Hill with Pippen Ain’t Easy takes a look at last night’s Bulls loss to Miami.
  • Sam McPhee from King James Gospel reviews the game from Miami’s lens.
  • James Grayson from Swarm and Sting has news about Hornets Assistant Mike Malone and the Golden State Warriors.
  • Charles Barkley speaks out about Rick Welts.
  • Kyrie Irving elects to skip the NBA Draft Combine. His agent is reporting that he’s working out on his own, suggesting that the Cavs are already set to draft him #1 overall.

Want more NBA discussion? Be sure to follow the crew on Twitter: Blake Lovell (@theblakelovell), Steve Rivers (@TheKidSkoob), Steven Gelis (@thatsthedagger), Marco Romo (@SerenityNowDDL), Andrew Lynch (@snghoops), Dan Jepperson (@Kobesmokey).

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Thoughts on Jerry Sloan’s Retirement

If you never got the chance to watch Jerry Sloan coach a game in person, you missed something amazing. Even in the past couple years, with Sloan pushing 70, his focus on the ebbs and flows of the game was amazingly intense.

He’d sit on the bench with those hawk-like eyes, and whenever he saw a missed call, he’d jump out of his seat like he had springs in his pants; barking and hollering at the refs like they were part of some evil conspiracy to throw the game and destroy the world.

He was so animated that even fans who didn’t see the missed call would start hollering too, even if they didn’t know what they were hollering for.

Over time, the fans got better at noticing what Jerry was reacting to and better at seeing the game the way that Jerry saw the game. Before long, the Jazz fan base started looking for things like offensive schemes and off-ball screens and needle threading passes to the open man on the cut. Continue Reading

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Thoughts on Jerry Sloan’s Retirement

If you never got the chance to watch Jerry Sloan coach a game in person, you missed something amazing. Even in the past couple years, with Sloan pushing 70, his focus on the ebbs and flows of the game was amazingly intense.

He’d sit on the bench with those hawk-like eyes, and whenever he saw a missed call, he’d jump out of his seat like he had springs in his pants; barking and hollering at the refs like they were part of some evil conspiracy to throw the game and destroy the world.

He was so animated that even fans who didn’t see the missed call would start hollering too, even if they didn’t know what they were hollering for.

Over time, the fans got better at noticing what Jerry was reacting to and better at seeing the game the way that Jerry saw the game. Before long, the Jazz fan base started looking for things like offensive schemes and off-ball screens and needle threading passes to the open man on the cut. Continue Reading