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Shootaround 8.30.10: Can't read BJ's poker face

Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:15 am
Edited on: August 30, 2010 11:30 am
Dragic slowed up, Jordan giving out, and Brandon Jennings does Lady Gaga. For real.
Posted by Matt Moore

So Brandon Jennings lost some sort of bet, and as a result, was forced to do a video online of him dancing to Lady Gaga . Yes, it is as bizarre-looking as it sounds.

Goran Dragic has been great so far in the FIBA World Championships, but found himself in foul trouble on Sunday in Slovenia's loss to Team USA. Twice, Dragic got caught trying to sneak up on a player's weakside off the inbounds. It's like Dragic got too comfortable playing non-NBA players and forgot just how well-trained even this inexperienced Team USA team is. And Chauncey Billups is anything but inexperienced.

Sam Amico of reports that the Nuggets are looking at the Nets, Wolves, and Kings as possible options for trading Carmelo Anthony. But this assumes the Nuggets have all the leverage, which they don't .

Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats donated a quarter of a million dollars to middle-school athletics in Charlotte. It's another instance in a continuing theme of Jordan looking to invest in the Charlotte area. If he's planning on being the absentee owner many thought he would be, he's at least making a good show in the other direction.

FIBA play isn't necessarily the place for post play. But as NBA Playbook points out, establishing position is just as important there. Also, they provide a look at Ante Tomic, the Jazz draft pick who looked good for Croatia.

A resources company in Cleveland is cashing in on a former LeBron James ad campaign with a 'Witness' campaign of their own. Yet another indication that the bridges he burned in Cleveland won't be rebuilt in a day.

As a reminder, Brandon Rush got tagged with a five game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. The interesting note? He's yet another Kansas or Kansas State player found in trouble with drugs. You'll remember Mario Chalmers' problems at the rookie transition program, along with Michael Beasley.

Bryan Colangelo is on the hot seat in Toronto. The question is, why isn't Jay Triano also feeling warm in the butt? It's been Triano's defense that has been systemically bad, despite good man-defenders in Amir Johnson and Antoine Wright. It's been Triano's team unable to close out games, despite having Chris Bosh. Everyone looks at Colangelo as the problem, but as Raptors Republic points out, Colangelo has yet to to hand pick a coach in Toronto.

Wanna know just how far back your team's good (or bad) decisions go? Take a look at these flowcharts . The Knicks one is especially hilarious/tragic.

Rich Cho says there's no way to know how Greg Oden's knee will respond until it's "under stress." Pretty much, Greg Oden's not going to be considered healthy until he's considered healthy. It's a binary question.


Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:59 pm

Shootaround 8.30.10: Can't read BJ's poker face

I don't think that Triano is without blame but the team he was given didn't have much as far as defense, it was loaded with shooters.  The two guys who were mentioned surprise surprise are back ups so how much can they help when they are never on the floor.

P.J. Carlesimo was brought in this year as a "defense" guy so that was a move to address this.  For some time the Raptors when healthy can go with any scoring team and just get killed against teams that actually play defense. 

I like at this time with some of the moves BC has made.  The team has got much more athletic and for the first time in a while has got a few kids who are expected to become part of the team.  I will wait to see how Johnson and Bargs do but at this time would like to see one of the kids or someone new come in to play center and let Bargs move to the PF position.  The move of Wright for Bellinelli was a good one.  Bellinelli is a good played but was one of many outside threats that can handle the ball but once again isn't a big D guy.   

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:45 pm

Those flowcharts are awesome!

I'm very impressed with whomever compiled them.  Thanks for passing that along Matt.

Funny to look at ones with so much activity -- like Phoenix.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:32 am

Shootaround 8.30.10: Can't read BJ's poker face

In my opinion Colangelo has been the best thing that has happenned to the Raps. His decisions have been reasonable after he took over from one of the worst management teams in the history of the NBA. Toronto is still reeling from taking Hoffa and Joey Graham instead of Iguidala and Granger and that was NOT Colangelo's doing.

Triano should have one more year to prove himself- you are correct- it has been coaching and players who have failed this team- not sure which carries most responsibility but it sure is NOT Colangelo.

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