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Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:50 am
 

Shootaround: Happy New Year!

J.J. wants in for 3, O.J. is off the table, and the Dream has his own clothing line. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Thunder re-assigned Cole Aldrich to the D-League Tulsa 66ers. Hope he wasn't getting used to those nice charter flights. 

J.J. Redick wants a shot... (get it? A shot?) at the three-point contest. I'll show myself out. 

Stan Van Gundy thinks the referees are targeting Dwight Howard. Maybe he wouldn't be so easy to lock onto if he wasn't waving his hands and yelling all the time. But hey, just a thought. 

Hakeem Olajuwon now has his own clothing line. Rumor has it that Dwight Howard is trying to model for it,but he keeps putting the clothes on just a little bit off and looks awkward in them.

Four development teams submitted proposals for a new Sacramento arena. If none of these work, things in Sacramento as fas as the NBA is concerned are going to get dicey. 

O.J. Mayo is reportedly off the market in Memphis. But with Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, and Mayo all due extensions in the next 18 months, something will likely have to give, and Mayo's the most likely transient. For now, at least, the Grizzlies are committed to what they've said is their plan, to keep the starting five together. 

You think Dwight Howard racks up a lot of technicals? Rasheed Wallace dwarfed him in comparison

The best basketball documentaries, in power ranking form

Tom Ziller of SBNation.com incinerates the contraction suggestion, as it should be. 

Dwight Howard is having his techs judged by Gilbert Arenas, and should he find them "dumb", Howard has to pay the team $200.



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Posted on: December 29, 2010 10:23 am
 

Shootaround 12.29.10: 5-Hour Tuff Juice

Kings don't want Ming, Camby doesn't want out, and a really weird Mavs video, all in today's Shootaround. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Vince Carter is expected to make his Suns debut tonight. The Suns' training staff is excited to take on their biggest challenge yet. Keeping Carter on the floor for more than five minutes at a time. 

Marcus Camby has had just about enough of being bounced around and is feeling very "Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon." He may be too old for this stuff. He's making noise that were he to be traded to a bottom-feeder like Charlotte, he may just retire instead. He doesn't need the cash and has talked about retirement for a few years now. 

Since when did Kobe Bryant feel the need to get into it with third year players like George Hill?

And since when did Pau Gasol feel the need to call out the Lakers' lack of inside presence without taking on the responsibility himself for not establishing post position? Gasol did respond to suggestions that the Lakers' bigs needed to call for the ball more, but didn't comment on his post position.

The Heat's intro video is really silly.

The Magic have shot 47.4% from the arc since the big trade two weeks ago. So much of that is having more weapons on the floor and guys who understand spacing. The guys they shipped out had simply lost that with age. 

Corey Maggette is making all sorts of bad noise in Milwaukee about the team, the coaches, everything. Bad mojo on the horizon. 

The Kings are not interested in any trade for Yao Ming. Which is bizarre because anything else they would get back from Houston would be better than what they have now. 

Then there's this. Whatever this is. 

Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:10 am
Edited on: December 28, 2010 10:10 am
 

Shootaround 12.28.10: Tweaked

Rose having a tough time in the mid-range, Dirk and Horford to get scans, Bynum still brimming, and Steve Francis bids ... whatever the Chinese word for goodbye is to China. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Derrick Rose is having a hard time in the midrange game, mostly because he doesn't trust his jumper yet, even though it's improved. He's especially improved in 3-point shooting, but continues to try floaters from mid-range. 

Dirk Nowitzki will have an MRI this morning on his injured knee. So try not to scare your Maverick fan friends too much this morning.  They're going to be a little jumpy.

Al Horford will also have an MRI on his hand this morning. We'll keep you updated on both of their statuses. 

Andrew Bynum is still "brimming with potential" apparently. At this point I think it's better to say he's brimming with disappointment. Or, "brimming with doctor's appointments."

And just like that... Steve Francis was gone. From China.

Fan sensation Jeremy Lin will likely spend some time in the D-League. 

The sixth-man who was traded for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now is a restaurant mogul

One thing of vital importance to the Celtics? Transition defense, because it's feast or famine for them.

The Rockets and Bobcats are both in talks with Houston about acquiring the Yao Ming salary dump. 

Nets blog Nets Are Scorching asks the question: "LeBron James: Evil or Stupid?"

Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:31 am
 

Shootaround 12.27.10: Hornets are selling tickets

Posted by Royce Young
  • Is Jason Williams' career winding down?: "It's not getting any better," head coach Stan Van Gundy tells the Orlando Sentinel. "J-Will gets on it and he has a hard time pushing off that foot. He's staying behind. He wants to know what's going on. I think he's a little nervous about it right now."
  • Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News: "The Spurs took care of business Sunday night, as you would expect from a league power against a cellar-dwelling team. But their 94-80 victory over Washington might be their last easy breath for the next couple of weeks as they approach their toughest scheduling gauntlet of the season. The Spurs will face the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, followed by games Thursday in Dallas, Saturday against Oklahoma City, Jan. 4 at Boston and Jan. 5 at New York."
  • Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News: "Avery Johnson didn't hear LeBron James throw the Nets under the contraction bus, so he didn't feel the need to defend his Brooklyn-bound franchise on the upswing. But Johnson did take exception to James' belief that the league would be better off without the Nets and Timberwolves. 'I disagree,' Johnson said Sunday. 'Maybe the league would be better if we didn't have three stars on one team.' Speaking to the media prior to Miami's game Thursday against the Phoenix Suns, James said the NBA was better in the 1980s when 'three or four superstars were on one team.' He singled out perennial bottom-feeders New Jersey and Minnesota as candidates for contraction."
  • Michael Schwartz: " It’s always disappointing to drop a game against a losing team like the Clippers, especially considering how bad the Suns played in that first half. This is a game they should have won, and now they’re three games under .500 for the first time all season thanks to the loss."
  • John Reid The Times-Picayune: "For the second consecutive home game, the Hornets attracted a crowd larger than 15,000. The announced crowd Sunday night at the Arena was 15,626, the second largest crowd of the season. The announced crowd for Wednesday’s game against New Jersey was 15,423. The Hornets are expected to have a sellout for Wednesday’s game against the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mayor Mitch Landrieu have pushed for increased fan support because the Hornets can opt of their lease agreement with the state if they don’t average 14,735 at the Arena for a period ending Jan. 31."
Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:44 am
 

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

Rhino injured, Sactown's new digs, Jackson hates Christmas (games), and KG talks to himself, surprise, surprise, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

Rhino down! Craig Smith has a herniated disk and will miss three weeks. The Clippers are reportedly pursuing Ike Diogu to take his spot.

Both the developers of Staples Center as well as Kansas City's Sprint Center have been brought into discussions for the new arena in Sacramento. Progress of any kind is welcome here in an effort to keep the team in Sacramento.

Phil Jackson is not a fan of the Christmas Day games. It is important to remember players have families, just like the rest of us. Then again, lots of people work on Christmas. Jackson's problem seems to primarily be with the religious nature of the holiday, but given the diverse religious nature of the league, that doesn't really seem like it's a practical consideration. Touchy issue, for sure. It's also the 12th time the Lakers have played on Christmas. You'd think Old Man Winter would be used to it by now. 

The Sixers lost to the Bulls last night... no, I mean, the Sixers lost to the Bulls last night. 

Paul Flannery with a fantastic look at Celtics practice, including another look at just how much of a psycho KG is: "With Nate Robinson isolated on defense at the top of the key and a screen coming from the man he’s defending, Garnett takes over. He doesn’t so much yell as make himself heard. 'By yourself, Nate. By yourself, Nate.' Then when the screen comes, 'It’s hot, Nate.' Garnett continues to do this every single time, over and over. This is a small but important part of what he is trying to accomplish during the workout, and in doing so he is also setting an example for the other big men. (Garnett also talks to himself as much as he talks to other players. After setting a screen that freed Ray Allen for a jumper, he blurted to one in particular, 'Nice pick, Kev.')"

Trevor Ariza: super-defender, super-bad on offense

The Grizzlies play the Raptors on Monday. But their scouts have been in Toronto for a while now. Coincidence?

Larry Bird texted Dirk to congratulate the Big German on passing the Legend on the scoring list. 

Kendrick Perkins, inching closer

Pink kicks for a good cause
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Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:32 am
 

Shootaround: Shaq and the Boston Pops

Shaq with the Boston Pops, Magic struggle in debut, Cousins the sensitive soul, and are the Clippers actually rolling? All this and more in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore

Very quietly, Al Horford is having a stellar season. Hoopinion takes a look at how his season stacks up against Dwight Howard, and finds that Horford isn't so far off from the MVP candidate center. 

A stellar profile of DeMarcus Cousins through the lens of the support network the Kings brought in from Kentucky for him, in the form of a dude half his size

Chris Mannix of SI examines the debut of the new-look Orlando Magic and comes to the same conclusion we came to about the new-look Heat. It's going to take some time: "Orlando needs practice time. Badly. But with four games this week they won't get much of it and will have to contend with a murderers' row of games through Christmas. The Magic will host Dallas (Tuesday), San Antonio (Thursday) and Boston (Saturday). Along with Atlanta that's four talented, cohesive teams Orlando will be up against as they try to incorporate the new players into the system. Each game will undoubtedly draw a lot of attention, but expectations should be ratcheted down; this Magic team will look markedly different than the one playing in March."

So.... this happened: 




Kevin Love thinks the Wolves are immature, and that someone needs to lead them. He's willing to do the job.

Kobe's got his own mosaic at the Lower Marion high school he used to attend. It's really very sweet.  Unfortunately, the mosaic keeps screaming at everyone who does anything imperfectly. 

Not all Cavs fans are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Dan Gilbert, and one's gone so far as to take out advertising on Basketball-Reference.com to show his or her disapproval. 

Holly MacKenzie gives an insight into the shy world of Derrick Rose, even as he becomes a stronger leader each day.

Probably the best breakdown of Kris Humphries you're ever going to see. 

The Clippers have won three in a row, with two by 20 points or more. So... the Clips are actually rolling?
Posted on: December 20, 2010 8:40 am
 

Shootaround 12.20.10: Trades, injuries and LeBron

Posted by Royce Young
  • Andrew Bynum says he's still feeling pain in his knee: "It's not going to change. It's nothing to be nervous about. I have to expect that that's going to happen. I can't wait to start working with my trainer (Sean Zarzana) again, so I can get some explosion back. I feel like I can't really jump right now."
  • Rashard Lewis doesn't seem like enough back for Gilbert Arenas. But Michael Lee of the Washington Post says that should've been expected: “The Wizards weren’t going to get “equal value” — or whatever that may be — at this time. And, unless they were willing to take back Baron Davis — which they weren’t — the Wizards couldn’t find another comparable point guard in the deal. So they had to settle on adding another forward to a team that is now overwhelmed at the position, with the return of Josh Howard."
  • Jermaine O'Neal wants to retire a Pacer: "Just because I'm not there anymore doesn't mean all the memories are forgotten ... If it wasn't for the Pacers, the organization and the community nobody would have probably known who I was. Anywhere in the world I go, they know me because of my Pacers days."
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel : “Blame LeBron, Magic fans, if it helps. He’s been catching Heat (and that wasn’t even a forced pun) since he left the Cavs. Folks everywhere said he was at fault for everything from the Obama tax cuts to Sal Alosi to Miley Cyrus. Those are just coincidences. Not this. Sign up for our new Varsity Sports newsletter and get high school sports updates delivered right to your inbox. He’s a serial home-wrecker, fracturing franchises like Godzilla in an old sci-fi movie. He not only laid waste to the city of Cleveland, but he’s the supernatural force that eventually doomed Orlando, leading to the Magic’s break-up. Blame LeBron. If he stays in Cleveland or goes anywhere else but Miami, F-L-A, the Magic’s pre-trade woes aren’t quite as magnified or exposed. They wouldn’t look as if they were going backward so fast."
  • LeBron gets why Orlando brought back Hedo: “I’ve thought that it was surprising when Turk (Hedo Turkoglu) wasn’t brought back  the year after they beat us [Cleveland Cavaliers]. I just thought what Turk created for their team, that point-four created everything. He always created a mismatch and that was part of the reason why they beat us. There were times I would switch off onto Turk and they would go to Rashard (Lewis). Sometimes I would go on Rashard and they would go to Turk.  We were too small on the perimeter during those years … I know they’re happy to have him back. It’s gonna be different, it’s going to be a different transition because I know when you break up a team and bring guys in it takes a while. We’ll see what happens.”
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:55 am
 

Shootaround 12.17.10: Charging to a victory

Posted by Royce Young
  • Rob Mahoney for the NYT on the style of rebounding: "Still, the problem lies in the assessment of rebounding style. We know that Griffin and Love approach their work on the boards differently, but that knowledge doesn’t really informs the way we think about rebounding. While style in itself is one of the game’s marvels, its capital value lies in how it affects function. Put another way: we know that Griffin and Love are different breeds of rebounder, but we should strive to understand the fundamental meaning and nature of that difference."
  • Lee Jenkins of SI with a terrific profile of Kevin Love: "Rebounding is half blood sport, half science. If a shot rises from the right wing, Love bolts to the left, in search of the low block on the weak side, which he straddles as though he's barricading his front door. His knees are bent, his back straight, his shoulder blades pushing into the chest of whoever is unfortunate enough to be stuck behind him. He turns his head to track the flight of the ball, gauging trajectory like a centerfielder. A low liner will smack straight against the rim. A high archer will bounce around awhile. A three-pointer could carom all the way to the elbow. A floater might not reach the charge circle. He considers the shooter. One teammate, forward Michael Beasley, tends to miss off the back rim, so Love braces for a long rebound. Another, center Darko Milicic, usually misses off the front, so he tries for a tip-in."
  • Ron Artest to the Indy Star on leaving Indiana: "A coward, I was a coward,'' Artest said before Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pacers. "When you do coward stuff, you feel like a coward. I don't care if it was done intentionally or by mistake, you're still a coward. I don't care how young I was. That's not an excuse.''
  • 48 Minutes of Hell on Manu: "Manu Ginobili is not a basketball player. He’s an exhibitionist. And so far this this season what he is showing-off is worthy of MVP consideration. For the second consecutive game, Ginobili push the Spurs to victory with ballsy, buzzer-beating heroics. Wednesday Ginobili fueled the Spurs with a spectacular, legal-upon-review step back jump shot. But that was just a tease. What Manu Ginobili did last night we’ll never see again."
  • Denver Stiffs Manu's charge: "While I give the Spurs credit for climbing back in to the game after the Nuggets were up by 12 at one point in the first half, the way this "win" was "awarded" to them was nothing short of highway robbery. Regardless of where you come down on the charging issue, the fact that for maybe the first time in recorded NBA history a game winning shot was nullified by a charging call. In the 25 years I've been watching basketball I have NEVER seen this. Ever. Carmelo Anthony deserved much better."
  • I honestly don't see you DON'T call a charge in that situation. If that's what it was, then that's what it was. Taking a charge is a defensive play, just like stealing the ball or blocking a shot. It's smart. It's heady. And if it's a charge in the middle of the second quarter, why can't it be a charge with 0.4 seconds left?
 
 
 
 
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