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Andrew C (✔)
The best parts of the New York Times' 'How Dolan Wooed Jackson' article - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/lookit...
"Jackson laid out some of his philosophies, with Dolan absorbing as much as he could. ("He talked about the seven something-or-other things of offense," Dolan said, noting that he was impressed by Jackson's technical expertise.)" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"SEVEN SOMETHING-OR-OTHER THINGS OF OFFENSE" - Andrew C (✔)
Hey, they said he absorbed "as much as he could." - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
Byron Scott expects Carlos Boozer 'to play better' defensively, which is insane | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports - http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs...
"It should be noted, however, that the Lakers knew what they were getting into when they hired Byron Scott. Scott’s teams in Cleveland were /terrible/ defensively. Since the NBA expanded to 30 teams, Scott is the only coach to run a team into the bottom five in defensive efficiency for three straight seasons. All the bluster that Scott brought to the podium after his Los Angeles hire about defensive principles and anti-Mike D’Antoni maneuvers have proven to be empty promises thus far. D’Antoni at least got this team to 28th in defense last season – again, a good ten points per 100 possessions better than where the Lakers are currently at." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
"No one has ever doubted the man’s confidence. That’s, in large part, where the People Yelling at Mario Chalmers phenomenon began. “No matter what, no matter how tough we are on him, he actually thinks he’s the best player on this team,” Wade said back in 2012. “That’s a gift and a curse.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
3 reasons to believe the Lakers are secretly tanking - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/nba...
"3. There is a lot of credible deniability here This is what makes this all so intriguing: All of the Lakers' most tanktastic moves can also be framed as 'win now' moves in the right light. The Boozer claim is a cheap deal for a big name who won't help the Lakers win. It can look like a desperate flail of a team trying to make some flavor of magic happen. And that's exactly how the Lakers framed it (minus the desperate flail bit, which is just assumed because it's freaking Carlos Boozer). The Lin deal, described above, is similarly deceptive." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Byron Scott is a Lakers legend who has Kobe's support ... which overshadows the fact that he was so awful in Cleveland and has a bizarrely retrograde basketball philosophy. Meanwhile, Kobe gets heat for the loss of Dwight and other free agents, which masks the fact that once Melo and LeBron were off the table, the Lakers didn't actually want to sign any decent free agents in 2014. The deniability is so rich that it looks like even Kobe has been fooled." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Steve Nash out for season with back issues, according to reports - Silver Screen and Roll - http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2014...
Terrible way for a legend to end his career. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
"I put the question to Konchalski, the Canadian national team coach, and we run through the usual comparisons, mostly slow-footed white guys with killer J’s, like Bird and Nowitzki. Konchalski makes a bold claim: “Those guys could do more than Oscar. They had more all-around games. But I don’t believe neither Bird or Dirk could shoot with Oscar. They couldn’t shoot with Oscar.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Is Kobe Bryant the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers' downfall? - http://espn.go.com/espn...
"The story of the Lakers' losing Howard has been told as one of the big man chafing under Mike D'Antoni's offense. One Lakers source, though, says Howard's issue wasn't really with the offensive scheme but that "he saw one particular player play outside that scheme with carte blanche, with no accountability. These people who say Dwight couldn't handle the pressure of Los Angeles ... that's nonsense. LA was everything Dwight wanted. To be celebrated. To be among stars. To be among women of this caliber. To live, basically, in one big reality TV show. This was a perfect setting for him."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Starks Sees Big Things With Bargnani | KnickerBlogger.Net - http://knickerblogger.net/starks-...
"I’m pretty convinced most ex players and a lot of fans evaluate players using a kind of skills checklist. They ask “What can he do that many other players at his position cannot do?” They do not ask if he does those things well enough to actually add value and they do not take an inventory of the things he does poorly." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Lakers might be the worst team in the NBA* - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/nba...
"Mid-range jumpers are the least efficient shot in basketball. Corner threes are among the most efficient. Over two games, the Lakers have taken 95 mid-range jumpers and eight threes ... none of which were in the corners. That's just incredible." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Here's the thing: we know L.A.'s defense is going to be pitiful. The backcourt as presently constructed is a sieve, Boozer is an active detriment on that end and there's basically no one to play small forward, which is actually a critical defensive position. Jordan Hill is a good shot blocker and Lin will get steals. But add in Scott's horrific defensive numbers from his three seasons... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Ahh crap forgot Boozer is on Lakers now. Oh well I'll catch them next year then. Can't stand to see him on any court. - Steve C Team Marina
In a preseason game, Boozer got in a layup with the team down 21, then flexed and pointed at his bicep. Greatest player ever. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Phoenix Suns to Morris brothers: Here's 52 million. You split it up. - Bright Side Of The Sun - http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2014...
Phoenix Suns to Morris brothers: Here's 52 million. You split it up. - Bright Side Of The Sun
"With the agreement of managing partner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough, he offered a total of $52 million over 4 years to the brothers as a package deal, and asked them to split it how they wanted. [...] "I did something I've never done before," Lon Babby said to Bright Side of the Morris negotiations. "Once we agreed on the amount of money, I gave them the first crack at how to divide it up."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Somehow, the brothers agreed to a split pretty quickly and it wasn't even right down the middle. Markieff gets $8 million per year, while Marcus gets $5 million per year. Keef put up 13 and 6 in 26 minutes per game last year, while Marcus put up 10 and 4 in 20 minutes. This year, Markieff is slated to start at power forward, backed up by brother Marcus. Keef can slide to the center... more... - Andrew C (✔)
interesting - Steve C Team Marina
Andrew C (✔)
Former top NBA draft pick Darko Milicic is retiring to become a kickboxer - Extra Mustard - SI.com - http://www.si.com/extra-m...
Former top NBA draft pick Darko Milicic is retiring to become a kickboxer - Extra Mustard - SI.com
"He hasn't played in the NBA in almost two years, but he's only 29. At 7-feet, 275 pounds, Milicic may have a hard time finding someone willing to fight." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Sheed and Stack in the Big Apple « - http://grantland.com/feature...
"Wallace was always more complicated: competitive, but lighthearted and always testing his coaches. In practice one day, Wallace took an ill-conceived 15-foot baseline shot too early in a possession for Smith. The famed head coach blew his whistle and halted the practice immediately. “Do you think that’s a good shot?” Hanners remembers Smith asking Wallace. Wallace replied that he did. “Well, let’s see you make 10 of them in a row,” Smith challenged him. Wallace drained eight straight from the same spot before Smith told him to stop." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
"OK, slow down. Before we name our firstborn sons “Andray” in gratitude for Blatche’s service to Philippine basketball, how did this even happen? How did an NBA player with no Philippine heritage, a native of Syracuse, New York, who had never visited the Philippines before a weekend in June when he flew to Manila to introduce himself to the country, become a Filipino?" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The answer is less zany than you’d expect. The Philippines chose to naturalize Blatche so he could represent them in international basketball competitions, beginning with the World Cup, but also — they hope — the 2014 Asian Games and the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, which will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympics. Naturalizing players is common in international... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"The gaffes and the goofing around highlighted the obvious question: If the Philippines wanted to naturalize an NBA big man, why in the world would it choose Andray Blatche? This was a player whose lapses in judgment and unprofessionalism have become almost legendary in today’s NBA. Yes, he hosted Lap Dance Tuesday at a Miami strip club. Yes, he was once held out of a game with the box... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
This Is The Only Kobe Bryant Quote - http://deadspin.com/this-is...
"Kobe was like, 'I would go 0-30 before I would go 0-9. 0-9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game, because Deron Williams can get more shots in the game. The only reason is because you've just now lost confidence in yourself.'" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Yikes. That comment section escalated quickly. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
From Sterling to Ballmer -- a rags to riches story for Clipper fans - Clips Nation - http://www.clipsnation.com/2014...
"There's a story I tell about Donald Sterling. I've probably told it to you at some point. A few years back I was invited to Sterling's annual "White Party" at his Malibu beach house. (I know, the "White Party" has additional freight now.) Sterling takes his White Party very seriously. If you show up at his White Party wearing anything other than white, you either put on the white T-Shirt they hand you at the door, or you don't go in. So you're at this party with 500 or so people, all in white." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The Donald stayed hidden for awhile. He made his appearance at his own "White Party" about two hours after it started -- dressed all in black, like Johnny freakin' Cash." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
LeBron James lost so much weight he looks like an 18-year-old again - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/lookit...
LeBron James lost so much weight he looks like an 18-year-old again - SBNation.com
"He apparently "cut carbs" over the last two months, and now he looks like an 18-year-old again." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
EXCLUSIVE: "I'm coming home" by Brian Scalabrine | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com - http://www.csnne.com/page...
EXCLUSIVE: "I'm coming home" by Brian Scalabrine | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
"I had passion for my team just like the fans. I guess I was kind of like the fans except I had a courtside seat for free and if we were up by 20 with less than two minutes to play I would get to go into the game." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"In Boston, nothing is given. Remember in the movie The Departed when Francis Costello said, “No one gives it to you. You have to take it.” That was a great scene and a great Boston movie. I’m ready to accept the Scallenge. Boston, I’m coming home." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"Once, New York was home to more basketball talent than any other city on the planet. No more. As for what changed, theories vary. An older scout says it’s all about attitude. A younger coach says they only lack muscle. Some of the NBA’s remaining New Yorkers blame the city’s emphasis on skills of dwindling value to today’s teams. Others cite greed, poverty, overcrowding, or — why not? — video games, social media, and YouTube. It’s all flailing guesswork aimed at making sense of a decline no one saw coming but everyone watched happen. And though the explanations differ, on the central point, they all agree. New York is no longer the greatest basketball city on earth. Right now, it’s not even close." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"When we talk about the decline of New York City basketball, we’re not talking about the Knicks’ interminable incompetence or the Nets’ lavish and misguided efforts to build a contender. We’re talking about the city’s footprint in the NBA: Years ago, New York’s playgrounds and high schools served as the most fertile breeding ground for the game’s elite. Today, you’re just as likely to become a star if you’re born in Los Angeles, Toronto, or Raleigh." - Andrew C (✔)
That's the thing, though. There's no reason to be limited to the U.S. even. You can be a star in NBA if you're from Barcelona or Bahia Blanco, Argentina or Bruges, Belgium or Würzburg, Germany. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
Hello? Who’s There? The NBA Celebrations Matrix! « - http://grantland.com/feature...
Hello? Who’s There? The NBA Celebrations Matrix! «
Andrew C (✔)
Damian Lillard hits buzzer-beating, game-winning, series-clinching 3 to oust Rockets in 6 (Video) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports - http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs...
(from May) "It appears McHale is telling his players to just stay with their guys on the final possession, and not to switch their assignments or switch on screens. After the game, McHale told reporters that his specific instruction was not to give up a 3-pointer, a note confirmed by Howard during his trip to the podium. But if he's telling his players not to switch screens on the perimeter to make sure that nobody streaks wide open, how does that jive with the "no threes" plan?" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
WTH? AIUI, the foundation of "no threes" is _switch everything_. "Stay with your guy" is going to get you screened. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"Of all the things I learned at Pro Scout School, one thing stood out: Being an NBA scout is probably the single worst job in the world. That most of my scout school classmates voluntarily paid a decent chunk of change to fly to Vegas, hear how much their dream job sucks, and then leave even more convinced that they want to become scouts tells me they’re a kind of insane I can’t even begin to comprehend." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Mark Deeks: The Englishman Who Went Up the Internet But Came Down an NBA Contracts Expert « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
"The thing that interests me about Mark Deeks is that he even exists. Imagine spending a dozen hours or more a day researching and watching the NBA in a country where the games come on at midnight and end at 7 a.m. and basketball is so disregarded that your home country cut the funding for its Olympic team. That should give you an idea of how unusual Deeks’s rise to prominence is. He’s a self-made, self-employed lay-expert in the most confusing and misunderstood area of a sport that is barely more than a fringe curiosity in his home country." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Somehow, Deeks, originally from “a small village in the English countryside that no one has ever heard of,” has managed to cultivate a web of contacts that give him not just salary information, but incentives, trade kickers, cap percentages, and all the cascading minutiae that goes into the NBA contract sausage." - Andrew C (✔)
"“There are lots of people who know the salary cap and can understand how it works,” Grantland’s Zach Lowe told me at summer league. “A lot of people can say, ‘Oh, Dallas is using the taxpayer midlevel exception; Phoenix is the trade exception that they had left over.’ But there’s really only a handful that can project five or six moves ahead, with the cap for all 30 teams in the league, and Deeks can do that. That’s what separates him.”" - Andrew C (✔)
"A good illustration of this is a series of articles written by Deeks at ShamSports revealing what appeared to be, and indeed was, a mistake in Zach Randolph’s contract with the Memphis Grizzlies." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Are we looking at the worst Los Angeles Lakers team of all time? - Silver Screen and Roll - http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2014...
Are we looking at the worst Los Angeles Lakers team of all time? - Silver Screen and Roll
Andrew C (✔)
Oklahoma City's Thunder decline to celebrate Seattle's 1979 championship with a jersey patch | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports - http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs...
"Cody Stavenhagen went on to note that other teams in new cities – both the Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings – will be honoring their championship past with the gold stamp. The Kings, not unlike the Thunder, also changed colors and the team’s name when they moved, but still decided to embrace its roots." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
"The second thing was the Houston Rockets literally /giving/ Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers. Swaddled him in a muslin sheet of merino cotton and diamond dust and dropped him off at the Staples Center doorstep. OK, so it’s a bit more complicated than that: The Lakers now have to absorb Lin’s $15 million salary, the “poison pill” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey built into Lin’s offer sheet in order to dissuade the New York Knicks from matching three years ago (it worked). Here’s the funny part: To convince the Lakers—a team with a Polynesian nation state’s worth of cap space at the time—to take on Lin’s contract (whose cap hold is only $8 million, by the way), the Rockets had to … wait for it … INCLUDE TWO DRAFT PICKS! A second and a first!" - Andrew C (✔)
"Because you can’t just give three assets away literally for nothing, the Lakers volleyed back the rights to prospect Sergei Lishchuk, who is 32 years old and has spent the last 10 years playing in Russia. Ten years! He’s not /ever/ coming over! /He/ was the compensation!" - Andrew C (✔)
It's pretty amazing how crappy the Rockets treated Lin. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Lionel Hollins talks championship, says New York makes Memphis look like "the stone age" - NetsDaily - http://www.netsdaily.com/2014...
""Memphis is like, compared to New York, it's back in the stone age when you didn't have electricity or something. That's not a knock on Memphis, just a contrast in how developed and how unbelievably electric New York is versus Memphis."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Best Way to Understand Daryl Morey « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
The Best Way to Understand Daryl Morey «
"The best way to understand Daryl Morey is think of Chris Paul at the end of playoff games. There’s nobody more relentless, and nobody more devious, nobody with more stubborn dedication to defy the limits that apply to everybody else. Every angle gets exploited, every trick gets used, and it never stops. But every now and then he gets impatient, tries to do too much too fast, and all that frenetic energy gets counterproductive. The tricks become pointless, and exploiting every angle distracts him from the bigger picture. Trying to do everything leaves him with nothing." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"For anyone trying to build a title contender, luck is just as important as assets or expertise. Think about it. After years of trying, Morey did actually trade his way into a franchise superstar — Dwight Howard — but it turns out he landed the wrong one. Dwight might be the only superstar in the league with whom other stars — LeBron and Carmelo and Bosh, at least — have no interest in... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Morey and the Rockets have made approximately 500 tweaks to the roster over the past few years, and somehow nobody in the front office has had the strength to make the one move that would absolutely make Houston better: firing the likable Kevin McHale and hiring a coach who can actually take them to the next level." - Andrew C (✔)
"As the years have passed, one thing has become obvious about Morey and the new generation of GMs that followed him. Their trademark has nothing to do with math or metrics. Generally speaking, the one trait that actually sets Morey and the “new” GMs apart from the old guard is effort. They are more creative with the salary cap, more relentless in the trade market, and more ambitious in the long run. " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Rockets' tumultuous offseason takes a self-destructive turn - http://www.si.com/nba...
Andrew C (✔)
Oh man, the Rockets dealt away Asik and Lin to create salary cap space, but Bosh just turned them down anyways to stay in Miami. http://www.thedreamshake.com/2014...
Oops. - Victor Ganata
Although considering they weren't really using Asik and Lin anyway, it's not really an epic fail or anything. - Victor Ganata
Asik is an elite defender and rebounder. Too good to be a backup, but it was a nice luxury to have. Lin was probably the Rockets' second or third best creator; it's a role that doesn't suit playing beside Harden but he shored up their bench scoring. These were moves that would be fully justifiable to land Bosh, but now the Rockets lost two of their best bench players for effectively... more... - Andrew C (✔)
And Parsons, already a bit overpaid at $15M, has a trade kicker (a clause that pays him more if he gets traded) in his Dallas offer that the Rockets would also have to match, so it would be even harder for the Rockets to trade Parsons away anytime soon. - Andrew C (✔)
Some people think Houston might go after Kevin Love now (http://grantland.com/the-tri...), but Love is approaching his last year of his current deal and seeking to force a trade to a contender. He's not a FA. And Houston already traded away its best assets that could have made a Love trade happen, so... I dunno, I don't see it happening. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
The Miami Heat and the NBA’s Double Standard of ‘Sacrifice’ « - http://grantland.com/feature...
"It’s not quite the ideal test case for a new collective bargaining agreement designed with perhaps one eye on engineering “competitive balance” by making it harder for teams to retain superstar clusters. Adam Silver trumpeted that catchphrase every chance he got during the 2011 lockout, but the league’s primary goal during that torturous offseason was to transfer cash from players to owners." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"[the current NBA salary cap rules situation] puts star players in an impossible position: accept a pay cut “for the good of the team” or look like a glutton. When stars take pay cuts to stay together, fans rail against their collusion and call the NBA product a rigged game. When stars chase the money, fans rip them as pigs." - Andrew C (✔)
" “There is a misperception that players are being asked to cover for their teams. But I am concerned that the sacrifice they are making is not as much for the good of their teams as it is for the good of the owners.”" - Andrew C (✔)
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