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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 (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Grantland Exclusive: The Jason Kidd Mess Has a $144 Million Price Tag « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
"That’s a valid concern. The basketball side of the Nets’ business is projected to have lost $144 million over the 2013-14 season, according to a confidential memo the league sent to all 30 teams in early June. (Grantland has reviewed and verified the memo with a half-dozen sources.) If that strikes you as out of whack, that’s because it is." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The NBA expects nine teams will end up having lost money once luxury-tax distribution and revenue-sharing payments are finalized. The Nets, with that monster $144 million figure, are the biggest losers. Next in line? The Wizards, with projected losses of about $13 million. That’s right: The Nets lost $131 million more than any other NBA team last season. This is what happens when you... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"It’s important to note that the figures here stem from basketball activities only, and do not appear to include benefits the Nets and Prokhorov get from their ownership stake in the Barclays Center. And Prokhorov, of course, is heli-skiing levels of rich. But taking a $144 million bath when the rest of the league is swimming in profits does not sit well." - Andrew C (✔)
"• Holy cow, the Lakers! They end up with that huge profit despite contributing a league-high $49 million to revenue sharing. The league’s revenue sharing is complex, with payouts and contributions tied to all sorts of variables — market size, profitability, earnings benchmarks, and other stuff. A few teams, including the Lakers and Knicks, play in markets so large they are disqualified from ever receiving revenue-sharing payouts." - Andrew C (✔)
"• Speaking of the Knicks: They’re actually expected to take a net loss for the season — something around $3.5 million. But don’t worry, they’re still insanely profitable. They made $58 million on their own, and will “lose money” only because of their huge revenue-sharing contribution (nearly $27 million, no. 2 behind the Lakers) and the giant tax bill they paid for a lottery roster.... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Draft Night in Brooklyn: The Year-Round NBA Is Born - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
"Andrew Wiggins at no. 1 hits my TweetDeck about a minute before the draft clock hits zero; it’s the same with every single other pick, all night. All over the arena, people are checking their phones, leaning over to tell their friends what’s coming. At one point, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was legitimately four picks ahead of corporeal reality. " - Andrew C (✔)
"To follow the NBA in 2014 is to enter a state of augmented reality. The granular, deals-within-deals level of detail needed to really understand the league on draft night is only accessible through Twitter, which has basically become the NBA’s real-time Bloomberg terminal." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
24 Lingering Questions From the NBA Finals « - http://grantland.com/feature...
"Q: What’s the best lesson of the 2014 Spurs that wasn’t ridiculously obvious? Five words: Don’t feel sorry for yourself." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Instead of moping around after blowing last year’s title, they looked at everything logically and wondered, “Hmmmmm … why did we REALLY lose?” The conclusion: They weren’t good enough at small ball; they couldn’t play two point guards at once; they didn’t rest their veterans enough; and they didn’t exploit Boris Diaw’s offensive skills enough. They spent the regular season working on... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Grantland Fauxclusive! Steve Ballmer’s Email Hacked! « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
Grantland Fauxclusive! Steve Ballmer’s Email Hacked! «
Andrew C (✔)
Tim Duncan Makes Citizen's Foul Call | The Onion - America's Finest News Source - http://www.theonion.com/article...
Tim Duncan Makes Citizen's Foul Call | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
from 2009, but awesome. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Hooked: What happened to the NBA’s most difficult (and unstoppable) shot? : Bucksketball – A Better Milwaukee Bucks Blog - http://www.bucksketball.com/2014...
Hooked: What happened to the NBA’s most difficult (and unstoppable) shot? : Bucksketball – A Better Milwaukee Bucks Blog
"25 years ago today (June 13, 1989) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar walked off an NBA floor for the last time. When he left, he took with him the most unstoppable weapon professional basketball has ever seen. Abdul-Jabbar was the first to perfect the sky-hook. He’s also the last. Over the course of Abdul-Jabbar’s 20-year career, no one could emulate his No. 1 weapon. In the 25 years since, no one has even tried." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Not that many people have that height advantage, really. And anyone who is that tall doesn't have the same athleticism that Kareem did. - Victor Ganata
Plus at the end of his career, the refs started calling offensive fouls whenever he did the whole "swing left, shoot right" thing. - Victor Ganata
The more I think about it, the more I think Kareem still deserves to be in the conversation for GOAT, even though MJ pretty much owns the title. - Victor Ganata
The other thing is the more physical play, though. I imagine it's really hard to execute a good skyhook when people are throwing bows and trying to knock you to the ground. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
The best pre-draft articles are when they just give up and rely entirely on Youtube highlight mixes. http://grantland.com/the-tri...
Andrew C (✔)
"That’s why Miami makes sense for Carmelo. It’s not a guarantee that he’d get to reprise his Team USA role with the Heat, or that any of this would go that smoothly, but the dream is worth chasing. You couldn’t even call him selfish. Leaving for Miami and taking less money would tell the whole world that all he wants to do is win. Everywhere else he could go — Chicago, the Lakers, the Rockets, maybe Dallas — would come with all the same pressure he had in New York. But Miami would give him a chance to come in and be a crucial piece of a title team, without having to carry the offense. It could rejuvenate his career and, just as important, it might actually make basketball fun for Carmelo for the first time since the Beijing Olympics." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Imagine Phil Jackson, if this fantasy ever becomes reality. He just took over in New York, and his first two months could see him lose Steve Kerr, hire Derek Fisher, and lose Carmelo, virtually guaranteeing at least two years of misery in New York, while Pat Riley guarantees two or three more years of contending in Miami. When you think about Phil Jackson, Pat Riley’s one of the only people alive who can actually compare résumés without getting laughed out of the room. " - Andrew C (✔)
"Owners can’t have it both ways, though. This is what happens when you cap salaries for the best players on earth. Eventually, guys like LeBron can make so much money elsewhere that it’s not actually that crazy to give up $8 million to $10 million of NBA salary to play with his superstar friends. If it’s the difference between $40 million and $10 million per year, that’s one thing. But... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Keep Your Friends Close: The Hiring of Derek Fisher Makes a Strange Kind of Sense « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
"With the announcement that Derek Fisher has been hired as their 26th head coach, the New York Knicks face the curious prospect of entering the 2014-15 season with a head coach who’s a better point guard than their actual point guard and a president of basketball operations who’s a better coach than their head coach." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I think D. Fish could suit up and play PG more easily than Phil could trade the desk for the bench, especially on the road. I don't think the NBA would ever let him coach via Skype or Facetime like he demanded from Jim Buss. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
NBA Finals Shootaround: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
"Dating from the 2011-12 season, up to and including last night’s Game 2, the Heat and the Spurs have played 14 games. In those 14 games, the Heat have scored a total of 1,385 points and the Spurs have scored 1,386 points." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Titus’s NBA Draft Enigma All-Stars « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
Titus’s NBA Draft Enigma All-Stars «
"T.J. Warren’s 2014 ACC Player of the Year campaign was enough to knock Khalif Wyatt out of the top spot on my list of favorite college players with “old-man game.” I’m not sure anybody will ever take the title from Warren. I watched most of his games this past season and I still can’t think of another way to describe Warren’s game." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"He’s somehow great at nothing and everything. He’s not a very good shooter, yet he can consistently knock down tough jumpers. He has no natural position. He’s limited athletically, yet he seems to find surprising bursts to explode by defenders. He’s awkward and smooth at the same time. He’s a living contradiction whose game doesn’t have any analogues in today’s NBA." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Stop hating the Heat for the wrong reasons - SBNation.com - http://www.sbnation.com/nba...
""Built vs. Bought" is a good slogan, but it only toys with the real story of why much of the nation wants to see San Antonio win. The bigger issue here is that a lot of people prefer a sports world in which managers and coaches have the power and the players don't. That's what drives anti-Heat sentiment at this point." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Bloggers on Bloggers: A Knicks’ Recaps Recap - http://www.hickory-high.com/blogger...
"Silverman: I think the Knicks are different, if only because there is a fairly consistent assumption–by the fans, the owners, and somehow embedded in the general perception of the team–that they should win. It’s confusing, because save for a stretch in the 90′s and another in the 70′s, they’ve been uniformly execrable. It’s partly a New York City ego thing—that this truly is the greatest city in the world and with basketball so deeply embedded in the culture, it’s assumed that said team would be a shiny object that is both a reflection of and flatters said greatness." - Andrew C (✔)
"Of course, the fact that the economic demographics of the actual New York (as opposed to the myth) more closely resembles a tinpot Third World Oligarchy means that these Knicks–the bloated, overpaid, dysfunctional, paranoid and yet wildly profitable Knicks–are a better spirit animal than we’d like to admit." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
The Knicks' new D-League team is called the Knicks - Posting and Toasting - http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2014...
[in comments] ""Sent down from the Knicks to the Knicks" has an accurate ring to it" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Knickerbockers are pants right? I guess it's better to stick with Knicks than go with Capris, jean shorts, or skinny pants. - Rodfather from Android
The Warriors did the same though. They're the Santa Cruz Warriors. - Rodfather from Android
Oh, good point. But really, the Knicks had a fan contest and everything to name the D-League team. - Andrew C (✔)
That's a lot better than being called the D-Fenders. As if you really need to be reminded every time you go out on the court that you're in the D-League. - Victor Ganata
That's horrible - Rodfather from Android
Wikipedia: "The team name was chosen in a "name the team" contest with an interesting format. [...] On June 5, 2006, balloting was closed with the "Breakers" as the winner. Three days later the team was expected to announce its new name, the "Los Angeles Breakers" but did not do so. While the name "Breakers" had won the poll, the Lakers organization had learned that a local coed dwarf... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Dwarf basketball. Well, then. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
The Sacramento Kings' Draft Gambit « - http://grantland.com/the-tri...
The Sacramento Kings' Draft Gambit «
"On Friday afternoon, the Kings introduced "Draft 3.0," a web-based challenge designed to inspire members of the public to contribute to their 2014 draft process: KingsGambit1152 In short, the Kings are crowdsourcing analytical expertise, via an official web portal that enables participants to submit draft wisdom directly to the team." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The Kings will evaluate the submissions internally and grant the top two submissions in the "Draft Advisory Council" an invitation to the team's Draft Room on June 26. It's like American Idol for Chad Ford's Big Board." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
""You were guaranteed at least two easy baskets every game," said Alex Jensen, one of Miller's teammates at Utah. "I never played with a better passer. It's not just the lobs or if you run a cut and in that split second, he always had it there. Even if he was just passing it to you for a wide-open jump shot, the pass was on time, in the right spot." "You get spoiled by it because you don't realize it's exceptional until you play without him," said Michael Doleac, another teammate. "When I was at Utah, I was learning to play the game. I didn't know any better. When I started playing away from Andre, I started to realize."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Miller moved yet again, joining the Trail Blazers in 2009. "It's one of those things -- you don't know what you've got until it's gone, basically," Iguodala said. "I think that's been the case pretty much everywhere he's been. You may think you got rid of him, made a good trade, you get something in return and then it's like, 'What are we missing?' It's a glaring mistake. When you don't have him on the floor, you realize you wish you had Andre Miller back."" - Andrew C (✔)
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