The Daily Peep, January 3

This is the first installment of The Daily Peep, where “Peepin’ James Herbert” will share interesting/insightful/ridiculous NBA things he finds on the internet. 

  • Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside sat down with the Springfield Armor’s JamesOn Curry recently and the results are simply must-read. Here’s the feature at SB Nation and here are some thoughts from Schroeder and many, many more candid quotes from Curry at RU. You should read both; you’ll become a Curry fan. Here’s a quote from the feature, where Curry talks about his experience in Nets camp this season: ”What hurt me was the second or third day there, I had a conversation with (Nets general manager) Billy King and he was like ‘I heard you guys are doing good. I haven’t came out and watched you play yet, but that’s awesome. When you guys go back down, I’m gonna make sure you guys get meals on the road, everything. We’re going to make sure we treat you guys more like the NBA, more like a true minor league system.’ The only thing I got out of that conversation, though, was ‘when you guys go back down.’”
  • A tremendous piece by Kevin Ding on Mike Brown and his son, Elijah. (via Holly MacKenzie)
  • Would you look at this Drew Gooden story from Scott Raab’s blog? I’ve no idea how people didn’t pick up on this when it was posted a few weeks ago. Warning: the significant Gooden quote here is very NSFW.
  • A whole lot of gushing about Greg Stiemsma, who started last night for the Celtics. I watched every second of Boston’s embarrassing 19-point loss to the Eric Gordon-less Hornets last Wednesday. Stiemsma was pretty much the only bright spot, with SIX blocks in twenty minutes. Kevin Garnett on “The Steamer“: ”You know what I hate is that everybody knows who Greg is now. He’s not our big secret anymore. Like I said, he has uncanny instincts, can block shots like anybody else, man, like no one I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t look all that fast and quick and explosive, and I think that’s kind of his mystique about him. I told him he’s in the league now, so he’s not going to be that much of a mystique any more, not much of a mystery. But, truth to him, he’s worked his behind off to get to where he’s at, so I’m just happy for him.”
  • The first bullet in Rob Mahoney’s OKC/DAL recap is about Vince Carter operating in the post. Carter was very aggressive down there last night and I kept thinking that I couldn’t remember the last time I saw him get to the line with such ease. He finished with nine free throw attempts — the last time he did that was over a year ago.
  • On NBA.com, John Schuhmann writes that DeMar DeRozan’s off-season work on his three-point shot is paying off. Here in Toronto, we’re not surprised — sure, he was the worst shooter in NBA history last season, but DeRozan’s work ethic has been well-documented since he was drafted.
  • Via D.J. Foster of Clipperblog, this Blake Griffin mix is phenomenal:

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