J.A. Adande on Reggie Evans, who has been super effective for the Clippers in this Memphis series. This features Kenyon Martin co-opting “grit and grind” from the Grizz.
Rob Mahoney’s Microscope: Vinny Del Negro has done a good thing with Kenyon Martin and the Spurs had a crazy-awesome fourth quarter lineup last night. And I must excerpt this sentence: Many things are troubling within the Grizzlies’ offense in a more general sense, but Randolph’s uncharacteristic interior weirdness stands out as a more curious issue. #uncharacteristicinteriorweirdness (hashtag added)
I cannot wait to see NBA Intervention, a new offseason reality show where “troubled” stars are saved and mentored by players who resemble them. Zach Randolph will tell Cousins to clean up his condo. Gerald Green will get chained to a shark. Monta Ellis will get a fake ID for himself. This year’s All-Rookie team wil huff a little together and then retire to a co-op
“I still can do a lot of the dunks that I used to do. Maybe not as hard or as high. But if it came down to it, I can still probably do the 360-windmill. It just probably wouldn’t be as spectacular, at least in my mind. Maybe to some people because they’ll say, ‘Oh, he’s 35. He can still put his arm in the rim.’ But it’s just I probably wouldn’t be able to put as much arm in the rim anymore. I’ll probably break my arm now. The only thing I probably don’t think I can do it probably the free throw line. Everything else, I think I can do.”
I really wanted the Mavs to win Game 3 last night just because I like watching Dallas and Oklahoma City play. The first two games were amazing and it could have easily been the Thunder down 2-0 heading into last night’s game. I still had hopes for a long series, but last night changed things, obviously. Rob Mahoney wrote a great recap at The Two Man Game, but damn, it is depressing.
Shout-out to the two rather obnoxious individuals sitting behind me! One was a Knicks fan who just had to provide running, repetitive, cliche-ridden commentary on everything that took place. I heard dozens of iterations of “Why is Baron Davis even out there?”, “Steve Novak is one of the best shooters in the league. Bar none.” (he really kept saying “bar none”), and “Melo is having the game of his life. One for the ages!” (he really kept saying “one for the ages”). This did not stop. Not ever. The other guy, I guess, wasn’t that obnoxious. He was just a Celtics fan who kept yelling pro-Celtics things (which, I guess, is what Celtics fans do) while failing to grasp the nature of the crowd around him. People kept yelling “PAUL PIERCE SUCKS!”, and he’d reply with something like “HE HAS 40 POINTS! HE’S THE BEST PLAYER ON THE FLOOR!”. We know, sir. That’s why we feel compelled to yell about him. We don’t like him and we’re not really being reasonable.
There’s a lot to love about this Kobe Bryant Q&A from Sports Radio Interviews. I cannot overstate how much I enjoy that he started an answer with, “Alright let me give you a Black Mamba answer.” Also, there’s this, on a dinner conversation with Metta World Peace:
I said ‘Metta do you know, first of all World Peace is a hot name, it’s a dope name.’ Then he started looking at me out of the corner of his eye and was like ‘okay where are you going with this?’ I said ‘some people believe for us to achieve world peace the only way that can be achieved is through sheer will and through force of nature so sometimes you just have to go and conquer the territory and that’s when you establish world peace.’ He’s looking and he’s like ‘huh?’ I said ‘man you go out there and kick butt and then you establish order.’ He’s like ‘okay, I’ve got it.’
You should read these Jazz quotes from Brian T. Smith and Steve Luhm. There are eight instances of the word “willie” in this piece.
“What we’re going to find out over the next two years is, does he have the ability to develop a jump shot and not be strictly a full-court player, a transition player? Can he be a halfcourt point guard who can run a team? Ultimately, if you’re going to have success, it’s because you have success in the playoffs.”
“Man, I’d run through a wall for that guy,” Garnett said. “He’s a player’s coach. Definitely the reason I’m able to be in the position I’m in, looking like I’m half decent in this league. He cares about players’ bodies and time off. All those things are important. I’d go through a wall for that dude. If he asked me to do anything drastic, I would never go into it thinking that he’s telling me something wrong. I hate playing the five, to be honest.”
Jimmer Fredette was clearly a reach with the 10th pick in last year’s draft. The 6-2 guard is neither tall enough nor quick enough to create his own shot, he can’t dribble or see the court well enough to become a reliable pro point guard, and, despite energetic effort, he is a below-average defender. The Kings hold out hope that the point-guard adjustment is simply a matter of time — they still believe Jimmer can run an offense — but that’s wishful thinking. The Kings should just pretend that their other rookie point guard, current starter Isaiah Thomas, was their top pick and that Fredette was the final player taken in the second round, where Sacramento landed Thomas.