Some Tuesday links and a reminder that Dr. J only got a good punch in because his teammates were holding Bird.
-Gary Sacks was named the Los Angeles Clippers new VP of Basketball Relations. They’ve been GM-less since Neil Olshey headed over to Portland.
-Check out this mailbag with Gregg Popovich. The first example gives you a pretty good idea of what you’re in store for:
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Question: What is your favorite thing a reporter has ever asked you?
Gregg Popovich: (Chuckles) I’m just going to assume that I’ve never had a favorite. I’ve had some real wing-dingers that they’ve asked me but I can’t say they’re favorites.
<3 you Pops.
-T-Mac might be joining the Bobcats and Allen Iverson could join Stephon Marbury in China (bringing two players from the underwhelming 2004 Olympic team to China). [Hang Time Blog]
-Two views of Ray Felton as he takes over for Lin. [Off the Dribble]
-Ugh, Reggie, no. Reggis is about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the end of this week (where he’ll join his sister, Cheryl), but now comes word (by way of BDL] his former teammate at Indiana, Mark Jackson, believes he’s the 3rd greatest shooting guard OF ALL TIME! This is the current coach of the Warriors, and if you’re part of the Warriors brass, this has to give you pause as to Jackson’s ability to evaluate talent.
-Data confirms what everyone (although, maybe not) already knew: you want to shoot 3’s or dunk the ball.
Also, Ziller wrote another piece about shooting 3-pointers on Monday.
-Ethan Sherwood Strauss continues to write about Allen Iverson at Hoop Speak.
-Are the Oklahoma City Thunder still the West’s best? Heat assistant, Bob McAdoo, thinks so (courtesy of Dime Mag), and so do I.