The NBA Dribbled Out

Some links today, so I can clean up all the tabs I’ve got open. 
-Stan Van Gundy is’t suprised the Magic have started 2-0 this season. That makes him the only one.
-This ties into a post I’ve been thinking about for later today, but yeah, the Heat aren’t playing very good defense.
-Brandon Rush is done for the season. Bettors with Rush as their choice for first Warrior to go down with a season-ending injury, collected a nice payday. Bogut and Steph were getting better than even odds. 
-Speaking of the Warriors, Carl Landry has had an excellent first week to his season.
-Count Rick Carlisle among the growing list of NBA heads that think Damian Lilliard might be a serious threat to Anthony Davis’ ROY award.  Even though Lilliard was blocked in the gif below, the audacity of trying to go up and dunk on Thabeet, has me believing he’s destined for greatness (h/t to my cuz, Eric, who should absolutely add $35 to his Comcast bill to watch Blazers games on his television, rather than bootleg streaming sites). 

-I saw a lot of Jordan Crawford last night when I re-watched the Celtics-Wiz game to have a gander at the Celtics offense. Crawford is an exceptional scorer, with great range on his jumper, and enough athleticism to get into the lane and finish. His maturity is a big question mark though, and he plays defense like he’s in 9th grade. Regardless, Michael Lee of the Washington Post is right, he can fill it up.
-This is something a lot Thunder fans never thought they’d see. Their title hopes may well rest on Kendrick Perkins’ health. Also, in terms of journalist sartorial choices at The Oklahoman, Darnell Mayberry > John Rohde. 
-When Carmelo Anthony hustles, it’s treated like news. 
-Rob Mahoney tries to figure out what’s ailing the supposedly high-octane Denver Nuggets offense, that’s, as a team, currently sitting at 22 and 23 (out of 30 teams) for points per game and offensive rating.
-SB Nation’s estimable Tom Ziller on James Harden and the Millsap Doctrine: why minutes don’t matter.
-Memphis’ controlling owner, chairman Robert Pera, says that it’s really the city of Memphis that controls the team. Sorry to get cynical, and that’s a dandy quote for his team’s constituents, but talk to me when he’s offered a ton of money to move to [insert larger city of your choice]. Currently, Memphis, Tennessee is the 20th most populated city in the nation.
-Dime Mag asks who is more important to their team: Eric Gordon or Danny Granger? I think Eric Gordon is better, but I’m not sure he’s more important to his team; if only because they’re doing pretty good without him already.
-Continuing a story that just won’t die, Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ GM, says he’s tried to reach out to Ray Allen, but he’s changed his number. Kevin Garnett feels your pain, Joe.*
-A couple Kevin Durant Instagrams for your viewing pleasure. One is titled simply: “dope.” The other is titled: “Bang bang.” Without clicking the links can you guess which one features him shirtless and flexing?
-Jeremy Schmidt, at Bucksketball, has an interesting point about Milwaukee’s back-up guards, Mike Dunleavy Jr (who can play the 3 and 4, too) and Ben Udrich. They’re the antithesis of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, and “that’s a good thing.”
-Kenyon Martin is upset he can’t get back into the NBA. I’m upset I don’t get paid for this blog, but I still write for it a lot. These points are unrelated, though. 
-One of Tumblr’s best, Graydon Gordian, writes at the Classical Who is Stephen Jackson?
-Another Tumblr-er, Mark Milner, on Stern’s coming retirement.
-James Herbert on Toronto’s stellar backcourt at HP. Am I the only one that says Kyle Lowry’s last name like Martin Lawrence does in Bad Boys.
-Charles Barkley might move on from his gig as part of TNT’s emmy-winning pregame show when his contract is up in 2014. Sad face. 
-“Daryl Morey and Houston’s Big Freed Three.” - Ethan Sherwood Strauss. Without even having read it, I’d say he’s talking super-subs: Omer Asik from Chicago, James Harden from OKC, and Jeremy Lin from New York. Go read it. Morey is like Lemmy or Clapton for me.
-Conrad Kaczmarek, for HP, on the Lakers, as part of his new feature called: “The thing is…” where he lambastes popular basketball assumptions from Twitter and the blogosphere. I thought this is what everyone did, but maybe I’m wrong.
-I don’t know why, actually yes I do, by I feel like Royce White hate-watches Rockets games a lot more now. Anyway, here are his Thunder Power Rankings: Humble beginnings.
-Warren Buffett, my favorite billionaire by a landslide, admires LeBron James business sense. Little know fact about Warren Buffett: he’s very good friends with Jimmy Buffett (he of Margaritaville fam). They’re such good friends they even took a blood test to see if they were related—given the same surname. 
-Trey Kerby cracks me up; this is also where I got the pick for this post.
Have a good one peeps. I’ll be back later. 

Some links today, so I can clean up all the tabs I’ve got open. 

-Stan Van Gundy is’t suprised the Magic have started 2-0 this season. That makes him the only one.

-This ties into a post I’ve been thinking about for later today, but yeah, the Heat aren’t playing very good defense.

-Brandon Rush is done for the season. Bettors with Rush as their choice for first Warrior to go down with a season-ending injury, collected a nice payday. Bogut and Steph were getting better than even odds. 

-Speaking of the Warriors, Carl Landry has had an excellent first week to his season.

-Count Rick Carlisle among the growing list of NBA heads that think Damian Lilliard might be a serious threat to Anthony Davis’ ROY award.  Even though Lilliard was blocked in the gif below, the audacity of trying to go up and dunk on Thabeet, has me believing he’s destined for greatness (h/t to my cuz, Eric, who should absolutely add $35 to his Comcast bill to watch Blazers games on his television, rather than bootleg streaming sites). 

-I saw a lot of Jordan Crawford last night when I re-watched the Celtics-Wiz game to have a gander at the Celtics offense. Crawford is an exceptional scorer, with great range on his jumper, and enough athleticism to get into the lane and finish. His maturity is a big question mark though, and he plays defense like he’s in 9th grade. Regardless, Michael Lee of the Washington Post is right, he can fill it up.

-This is something a lot Thunder fans never thought they’d see. Their title hopes may well rest on Kendrick Perkins’ health. Also, in terms of journalist sartorial choices at The Oklahoman, Darnell Mayberry > John Rohde. 

-When Carmelo Anthony hustles, it’s treated like news

-Rob Mahoney tries to figure out what’s ailing the supposedly high-octane Denver Nuggets offense, that’s, as a team, currently sitting at 22 and 23 (out of 30 teams) for points per game and offensive rating.

-SB Nation’s estimable Tom Ziller on James Harden and the Millsap Doctrine: why minutes don’t matter.

-Memphis’ controlling owner, chairman Robert Pera, says that it’s really the city of Memphis that controls the team. Sorry to get cynical, and that’s a dandy quote for his team’s constituents, but talk to me when he’s offered a ton of money to move to [insert larger city of your choice]. Currently, Memphis, Tennessee is the 20th most populated city in the nation.

-Dime Mag asks who is more important to their team: Eric Gordon or Danny Granger? I think Eric Gordon is better, but I’m not sure he’s more important to his team; if only because they’re doing pretty good without him already.

-Continuing a story that just won’t die, Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ GM, says he’s tried to reach out to Ray Allen, but he’s changed his number. Kevin Garnett feels your pain, Joe.*

-A couple Kevin Durant Instagrams for your viewing pleasure. One is titled simply: “dope.” The other is titled: “Bang bang.” Without clicking the links can you guess which one features him shirtless and flexing?

-Jeremy Schmidt, at Bucksketball, has an interesting point about Milwaukee’s back-up guards, Mike Dunleavy Jr (who can play the 3 and 4, too) and Ben Udrich. They’re the antithesis of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, and “that’s a good thing.

-Kenyon Martin is upset he can’t get back into the NBA. I’m upset I don’t get paid for this blog, but I still write for it a lot. These points are unrelated, though. 

-One of Tumblr’s best, Graydon Gordian, writes at the Classical Who is Stephen Jackson?

-Another Tumblr-er, Mark Milner, on Stern’s coming retirement.

-James Herbert on Toronto’s stellar backcourt at HP. Am I the only one that says Kyle Lowry’s last name like Martin Lawrence does in Bad Boys.

-Charles Barkley might move on from his gig as part of TNT’s emmy-winning pregame show when his contract is up in 2014. Sad face. 

-“Daryl Morey and Houston’s Big Freed Three.” - Ethan Sherwood Strauss. Without even having read it, I’d say he’s talking super-subs: Omer Asik from Chicago, James Harden from OKC, and Jeremy Lin from New York. Go read it. Morey is like Lemmy or Clapton for me.

-Conrad Kaczmarek, for HP, on the Lakers, as part of his new feature called: “The thing is…” where he lambastes popular basketball assumptions from Twitter and the blogosphere. I thought this is what everyone did, but maybe I’m wrong.

-I don’t know why, actually yes I do, by I feel like Royce White hate-watches Rockets games a lot more now. Anyway, here are his Thunder Power Rankings: Humble beginnings.

-Warren Buffett, my favorite billionaire by a landslide, admires LeBron James business sense. Little know fact about Warren Buffett: he’s very good friends with Jimmy Buffett (he of Margaritaville fam). They’re such good friends they even took a blood test to see if they were related—given the same surname. 

-Trey Kerby cracks me up; this is also where I got the pick for this post.

Have a good one peeps. I’ll be back later. 

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