The NBA Dribbled Out

Some links before I start working again.

-This is—by far—the best piece of prose I’ve read about basketball and life in a long time. As part of the Classical’s “Why we watch" series, Yago Colás writes about Ray Allen’s jump shot, Nietzsche’s narrowing of purview when you’re focused on something, Henry Miller’s recognition of self in other’s work (which is also my definition of genius), and Williams Carlos Williams poem, "Spring and All." All told, this makes it the finest essay, possibly ever written for someone like me. The subject matter is near to my own heart, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share it with ya’ll. If you’re every wondering what I consider the apogee of basketball writing, this is it, and I hope I can reach it’s lofty levels of discourse at some point in my short, unadorned life of poverty and scholarship. [The Classical]

-Rick Telander with a great homage to short shorts [Slam Online]

-Ethan Sherwood Strauss talks to David Lee about that Kirk Goldsberry article that was all the rage at the Sloan Analytics Jack-Off Quant Cluster Conference* [Warriors World

-Charles Barkley on Dwight Howard, the Lakers, the Knicks, that DeAndre Jordan dunk that set Twitter ablaze (on both sides—hey Wojo!), bobsledding a other things you probably want to hear Chuck talk about [Sports Illustrated]

-Felix Huang tackles the myth that fast-breaking teams flounder in the playoffs myth or truism. I will not tell you what he finds, so go read it yourself. [Dime Mag]

-Derrick Rose’s absence grows more conspicuous by the day, and the Chicago Tribune hasn’t been quoted this much since Sam Smith’s The Jordan Rules came out. [Eye on Basketball]

-I loved this short post from Chris Perkins because if LeBron and Co. fail to win an NBA title this season like everybody and their mother expects, all of the things he writes will probably happen. People—generally—are stupid and reactionary. So am I. [Sheridan Hoops]

-Pick & Roll defense: the switch by Vantage

-So Dwight Howard is back in Orlando tonight as you probably heard. Lee Jenkins covered his return for SI, and SB Nation has a whole thread about it. [Sports Illustrated]

-The estimable Dan Devine talks about the mystery of Carmelo’s knee. No one seems to know what’s going on since there’s fluid pooling into the back of the knee. That’s a big problem, obviously. [Ball Don’t Lie]

-Rob Mahoney on the Boston Celtics’ defensive revival since Rondo went down. [The Point Forward]

-Jeff Caplan points out that the Spurs and Heat are at the top of the Western and Eastern Conference’s, respectively, and both got big wins over their possible rivals this past weekend (OKC & IND). But since Bosh, LeBron and Wade teamed up in the summer of 2010, the Spurs and Heat have only faced each other four times and never with the rotations or players that would go against each other if they met in the Finals this year. [Hang Time Blog]

*I deride because no one invited me :( Those are all good guys (especially the True Hoop bloggers) and analytics are important, as is watching basketball. Most people who write about the NBA professionally understand this, so don’t tell them to “watch more games,” because they do; they just use analytics to back up the eye test. You need both to write about the game these days. 

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