March 18, 2013
Here is our regular look around the NBA - links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) - done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like I like a good IPA. Which is a lot.
• It's not a myth - Rajon Rondo is verifiably statistically better on nationally televised games than others.
• Speaking of the Celtics, here is a great feature on D.J. White and his path to Boston and the NBA. Which is a heck of a trip.
• It's not just the Celtics, there are a lot of green NBA St. Patrick's Day jerseys. The Bulls one is cool. However, if you're a Lakers fan and buy a green Lakers pullover you need help. And a lesson in history.
• In the first question of his chat, NBA CBA guru Larry Coon gives a great breakdown of teams options with Andrew Bynum. He said Bynum's contract will be a real test of the new CBA - will a team give him a max deal despite concerns about his knees? I think the answer will be yes, but they can get protections. Coon lays one of those out that makes sense to me:
An Exhibit 3 (prior injury exclusion) that lets his team waive him if he's unable to play as a result of his (specific) prior injuries. (This is what the T-Wolves have with Brandon Roy.)
• I'm going to be up front here - Adrian Dantley is one of my favorite all time NBA players. The 6'5″ guy who could post up long before some guys like MJ and Kobe made it trendy. Deadspin tells us he's still working - as a crossing guard. No, not for the money (he has plenty of that still, the man is legendarily frugal) but because it helps cover his insurance. Which brings us to the question of why the league doesn't have some sort of insurance for former players, but we don't have time to discuss how that will never get approved even though it would be the right thing to do. Bottom line, Adrian Dantley is a crossing guard.
• Could Deron Williams make the Nets the best team in New York?
• Sports fans get the worst tattoos.
• An interesting look at the 2008 Rockets team that won 22 games in a row. The other three teams to break that streak are the title teams of he 1971 Milwaukee Bucks and the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers. We'll see with the Heat. But that Rockets team was just not that good and lost in the first round, they are the outlier.
• Box Score Replay is a cool technology.
• You probably knew this, but Magic GM Rob Hennigan and OKC GM Sam Presti are tight.
• Some drat prospects you will not see in the NCAA Tournament, by ESPN's Chad Ford (behind the ESPN pay wall).
• By the way, March Madness is hard on your company's computer network.
• The Nets sent Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia to the D-League.
• Finally, LeBron James threw down a few dunks pregame in Philadelphia (he slowed down on that since the silly controversy).