Archive for July, 2011

Recommended Reading: Samaki Walker…There Are No Words

Recommended Reading is a daily (occasional) rundown of truly superb NBA related literature, pictures, and videos. Some is brand new, others are timeless. Enjoy!

Hoopshype: What everyone who follows basketball wants: A well organized list of every NBA player who has either been rumored to go overseas or already signed there. Steph Curry and Ty Lawson are two of the more surprising players supposedly leaning towards making a move.

Deadspin: Former NBA vagabond/memorable awful suit-wearer Samaki Walker tried to eat eight grams of weed during a routine traffic stop yesterday in Arizona.

Marc J. Spears: Apparently Tyreke Evans is as confused about the Jimmer Fredette draft pick as the rest of us.

Hoopism: A very cool graphic recap of the 2010-11 season.

GQ: When an embarrassing haircut costs you your job.

The New Yorker: Written in 1993, here’s Susan Orlean’s comprehensive profile of former New York City high-school legend Felipe Lopez.


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Essay: Evaluating The Wonders Of A NBA Amnesty Clause, Part IV

July 30, 2011 1 comment

Here’s Part IV of Shaky Ankles’ analysis into the league’s worst contracts—team by team. Read more…

Shook Ankles: Take That Mr. President

Off the court Derek Fisher seems like an elegant, well-mannered, respectful man. Step between those lines and he’s an overachieving, tenacious, cheap, unforgiving player. He’s also less skilled than just about everyone he guards these days. I don’t like Derek Fisher. Neither does Deron Williams.


Recommended Reading: The NBA Turns To Quidditch In Its Downtime

Recommended Reading is a daily (occasional) rundown of truly superb NBA related literature, pictures, and videos. Some is brand new, others are timeless. Enjoy!

7th Inning Sketch: Gary Finkler, creator of this delightful cartoon and sport hybrid of a website, reached out a few days ago to spread the word, so here it is: The site’s a must see. Especially if you’re into magic.

ESPN 5-on-5: In their daily series analyzing each position’s totem pole, various True Hoop scribes and some random people on Twitter take a look at LeBron James and everyone else. Or as it’s sometimes referred to as, the small forward position. Interesting who almost everyone agreed to be the position’s most overrated player.

Hardwood Paroxysm: It’s so hard to explain why Andrei Kirilenko is still a relevant basketball player. Yet he remains so. FINALLY!

Shook Ankles: The Jet Crash Lands

Not entirely sure what is happening here. D-Will gives a simple little left to right cross and in trying to react, Jason Terry crumbles like he was struck by a shotgun from point blank range. It’s one of the worst falls you’ll see from such a subtle maneuver. In a way it’s Deron Williams’ game in a nutshell: no flash leading to a notable outcome; effortless fancy.

Shook Ankles: Help Defense 101

Want to teach a group of youngsters how not to play defense? Show them this clip and hope they don’t solely focus in on Deron Williams complete embarrassment of Ty Lawson.

Shook Ankles: The Unrepeatable Genius

Yesterday I wrote that what makes a superstar a superstar is an ability to do one thing really well that nobody else can.  In the clip above, Deron Williams crosses the best defensive guard in basketball over, and then throws down a merciless one-handed jam on Joel Anthony, a player whose sole responsibility on the basketball court is preventing dunks from the opposition. Just watch it; Wade is left upright and flat footed. Can you think of anyone else in the league who can reenact this sequence? I’m not sure there is.

Shook Ankles: It’s Deron Williams Week

…starting now. This morning I woke up struck by just how badly slept on Deron Williams is. Yes, last season the inconceivable happened and he was dealt. It’s a perspective altering moment, making people step back a bit and wonder how someone so gifted at the game’s most important position could be traded away under any circumstances. Read more…

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Essay: Evaluating The Wonders Of A NBA Amnesty Clause, Part III

Here’s Part III of Shaky Ankles’ look into the league’s worst contracts—team by team.  Read more…

Shook Ankles: Jason Williams And Luke Ridnour Display Modern Day White On White Crime

It’s taken far too long for White Chocolate to make a guest appearance on Shaky Ankles, but greatness comes to those who wait. Finding a Jason Williams crossover this devastating performed so late in his career is like catching a powerful Al Pacino scene shot in the past 10 years—I didn’t think either existed, and they both belong in a museum featuring rare cultural artifacts. Even though this move was done on Luke Ridnour, possibly the only point guard slower than Williams, it’s still accepted and appreciated. Look for more of his classic endeavors in the near future.



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