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Recommended Reading: Looking Back On The All-Star Game

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

 

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

GQ: Bethlehem Shoals on why All-Star weekend wasn’t as fantastic as it should be.

HoopSpeak: Ethan Sherwood Strauss goes in on what could happen if the Nets won the lottery. In the words of Comic Book Guy: Scariest Defense Ever.

New York TImes, Off The Dribble: Howard Beck discusses the pleasant problem Mike D’Antoni currently has with an overcrowded rotation. It’d be a real shame if Steve Novak became the odd man out…especially for my fantasy team.

Sports Illustrated: Ian Thomsen writes that the All-Star game’s sanctity was saved when Dwyane Wade broke Kobe Bryant’s nose. I couldn’t agree more.

Hardwood Paroxysm: Jared Dubin investigates the merit of utilizing Carmelo Anthony as the recipient in D’Antoni’s pick and roll. One might assume this eliminates Amar’e Stoudemire’s purpose altogether.

The Basketball Jones: A recap of all things TBJ from All-Star weekend.

Hoops Rumors: Just a quick reminder for those interested in all things latest and greatest, Hoops Rumors offers up to the second updates on everything that’s going on in the NBA. With the trade deadline just a couple weeks away, it’s an absolute MUST VISIT. (Also, I write for them. Go check it out!)

 

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Recommended Reading: The Nefarious David Stern

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

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: Everyone involved in this picture is very talented and very cool (except for David Stern, of course).

HoopSpeak: The death of Brandon Roy’s career is one of the greater tragedies manifested by the sport of basketball. A player like him should never be forgotten.

Grantland: Once again, David Stern is just sucking it up hardcore.

The Classical: One more time…ladies and gentleman, David Stern!

TrueHoop: A breakdown of the one question every basketball fan is asking: Who’s out of shape?!

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Recommended Reading: Welcome To The Days After Doomsday

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

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

TrueHoop: This whole thing just feels so weird. How are guys who LOVE money ripping the price tags off their personal pride with such ease.

Warriors World: Shawn Kemp! Yay!

Grantland: David Thompson was SO good at basketball.

Queen City Hoops: Terrible rumor-0, Kemba Walker/Twitter-1.

SB Nation: Tom Ziller makes a great point comparing the modern day player to those of 1999. Today they’re a lot richer, posing an obvious irritation to the owners.

The Point Forward: How will Aaron Brooks’ move to China affect his former team? According to Zach Lowe, not well.

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Shook Ankles: The Whore Of Akron

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

In due honor of “The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search For The Soul of LeBron James”, a book written by Scott Raab that I’m dying to plummet into as soon as it’s released, this post is half “Shook Ankles” half “Recommended Reading”.

If you saw its excerpt in last month’s Esquire, or just think the title sounds funny and want to know more, TrueHoop scribe John Krolik wrote an elaborate review that’s totally worth checking out. Forget about LeBron, the Miami Heat, or even basketball for a moment. If you enjoy reading good writing then this book is probably worth your attention. In the meantime, here’s my favorite LeBron crossover of all time. Enjoy.

Recommended Reading: Lockout, Please Be Gone

October 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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

Yahoo: Caron Butler is smart. Choosing between Dallas and Miami in free agency next year? What a lucky guy.

News OK: A very interesting piece by The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry on James Harden, and how he has more to lose than the average NBA player.

NBC ProBasketball Talk: The Boston Celtics bringing on Josh Howard would be…what? Helpful? Crucial? Desperate? Pathetic?

HoopsWorld: Kobe Bryant talks about his love and admiration for Carmelo Anthony.

Sports Illustrated: A little throwback joint. Tony Kornheiser’s revealing 1983 masterpiece on Rick Barry.

Grantland: Rudy Gay talks with Jonathan Abrams about his shoulder injury and being an athletic Almighty, among other things.

 

Recommended Reading: All Things Considered, This Summer Provided Some Entertaining Basketball

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

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

The title of this post really has nothing to do with anything; it’s just a statement I wanted to make.

It’s impossible to say which is more phenomenal: The pictures accompanying this fabulous Xavier McDaniel interview, or the ridiculous things X-Man has to say. For example:

If the game was big that night—you know I was coming to play. The Clippers coming to town, I’m probably having a so-so game. Lakers coming, you best believe I’m dropping 30. Charles Barkley coming? Getting my 30. Trail Blazers with Jerome Kersey and Clyde Drexler coming, I’m going to be ready. That was a Northwest rivalry and I knew that gym’s going to be packed and loud and rowdy so… I’ma show up big.

Fox Sports: Kyrie Irving’s foot still hasn’t healed?

NBA.com: Shaun Powell makes a few interesting suggestions for how the NBA can improve itself when it comes back. Such as the “bunny hop”, taking charges, and the first round being a best of seven series.

HoopsWorld: If Eddy Curry did in fact drop 100 pounds, is it possible his greatest “strength” (being a large person) went away as well?

Buckets Over Broadway: Tooting my own horn a bit, but we’re about midway through our immaculate list detailing the Top 35 Knicks of all-time. You should check it out.

 

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Recommended Reading: Why Golden State Hates Vince Carter

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

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

: Congratulations goes out to this great blog for receiving two link mentions in three days. What an accomplishment! It’s almost impossible not to give just due to a site that accompanies insight with such a magnetic headline. (Liked it so much, I decided to steal it.)

SB Nation: Proof that fortune telling is possible.

The Point Forward: Carmelo’s thoughts on resolving the league’s current labor negotiations.

Ball Don’t Lie: On the league’s recent meeting with the NBAPA, here’s Eric Freeman analyzing Howard Beck’s tweets.

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Recommended Reading: Rasheed Is Still Balling

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

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

The Triangle: Detailed article on the North Carolina Pro-Am, told through the eyes of a true basketball scholar: Rasheed Wallace.

Sports Illustrated: Yes, there may be a lockout. And the NBA’s latest news may be less exciting than watching paint drip from a ceiling. But please, for the love of GOD, nobody tell Sports Illustrated. Recent work on SI.com has been fresh, seeping of knowledge. Here’s one on why Tex Winter’s Triangle Offense is slowly fading into basketball’s background. Reading it will make you smarter.

SI: Here’s legendary scribe Jack McCallum’s tribute to Arvydas Sabonis.

SI: And just like that, his denunciation of Dennis Rodman.

As teams like the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons are purchased by eager ownership groups, the New Orleans Hornets continue to twist in the wind.

HoopSpeak: Really enjoying this Technique of the Week segment.

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Recommended Reading: College Degrees and Paul Shirley!

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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

The Point Forward: We’re on the cusp of the top 20 players in the league and I’ve finally found something to vehemently disagree with. (SPOILER ALERT!) Placing Tony Parker one spot above Rajon Rondo is silly. Yes I’m biased, but here’s proof! Also, if they trade places, do the Spurs beat Memphis?

Hoopspeak: If I wasn’t already aware of Kevin Durant and his leap towards greatness, this incredible lede pretty much sums up all I’d need to know.

There are a lot of really cool things about Kevin Durant. He’s smooth on camera, he has a final moments stare that puts anti-freeze in your gut, and his shot is so pure you’d swear Walter White cooked it up.

Marc J. Spears: Players are taking advantage of their extended break to grab an education right quick. I like it.

Valley of the Suns: Paul Shirley is interviewed about particulars relating to the Phoenix Suns. Part II is here.

The Basketball Jones: Respect for Stephen Curry is officially gone—until the season starts.

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Recommended Reading: The Best Of The Worst

August 4, 2011 Leave a comment

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

Hardwood Hype: If our views on accomplishments in sports were a bit more republican, these players would get more credit for all that personal glory they attained—at their team’s cost.

Complex: Tell me this isn’t the face of a man worth $10 million.

Grantland: Jonathan Abrams tells the NBA it should learn from its mistakes. The NBA promptly ignores him, making everyone sadder than sad.

Washington Post: In the aftermath of Kevin Durant’s 66 at Rucker, Nick Young dropped 60 of his own in a recent Drew League game. Included nugget of info from Michael Lee’s story:

Young is getting some exposure this week, with him getting a fashion spread in Edge Magazine, where Young bragged about being the “best dressed man in the NBA” while wearing a questionable leopard print tank top with orange and blue stripes.

Hardwood Paroxysm: Kinda, sorta jealous I didn’t come up with this story concept first. Great work by Danny Chau.

The Point Forward: Zach Lowe has the unenviable task of compiling a “Top 100 Players in the NBA” list. So far he’s on 71-80. Let ridiculous debates rage on!

 

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