I had the privilege of attending this game (free Blake Griffin jersey yay!). Chris Paul went ridiculous down the stretch, Zach Randolph tried to bully everyone on the court, Lamar Odom received the loudest cheers of his career (for no real reason), and in between all of the commotion, Jamal Crawford scored in a wide variety of ways as his usual aggressive self. When it was all said and done, and the Clippers fought their way to 1-0 on the season, Crawford looked good enough to runaway with the Sixth Man of the Year award this season.
This week I’ll be ranking who I believe deserves to be a reserve in the 2012 All-Star game. All 14 players, from both conferences, will be lumped together and placed in order—from “totally obvious” (1) to “I guess he could maybe be an All-Star?” (14). Read more…
Yesterday, it was reported that Tyson Chandler, the much desired free agent center who’s assumed a fair share of praise for helping Dallas defeat Miami in last year’s NBA Finals, will meet with Golden State team officials this week. The cement mix is far from dry—Houston, New Jersey, Dallas, and an always lingering team in the shadows all want him badly—but if the Warriors are able to use Chandler as an announcement to the league that they’re serious about trying to win big—and soon—then we might be witnessing the birth of a legitimate contender, sooner than anybody could’ve imagined. Read more…
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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.