Thursday, September 4, 2008

Great Exercises in Internet NBA-Related Postings 9.4.08

  • This is a special time for NBA Team bloggers. While us league-wide hacks are driving ourselves mad trying to wratchet up stories and wondering how soon is too soon to start previews, team bloggers get to go through their schedules and rotations and figure out exactly how many games they should win. Hornets 24-7 is looking at the magic number 61.
  • There's some discrepancy about whether the Pacers are zeroing in on a deal with Danny Granger, or are light years away. Considering this kid may be the most important piece of their rebuilding puzzle, I'd suggest they get the train on the tracks.
  • It's getting to the point where I really think Ben Gordon is holding out just to see how much Blog-A-Bull is willing to suggest the Bulls pay him. We're currently closing in on eleventy billion dollars. For the premier Bulls blog on the planet, there really is no gray area. Either the Bulls resign Gordon, or they average 70 points a game next year. Needless to say I disagree, but I'm not the Bulls expert. KD on the other hand...
  • Dealing with reality in Denver.
  • Tim Duncan will be 36 and making $21.3 million in four years. Normally I'd say that he's going to stick to that contract like glue as a veteran who's got his rings and will just want to pad the family trust funds. But Duncan is that rare exception, the guy who always does the right thing for the team, and isn't looking to be the biggest, the best paid, or anything like that. It wouldn't shock me a bit to see him walk away for a $0 buyout or renegotiate his deal for a paltry sum to let the team rebuild in his final years.
  • FAIL
  • Welcome to New York, Mike D.
  • If you're not reading BallerBlogger, you need to be. The Fundamentals are an absolute daily must-read addition to TrueHoop's usual onslaught of good reads.
  • Go ahead and file this under "foreshadowing".
  • Rob's hatin' on Standing Tall and Talented. Amare's definitely a wild card. He could regress severely. He could stay right about where he is, lining himself up for a large but not max extension when his deal is up. Or he could go Nova, and become one of the premier players in the game.
  • Corey Maggette is one of those guys I just can't seem to figure out how to appreciate. Ghostface Ziller does a good job of helping me out.
  • Shane Battier knows white people.
  • Anyone familiar with these parts knows I have a certain revulsion for a site that claims objectivity but mentions Kobe more often than a Japanese steakhouse (lame joke? Yes. But the "than a Colorado court briefing" joke was lamer). But there are times when he absolutely knocks it out of the park. His Hall of Fame work this week on Ewing and Olajuwon are such works.

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