12/15 Daily Links
December 15, 2010
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Game tonight against the Rockets is what I would call a “competency” game. Show off your reading competency by clicking through theses magnificent links.
What the pros are saying:
What I’m saying:
- I don’t think the rebounding conundrum is at a crisis point, because we have certainly seen the team excel on the boards in more than a few games. However, we know that, and the season has born out the fact that, the best way for inferior teams to stay in games is by getting offensive rebounds and increasing the number of chances they have at scoring. It’s kind of like baseball errors – whenever you give the opposition more chances at scoring than they should, you are steadily increasing the chance that they will score at least one more time than you. Over the course of a season, that could mean the difference between winning and losing multiple games.The encouraging thing about it all is, the Thunder have demonstrated an ability to solve their outstanding issues so far this year, little by little. First it was offensive laziness, then it was defensive malaise, then it was lack of assists on baskets, and now it is rebounding. They’re correcting their mistakes mid-flight. Hard to do, but encouraging to see them do it without lapsing on the others.
- The Hoopsworld story is a good one, and if you want to sum it up in one word, I’d offer you the word, “Hungry.” It also is an interesting challenge, because as a PG, the only way to get better as a PG is by playing games and having an ever-growing encyclopedia of moments and plays that get cataloged in your brain for use whenever it is appropriate. Steve Nash and Jason Kidd have remained competitive at advanced age because they have over a decade of experiences that they can draw upon to put their team in the best position to win.
- Since I moved to NJ, I found a barbershop owned and run by a good friend. Whenever I go there, I sit down, he gives me a cut using a straight razor, and we talk about boxing, since he loves the sport and actually trains amateur fighters. I really have no business feeling as cool as I do during those 20 minutes.