Tag:Shootaround
Posted on: July 30, 2010 8:45 am
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Shootaround: 7.30.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • HoopsWorld reports the Celtics have signed veteran guard Von Wafer. It's a one year deal, fully guaranteed and worth the veteran minimum.
  • Basketbawful determines Chris Dudley is the worst free throw shooter ever: 'Dudley's career free throw percentage of 45.8 isn't the lowest among the players in this list. So why does Dudders rank first among my worsts? It's not simply because he 817 of 1,508 freebies over his (gulp!) 15-year career. What sets Dudley apart are some of his dubious fouls shooting accomplishments. For instance, according to his NBA.com bio: "On April 14, 1990, he missed 17 of 18 free throws in a 124-113 loss to the Indiana Pacers. In that game he broke Wilt Chamberlain s NBA record by missing 13 straight free throws, one of them an airball. Dudley wound up with a league-worst .319 free-throw percentage."
  • Scott Howard-Cooper for NBA.com on Ricky Rubio : "Rubio is an even better prospect now than at the time of the hypefest leading to the 2009 draft, so he's either a trade chip with increasing value or going to someday arrive in Minnesota as a superior player. Kahn will be vindicated on that one."
  • Howard Beck of the New York Times writing on Shaq's future : "Yet O’Neal — the Most Dominant Ever, according to the syntactically awkward title he gave himself — is unemployed. Is this the end? Possibly. This limbo is largely self-created. O’Neal, according to team executives, is seeking an $8 million salary. He wants a two-year deal. He is 38. He has trouble staying healthy. He can be helpful in spurts, but he is no longer the menacing figure who once ruled the paint."
  • Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo claimed Chris Bosh pretty much quit on the team last season. Bosh in an interview with SportsNet Canada refutes that : "No, at any time, did I ever give up," Bosh told Sportsnet. "You know, I take that very seriously. I work hard every time I step on the court -- practice, games, shoot-around, whatever you want to say -- I take this job seriously and I take my effort on the court seriously ... I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court. On the back of my jersey, it says Bosh," the 26-year-old forward continued. "The Boshs are hard workers. We have a lot of pride in what we do in our jobs and in life. There was no time, at any time, that I ever stepped on the court -- in my NBA career, in my life -- and stop playing hard or give up."
  • Can Rashard Lewis and Brandon Bass co-exist? Orlando Pinstriped Post investigates : "The biggest takeaway is that Van Gundy's apparently willing to pair the two in the frontcourt with a center, which he didn't do for any meaningful stretch last year, as I've illustrated with the chart above. Will he follow through on it it? In what situations? And, most importantly, will it work? We have another three months, at least, before we'll even begin to have an idea. If nothing else, teaming Lewis and Bass is worth a look, especially early in the season, when there isn't much at stake. If the lineup works, keep it. If not? Junk it, and try something else."
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:35 am
Edited on: July 29, 2010 9:57 am
 

Shootaround 7.29.10

Posted by Matt Moore
  • Those same Knicks fans need to be patient with Anthony Randolph. Randolph's major problems involve when he's defended or challenged. But the only way he's going to improve on those things is to play, which he seldom really got to in Golden State. Don Nelson's doghouse is the death of talent, and Randolph was in and out of it for two years. Not to the extent that Brandan Wright has been, but still fairly held back. D'Antoni doesn't sound like he'll be doing the same.
  • Mikael Pietrus was a huge part of the Magic's championship run a year ago. But when the Magic brought in Matt Barnes, he was put on the backburner due to defensive concerns. With Barnes on his way to La La Land, the Magic will need more from Pietrus, and SVG is cashing in on that need. He headed to Paris to "hang out" with Pietrus for a few days. No word if they had a romantic walk through Paris or not.
  • The Pacers are shopping point guard T.J. Ford and forward Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy has always been protected on account of head coach Jim O'Brien's love of his work ethic. But after multiple injuries, and with the team finally taking steps towards a youth movement, Dunleavy has become expendable. In a point-guard needy league, Ford still has value, so the Pacers might be able to get good value out of a contending team looking for depth, or a rebuilding team looking for stopgaps.
  • In a Pro-Am in NC this week, projected #1 pick in the 2010-2011 draft Harrison Barnes didn't look dominant . Who knows if it was simply the atmosphere that gave Barnes pause, but expectations are certainly higher for the Iowa product.
  • The Wolves inked Serbian big man Nikola Pekovic, a move many say is the best one the Wolves made this season. Not that that bar is incredibly high.
  • Bloggers try and outbid one another to acquire Chris Paul from a Hornets blogger. The winning bid? The Detroit Pistons. Which just goes to show you how much talent the Pistons have and how perplexing it is that Joe Dumars continues to wait for the mood to be right or whatever.
Posted on: July 28, 2010 8:29 am
 

Shootaround: 7.28.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • Oklahoma City will waive Kyle Weaver, reports Marc J. Spears . After the Thunder signed Royal Ivey, Weaver was in a tight spot. The roster was at 16 and Weaver just didn't have a role. Weaver is being released because his salary of $935,484 becomes guaranteed on Aug. 2 if he's still on the roster. He should be able to easily find work overseas if he can't land with an NBA team. According to Spears, Maccabi has already offered him a deal.
  • Shoals and Ziller have nine trade demands that nearly shook the foundation of the NBA , but didn't: "Not only did Barkley successfully demand a trade in 1992, but he lobbied for help all through the late '80s. Only an embarrassing season involving heavy doses of Hersey Hawkins and Armen Gilliam gave Sir Charles the political capital needed to enact change, which came in the form of a trade to the relatively loaded (but still imperfect) Suns. Barkley is one of the few pre-millennial stars to request a trade for on-court reasons; remembered more as a surly malcontent, doesn't Barkley instead represent the ideal of the perfectly hellbent-on-winning competitor?"
  • Team USA will make roster cuts today. As Chris Sheridan of ESPN says , he feels like there's some debate going on as to who to keep: "To me, this is a clear sign that there is an internal debate raging over which four players to cut. When I spoke to team director Jerry Colangelo after the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage Saturday night, he was adamant that the decision would be made Monday, and the roster would shrink to 15"
  • Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe says the Celtics need a few more pieces and lists Shaq, Delonte West and Roger Mason as options: "The speculation that hasn’t died down since the start of free agency revolves around Shaquille O’Neal’s interest in the Celtics. The 38-year-old center wants to play for a contender, and even though Ainge wouldn’t directly address the team’s interest in O’Neal, he said, 'we’ve had some discussions.'"
  • Coach Scott Brooks on the Sports Animal in Oklahoma City talking about Team USA participation leading to some tired legs: "It’s not going to be easy to win the gold. It’s going to take a lot of effort, a lot of energy, but our guys are young and they’re excited to play. They’re going to play basketball all year long. Kevin, I wanted him to take a couple of weeks off and he took two days off. ... There’s going to be a little bit of time where I’ll say 'OK, you guys gotta rest,' and maybe I can rest them a few days during that month of October, but it’s going to be like pulling teeth to get those guys to sit out of things." (Via Sports Radio Interviews )
Posted on: July 27, 2010 8:25 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 10:27 am
 

Shootaround 7.27.10

  • Fans are often confused on how a guy can have huge numbers in Summer League, look aweseome, and not make the team, The answer is that often coaches aren't looking for a playmaker or heavy usage guy, but a role player. 48 Minutes of Hell has a breakdown of Alonzo Gee who looked great, but didn't do well at the thngs a Spurs role player back-up wing should do (pick and roll defense, corner 3). The Spurs for their part are very high on Gee from the sources I've spoken with, and as Manu Ginobili is fading off into the sunset over the next few years, don't be surprised to find Gee replacing him. For now, though, Gee may be headed back to Austin for another year.
  • Kobe says that anyone crazy enough to mess with him is crazy enough to play with him. Which is sweet. It's alwasy funny to see how players who dog the Lakers and talk tough against them turn into kittens when offered the chance to play for them. Matt Barnes is the latest meow mix.
  • You can let go of the idea of Kobe Bryant coaching when his playing days are over right now. Bryant's hyper-competitiveness couldn't take the stress of watching other players screw up possessions. That takes a patience that few hyper-competitive players have. There will always be that feeling of "get out of the way, just let me do it" that haunts guys who have been elite. Additionally, his coaching style would be hard to mesh with a team concept in the NBA, since few coaches opt for an offense built around "give this guy the ball and let him do whatever he wants, and don't screw up or I'll kill you."
  • An interesting nugget out of Anthony Randolph with the New York Times. Don Nelson had told him to rebound, and nothing else. In the long line of things about the Warriors' system that make no sense, this one is at the top. Randolph is a versatile player who can play point forward with a little work on his handle. Pushing him into a traditional rebounding forward role is wasting the potential of Randolph, which is the exact reason you drafted him. It's reasons like this that people celebrate when players are released from Nellie's control.
Posted on: July 23, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: July 23, 2010 10:07 am
 

Shootaround 7.23.10

Posted by Matt Moore
  • Mike Prada of SBNation.com ranks all 30 GMs and does a fine job of it . My one quibble is docking Bryan Colangelo that low. Colangelo has either made the playoffs or been within shouting distance, and once Chris Bosh took off, he scrapped most of his major contracts and only signed guys to short term deals he can move. I'm not arguing he's a top 15 guy, just not a bottom feeder.
  • The Bulls went out and got Kurt Thomas, which isn't all that odd, but nor is it particularly full of sense. You'd think Thomas would be the type to sign on with the Heat. Maybe he peels or something.
  • The Celtics brought back Marqusi Daniels, which was likely simply a product of Tony Allen taking off. Daniels' minutes plummeted last season after injury, and he never really recovered. He was a non-factor in the playoffs, despite bringing precisely the kind of things the Celtics needed off the bench. Daniels could contribute if you, know, he could stay on the floor more than 30 seconds.
  • Lance Stephenson was phenomenal in summer league at point guard, far better than expected. But the Pacers' organization isn't going to commit to slotting him there at all . Instead they're just talking about him being a player that can help. The Pacers need a point guard of the future, and Stephenson, in the Gilbert Arenas (hopefully without the firepower off-court) mold could be a difference maker for the club and finally give them a direction to head with their rebuilding. Otherwise theyv'e just got redundancy at multiple positions on the floor.
  • Everyone, their momma, and their mailman is looking at Andre Iguodala. Iggy has been on the block for a year, and the drafting of Evan Turner only further complicates it. They don't play the same position exactly, but they play the same position approximately. Iguodala could be one of the bigger names moved this year, given how many players were signed in free agency and unlikely to move within six months. Outside of that Chris Paul fellow.

Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:16 am
 

Shootaround: 7.22.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • Brian T. Smith of The Columbian with an update on Rudy Fernandez: "Blazers are actively pursuing trade for Fernandez. Team is willing to keep Fernandez, though, and will not give him away for "free." Blazers feel that situation with Fernandez has come to a head. His continuing talk about possible move has team wanting to resolve situation. If Fernandez chooses to play elsewhere, Blazers could place him on suspended list. Team doesn't think it will come to that, though. Only way Fernandez is not on Blazers' roster at start of season is if he is traded. Team will not release him or "sell" his rights."
  • The Painted Area, one of the very best places for international basketball commentary, thinks the US is sn underdog in Turkey : "I'm certainly not counting out the U.S., but to me as of today, the signs point to Spain being the favorites to win gold, and extend a remarkable national sporting run including Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam titles, Pau Gasol's NBA championships, FIBA gold medals at the 2006 Worlds and 2009 EuroBasket plus silvers at the 2007 EuroBasket and 2008 Olympics, and football championships at the 2008 Euro and 2010 FIFA World Cup."
  • ESPN's ombudsman looks at The Decision : "ESPN can brush off concerns raised about "The Decision," but it does so at its own peril. A major component of ESPN's appeal -- a value the network has cultivated for three decades -- is that the audience trusts what it's watching. Viewers want to believe the network is treating them respectfully, openly, fairly and honestly. If not, why should they bother watching."
  • An interesting dilemma for Cleveland: Should the Cavs retire LeBron's number ? On the one hand, no way! How could anyone forgive him in Cleveland for what happened. But on the other, he's clearly the best player the franchise has ever had and led them to the most success they've had. I say no, but it's close. (via TrueHoop )
  • More on the Shaq to Atlanta situation from Hoopinion : "Shaq for $2 million next season makes far more sense than spending the MLE for X number of years on Shaq. Not that it's any more realistic than Joe Johnson agreeing to a 4-year, $60 million extension last Summer, but, hey, it's worth a shot."
  • Rony Seikaly - yes, that Rony Seikaly - has a single out . It's titled "Come With Me" and as Trey Kerby of Ball Don't Lie says, "That's certainly something."
Posted on: July 20, 2010 8:13 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 9:59 am
 

Shootaround: 7.20.10

Posted by Royce Young
  • For whatever reason, Matt Barnes has become one of the most talked about free agents on the market this offseason. And yesterday, he appeared headed to Toronto in a sign-and-trade . However, because of some miscalculating, Marc Stein reports the deal is possibly dead : "Since Toronto recently spent the bulk of its $5.8 million mid-level exception to sign Linas Kleiza , it doesn't have the available funds to sign Barnes outright to a deal that starts in the neighborhood of $4 million. The Magic, though, are prevented by salary-cap rules from starting a sign-and-trade deal for Barnes at higher than $2 million, because Orlando doesn't have Barnes' full Bird rights after employing him for only one season. A sign-and-trade deal would also have to span at least three years, although only the first year is required to be guaranteed."
  • Henry Abbott with nine things to know about Cho : "Given the soap opera in Portland's front office over the last few months, Cho's law school focus on "dispute resolution" could prove to be the most valuable element in his time in Portland."
  • There's been some concern that Amare Stoudemire won't be able to produce quite the same numbers without primo setup man Steve Nash orchestrating the offense. But Knicks assistant Phil Weber told the New York Post that Amare will be fine : "Everybody's going to look very good playing with [Nash]. But Amar'e in his own right, he's got the versatility, quickness and shooting ability, he's going to wreck havoc on the defense.''
  • Shoals writing on Free Darko about DeMarcus Cousins and how he relates to other players with character issues : "Cousins might seem to call into question whatever it is that Arenas and Beasley represented. On the contrary, in his contradictions, he make more urgent than ever the need to develop a more psychologically sophisticated approach to assessing prospects. Arenas asserted the right to be kooky, unpredictable, and obsessive; Beasley , incoherent, compelling and loud. That was a fair description of each at their best, and if their stories ended today, each would serve as a cautionary tale against this kind of player. Cousins , though, makes the case for the development of something new, something that might actually better equip a team for an Arenas or Beasley —that is, anyone other than an outright bust."
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:47 am
 

Your Morning Shootaround 7.6.10

What's going on in the NBA world...

Dwyane Wade cancelled his press conference for this morning in Miami. No reason was given. Let's not try and get ahead of ourselves, but whichever way you lean in the whole thing, it's curious.

Mikhail Prokhorov told advisers he thinks Chris Bosh will join Dwyane Wade in Miami. He's still hopeful to land LeBron James. Most interesting to me from the notes was Prokhorov's statement about Bosh and Wade's agent Henry Thomas not being aware of the global business implications. If this was leaked intentionally, that provides a whole new context to these statements.

The Magic signed Chris Duhon to a four year deal , which should help with almost none of their needs.

LeBron James is giving indications he plans on announcing his decision on his next team via his own website . Which will, inevitably, crash when he does announce it. I like this plan, already.

Allen Iverson wants to return to the NBA. This should end well. And by "well," I mean "in a turnover."

The Cavs and Suns have started talks about a Leandro Barbosa for Delonte West and Jamario Moon swap.

We'll have more on these stories and more throughout the day.
 
 
 
 
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