Points in the Paint

» June 29, 2009 5:47 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • Kobe Bryant: Michael Jackson helped mentor me. TIME has more on their connection: “One of the things he always told me was, Don’t be afraid to be different. In other words, when you have that desire, that drive, people are going to try to pull you away from that, and pull you closer to the pack to be ‘normal.’ And he was saying, It’s O.K. to be that driven; it’s O.K. to be obsessed with what you want to do. That’s perfectly fine. Don’t be afraid to not deviate from that. One of the books that he gave me that helped him communicate with me was Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which was about that. Beyond the genius of what he was, he was just a genuinely, genuinely nice person. He got me hooked on movies that I would normally never watch. Fred Astaire movies. All the old classics. I would never, never watch those. I remember my fiancée and I telling him we were getting married, and him just being really excited and actually just offering up the ranch to have our wedding there, because privacy was going to be an issue. We wanted to get married in a church, so that’s what we wound up doing. But he made the offer. He was just a genuinely nice person who was exceptionally bright, exceptionally bright, and driven and talented. You mix those things together, man, you have Michael Jackson.” (Via BDL)
  • Rob Mahoney of Hardwood Paroxysm:  “In spite of all of Jordan’s reasonable success in the recent past, having him as the head of an ownership group is not only ill-advised, but flat-out irresponsible.  He’s the head of basketball ops in Charlotte, and elevating him to the majority shareholder in the team bears one flaw of cataclysmic proportions: no matter how terrible of an executive Jordan is or ever will be, he holds his own purse strings.  That means Jordan himself would have to be resigned to stepping down from his duties if that time ever came, which is not exactly the kind of thing you’d like to bank on.  Jordan, as a player and a person, is renowned for his passion for the game, his refusal to quit, and his must-win mentality.  On the court, those things are an asset.  But in the case of an executive with a seriously blemished record, confidence becomes arrogance, resolve becomes stubbornness, and desire becomes insanity.”
  • Steve Kerr on the financial aspect of the Shaq trade:  “First of all, you got to understand that most NBA franchises are in exactly same position. You just have to tighten the belt and you probably can’t go over the tax too much. If the economy had been where it is now 2 years ago, we never would have made the Shaq trade. We’re just dealing with the rules and the guidelines that most teams are in the league. That’s just the job and that’s ok, that’s fine. That’s why we made this particular Shaq trade a couple of days ago, to get the financial flexibility, heading in that direction. At the end of the season for the first team, we’re going to be well under the cap and we’re going to have some opportunity to make some basketball decisions and I think that’s what I’ve been looking forward to the most, to make a basketball choice rather than a financial one.”
  • Dwight Howard:  “I’m happy we got Vince and sad that some other guys had to go. I’m still holding out hope that we can get Turk back, too. Turk has been here for five years and I feel like I owe part of my development as a player to him. He’s one of the best passers I’ve ever played with in my career. If we can get him back we could be the team to beat next season. Without Turk, that would hurt us.”
  • Sam Smith:  “Here’s a reason the Heat cannot be too sure about retaining Dwyane Wade. USA Basketball invited 25 young prospects to begin the process of getting into the so called Olympic pipeline. Beasley was the only top five draft pick from last year not invited and also invited instead of him were: D.J. Augustin, Jerryd Bayless, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and Thaddeus Young. Not a great vote of confidence. Teammate Mario Chalmers also wasn’t invited. Both are said to frustrate Wade with their immaturity. Miami reportedly tried to trade both to Memphis for draft picks. The belief is they have to deal both before next year to retain Wade.”
  • Peter Vecsey puts Donnie Walsh on blast, and includes this little tidbit about Cleveland’s front office:  “Anybody can put a franchise on hold for two years while LeJesus decides whether he wants to flat-leave the Cavaliers, who have never said no to anything he’s asked for (his words to me in late March) in owner Dan Gilbert’s spendthrift pursuit of a championship.” Similar sentiments have been echoed elsewhere.
  • Charley Rosen says Coack K should stay at Duke:  “Krzyzewski is making a colossal mistake if he believes that coaching Team USA in Beijing would constitute even the slightest resemblance to coaching an NBA team through an 82-game season. Directing the fortunes of 12 highly motivated All-Stars over the course of a two-week tournament against mostly inferior opponents is one thing. Coaching a collection of less talented (overall), routinely ego-driven players for 6-8 months is another. How would Coach K deal with guys whining to the media about playing time and shot distribution? About gold-digging girlfriends, paternity suits and child-support payments? And what about possible and probable arrests, suspensions, fines, injuries to key players, dealings with agents and general managers, suffering disrespect and even face-to-face confrontations with players? Have any undergraduates ever tried to choke Coach K or curse him or criticize him in the media? If working with malleable college kids can be likened to coaching while sitting in an easy chair, working with NBA millionaires is like coaching while running at full speed.”
  • Ben Q. Rock of Third Quarter Collapse on the Vince Carter trade:  “The San Antonio Spurs have angled for Carter since at least this year’s trading deadline, and only settled for Richard Jefferson, his former Nets teammate and an inferior player, earlier this week when the Nets made it clear they wanted more than just expiring deals for him. The Spurs have one of the best and brightest front offices in all the NBA, if not all of professional sports. If they’re targeting a guy, especially a perimeter guy to surround a franchise center, then there’s a damn good reason for it. If he’s good enough for the Spurs, he’s definitely good enough for anyone else. Surely some Magic fans on the proverbial fence regarding Carter can acknowledge that much.”

5 Responses to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Tsunami Says:

    if the cavs get charlie v……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  2. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Well?

  3. Erick Says:

    Then the Cavs would finally have an athlete other than LeBron for their frontcourt. That alone would be a reason to target him.

  4. Tsunami Says:

    If they add shaq and charlie V – I really like that team.

    If they, added him it would really hurt their flexibility in 2010 to add another marquee player like Bosh, but man would they be good this season. A 66 win team adding an all star and a young talented PF??

    I like that team – a lot.

  5. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Villanueva would be a bargain at the mid-level, but he’s very similar to Drew Gooden in that he loses concentration for long stretches, especially on the defensive end. He’s not a good man-to-man or help defender at this point in his career.

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