Points in the Paint

» August 28, 2009 2:04 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • A Lang Whitaker number on Allen Iverson, that includes this passage:  “I’ve spent about a decade hanging around the NBA, and I still know very little about Allen Iverson. Really, from what I’ve gathered, nobody understands Iverson — who he is, what he’s like off the court. He’s always been one of the most private people in the NBA, and in some ways this has made him even more popular; not knowing what he’s really like off the court makes him a blanker slate upon which we can project our ideal superstar. For years, in each edition of the Sixers media guide, Iverson listed SLAM as his favorite magazine. And yet when we came calling each year for a cover shoot and interview, nailing down time with AI was like nailing an ice cube to a wall. If we were his favorite magazine, I’d hate to see how he treated those he didn’t like. While most of our cover shoots and interviews run at least an hour or so, AI always demanded we make it happen in the shortest amount of time possible. He was always willing to give us time, but he guarded his free time like he guarded passing lanes on the perimeter.”
  • Joe Dumars on his decision to sign Charlie Villanueva:  “If you don’t have the strong, low-post, traditional four man that can score, if you don’t have one of those top guys, you certainly better have one of those guys we call a stretch four – that can stretch the defense, that’s versatile, that’s inside-out. You have to get one or the other. If you’re not going to get a traditional four guy, then today’s game requires you to have more versatile four men. Charlie is the prototypical guy that can play inside, play outside, average 7½ rebounds, can shoot the 3, can put it on the floor. That’s
  • Derrick Rose on his expectations for next season, as quoted by :  “To be the best player in the league at my position, and hopefully be the best player in the NBA. There’s no point of playing basketball if you don’t want to be the best — or doing anything if you don’t want to be the best. So that’s my goal for next season.” (Via Dime)
  • NBA.com’s Art Garcia has more on David Kahn’s vision for the T-Wolves:  “Kahn has set out a bold and somewhat nebulous goal with respect to coaching these guys, calling it an ‘epiphany’ that he shared with the staff in Las Vegas during NBA Summer League. ‘We should become the best player development team in the league,’ Kahn said. ‘And I said to them very quickly thereafter, now I don’t know what that means necessarily and it’s for us to find out. And I said to them you might even need to put together a mission statement. What does it mean to become the best player development program in the league? We will have on this staff a couple of young coaches who I expect to be on call 24/7 throughout the season so that if Jonny Flynn wants to shoot at 10 o’clock at night in our practice facility, there is somebody available to shoot with Jonny Flynn at 10 o’clock at night at the practice facility.’”

3 Responses to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Tsunami Says:

    Yeah I didn’t agree with his last thing but the defense looks pretty good.

    I think Ben Wallace could have been higher, but overall, great list by Dwyer

  2. john amaechi Says:

    what the eff?

    kirk hinich?

    top 10?

    and no mention of KOBE!!?



  3. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    I’m glad Kirk Hinrich made the list. He’s a terrific defender. But I don’t think Eric Snow deserved the nod over Gary Payton or Kobe Bryant. Payton made the All-Defensive 1st team twice. Kobe has been a perennial All-NBA defender over the past decade. You could argue that Bryant’s reputation has been inflated in recent years, and there’s some truth there. Battier deserved the 1st team nod over Bryant last season. But Bryant was one of the league’s top perimeter defenders from about 2000-04 (during the handcheck era). And there were only 1 or 2 guys better than him from 2005-09.

    1-5 are spot on.