Points in the Paint

» September 15, 2009 5:22 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • Keith Langlois at Pistons.com argues that Magic Johnson is the greatest player of all-time:  “The five titles Johnson won all came during the era I consider the most competitive in NBA history. By the time Jordan’s Bulls were dominating the ’90s, there wasn’t another team I considered on a par with the Celtics, Lakers or Pistons of the ’80s. If the best teams Magic’s Lakers had to face in the ’80s were the likes of Utah or Houston or Phoenix that Michael’s Bulls had to beat in the ’90s for their titles, the Lakers might have won eight or nine out of 10.”
  • Yesterday, Dwyane Wade and Deron Williams exchanged tweets regarding Mo Evans bulking up to face the league’s superstars.
  • Ron Artest, U.S. Ambassador:  “Someday, I’d like to go visit all those countries that (the U.S.) really doesn’t have great relationships with. Because I think the people are more important than politics. Go to Afghanistan, even North Korea. Just to say `hi’ to the people. It’s a short life, and you don’t want to spend it hating on somebody.”
  • David Hyde shares a few Pat Riley nuggets about Michael Jordan, including:  “When Jordan would knock Riley’s Knicks teams out of playoffs, he’d imitate a golf shot in the final seconds of the final game, telling Riley to go play golf. ‘I had my plan,” Riley once said. ‘I had a retractable golf club in training camp for four years. The day that we won, I was going to whip it out, and I was going to . . .’ He set in a golf stance then. And he gave the kind of imaginary golf swing that once was given him.”
  • I sincerely hope Gregg Popovich reads this.

  • Stan Van Gundy divulges a few more details about his coaching philosophy:  “Stan Van Gundy told the group of about 75 coaches that one of the ways the Magic will miss Hedo Turkoglu most is as an inbounds passer in games’ closing moments. We all remember Turk’s perfect alley-oop inbounds pass to Dwight Howard with 0.8 seconds remaining to beat San Antonio a couple of seasons ago and Turk’s alley-oop inbounds pass to Courtney Lee in Game 2 of the NBA Finals this past June. But beyond those plays, Van Gundy said Turkoglu is an ideal inbounder because he’s 6 feet 10 and can see over a defender and because Turk processes the different options quickly. Van Gundy said he and his coaches have talked this summer about who will replace Turkoglu in those situations. Vince Carter could do it, but Van Gundy said he wants Carter on the floor, where the team can take advantage of Carter’s scoring abilities. It looks like the role will go to free-agent acquisition Matt Barnes. Van Gundy regards Barnes as an excellent passer, and here’s what Van Gundy said: ‘[Mickael] Pietrus ought to be good in that position, but I think Matt Barnes will end up being the guy in that situation, but I haven’t really seen him. But that’s a key thing, because if you’re gonna run something, you have three or four different options. This guy [the inbounder] is going to really make a play. There’s so many times in those situations, whether it’s our team or teams I’m watching, that you can run the film back and see the coach drew up a great play and there’s a guy open, but they didn’t make the play to the right guy. So that inbounder is the most important guy.’”
  • Lamell McMorris, lead negotiator for the referees’ union, on labor agreement negotiations with the league:  “We remain wide open, as we have throughout this negotiation, to getting a deal done,” McMorris told ESPN.com. “But any sensible person would have to agree that if someone throws you out of a meeting, it’s probably up to them to call you back to the table. I didn’t throw them out of the meeting, they threw us out of the meeting.”


2 Responses to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Tsunami Says:

    I LOVe Pop’s in-game interviews!

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