Points in the Paint

» October 8, 2009 4:32 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • Darius at FB&G watched the Lakers/Warriors preseason game, and came away encouraged by Ron Artest’s playmaking ability:  “He had a beautifully placed lob to Andrew as Bynum flashed to the post, reverse spun back to the middle, and caught the ball that Ron delivered from the corner (reminded me of that Shaw/Shaq redemption play circa 2000).  He had a fantastic off the dribble left handed bounce pass to Bynum after penetrating the baseline that set up an easy finish for ‘Drew.  He then had a very nice shovel hand off to Lamar after driving the lane from the top of the key that set LO up for a nice dunk.  In all, Artest had 7 assists and several of those were very good plays that he made for his mates (not just post entries where Pau makes a jump hook).  Basically, Ron made the right play almost every time he touched the ball and created well when he had his chances.”
  • Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:  “His frame of mind is so different this season from the start of training camp last season, when Lamar Odom was disturbed by the news that he wouldn’t be starting anymore. Now, Odom is at peace with his station on the Lakers, with his role as the team’s sixth man. ‘It would be stupid of me to kind of even fool with that,’ Odom said. So you really don’t mind being the sixth man again this season? ‘I wouldn’t change it,’ Odom said. ‘We won a championship. I’ll keep it the same.’”
  • Chris Mannix of SI.com:  “‘No question, we’re going to miss Vince,’ Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. ‘He was so big for us last year both on the court and in the locker room. He was a leader. You can’t replace that with one person.’ No, but whether the Nets are competitive this year or merely counting the days until the draft lottery by December probably comes down to one player: second-year center Brook Lopez. Lopez was solid as a rookie in playing all 82 games (including 75 starts) and averaging 13.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. But the Nets believe they need even more from the former Stanford center to be successful. To that end, Frank — who dumped the Princeton-based offense before last season in favor of a dribble-drive system that maximized the talents of Carter and point guard Devin Harris — has redesigned the offense once again, this time with Lopez as the focal point. Lopez now serves as a hub, often the primary facilitator at the top of the key and the elbows.”
  • Mike Jones of the Washington Times:  “In April, Jamison and Butler embraced the chance to discuss the impact a recovered Arenas would have on the Wizards. Not only would they be getting back a player who averaged 27.7 points a game from 2004 to 2007 but an exceptional playmaker as well. Both forwards were aware of the fact that their offensive production might dip slightly since they would have to share the ball with Arenas, but neither minded. Then Arenas himself gave both players assurances during the offseason that he didn’t want them to change what they had become during his absence. Arenas let them know he still would give opponents fits but perhaps as a running mate instead of lead dog. ‘Even in Chicago this past summer when I went to visit him, [Arenas] always told me, ‘CB stay aggressive. You and Antawn continue to do what you do,’ ‘ Butler said. ‘It’s kinda like what Kobe told me a couple years ago,’ continued Butler, who played for the Lakers in the 2004-05 season. ‘[Bryant] told me: ‘I’m going to find my way. You and Lamar [Odom] do what you do, and I’ll figure it out.’ That’s what great players do. They find their way, and Gil’s going to find his way.’”
  • Red’s Army has some highlights from Kevin Garnett’s first preseason game.

  • Paul Pierce on the Celtics’ round-the-clock treatment of KG’s surgically repaired knee, via Ric Bucher:  “They got his leg on life support. When I was hurt, they told me to go home, take some Robitussin and put some ice on it.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:  “A piece of paper with an image of the Larry O’Brien Trophy has been taped to every Magic player’s locker at Amway Arena. It includes a quote from Aristotle: ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’”

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