Points in the Paint

» November 19, 2009 5:46 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • Trainer Brian McCormick asks, “Did the NBA want to punish Gilbert Arenas? Is that why he fell to the second round? What about Carlos Boozer? Did NBA people want to punish Coach K and the Duke program? Is that why he fell to the 2nd Round? What about last year’s draft? The two best college basketball players last year were Ty Lawson and Tyler Hansborough. Hansborough went 13 and Lawson went 18. Was the NBA punishing them for winning the National Championship?”
  • Earl Boykins, who recently signed a contract with the Washington Wizards after a one-year stint with Italy’s Virtus Bologna, on his time spent abroad: “I think I developed an appreciation for the European game. It’s a different game, and it’s actually more difficult to play in Europe than in the NBA. The biggest thing is the guys are smarter. All the guys are so much smarter. When you’re young, you don’t play overseas.”
  • Deshawn Stevenson is feeling confident after a strong outing versus LeBron James and the Cavaliers: “Stevenson knows he’s not on the level of talent as James, but instead he used an extra weapon — his mind — to hold the reigning MVP in check. ‘What I was trying to do was trying to make it a one-on-one thing so he’d forget about his teammates,’ Stevenson said. ‘A good player, if he gets in that mode where he’s shooting every time, I know it’s going to be tough for them to win.’”
  • Shaun Powell of NBA.com: “Rick Sund, the Hawks’ vice president, has tried to model his team after the 2004 Pistons, and some of the basic elements are there. Everybody plays a role and accepts a role. Josh Smith is more under control and does everything with an exclamation point (Rebound! Dunk! Swat!). Johnson is the core of the offense, shredding Brandon Roy late in the Hawks’ overtime win Monday. Al Horford is still playing taller than he looks, while Mike Bibby is delaying a fade into the sunset. Making it all work is Crawford. The Hawks didn’t have an extra body with his scoring punch last spring, when injuries kept them from advancing in the playoffs. Plus, he can give Johnson a rest.”
  • Ken Berger’s in favor of Iverson in the Big Apple: “There’s no way Iverson, 34, refuses to appreciate what an opportunity this would be. He will play in front of a full house on the biggest stage in basketball. He will play an up-tempo style that will allow him to handle the ball, but one that also will require him to move it, as well. My word of caution to Iverson is that the ball cannot stick in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. But at least it will be in better hands with Iverson than with Chris Duhon.”
  • In an interview at WEEI, Kevin Garnett talks about his recovery from knee surgery, and reveals, among other things, that he’s not yet at full strength: “I can tell a difference just in how I’m running, my gait, when I watch myself. A lot of it is just grit and grind, to tell you the truth. I’m not the only person out there who’s hurt. My leg feels good. It’s a lot like anything in life. You get one thing fixed, here comes another, and I’m no different from that.”
  • Ian Thomsen of SI.com: “He had missed 14 of 15 shots and all four from beyond the arc, and yet the Detroit Pistons designed a play for Ben Gordon to attempt a game-tying three-pointer against the visiting Mavericks last Sunday. ‘Are you kidding me?’ Detroit coach John Kuester said after Gordon missed in the final second of a 95-90 loss. ‘I wanted him to have the last shot.’ Gordon has earned that confidence in the hardest of ways: Few players prepare themselves more thoroughly to beat the buzzer. ‘Those shots that people see him making, I’ve seen him practice them every morning,’ Pistons president Joe Dumars said. ‘Every morning he’s in the practice facility and he goes through this extensive workout for two hours before we start practice. Between 8 and 8:30 he’s on the floor every single day, to the point where I told him I wanted to talk to him about learning how to manage your energy over the course of 82 games, because I don’t want him to wear himself down. But I also don’t want to stop him from doing what’s made him successful.’ When Gordon launches a deep fallaway three over a crowding defender, as he appeared to do every few minutes last spring to help force a Game 7 in the Bulls’ opening-round playoff against the Celtics, the triumphant outcome has little to do with luck and more to do with a practice regimen that makes outrageous shots feel routine.”

One Response to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Avi Says:

    I’m just keeping track of AI. Far from triyng to get reads. I wrote over summer Heat should have inked him as sixth man. Now as far as giving AI 40 minutes, don’t you think the team would play him more if he earned them? They are paying him a lot of money in their league’s salary structure. They’d give him every minute he earned.

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