Points in the Paint

» December 9, 2009 5:47 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • Jason Fleming of HOOPSWORLD:  “Last year the Eastern Conference was able to feast on a number of very weak teams at the bottom of the Western Conference standings – as did the West, leading them to be very top-heavy record-wise. This year the East is the conference with plenty of weak teams, currently boasting only five teams with winning records; the West has nine teams at .500 or better. To that end the West is dominating interconference play. There have been 100 games played between a Western Conference team and an Eastern Conference team so far, with the Western team winning 60 of them. Interestingly enough, four of the divisions have winning records against the opposite conference. All three Western Divisions – topped by the Northwest Division with a 26-14 record (.650) – are over .500, while the East’s Southeast Division has a winning record the other way. The Atlantic Division (11-27) and Central Division (14-22) have been much, much weaker.”
  • Jason Kidd, 3-point assassin. Contrary to popular opinion, Jason Kidd has always been a good spot-up shooter. The difference in Dallas, as opposed to his stint in New Jersey, is the Mavericks don’t need him to shoot contested threes with the shot clock set to expire. Dallas is built for Kidd to succeed, statistically.
  • According to Sporting News’ panel of experts, Bryant is the greatest player in the game today. The panel consisted of 107 Hall of Famers, executives, coaches and other basketball experts. In an interview with Sporting News Radio, Bryant talked about the ranking.
  • Inside the life of a ballboy. An excerpt:  “Ball Boys do to get some perks. For one, they get to see the inner workings of the game, and it’s no surprise that the teams that tend to have the most success on the floor on game night, tend to be the most organized and prepared. ‘Most prepared?’ recalls Jack. ‘You think of teams and it kind of translates into who they are. Like the San Antonio Spurs are so professional. Everything is so smooth in the locker room and it almost translates onto the court with their whole organization. They are a real professional organization. The Lakers. They really have their stuff together.’”
  • NBA.com’s Art Garcia:  “A really big check from his old boss apparently hasn’t tipped the scales on Don Nelson’s coaching career. The Warriors skipper recently received approximately $7 million from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, according to sources, stemming from a contract dispute stretching back more than three years. Nelson isn’t with Golden State on the current road trip, but he insists he isn’t going anywhere this season. Even if pneumonia has knocked the 69-year-old sideline legend on his backside, Nellie plans to be back on the bench when he’s well, which the team hopes will coincide with the Dec. 16 return to the Bay Area. Top assistant Keith Smart is currently leading the Warriors. Nelson is signed through the end of next season for the tidy sum of $12 million. While that’s serious coin for the three-time Coach of the Year, some may speculate Cuban’s sizable cash infusion could influence his decision to step down.”
  • Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:  “The Rockets’ Chuck Hayes agreed with Bulls center Joakim Noah’s complaints that LeBron James’ on-court dancing exhibition last week was inappropriate. He also had an idea about how to handle it. ‘Yeah (it was wrong), but if Joakim Noah and the Bulls have a problem with it, beat him, he won’t dance,’ Hayes said. ‘I notice that the Cavs, they do all their sideline acts in the game when they’re up big. When it’s a close game, they don’t do that. Make them respect you and they won’t do it. To showboat another professional, it’s disrespectful. If you feel disrespected, do something about it within the game, nothing dirty. Eventually, all the dancing and acting will stop. They only do it when they’re up big.’ Shane Battier, however, had another theory about why James danced. ‘Dancing With The Stars is quite the platform to launch a career,’ Battier said. ‘Maybe, he’s trying to launch a career. LeBron’s a smart businessman. I wouldn’t put anything past him.’ Battier would reveal few secrets, but said the strategy against James is very different than against Kobe Bryant and other top scorers. ‘You can’t really pressure him,’ Battier said. ‘He’s too strong and he goes by you and he’s at the rim. You do the opposite and be a little more passive against him. He’s the best transition player in the NBA. Once he gets in the open court, there’s nothing you can do. You can’t take charges on him. He’s so quick, he can go around you or jump over you. You want to make it a halfcourt game and once you do that, you want to compact the lane as much as possible, and see if he can make a few jumpers.’”

One Response to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Laimonas Says:

    otherwise. But just because it isn’t ecxtipilly illegal, that doesn’t mean that officials will always let players do it, particularly if contact is being made to the head and face. They could theoretically use their Elastic power. “The officials shall have the power to make decisions on any point not specifically covered in the rules.” (NBA Rule Book, 2007-2008, page 12, paragraph 2).They’ve penalized players in the past for elbows in the direction of the head and face, even when they don’t make contact under this rule. These are facts and cannot rationally be argued with. I also included my opinion that face guarding SHOULD be ecxtipilly illegal as it is in the other professional leagues around the world, and as it is in basketball in the USA at every other level. Making it ecxtipilly illegal would protect the NBA’s very highly paid assets. It would also prevent all those kids who like to emulate NBA players from getting called for face guarding, because in their leagues, it is in the rule book as illegal. I honestly cannot see how any reasonable person could disagree with any of this. The only thing I can figure is that the article is too long for you guys to read thoroughly, so you’ve skimmed it and came away with the wrong impression. At any rate, thanks for stopping by.

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