As the calendar turns to June, all the buzz in the NBA is about the return of the league's biggest rivalry to its biggest stage. If I had to choose right now, I'd say Celtics in 7, but I've been known to make predictions contrary to popular opinion for the sake of being contrary to popular opinion, so take it for what it's worth. Now, onto the links:
- A Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals match-up isn't the only thing that new again. With Doug Collins possibly returning to coach the Bulls and Shawn Kemp (!) trying to make a comeback, all we need is the New Kids on the Block to come out with new music and it'll be like 1989 all over again.
- While we're on this 80's kick, I thought this insight into Eddie Jordan's playing style by Kevin Broom on the RealGM boards was pretty neat:
Eddie actually was a pretty good NBA defender, though not great. He wasn't big enough to be an elite defender, but he was very quick, and he was a terrific ball hawk...Among players 6-2 or shorter (Eddie is 6-1), Eddie is 5th in career blocks per minute. That's 5th most in blocks per minute since the league began tracking blocked shots 30+ years ago. In 78-79, he led 6-2 and under players in blocks per minute. He's #1 in career steals per minute among players 6-2 or shorter. Defensively, he was more than adequate -- his problem was on the offensive end.
- Combo guards and Gilbert Arenas quote trinkets are all the rage nowadays. I'm still waiting for the magnet that says "Shark attacks are real" but I'm not holding my breath.
- DWFan makes it very clear that the Wizards need a new training staff. I'd like to make it clear that I agree 100%. I'd also agree 100% that seeing Evander Holyfield (the boxer, or the user of the same name) sitting with a Ernie Grunfeld on draft night, would be pure awesomeness.
- There's a reason Caron Butler and Roger Mason are in the NBA and not the PGA.
- Not much news on the draft front recently. The only note of any importance is that Ty Lawson (make sure you check out the profile from MikeMid if you haven't done so already) was the first (and to this point, only) player invited to work out with the Wizards.