Saturday, February 4, 2012

Plays of the Week – Starring Tough Love From Mark Cuban and an Angry Mailman

Mark Cuban is not here to make you feel better about yourself. He will, however, point you in the general direction of the path to success.

Could not agree more with Jerry West (or Kelly Dwyer) with regard to Dwight Howard, err, “a player that says he’s going to leave.”

Massive props to Neil at Got ‘Em Coach, for unearthing a 17 year-old Andrew Bynum’s MySpace page.

After Karl Malone called out the Jazz for their handling of Jerry Sloan’s exit, “Greg in Utah” painted a less-than-flattering portrait of The Mailman. Greg in Utah? Probably just some yokel that got a cold shoulder from the Mailman around town, right? Not exactly. And for good measure, D-Will chimed in from Jersey with a less-than-reverent, but LOL-worthy zing of his own.

In an ongoing series at Searching for Slava, Dave gives us a beautifully-written account of an awkward time for Craig Sager. (May or may not be based on actual events):

What happens when a vocab lesson meets the Kobe System? A phenomenal piece of work from Danny Chau.

Meanwhile, at I Go Hard Now, resident cartoonist Spacefunmars came up with the latest his own ongoing series, in which Kobe Bryant and Mike Brown take a journey in search of truth. (Full archive – you’ll want to start from the beginning)

At The Kings Blog, Alex Kramers with a fantastic look at Sacramento’s diminutive but dynamic rookie, Isaiah Thomas. A must read.

Another absolute must-read. On SB Nation, Bomani Jones examines the tragedy of Allen Iverson, and sums up beautifully what he meant to a specific generation.

Basketball Prospectus’ Kevin Pelton with the most comprehensive and educational book review I have read in some time. A fantastic read. Can’t wait to get into “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”

Awesome piece on Truehoop looking at LaMarcus Aldridge’s All-Star candidacy. Candidacy. That this is even a question speaks to the obscene level of frontcourt talent out West, I get that, but his absence in Orlando will be an affront not only to LMA, but to quiet professionalism everywhere.

Now (more or less) healthy, the Boston Celtics sound more like a squad breaking camp and looking ahead than an aging ex-contender fading into obscurity.

And finally, from Shaky Ankles, O.J. Mayo with one of my favorite moves of the week, leaving a flailing Danny Green in midair.

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