Things that are making me angry this morning (aside the lack of coffee): Remember how the original trade with Boston in 2004 that brought us Chris Mihm and Chucky Atkins was supposed to include point guard Marcus Banks (for Payton and Rick Fox)? But then Payton flipped out and threatened not to report, so the deal was reworked and Banks was left out?
Banks just was traded to Minnesota â€” a Laker-like team in the sense that there is one established star and a chance for other people to step up and prove themselves. Banks, in his six games for the T-Wolves: scoring 18.8 per 40 minutes and dishing out 5.4 assists in that time, with a true shooting percentage of 59% in just under 30 minutes a game. (For some comparison, Smush is averaging 13.4 points and 3.7 assists per 40, with a TS% of 55.1%.)
Think we couldnâ€™t have used that? Thanks Gary.
Updated: Another thing pissing me off: Remember how Kwame Brown had a two year deal with the Laker option for the third. Eric Pincus is reporting at Hoops World that the Lakers have already guaranteed the third year of that deal. If true, I may need a drink or eight tonight. There’s some other speculation in there that may be of interest.
Some other links worth checking out:
Lakers I remember fondly: One of these days I was going to get around doing a post on Bob McAdoo, one of the guys who is most underappreciated in NBA history. Then David Friedman went and put up a great piece at Hoopshype.com. Check it out, it is well worth the read.
NBA â€œfictionâ€: Two Sports Illustrated regulars now have a â€œfictionâ€ book out based on the NBA, with the goal of showing people what life is like behind the scenes without actually naming names. My reading list is too long to get to it in the near future (Gatinho turned me on to my current read) but if you want to find out more about it check out this interview at Gelf Magazine or read a couple chapters online.
Kobe Meter: Laker fan (and a good blogger) Hank at Broken Cowboy has set up a Kobe Meter to track his season scoring average in comparison to the legendary Jordan 86-87 season. Check it out (in the upper right corner).