No morning links from Phillip today, he’s resting up from dunking over people in his men’s league. At least that’s what he told me. So, you only get my random musings…
*I know it’s been a few days, but congratulations to Duke for winning the NCAA Championship. I’ve never really been a fan of the Blue Devils, but I give credit where it’s due. That also means that we have a winner in the FB&G tourney pool – letshannondunk took the prize this year with two of the four teams in the Final Four while also picking the correct champion. So congrats to you as well. Drop me an email so we can get you set up with a fresh FB&G t-shirt.
*I must give a special mention to Don Nelson today. Last night, in a win over the Timberwolves, Nelson became the all-time winningest coach in NBA history – passing Lenny Wilkens. Over the years I’ve been hard on Nellie, but today he deserves recognition for this great accomplishment. On a side note, did you see Steph Curry’s line from that game last night? This kid had 24 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds, and 7(!) steals. I know that Tyreke Evans has the ROY award sewed up, but I can’t get enough of Steph Curry.
*After yesterday’s post on Kobe’s extension, I’ve been thinking a lot about team payroll and getting the most production for the dollars that get spent. Yesterday, Kevin Pelton put up a great post over at Basketball Prospectus on what teams around the league get the most bang for their buck in terms of wins vs. dollars spent on payroll. It’s no coincidence that a team like the Thunder is at the top, especially with their core players still all on their rookie contracts and one of them (Durant) is one of the best players in the league.
*Do you like cool looking charts? Have you been over to hoopdata.com and played around with this thing?
*On Sunday the Celtics beat the Cavs. On Tuesday they lost to the Knicks. In the comments lil’ pau said “we’re not the only ones, for what it’s worth”, referencing (I’m assuming) the recent up and down play of the Lakers. I only bring this up because I read this and I thought that I’d rather have our problems any day of the week over the boys in green.
*Finally, I never got into “Lost”. It just never resonated with me. Am I missing something?