- ESPN reporter Andy Katz caught up with Luke Walton who has signed on as an assistant coach with the University of Memphis while the lockout endures. Plenty of good insight here, but I was encouraged by this passage as it’s good to hear that Walton is finding a way to work on his game and his health:
If Walton were still in Los Angeles, he would have no access to the Lakers’ facilities either. So here he is — 1,800 miles away — coaching, recruiting and working out daily with full access to a training staff as he rehabs from a back injury that nearly forced him to retire in 2009-10.
“I’ve got a bunch of Grizzlies players I’m working out with, my shooting coach is coming this week and I’ve got a training staff and strength coach here at my disposal,” Walton said. “I can do all of this during my time off when we’re not practicing [during individual workouts], coaching or recruiting, so I make sure to stay ready for when the lockout ends.”
- Over at Silver Screen & Roll, C.A. Clark is talking lockout and wonders if fans are ready to walk away from the game in protest of the current labor/ownership disagreement. It’s a good read, and I found myself nodding in agreement to his explanation for what he’s willing (or not) to do. Like C.A. I love the game too much to simply walk away:
Could I walk away from basketball, from the Lakers? No. It doesn’t matter if the lockout is miraculously resolved next week, figured out half way through the season, costs us the entire 2011-2012 campaign, or worse. Basketball can be forcibly removed from my life for six months, a year, 2 years, a decade even, and I’ll still come back. I’ll still be every bit the fan that I am now, no matter what….There is nothing left to do but accept that the game I love will be gone for a long, long time, and when it comes back, I will be ready for it with open arms.
- This is something I’ll be DVR’ing. You should too.
- An exploration of who should be on Team USA’s 2012 Olympic team. There are several “locks” and that leaves only a few open spots. Should Lamar Odom make the team? Derrick Rose? Russ Westbrook? Coach K and the selection comittee are going to have some tough choices. Personally, I’d take Odom over Love or Chandler as I think his versatility on offense and defense is a good compliment to the other big men likely to make the team. That said, he’ll be a year older by the time the London games begin and a younger player may be a better choice. What are your thoughts?
- If there’s one thing you should read today, it’s this piece by Malcom Gladwell on the business of the New Jersey Nets and the backstory on their move to Brooklyn. It’s all tied into the lockout and paints an interesting picture about finances, the complexities surrounding the economics of basketball, and more. Seriously, go read it now.