Swamped with work today, so let me point you to some people doing some good writing, and throw in a couple comments.
â€¢ If you had offered me a deal beforehand to split the games against Detroit and San Antonio, I would have taken it. So Iâ€™m not too frustrated with the loss last night. Yes Utah and Sactown are 1.5 games back, but they could be closer.
â€¢ Tomorrow the Lakers take part in the first professional sporting event in New Orleans since the devastation of hurricane Katrina. I think we all hope that the city can bounce back, but itâ€™s fair to question how good a basketball city it was even prior to recent events. Henry at True Hoop takes a look at this.
â€¢ With all the talk about the future Olympic team, Hoopsanaylist does a great breakdown of past squads, including the percentage of a teamâ€™s shots taken by a player.
â€¢ It pains you a little more when your idols let you down. Like when John Hollinger said in his chat yesterday
I still don’t have those guys on my MVP ballot — I don’t think Pierce and Bosh have quite been good enough, and it’s hard to vote for Kobe after he forced out Shaqâ€¦
I donâ€™t want to rehash this whole thing again, but it takes two big egos not to dance. If it had been Shaq with the free agency hammer, he would have forced Kobe out of town. I suggest Hollinger read Roland Lazenbyâ€™s â€œThe Showâ€ to get the insider perspective of what Tex Winter thought:
“Phil was dealing with two mighty big egos. But in my mind I blamed Shaq more than Kobe. Kobe tried to sacrifice. Kobe tried to please Shaq, because Kobe realized the team’s effectiveness began with Shaq. But if you look at Shaq’s quotes in the paper, it was always me, me, me. Give me the ball. It’s my team, my city. Shaq is a wonderful person in a lot of ways. He’s very compassionate, very generous. He has a great sense of humor. But he’s moody; he’s unpredictable. And he’s very self-centered.”