No Time Like Showtime
“ I guess people think Grant Hill is a good player or whatever, but guarding Kobe he looks so old you feel like he should be wearing gym shorts on the outside of his sweat pants. ”
“ … it appears as if Jim Buss (son of owner Dr. Jerry Buss) is calling the shots — reaching deep into his long and storied career of being Dr. Jerry Buss’ son to pounce on and act upon his basketball instincts. ”
Kelly Dwyer, Brian Shaw is far from happy with his last days in Los Angeles, Ball Don’t Lie, July 18, 2011.
I like that “reaching deep” part.
“ As I tweeted yesterday, I’m starting to get annoyed at how hard NBA owners and the Players Association seem to be working to manage their public image during the lockout, as opposed to how hard they appear to be working to come to some sort of agreement that will bring back basketball. ”
Scott Carefoot, NBA owners’ demands on player salary reductions: Are they really ‘Draconian?’, The Basketball Jones, July 7, 2011.
Scott Carefoot apparently has some knowledge the rest of us don’t about what negotiations are and are not happening between the NBA and the union, who is talking to whom, who is on the phone chatting about what, and so forth. I mean, if he didn’t have this knowledge, he couldn’t be complaining about how hard the sides are working to make a deal, could he? Could he?1
And yes, he says “appear”. I don’t care. It’s a weasel word. It doesn’t count. ↩
“ Unfortunately, this never materialized, as Blake shot just 37.8 percent from distance, a notable dip from his career .391 mark. ”
Andy Kamenetzky, Offseason needs: Outside shooting, ESPN Land o’ Lakers, June 3, 2011.
Forgive me for this, because I try not to be this hard on people, but that’s fucking idiotic. Blake made 73 threes on 193 attempts this year. Do you know how many he would have needed to make to hit 39%? 76. The difference between Blake’s disappointing season and the season the Lakers were expecting was three three-pointers. Three. How many inches did he miss those three threes by total?
(This is leaving aside the fact that the “career .391 mark” is his career percentage now, so it includes the .378 he shot this season. If L.A. was setting expectations based on his career shooting, they were doing it by his percentage coming into the year. That’s not quite as dumb as the above, but it’s sloppy.)