– Scott Brooks’ Decision to “go small” pays off in OKC win:
– From Darnell Mayberry at NewsOk.com: http://newsok.com/darnell-mayberrys-notebook-nuggets-scott-brooks-makes-a-change/article/3928702
-From Steve Aschburner at NBA.com; http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/30/okc-gets-minor-victory-over-miami-may-have-major-lineup-breakthroug
– From Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1941690-scott-brooks-adjustment-kevin-durants-burst-mean-long-night-for-lebron-heat
– Gregg Popovich hates foul strategy: (from Nick Friedell, ESPNChicago):
” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich dislikes employing a “Hack-a-Shaq” type fouling strategy, but he’s going to do it anyway.
Popovich, who ordered his team to foul Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard seven straight times in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 97-90 loss, is not a fan of sending guys to the line — but concedes it’s part of the game.
“I hate it,” Popovich said of the strategy before Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. “I think it’s awful. I hate doing it. Seriously. I think it’s a pain in the neck, fans don’t like it, I don’t like it, nobody likes it. It disrupts the flow of the game. If there’s an equitable way to get rid of it, I’m all for it.
“But it’s part of the game. It’s part of the rules now and if you think somebody can’t shoot a free throw you might as well take advantage of it. If you think somebody can’t shoot you don’t guard him the same way. So [the strategy’s] fair, it’s just kind of ugly I think.”
Read it here:http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10373909/gregg-popovich-san-antonio-spurs-hates-hack-shaq-fouling-strategy
– Anthony Davis is the NBA’s next transcendent talent (from Drew Garrison, SBNation):
“Anthony Davis is on track to accomplish things on the
basketball court that only the greats of the game have. The signs are everywhere that he is primed to be the NBA’s next generational frontcourt talent.”
Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/1/29/5351704/anthony-davis-new-orleans-pelicans-statistics-analysis
– Q&A: Warriors GM Bob Myers (from Nate Duncan,BasketballInsiders.com):
” Nine months after engineering the Golden State Warriors’ first playoff appearance and series victory since 2007, General Manager Bob Myers sat down with Basketball Insiders’ Nate Duncan in the midst of another solid season. In part one of a two-part interview, Myers discusses the Warriors’ approach in building from his hiring in 2011 to their 2013 playoff success.”
Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/qa-warriors-gm-bob-myers-part-1/
“Nine months after engineering the Golden State Warriors’ first playoff appearance and series victory since 2007, General Manager Bob Myers sat down with Basketball Insiders’ Nate Duncan in the midst of another solid season. In part two of a two-part interview, Myers discusses the Warriors’ acquisition of Andre Iguodala, the extension of Andrew Bogut and the team’s approach with its core going forward.”
Along the way, Stiemsma’s post-collegiate basketball path also has included stops in Korea, two in Turkey, signatures on two NBA contracts when he didn’t get off the bench, and a couple of South Dakota winters with the Sioux Falls SkyForce of the NBA Development League.”
Read it here: http://host.madison.com/sports/basketball/professional/nba-greg-stiemsma-s-long-and-winding-road-to-the/article_0524c78e-b3b8-501b-897b-7461d84d258c.html
(Note: Did you know that Stiensma averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 10.2 minutes over 93 games, including just seven starts as a collegian at UW?)