As regular readers have probably noticed, there hasn't been a lot of new writing in this space. That's not because I've stopped writing, it just means I've gotten a lot of new opportunities. So, I'm going to use this space to aggregate posts on a semi-regular basis, but also to use to post the occasional chart or piece of statistical legerdemain that doesn't make it's way into a full post at another place. For today's installment, I present the "True Point Guard Index" with especial emphasis placed on Darren Collison, signed today by Sacramento allegedly as a "true point guard" to replace shoot-first Isaiah Thomas.
This first round up is going to be a little longer than usual since it's been a week since my last post here.
Make or Miss Podcast #24: Finals, Love, World Cup (with draft bonus)
Long time, no see, hear or read. Along with everyone else, I took a little time to decompress from the NBA finals, as well as throw myself into the World Cup. But good news, WOH is back with a brand new invention. Or really, just a new podcast with Rob, where we spend 90 minutes, first talking about the rumored Kevin Love deals with Golden State, (I get my Klay Thompson hate ON), break down the Spurs victory in the finals, before finishing up with some World Cup talk. We recorded pre-draft and pre USA NUMBER 1's winning-by-losing effort against Germany, so that's why it might sound dated.
Tomorrow, the Finals start. Spurs-Heat. And if you don't like that, you don't like NBA Basketball. I celebration, Rob and I recorded not one but TWO podcasts. In the first one we wrap up the Conference Finals, while in the 2nd when talk about Los Finals.
Pacers' Failure Of Execution & Leadership Occurred Well Before Game 3
As has become a regular feature in the social media age, immediately after a highly watched games like Game 3 of Pacers-Heat Eastern Conference Finals began the search for scapegoats. Much like many other nights, the spotlight soon focused on Indiana coach Frank Vogel, ostensibly for not figuring out a way to have his starting unit match-up with Miami's small-ball bombsquad of Norris Cole, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Because teams without Dirk Nowitzki have been extremely successful at picking that lock.
Make or Miss Podcast #20: Post-Combine, Post-Lottery with Dean
After last weekend's draft combine in Chicago and Tuesday's draft lottery, as well as the several day gap between games 2 and 3 in the Conference Finals, we figured it would be a decent time to talk draft prospects with Dean Demakis of DeanOnDraft. Thankfully, we moved past the fact that I'm a little higher on Julius Randle now than I was earlier in the year, as that could easily have degraded in Kevin Love Debate 2.0, and people got sad when Rob and I appeared to get testy (it was all love, er, Love, no really, it was!) Anyway, audio and download after the jump:
Make or Miss Podcast #19: Coaching Changes and Conference Finals
Way late getting this one out there. Rob and I talked on Saturday (I promise, not like I'd lie considering how silly my ECF prediction looks now, especially since I think I forgot Indy had home-court advantage during our discussion). We spent some time on the Kerr and Van Gundy hirings before previewing the Conference Finals matchups and making predictions. Audio and download after the jump
Make or Miss Podcast #18: 1st Round Wrap; 2nd Round Preview
A day late in getting this out, but Rob and I recorded our 2nd round preview Sunday night (as should be clear when I say foolish things about the Clippers potentially no-showing Game 1. Oops.) This podcast is literally earth-shaking as we unintentionally recap the first round before moving on to the games still to come. Obviously, we recorded before today's news that Mark Jackson is out in Golden State. Audio & download after the jump.
Make Or Miss Podcast #17: Race, Class, Fandom & Donald Sterling
Since the start of the whole sordid Sterling affair, my friend Jacob Greenberg of The Diss has consistently provided some of the more interesting, provocative and insightful on the incident itself as well as the reaction around the league, media and what he called "basketblogosphere." We talked for about 45 minutes on Wednesday night to sort out some thoughts on the various aspects of the incident. The articles we referred to are from Kevin Draper at The Diss, from Kevin McElroy at Hardwood Paroxysm and here from Bomani Jones on the Dan Le Batard show. Audio and download after the jump.