The Outside World – 11/19/10

The Outside World

By Ian Levy

The Outside World is a weekly recap of the best basketball writing and analysis the internet has to offer.

– If you’re a Clippers fan or fantasy owner counting on Blake Griffin to be healthy this entire season, you might want to take a look at this. 50 gold stars for effort and chutzpah. Minus 50 gold stars for terrible risk assessment. You can only walk away from something like that so many times.

Good news for Heat fans. Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference did some researching showing that, as in football, blowing out bad teams is actually the best indicator of post-season success. It’s predictive value is better than that of close wins over good teams or blow outs over good teams.

– You may already be aware of this, but 30 Rock’s Tracy Jordan is not an actor. He’s just a character. As proof, I offer this video of him wearing a microphone and sitting courtside at a Knicks game.

The Onion reports on another catastrophic injury for the Blazers’ Greg Oden. Bad luck just keeps mounting up in the City of Roses. In a weird twist of fate I put that link in as a joke Wednesday morning only hours before it was reported that he actually was going to undergo a season-ending second microfracture procedue on his other knee. Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus answers some common questions on the situation.

Zach Harper and Noam Schiller lament what’s been lost and what could have been in Portland.

– Andres Alvarez at Nerd Numbers the Blog takes a look at some of the best and worst statistical performances of this young NBA season.

– Stephen Jackson’s troubles off the court have created the image of a pretty unlikeable guy. But that’s just image. Here he’s happy to share his knowledge of positioning with a youngster, even if that youngster happens to be on the other team.

– Other than the coach, no one knows their team better than the General Manager right? That may not be the case in Detroit or Sacramento. Pistons by the Numbers disagreed with Joe Dumars on several recent points he made to the media. Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty tries to keep his head from exploding after hearing Geoff Petrie assess the Kings’ strengths and weaknesses.

– This likely doesn’t happen often, but Joakim Noah made a mistake in the rebounding department and it might have cost the Bulls the game.

A fun game. Two players, with names removed, compared just by statistics and award resumes. Who would you rather have?

– T.J. Lavin saw this video and said Russell Westbrook “killed it.”

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8 Responses to "The Outside World – 11/19/10"

  1. Casey   November 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Hey! Harper stole my idea. Okay, so it’s not my idea. 🙂

  2. Casey   November 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Smitty summed up the Greg Oden fiasco pretty well: Greg Oden = Sam Bowie. Anyone else wanna say: told ya so. Only to think wait we weren’t talking about “knee purgatory.” I just thought the guy relied WAY too much on his size during his college sojourn.

  3. Casey   November 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Anyone else read the SI article about Gilbert Arenas “mentoring” John Wall. Areanas still does not get it.

  4. Wally   November 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    told ya so.

  5. Rey   November 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Russell Westbrook is a competitor. I like to state the obvious.

  6. Rey   November 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I hope Neil Paine is wrong. The Heat are getting killed by point guards, as many probably predicted. But more importantly we’re finding out that they have no inside defensive presence with Chris Bosh. Zach Randolph scored 21 off the bench as the Grizz needed a buzzer-beater to defeat the Heat. Mike Conley got the best of both Arroyo and Chalmers. I know, I know – DWade didn’t play, but still…

  7. Casey   November 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Is there any coincidence that Bosh has his best offensive output of the season to date against the Suns? I could find three wet rags that defend better than Nash, Lopez and Channing Frye.

  8. ilevy   November 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I have a feeling Arenas’ mentor relationship with John Wall is mostly in his head. Wall’s real mentor is Sam Cassell who is an assistant coach with Washington. Right before the season started there was a video circulating of Cassell and Wall playing one on one during a practice. I wasn’t keeping score but I’d guess Cassell was winning by a healthy margin. Looking for someone to teach Wall the game and add a little nastiness to his personality on the court I can’t think of a better teacher than Cassell.

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