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Rockets seek aggressive Ariza as he adjusts to new role | NBA Basketball | - Houston Chronicle
  • SLAM ONLINE | " 30 Teams, 30 Days
    Houston Rockets Season Preview
  • Preseason Predicts Little - Basketball News & NBA Rumors -
    Does a team's preseason record predict what the regular season will be like? HOOPSWORLD looks back 10 years to see what we can find out.
  • Warriors suspend Stephen Jackson for two exhibitions - NBA -
  • America's Most Hated - CelticsBlog
    (I know we hate you in Lakers Nation.)
  • SLAM ONLINE | " Paul Pierce: NBA Lacks Balance
  • SLAM ONLINE | " Rasheed: 72 Wins? No Problem
    (Sure, the C's will win 72 games.  61 in the regular season, and 11 in the playoffs.  We're going to win 16 playoff games, and that's all I care about.)
  • Andre Miller's Arrival in Portland Not Quite Rosy -- NBA FanHouse
    (Timbo?  Fill us in.  If Andre Miller can't be the clear cut starter in Portland, how is he the 6th best PG?  I'm all for him.  Andre Miller has never won.  I'll take him dragging your team down.)
  • A Brief History of Andre Miller's Feelings - Bethlehem Shoals - The Baseline - Sporting News
  • The Kevin Durant Conundrum - TrueHoop By Henry Abbott - ESPN
  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant in defense: Cites grit, passion - ESPN
    Kevin Durant has fired back at a blog that was critical of his contributions to the Thunder.
  • Memo to a Young Baller - TrueHoop By Henry Abbott - ESPN
  • Now, I'm not one to normally agree with Henry Abbott.  (Also, if you are familiar with my thoughts, you will also know that I'm not too big on the mis-use of advanced stats.)  But I think Henry has a point on this.  Sometimes talent isn't everything you see, and when Plus/Minus is used correctly, it can show us what we may not see.  We know Kevin Durant is a very talented future superstar, but what if the Thunder never take that leap?  They didn't last year, and talent alone doesn't make a winner.  Just ask Tracy McGrady or Stephon Marbury.  Or even Yao Ming, whose Rockets matched up better with the Lakers when he was off the floor.  Houston's  team chemistry and matchups improved.  He was clearly their best player, but obvious superior talent didn't show that.  Look at our own Lamar Odom.  I'm not going to go all Wayne Winston on you and claim Lamar is better than Kobe because of Plus/Minus, but LO's +/- tell us his effectiveness when his inconsistent box scores can't.  Just win Kevin, and there's nothing to worry about.  The pieces are in place.

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