Darth Asik – The Rockets posted the home court introduction video to their website. Amid a montage of Greg Smith dunks and James Harden rip-through moves, we are treated to a sudden shot of Omer looking like this:Because whenever you have a chance to make your board crasher/defensive enforcer look like a stoned Sith warrior, you have to do it. Mr. Alexander, someone in the editing suite deserves a raise.Hoop Kings – Rembert Browne has been sent back this very long article from New Orleans as he gets ready to write about the Superbowl for Grantland. The whole thing leads up to a book of early 2000’s NBA poetry for kids called Hoop Kings, which has to be read to be believed. It was written in the days when guys like Stevie Franchise and Starbury ruled the league. Here’s a snippet:
From “Steve Francis: ILL at WILL”:
“Infectious dunks over seven-foot chumps cause aches and pains and muscular strains when then Franchise Flu strikes“
Is this public-health emergency issued by the CDC about the flu or the Franchise Flu? I just want to know how to prepare.
Envy – I get a little bit of a Jan Brady complex about the Denver Nuggets when it comes to getting love from the blogosphere. They have no All-Stars, but whether it’s Andre Miller’s craftiness, Gallinari’s streakiness, Iggy’s defensiveness, or McGee’s JaVale-ness, they are the darlings of NBA writers everywhere. Case in point: JaVale McGee in street clothes upstaged basically everything that happened on the court Wednesday night.All-Stardom – In counterpoint to that last point, James Harden gets a lot of love. ESPN looks at how he earned his first All-Star Spot:
Harden ranks fifth in the NBA, averaging a career-high 25.9 points this season. His scoring has increased by 9.1 points per game from last season, the highest increase among all players from last season to this season.The NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year award winner has been one of the best pick and roll ball handlers this season. Among the 107 players with at least 50 such plays, Harden ranks second in the NBA, averaging 1.03 points per play.
Tradewatch – If your heart is set for a trade for either Dwight Howard or Josh Smith, Jalen Rose has a scenario that will scare you.