- Remember the glorious month of August, one in which the Houston Rockets seemed to be among the chosen few angling for the services of one Carmelo Anthony? Entering the fracas at this point, an unbiased observer has to wonder if the Rockets’ calls are even getting through to newly named and, most likely, newly overwhelmed Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri. The Nuggets are apparently trying to move Anthony somewhere he has no interest in in the West, as the Clippers, King and Timberwolves have emerged as the Nuggets’ preferred trade partners. None of these places provide Mr. Ihatekatstacks with the win-now roster in which Anthony seems interested (scream sweating, hopeful Rockets fans everywhere). If Anthony can suck it up and learn to live, though, NBA Fanhouse‘s Tom Ziller thinks Melo should reconsider one of these NBA cellar-dweller’s offers: “Consider this, then, a plea for Carmelo to look past 2010-11 and embrace the wonderful future he could have with a young, rising team. Sacramento, for instance, could make Denver an attractive offer without putting Tyreke Evans or rookie Demarcus Cousins in play. The Kings have modeled themselves after the Oklahoma City Thunder; like OKC, Sacramento hit the depths, drafted a superstar, drafted well again and is ready to rise. Evans isn’t Kevin Durant, but one could argue Cousins is a bigger chip than Russell Westbrook and that the Omri Cassippi-Donté Greene dragon outstrip the Thunders’ third tier. (There’s also the fact that Sactown is an hour flight from L.A., with jets leaving five dozen times a day. Also, the team is owned by the Maloofs, who have some pulls both in Vegas and the entertainment world. And they got Evans a sitdown dinner with President Obama last season. Power comes in odd shapes and sizes!)” Read More
Two points for discussion while I eat this sandwich:
1. The ghost of Tracy McGrady hovers over this discussion in some relevant ways.
1a) deterrence – Many feel embittered after the McGrady experience, gaining cynicism towards all misfits. I don’t think this is wise. While I have my own reluctances, this past experience should not scare one off completely. As I have often said, “Tim Duncan isn’t walking through that door,” and talent is talent and ultimately what wins in the NBA.
1b) the comparison – to be fair, Carmelo Anthony shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath as the Tracy McGrady of 2005. You could state with a straight face that the team had acquired the best player in basketball, in those days. In this situation, were there to be a trade, you’d need to conjure quite an argument to convince some of the smarter basketball minds that the Rockets had acquired a player who was truly “elite.”
2. We’ve heard the anti-Melo argument, passionately posited by the stat-geek community. What are the chances that Morey has no interest? Based on his comments and his known philosophy, it’s really at 50/50, I think.
- For a stretch of last year, Luis Scola was far and away the Houston Rockets’ best player, even if the Houston Rockets weren’t necessarily that great. This further deepened Houston’s already passionate Scola-mania, culminating in his (contextually) gigantic five-year-deal with the Rockets. What can a 30-year-old power forward who has certainly already peaked out and just received a huge contract bring in terms of intensity? As it turns out, 17 points in the 1st quarter is the exact amount. Scola opened Argentina’s preliminary round matchup with Angola with a roar, going 11-19 in the game and single-handedly keeping his country’s team undefeated. While the Rockets’ own caveman’s dominance was undeniable, The Painted Area recognized a theme regarding Scola and his international superstar treatment that I’m sure Rockets fans would love to see imported from Istanbul: “Luis Scola got back to his efficient ways with a 31-point, 9 rebound effort on 11-of-19 shooting. Scola did most of his damage as the roll man. He hit 3-4 pick/pop foul-line jumpers. To say Scola gets superstar calls from FIBA refs is an understatement. He’s definitely a physical guy, but he gets some calls other pedestrian players don’t. I only counted two buckets off post-ups, but both were tough makes. One was a banker in traffic plus the foul. Then he added a sweet up/under move finished with his left hand that gave ARG a 69-66 lead late.” Read More
- I think all good news begins with Twitter; therefore, today shall be a glorious news day as this weekend was seemingly turbulent in NBA Twitter news. One of the NBA’s most prominent experts, John Hollinger, predicted that if Carmelo Anthony ends this upcoming season in a jersey other than the Nuggets’, he’ll end up in the ketchup and mustard of the Houston Rockets thanks to a three-way deal that he hypothesizes would send Aaron Brooks to the Charlotte Bobcats and Erick Dampier’s gigantic non-guaranteed deal to the Nuggets for cap relief. As trivial as this seems, it stands as probably the most realistic Melo/Rockets deal put forth (although he later amended it by saying the Rockets’ draft picks acquired in last year’s deal for Kevin Martin would probably go the way of the rockies as well). While Hollinger’s prediction about Carmelo’s future piqued the interest of a few followers, the man himself caused the Internet to explode via a tweet that appeared to put a bounty out on the head of hip-hop socialite Kat Stacks for some vague reason related to his wife. Though this was eaten up by the exploding Internet, the tweets were later learned to have come as the result of a hacked account. While this may all feel a little ridiculous and seedy to Rockets fans already wary of the culture Anthony could bring this team, it is important to note two things: one, that this had little to do with him. And secondly, the Rockets obviously need more Twitter beefs. Brad Miller, I’m looking at you. Read More
作为一个正在攻读数学分析专业的废柴， 达雷尔-莫雷不仅仅是一个我深深喜欢的NBA球队的GM， 他同时也是作为一位数学分析前辈， 被我辈不断跟随和崇拜的对象。 在姚明即将归来， 安东尼的交易传言正散布得如火如荼的时候， 也许一篇通过蛛丝马来迹探寻莫雷的数据分析特点的短文， 是一个既能让大家有一定兴趣， 又能向莫雷致敬的切入点？
– 本篇文章的目的， 是通过目前可以在公开报道上找到的一些只言片语， 来尽可能的倒推出莫雷那庞大的数据分析世界中的一些小细节。 在倒推的时候， 我们肯定无法窥见莫雷世界的全貌， 我们也肯定会犯下这样那样的错误 — 但是希望在读完这篇短文之后， 我们仍然可以对莫雷的想法和思路有一个更加清楚和统一的概念和认识。 Read More