The Thunder got a much-deserved night off last night after sweeping a back-to-back-to-back string of games. Tonight they take on the now Z-Bo-less Grizzlies, who are going to have to reconfigure who they are in a hurry. For some reason I highly doubt that even without Zach Randolph that this team will go soft. Prepare for a physical game tonight.
"Everybody who plays for Memphis, they're just an immensely tough team...They're going to out-bang you, out-work you and that's how they find ways to win every night." - Kendrick Perkins
Lowe breaks down the impact of losing Maynor for the rest of the season, and tries to figure out how the Thunder will make up the difference.
Mayberry writes that Reggie Jackson is a lion in waiting for his sudden chance to make an impact. There is no question he will definitely fit in with the hard-working Thunder organization.
Much will continue to be made about Durant and Westbrook, but I remain steadfast - the team needs them both if they are to win a championship, especially with LeBron James and Dwane Wade spearheading the Eastern Conference effort.
Don't be surprised; the 76ers snuck up on some people last season, but you could see in their playoff series against the Heat that there is something good going on there. Who would have known that Doug Collins still had the coaching touch?
The new writing project started by some of the most noted sports writers has a great piece up on Chauncey Billups and his new home in Clipper-land.
The Hoopism brothers are back in the new year, this time mapping out who the youngest and oldest teams are. They report that the older teams are still outperforming the younger teams.
Coach Nick scores a great exclusive interview with the recently fired Kings coach Paul Westphal.
There is something magical about Charles Barkley pretending to be Shaq while having a piece of deli meat stuck to his forehead.
What I find most compelling about Durant's new handle is that it is something he did not have a season ago.
Would Phil Jackson ever consider becoming a GM?
"GMs have to lie too much. It's one of the hardest things to do is to be a prevaricator, or whatever you want to call it, to equivocate all the time. It's almost like being in political office."
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Mavericks guard Delonte West is in a bit of a free fall these days. It is a shame, because I really like West and his stream of consciousness way of life. He reminds me of Ron Artest in a way.
Ubuntu moves to the Midwest.
Blott takes a look at team records that do not yet tell the full picture of where the team stands.
There's only so much fun a man can have with his tractors, I suppose.