Posted: Monday November 7, 2005 2:22PM; Updated: Monday November 7, 2005 2:24PM
Sam Cassell has been policing the Clippers' sidelines and enforcing a dress code of his own.
I can understand if you've yet to turn your full attention to the NBA. After all, the NFL season is in full swing, college football's convoluted ratings are shaking out, and I think hockey even begins next month.
So, for those of you who haven't had time to fully tune in and then tune into the NBA, I've compiled a Week One cheat sheet for you, so you can dominate talk around the water cooler.
1) Has the dress code had any effect?
If you have to ask the question, the answer is no, right? For all their complaining about it in the preseason, the players seem to be on board with it, from what I can tell. Though I did hear that the Wizards' Gilbert Arenas caught himself putting on his headphones as he left the locker room the other night and quickly removed them because of the dress code. The Heat's Michael Doleac said he wore a tie for the first time in two years. And the Clippers' rookies had an even stricter dress code applied by Sam Cassell before their game against the Hawks, with rook James Singleton being forced to rock an electric blue tuxedo with a red bow tie. He looked like a lost member of a barbershop quartet. At least he adhered to the dress code.
2) Which team has had the most disappointing start?
The Denver Nuggets lost half as many games in one week (four) as they did in the entire second half last season. Worse, they lost one of their best post players, Nenê, who tore his ACL and meniscus in the season opener. Of course, there's a ton of basketball yet to be played, and one bad week this early doesn't doom anyone.
3) Which team had the most surprising start?
Milwaukee. The Bucks started out with back-to-backs on the road and then Miami at home, and they won all three. While Michael Redd has been brilliant as always and rookie Andrew Bogut has been solid, the biggest boost has come from point guard TJ Ford, who has returned from a year and a half layoff to average 16.7 points and 10.3 assists per game. It will be interesting to see if they can keep it up for the season. (I'm thinking they won't, but what do I know?)
4) What's the most fun thing to watch thus far that could morph into a drinking game?
Easily, it's Antoine Walker trying to fit in with Miami. Every time he catches the ball on the perimeter, you can see him desperately trying not to fire up a 3-pointer -- his arms saying yes, his mind saying no. Has an NBA player ever had the yips?