• The NBA blogs at SB Nation are devoting today to naming the single biggest disappointment among all players for each NBA franchise. Some interesting choices: Toronto, Dallas, Cleveland, injuries in Orlando, some comic genius from Washington and a long entry from Utah.
• Tom Ziller of SB Nation with more good stuff on the importance of three-point shots and the ideal frequency with which teams and players should attempt them.
• This isn’t strictly NBA related, but Terrell Owens is in major financial trouble and blames his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, for hooking Owens up with a financial adviser simply because (in Owens’ view) Rosenhaus happens to have a chummy relationship with that particular adviser. Related note: Last month, the sports business media gave a bit of attention to a new company athletes and other celebrities pay to monitor their own financial advisers. Sports can be a messy business sometimes.
• Speaking of which: Billy Gillesspie, head coach of Texas Tech, is going to be out of a job soon if these allegations prove true.
• Grantland has a mini-documentary following Royce White through his draft day. It’s a really fun piece of work, in part because White is so candid about his anxiety issues, his fear of flying and his general mental state. It’s also fun to see and hear a cell phone call, in the middle of the first round, in which White’s agent essentially tells him that every team between the Rockets (holders of picks Nos. 16 and 18) and the 25-28 range has already decided to pass on White.
It’s fair wonder if that information is accurate, or if some teams had sent the agent mixed signals. Regardless: Houston selected White at No. 16 after all, and we get some insight into the possibility the Rockets’ brain trust was divided about the pick.
• What does Harrison Barnes have to do to get major minutes on the wing in Golden State?
• Paul Flannery of WEEI.com breaks down Boston’s fascinating offseason.
• Mark Cuban doesn’t feel bad for folks who lost money in the Facebook IPO.
• Cuban is in a bit of a blog comment argument with the folks at Wages of Wins, who criticized the Chris Kaman signing and used their go-to stat, Wins Produced, to show several under-utilized big men are more valuable than the very much utilized Kaman. (Hat tip: TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott). Cuban takes issue with both the Wins Produced stat itself (with a bit of help from Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference) and argues that even if Kaman were so unproductive, playing in a new context in Dallas, alongside Dirk Nowitzki, will help him thrive. Both sides have merit here, but I lean toward Cuban’s side on this. Kaman is a hair overrated; as Wins Produced indicates, he can be an inefficient offensive player in the wrong system — a big man who shoots a ton of jumpers, makes fewer than half his shots overall, barely gets to the line and turns the ball over at an above-average rate. He’s a so-so rebounder, and Wins Produced loves rebounders who shot efficiently (and rarely).
But recast Kaman as a third option on a smart team, and he may well do better. And some of the under-utilized big men who Wins Produced favors — Chris Andersen, for instance — would likely flounder if given larger roles in which their teams would depend upon them for scoring and 35 minutes of steady defense.
• Steve Aschburner of NBA.com attended the 40th reunion of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team a couple of weeks back and produced a few really nice pieces out of his experience there. In this piece, Tom Burleson, a member of that team, tearfully shares his experience nearly coming face-to-face with the terror attack on Israeli athletes at those Munich games.
• Some upper-level management turmoil at the Knicks, first reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
• Donnie Walsh talks about drafting Reggie Miller over Steve Alford, then an Indiana hero for leading the college Hoosiers to the national title. Kevin Johnson is involved.
• Rank the best Reggie Miller moments here.
• Smart thoughts about how the Lakers rotation might work itself out next season.
• Erik Spoelstra once again says he wants the Heat to push the pace next season. Will he live up to it?