- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
AROUND THE RIM
Though Stephon Marbury has never won a playoff series, Knicks president Isiah Thomas contends that he has recently become the NBA's top point guard—and that he will prove to be one of the best ever. "When I came into the league, everybody said Bob Cousy was the best point guard, and I wanted to put my name next to his," Thomas says. "I've told Stephon that he should make that list read, 'Cousy, Isiah and Stephon.' "...
For the next two months scouts will keep an eye on Danish small forward Christian Drejer, who left Florida last month to sign a two-year, $1 million deal with the EuroLeague champion, F.C. Barcelona. Drejer hopes that his versatility will shine through at Barcelona and help lift him into the first round of this year's draft—which wasn't going to happen in Gainesville, where he was disenchanted with the Gators' selfish play. In his first three Spanish League games, the 6'9" Drejer averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.3 minutes....
Their 4-5 stretch through Sunday brings up bad memories for the Timberwolves. Since 2000-01 Minnesota is 24-29 in March and 170-91 in the other months.
"The college tournament has our playoffs beat in terms of drama, because it's a 100-yard dash and ours is a marathon. But I get tired of hearing that the NCAA tournament is pure basketball and superior to what we do. The level of play is the equivalent of Double A baseball (it used to be Triple A—before the teenagers started turning pro). And you've got to be real naive to think that it's pure. A lot of the best players have their 'advisers' calling guys like me to see whether their NBA stock is up or down after each game, and a lot of coaches are using the tournament to angle for their next job. Also, so many of those coaches spend entire timeouts berating the officials, and then Dick Vitale praises them by saying, look at him! He's Mr. Intensify! He wants his team to win!' And I'm saying, If he really wants his players to win, then why isn't he coaching them?"
3. College grads looking for career opportunities should consider the NBA. In the past 12 months the 29-team league has had 25 G.M. and head coaching changes.
2. At the top of Denver G.M. Kiki Vandeweghe's summer shopping list is a big man who can score in the post. The Nuggets are the league's foremost fast-break team, but they struggle mightily in the half-court against the good defensive teams. Through Sunday the Nuggets were 3-12 against the top seven defensive teams and 33-23 against everyone else.