Category Archives: NBA lockout

Beasley unbound

Friends, your 2011 lockout is blessedly over. I’d like to be able to tell you that this means that we can just forget it all and move on. But, for many reasons, we can’t. Owners will continue exploit every possible CBA wrinkle in order to personally embed diamonds into Drew Gooden’s (and Jerome James’, and […]

Lockout comes to 'Sota

Hey look everybody, our picture’s in the paper! The NBA players–specifically plaintiffs Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Steve Nash among many others–are taking their antitrust suit against the league to the Minnesota courts. The reason? According to players’ lawyer David Boies, “the docket is less congested there. They have a good track record of handling […]

Rubio weighing return to Spain

The AP is reporting that Ricky Rubio will soon pursue signing with Barcelona if the NBA lockout can’t be resolved. Says Ricky, “I want to wait until I see there is no chance of resolving the situation, and then I will sign with another team.” On one hand, it’s a good thing that, even if there […]

Timberwolves: bad at drafting

I would have included this in my links yesterday but it hadn’t been written yet. Not my fault. But today at Truehoop, Tom Haberstroh opens eyes by revealing that while “draft efficiency alone explains 34 percent of the variability in a team’s record over the past decade” payroll size explains just seven percent. So much […]

Mike Beasley talks lockout

So Michael Beasley dropped a game-high 56 points in Sunday’s OKC charity all-star game and then dropped this lockout-inspired (but surely not Derek Fisher-endorsed) gem: “Fighting over 3 percent, that’s kind of retarded to me. But it is what is. We’ll come to an agreement.” I have two questions for you Michael Beasley. First, when […]

Beach boy: K-Love at the Manhattan Beach Open

Judd Spicer is an award-winning, veteran freelance writer and was a colleague of mine at the City Pages, where he covered the Twins and Wolves. Recently though, he decided to leave the Midwest and relocate his writing desk to Southern California, the better to monitor the cutthroat world of pro beach volleyball (I don’t know […]

More Notes on a Lockout

Last week I made the point that the league has been semantically unclear as to whether its real aim is financial parity or competitive balance. So yesterday in the bullets Henry linked to a really excellent Wages of Wins piece by David Berri that digs very deeply (using like stats and research and stuff) into […]

Michael Beasley's endless summer, cont.

Oh man, this offseason just gets longer and longer. Evidently our guy (an adult man, remember, who gets paid to play basketball) wasn’t aware that there would be hecklers at a streetball game in New York and is lacking the deep breathing skills necessary to keep things chill. From Ian Begley of ESPN New York […]

Michael Beasley's endless summer

So it’s been kind of a bummer of a summer for Michael Beasley. First he gets caught doing 84 in a 65 with weed under the seat. (But that weed totally didn’t even belong to him, I swear. It was, like, his buddy’s?) And now this. In a DC pro-am game, B-Eazy gets absolutely humiliated […]

Notes on a lockout

For the past few weeks now, I’ve been struggling to know what exactly to say about this NBA lockout. Besides the Wolves’ quixotic coaching search, its clearly the league’s most pressing current issue, replacing the things that most of us like to talk about with things that require an economics or business degree to understand. […]