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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 […]

The lockout grows old, Luke Ridnour grows up

The NBA lockout rolls on, bearing with it all of its collected narratives. Incredibly rich men continue to beg to be protected from their poor decisions, both past and future. The union continues to accumulate missteps and ill-chosen statements. (Read this article now.) Childhood heroes–looking bloated and sad in ill-fitting but probably astonishingly expensive jackets, […]

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 […]

Adelman updated

Update: This is still very much in rumor phase, but folks are saying here and here (and maybe more importantly, Kevin Love is tweeting) that Adelman has agreed to a deal. More later. This from Jerry Zgoda at the Star-Tribune: The Timberwolves have started negotiations to sign Rick Adelman as their next coach, league sources […]

Adelman and Beasley in the rumor mill

Look, I know it’s a little weird to be obsessively monitoring the travel plans of an, in most respects, average 66-year-old man. I mean, it’s not like Rick Adelman is carrying a radical cure for Alzheimer’s (which also happens to give apes astonishing powers of intelligence and will usher in the end of human life […]

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 […]