Rants, References and Revelations: Where Kyrie Irving is the Player of the Week
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Rants, References and Revelations is a daily collection of some of our favorite basketball writing from around the internet. We do our best to feature not just the work of the semi-professionals, but writers you may not have heard of, writing for outlets you may have never seen.
Happy Tuesday, Peeps.
Good basketball writing can be found everywhere on the internet, and because we can do more than just retweet to endorse good work, myself and Hickory-High are taking it on ourselves to share some things you may or may not have seen. Ideally, the revival of this Rants, References and Revelations series will be a combination between what Kevin Draper and Jacob Greenberg do at The Diss and what Sam Holako is doing at Raptors Republic.
Hickory-High is part of the Basketball-Twitter community that we all live in, so were sharing some of the community’s work. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as you would ours.
It’s Coaches Week here at Hickory-High, so this piece by Kyle Wagner of Deadspin couldn’t have been more appropriate. Wagner calculates, from top to bottom, where each NBA coach ranks among their peers at designing plays during time-outs. He confirms that Scott Brooks is, indeed, somewhat dull in terms of creativity but some of Wagner’s findings may surprise you – see for yourself here.
At Hardwood Paroxysm, Andrew Lynch discusses the significance of the NBA’s Players of the Week in each conference; Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge. Needless to say, each player represents something a little different on their respective teams. Irving hasn’t exactly been a shoo-in for winning the award this season, whereas Aldridge has been a pillar of stability for the Portland Trail Blazers all year long. While one is still learning the other has defined his role, read Lynch’s piece here.
While we’re talking about Aldridge being a pillar of stability, read Dane Carbaugh‘s extensive explanation of his importance to the Blazers — reminding us that he’s something Portland has seen little of in recent years. It can be found on A Young Sabonis – this is the think.
Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies was having himself a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Turns out the injury bug, which infected the Wolves last season, now roams freely -or walks- in Memphis. Marc Gasol and Quincy Pondexter are both out indefinitely and Conley limped to the locker room during the fourth quarter on Sunday against Minnesota. Alex Theoharides explains why The Grit and Grind Grizzlies may be reaching the end of the line in Memphis. Read his piece here.
Back in May, after the league announced the Sacramento Kings wouldn’t be leaving for Seattle, an interesting account followed me on Twitter – @BucksinMKE. Do fans of the Milwaukee Bucks fear their team will leave? A concerned group of bought billboard space in efforts to encourage the team to tank. If the home fans don’t want their team to win, how could the team ever be successful there? The Bucks ownership wants to be competitive, but fans want a star — a conflicting arrangement entering this season. Fortunately, both are having their way. Herb Kohl’s relentless efforts to be competitive have come to a screeching halt, that’s if they ever started in Milwaukee. Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN describes the Bucks season as a ,“Hobbled March into a Bright Future.”
Kevin Love’s departure from the Minnesota Timberwolves may not come until next season when his contract expires, or at all – but after a report that the Suns may look to trade some 2014 Draft Picks – Chris Reichert of HoopsHabit put together a potential deal that would send Love to Phoenix in exchange for; a pair of young players, an expiring deal and two 2014 first round draft picks. What would it take for YOU to give up the Love? Read Reichert’s piece here; “Could Kevin Love Get Traded”
There are many things at Gothic Ginobili that make my head hurt (in a good way) after I read them. This is another one of those things. Aaron McGuire tells his tale of a Halloween experience as a fan of the San Antonio Spurs passing out candy in Phoenix, Arizona — a place he claims to be small market-esk despite it’s population of over 1.4 million people. Read McGuire’s edition of GG’s “Small Market Monday,” here.
Hickory-High’s own Cole Patty stressed the significance of Andre Drummond’s abysmal free-throw shooting, and what he’s doing to improve – he’s very, very important to the future of the Detroit Pistons. Jeremy Beren and Patty agree on the importance Drummond’s presence has on the Pistons moving forward, so there’s still something to be said for the player he is outside of the struggles at the line. But Beren took a look at Drummond’s offensive and defensive production by breaking down the numbers. Read Beren’s piece here; “The Impact Of Andre Drummond”