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Don't hate the player; hate the game: a deeper dive into theories about why this Josh Smith thing isn't working.

A year ago, everyone was happy! What happened? Once upon a time in this glorious thread, after much commenting and gnashing of teeth, MFShinons* sayeth, And you enjoy telling yourself that...


Why the Pistons need a "Josh Smith": a primer on stretch bigs

Amid all the debate surrounding the relative values, virtues, and vices of Josh Smith and Greg Monroe, I've been pretty surprised with the amount of bafflement I've seen lately about the impact of...

Details of the NBA's latest proposal


* no extend-and-trade * no sign-and-trade for teams that are paying luxury tax * less lucrative Bird rights * no player options for max deals * 4-year contract length (5 for Bird deals) * 3-/4-year midlevel exception * one contract amnesty per team * "stretch" multi-year expensing for contracts of cut players * etc. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/14/sports/basketball/what-nba-could-be-like-under-a-new-labor-deal.html?hp

Austin Daye interview on HoopsHype


Austin Daye discusses playing in Russia, getting acclimated to Moscow, and hoping for a resolution to the NBA lockout. http://blogs.hoopshype.com/blogs/zarrabi/2011/11/10/austin-daye-im-eager-to-come-home/

NBA lockout: Michael Jordan v. the players

A faction of 50 N.B.A. players is threatening to dissolve the union if it compromises further on player salaries. The league is facing an equivalent threat from a trenchant group of owners, who are vowing to oppose any deal that gives players more than 50 percent of revenue. The owners’ faction includes between 10 and 14 owners and is being led by Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, according to a person who has spoken with the owners. That group wanted the players’ share set no higher than 47 percent, and it was upset when league negotiators proposed a 50-50 split last month. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/sports/basketball/hard-line-factions-threaten-latest-nba-negotiations.html?hpw

The NBA standoff pits the elite vs. the elite

Labor-management disputes test the two sides’ animal spirits and pain thresholds. The former favor the players, who — owners frequently forget this — have climbed to the narrow peak of their profession’s pyramid because they are ferocious competitors who loathe losing at anything. Owners, however, have higher pain thresholds because they have longer time horizons: They do not have short careers; they do have deep pockets. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-nba-standoff-pits-the-elite-vs-the-elite/2011/10/13/gIQA2LkykL_story.html

Tim Donahue on the NBA collective bargaining agreement.

The CBA: My Last, Best Offer by Tim Donahue A few days ago, David Aldridge published his ideas to avert the work stoppage. While the NBA Blogosphere and Twitterverse were both very receptive to Mr. Aldridge’s ideas, I was not. The unfortunate few who follow me on Twitter (@toothpicksray) saw my criticisms. These primarily centered around the $20 million exception and the bi-annual amnesty clause. Though I still would not like to see his proposals implemented, my complaints were unfair in two aspects. First, I did not give sufficient weight to his 50/50 BRI split. Second, I committed the sin of attacking someone’s ideas without offering alternatives of my own. What follows are my alternatives for a 10-year CBA. http://www.eightpointsnineseconds.com/2011/06/the-cba-my-last-best-offer/

NBA Suspends Villanueva 5 Games for Altercation


Apparently it's going to cost him $450,000. Is this the league yet again going way to far to stifle any sort of entertainment this sport has to offer, or did Charlie get what was coming to him for his role in that fiasco?

Whats up Pistons fans? I'm a writer/illustrator over at Bright Side of the Sun and am currently...


Whats up Pistons fans? I'm a writer/illustrator over at Bright Side of the Sun and am currently doing a project where I am doing 30 illustrations (1 player from each of the 30 NBA teams) over 30 days. Day 20 features your own Rip Hamilton (I debated on who I should do and ultimately ended on Rip for his history with the club) and I thought I'd share it with you. Feel free to visit and check out this and more as well as follow the project. Comments are welcome and appreciated. -Dustin

Since 2001, NBA teams now seek balance of offense, defense

It's taken 10 years but the NBA's new era has achieved its peak. Before 2001, teams were obsessed with crowding the paint defensively and isolating the best offensive players, which resulted in little movement of the ball. The rules changed in 2001 to open up the game offensively, and a decade later the transformation is complete: Offensive skills have been blended into the game so thoroughly that there is no longer a single championship contender that can be branded as an all-out defensive team. Think about it: When was the last time you couldn't find at least one stifling defensive team in contention for the title? Look around the league and name a title contender that possesses the mindset as well as the stoppers that strangle opponents defensively. For the first time since the emergence of the championship "Bad Boy" Pistons in the late 1980s, I can't name one.
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