It's with a heavy heart that this 15th edition of the Carnival of the NBA comes to you. All our minds are on not the hoops world, but the Gulf Coast. It's the most horrible tragedy of my life by far, and I have to admit my eyes have been glued to CNN, not ESPN or NBA TV.
If you can, please donate
. Help is needed in New Orleans, Slidell, Gulfport and Biloxi, and they will need it for a long time to come. Blood is needed
, as well. And homes for the refugees
, too. Here's a comprehensive list of charities
- there's something out there for everyone.
Ron at Hornets247 puts everything in perspective
. Basketball hardly seems important right now. The fact that no one has heard from PJ Brown is very distressing - we all hope and pray he and his family are well, as we do about the hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coasters, even if the images on CNN tell us otherwise.
With our hearts and minds on the victims of the disaster, here are the hoops links for this edition of the Carnival:
Henry at True Hoop
has been blogging up a storm, per usual. He tackles the issue of publishing athlete-smoking-dope rumors on the internet
, continues to discuss the Sebastian Telfair bio
and grins at a Mighty Mouse quote about Pau Gasol
(it's a must-read if you haven't seen).
Kurt at Lakers-blog Forum Blue and Gold
thinks Jerry Colangelo is moving Team USA in the right direction
by looking towards Kobe to join the squad. Kurt also attacks the notion that last year's team lacked fundamentals, pointing instead at the lack of proper scouting, the lack of understanding for the international game and the lack of a pure shooter.
The hilarious NBA Source
looks at the funnier things in the NBA
, including redhead players, Sir Charles's philosophy and Bob Marley's tattoos. There's also a second edition
, which tackles Rasheed's bald spot, the Brian Cardinal Phenomenon and some laugh-out-loud quotes from Shaq.
Dave at The City
- a Warriors blog - completes his end-of-season review by looking closely at Baron Davis and Derek Fisher. It's determined that if Todd Fuller were a point guard, he'd be about 20 percent of Baron.
The SportsBiz Blog looks at the cultural hurdles
Adidas and Reebok will have to overcome to make their recent merger, citing their substantially different corporate cultures.
Todd, who runs Orlando-blog BELIEVING IN MAGIC, posts on why the Magic may very well be the least improved team in the league
. Hard to argue with that, though I think the Warriors and Supersonics could compete for that title.
Nels at Give Me the Rock looks at the effect of Michael Finley on the Spurs and on fantasy basketball teams
The readers of the imitable Celtics Blog compare and contrast two of Boston's funnier characters: Manny and Ricky
Matt at Bulls Blog - the guy who started this whole Carnival thing - says next summer is the moment of truth for the franchise
SuperSonicSoul - king of the brief post titles - has already granted new Sonic Mikki Moore a nickname
and questions a "technological breakthrough" by the franchise that resembles Lil' Penny
RaptorBlog contemplates the play-by-play guy's dark side
Ryan at the aptly-named Ryan's Ramblings shakes his head at Earl Watson's decision to go to Denver
When Dan Rosenbaum posts, everyone notices. His recent post on how high the bar is in terms of really grasping the statistics of basketball
Celtics 17 addresses recent bad press surrounding Danny Ainge
, both locally and nationally.
Runnin' With The Bulls likes the solid financial ground the Chicago franchise is building itself on
Cavalier Attitude says Luke Jackson has a role on Cleveland's squad this year
, despite getting the Darko treatment last season.
Motoring Pistons manages to wish Finley and the Spurs turmoil and conclude the Clippers have a superior line-up to the Lakers
, all in one post.
Pacer Nation looks at possible trade scenarios to get under the cap
A couple weeks ago, Crazy from the Heat compared recent Miami addition Gerald Fitch to recent tradee Andre Emmett
Father Knickerbocker trolls around the NY Web and finds some entertaining musings
from fans of variable knowledge bases.
Solid Gold questions the notion that George Karl's 2005 Nuggets are ready to compete with the elite of the 2006 Western Conference
If it's a look of the best tantrum throwers in all of sports you want, 120 Proof Ball has you covered
easyMarksman, a fantasy blog, discusses the player's that upped their fantasy value the most
as the season ended. Vince Carter is prominently involved.
Despite Yao's Houston extension, Lakers blog Show Time is still looking forward to 2007
, when Dirk, Rashard and The Truth and Vinsanity are all on the market.
Rising Suns is disappointed about Finley-to-the-Spurs
, to say the least. Spur of the Moment, on the other hand, wonders about Fin's defense
Visit these blogs, bookmark them and feel free to leave comments and read other posts! There's a ton of great hoops writers out there not getting paid by ESPN or SI or CBSSportsline. Support 'em!
And please give what you can
to help preserve and rebuild lives.