Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on October 24, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • First, a programming note: Rather than sweetly serenade you during the week leading up to the regular season opener, I’ve decided to completely blitz all of my readers with a pretty substantial multi-part preview leading up to Tuesday’s launch date. So clear your schedules on Monday and Tuesday, because we’ve got an appointment to get PUMPED UP.
  • SI.com released their scouting reports for every NBA team, and I’m honestly shocked with how accurately the Mavs are portrayed. I see no devil in the details, just understanding and experience with the Mavs’ personnel. Kudos, SI.
  • The replacement refs, as one of their final acts in office, called takesies backsies on a Drew Gooden ejection.
  • Dirk currently ranks second in scoring among the all-time greatest foreign-born scorers, but he’s on pace to topple Hakeem at some point (hat tip to Skeets at Ball Don’t Lie).
  • The panel of ESPN experts have released their predictions for the NBA’s regular season awards. Rick Carlisle received 3 votes (which puts him in a tie with Flip Saunders and Phil Jackson for the most votes) for Coach of the Year, Shawn Marion netted a mention for Most Improved, and Jason Terry, somewhat inexplicably, only received a single vote for the Sixth Man Award. Look, I love Marquis Daniels. But I can’t even begin to explain how Daniels topped Terry in votes.
  • Sean Deveney of The Sporting News (and The Baseline) picked out Kris Humphries as a preseason star. He isn’t wrong.
  • Antawn Jamison apparently isn’t done sitting on the shelf, which means that he’ll miss the season opener against the Mavs (and then some).