Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on December 16, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Theoretically, NBA defenders would become slower and less effective with age. According to Jon Nichols’ statistical work earlier this season, that may not be the case. Jason Kidd’s defense this season is a perfect anecdotal complement for Nichols’ research, and while Kidd may not be as quick as he used to be, his defensive savvy is at an all-time high. Here’s Kidd explaining his defensive approach (via Brandon George): “In age, you have to use that to your advantage. Knowledge sometimes is a little bit better than being quicker than your opponent…Just knowing tendencies and habits is something that I’m living off of right now.”
  • A study of age, possession usage, and 3-point shooting percentage, with Dirk as a case study.
  • Rick Carlisle is wary of the Mavs’ turnover problems against New Orleans (via Brandon George): “We were third-best in the league heading into that game not turning the ball over. The question you ask yourself is it a complete aberration or are we getting into some habits we have to avoid…So we looked at it and we have to be better because Oklahoma City is another active defensive team like New Orleans. Our execution needed to be better in a lot of places.”
  • Rick Adelman thinks the Rockets have had it rough, but the Mavs have had it worse. This isn’t a shot at Adelman or the Rockets at all, but just a reminder that even when your team seems to have a legitimate complaint, the grass isn’t always greener for the league’s other 29.
  • After a decade of success, the Mavs are now nearing the .500 mark for franchise wins and losses. Hooray for the 90s!
  • For the record, Gregg Popovich does not like Twitter. But he was in the military, and used his top-secret military position to steal Russian basketball secrets.
  • Devin Harris isn’t a dirty player, but did he make a dirty play? I vote no.