Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on September 10, 2010 under xOther | Read the First Comment

  • Rodrigue Beaubois reflecting on Game 6 of last season’s playoffs, in which Rick Carlisle opted to sit him in favor of Jason Terry and Caron Butler (via Eddie Sefko): “It’s some tough choices for coach,” he said. “If we had won, it would have been great. It’s just a coach’s decision. I just need to be ready when they call my name. For sure it was difficult. It was a very important game and we lost it. It was tough. I was feeling great. But it’s all good. That was last year. I’m focused on this year.”
  • A few other notes from the same Sefko piece: Beaubois fully intends to play for the French national team next year as they attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, and though he’s no longer using crutches, he’s still in a protective boot.
  • Mark Cuban, and his $100,000 donation to the city of Dallas. Cool, but as Trey Kerby noted at Ball Don’t Lie, it may not be entirely altruistic.
  • Joe Crawford, whose rights the Legends selected in the D-League expansion draft, has been invited to camp with the Sacramento Kings. J.R. Giddens, who played for the Mavs’ summer league team, has also been invited. The Kings are clearly looking for a prospect to survive the intra-camp competition, as Luther Head, too, has been brought in to compete for a roster spot.
  • In the latest edition of The Works, Tom Ziller and Bethlehem Shoals revisit the Z-graph, an illustrated representation of position-based skills.
  • Dirk Nowitzki will do voice work for one of the worst shows on television.
  • Josh Howard still dresses like Josh Howard.
  • finzent

    I'm willing to take on the responsibility of hating on the “Z-graph” in all its versions, so:

    Insofar as the Z has any virtues at all, those would come across just as well in what might be called a “list graph”, which consists of the skills a certain player has, conveniently represented in a, well, list. All the other gimmicks – the Z-shape, the order of skills, the stress on adjacent skills, etc. – seem to me to be utterly dispensable and not instructive at all.

    /hate

    I like Shoals and Ziller, though.