Good Grip on a Southpaw

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 19, 2012 under Video | Be the First to Comment

Lamar Odom still isn’t playing very good basketball, but he nonetheless manages to add in a decent highlight almost every night out. This particular layup isn’t anything spectacular, but that one-handed catch? The one so gracefully transitioned into a smooth, effortless release? Not bad at all, Lamar.

Never Left

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 17, 2012 under Video | Be the First to Comment

Sent from Above

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 5, 2012 under Video | 6 Comments to Read

Courtesy, natch, of the Dallas Mavericks.

Fame and Fortune and Everything That Goes with It

Posted by Rob Mahoney on December 8, 2011 under Video | Be the First to Comment

Just a little reminder.

Make the Clocks Move

Posted by Rob Mahoney on November 10, 2011 under Video | Be the First to Comment

Yesterday marked Day 132 of the NBA lockout, and the first practice day for the Mavs’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. HittingNothingBut.Net offers plenty of video from that practice session, including this bit from Legends head coach Del Harris:

Nothing revolutionary, but a smart point brought up by Harris on the offense/defense dynamic in a practice setting. We often limit our consideration of basketball to what occurs in-game and conversely, see practice as an ambiguous cure-all. But the path toward improvement requires a good sense of both offensive and defensive logistics.

Of Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers

Posted by Rob Mahoney on October 12, 2011 under Video | 4 Comments to Read

These are truly dark times for all basketball fans, but at least Tyson Chandler and (blonde) Shawn Marion are having a bit of fun:

NBA Lockout: Lock-In from Tyson Chandler

Next!

Posted by Rob Mahoney on August 25, 2011 under Video | 2 Comments to Read

Why Now?

Posted by Rob Mahoney on June 24, 2011 under Commentary, News, Roster Moves, Video | 24 Comments to Read

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The Mavericks have acquired Rudy Fernandez (and the draft rights for 2007 selection Petteri Koponen, a footnote which may or may not have relevance) in exchange for the 26th and 57th picks in yesterday’s draft. As far as draft day trades go, this one isn’t horrible; the Mavs aren’t the Kings, who somehow talked themselves into acquiring John Salmons while losing Beno Udrih and trading down in the draft at the same time. But if you’re looking for the logic in a move like this one, I see little.

It all comes down to what Dallas surrendered. Selected with the 26th pick was Texas sophomore Jordan Hamilton, a player who can functionally perform a lot of the same roles that Fernandez can. He doesn’t come without his own faults (Hamilton looks at the rim almost lustfully with each catch on the perimeter), but Hamilton eclipses Fernandez’s utility while still holding that infinite potential of youth.

In Rudy, the Mavs have acquired a streaky shooter who, for the most part, comes up errant. Fernandez shot 37 percent from the field and 32 percent from three last season, and though 2010-2011 was without question the worst campaign of Fernandez’s three-year NBA career, he doesn’t exactly have a healthy body of work to rule that year as an aberration. We know Fernandez can be better (particularly from three-point range; Rudy connected on 40 percent of his threes during his rookie season), but there should be legitimate concern over whether he’ll be able to return to his previous shooting marks.

Unfortunately, that kind of pessimism is what clouds discussions of Fernandez’s basketball strengths. Offense is supposed to be the side of the ball where Fernandez makes his living, and yet over the last two seasons, his offensive performance has been wholly underwhelming. Things only get worse on the defensive end, where Rudy scrambles plenty without accomplishing much at all. He has a pretty worrisome gambling problem; he’ll abandon good defensive position in a second to chase a pass he has no business chasing — and that’s when he’s even in the right defensive position in the first place. Fernandez isn’t a replacement for DeShawn Stevenson, but an even more limited stopgap, capable of possibly replicating Stevenson’s three-point shooting while falling well short of his defensive performance. Fernandez just isn’t anywhere near the defender that Stevenson is, and though Jordan Hamilton is similarly lacking in defensive ability, he’s 20 years old, long, and athletic. I have more hope for Hamilton finding religion as a defender than Fernandez, and while that hope could ultimately prove to be misplaced, I think the “he is who he is,” perspective on Fernandez is tough to refute.

Plus, Fernandez withered when he wasn’t handed the minutes he expected and was forced to compete for playing time in Portland. Based on Rick Carlisle’s rotational habits, why exactly should we expect any different result in Dallas? Fernandez has a fresh start, but he may find that Carlisle and Nate McMillan share in some particularly inconvenient elements of their coaching philosophy. “Stay ready,” which became the mantra of the Mavs’ role players last season, doesn’t quite seem to fit with Fernandez’s understanding of the team concept.

Maybe Fernandez will find new life in Dallas, but at best he’s an active offensive participant, a three-point threat, and a defensive liability. Couldn’t Hamilton be capable of the same, while giving the Mavs another interesting piece for the future? Dallas is rightfully looking to maximize on their current core, but the drive to acquire veterans has led them to one who holds all of the weaknesses of the prospect they could have had without any of the potential long-term strengths.

Video: Waiting for the World to End

Posted by Rob Mahoney on May 31, 2011 under Video | 5 Comments to Read

The NBA Finals are here. Let’s roll.

No Matter What Dirk Does Do

Posted by Rob Mahoney on May 12, 2011 under Video | 5 Comments to Read

This video will change your life forever.


Video via TBJ.