Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).
Who are the guys in the NBA not nearly as tall as listed? Well, if J.J. Barea is 6’0” then I am looking down on Dwight Howard.
Boston’s zone defense that slowed the Heat was put in because their man-to-man defense was so bad.
How Brendan Haywood helped Russell Westbrook get his groove back.
The New York Knicks still need an identity.
Agent Happy Walters had an interest in buying a piece of the 76ers when they were recently for sale.
Joel Przybilla is drawing interest from the Clippers, Heat, Mavs and Bucks.
Meet the new Wizards, same as the old Wizards.
I think Russell Westbrook is a far better fit in OKC than Rajon Rondo. But here is the argument from J.A.Adande of ESPN that Westbrook doesn’t fit either.
After hitting the game-winning shot Wednesday, the Heat’s Dwyane Wade looked at Cam Newton courtside and did his Superman celebration. Wade said it was out of respect.
Jameer Nelson is questionable for Friday’s game against Charlotte after leaving Thursday night with spasms in his neck.
The Hornets Eric Gordon will not play on Friday against the Suns.
The Grizzlies Mike Conley still has his ankle in a walking boot. He’s out a few games.
The Wizards Maurice Evans is going to get an MRI on his troublesome knee.
The Golden State Warriors as a defensive team?
The Bucks Larry Sanders creates some interesting art.
The Bucks have sent Darington Hobson to the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants for some seasoning.
When the Milwaukee Bucks cut Brian Skinner from their roster a little over a month ago, they were a different team. A healthier team. A team looking at a number of potential contributors at both power forward and center, led by Andrew Bogut but boasting a number of capable bigs to put behind and alongside him. Milwaukee spent the summer bolstering their depth, and Skinner was deemed to be a bit redundant.
Now a player like Skinner, or anyone capable of logging decent minutes at center for that matter, seems like a nice insurance policy to have. Milwaukee is aching for some insurance in the middle. Bogut continues to miss games with a tweaked back, and though Drew Gooden recently returned from a two-game absence, he’s battling the lingeringest of lingering injuries: plantar fasciitis. Both Bogut and Gooden are likely to nurse those same wounds all year long, making the addition of another big almost a necessity.
That’s bad news for second round pick Darington Hobson. According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, the Bucks have waived Hobson (who was already projected to miss the entire season due to an unfortunate hip surgery) in order to clear out a roster spot. The move should come at minimal cost to the Bucks, as Hobson’s contract for the year wasn’t fully guaranteed. Kennedy’s source indicates that the resulting roster opening will likely be used to sign Skinner, who was one of the final cuts from the Bucks’ training camp.
Milwaukee could probably find a better big man than Skinner if they took a good look around, but he clearly did something to win over Bucks coach Scott Skiles in camp. What can I say? Milwaukee needs bigs to fill in minutes whenever necessary, and they’re going to go with what they know. Skinner, despite his lack of notable size or particular strength to his game, managed to get his foot in the door prior to the season, and now it’s likely to pay off for him. He doesn’t provide much help inside, but at this point the Bucks need bodies. Larry Sanders and Jon Brockman aren’t capable of keeping the Bucks’ defense steady for an entire game, and if nothing else, the addition of Skinner can at least get the other big men a bit more rest. Skinner doesn’t solve anything, but I suppose he doesn’t hurt, either.
Darington Hobson is a crafty player — not an explosive athlete by NBA standards, but a guy who just makes the right pass, the right decision. Kind of a poor man’s James Harden.
It’s why the Bucks drafted him in the second round. It’s why they are disappointed that a lingering groin issue that kept him out of Summer League now appears to be keeping him out of at least training camp and maybe much of the season, according to the Journal-Times.
Hobson’s injury hasn’t improved since [Summer League] and now he, along with Bucks officials, believe Hobson’s ailments could be more severe and related to his hips.
That is why the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Hobson, who is capable of playing multiple positions, will be meeting with a hip specialist next week in Milwaukee.
The glass-half-full people in the Bucks front office are hoping he just misses training camp. But the pessimists fear it could be much of the season. They’ll know more after the doctor.
Hobson just signed a guaranteed contract with the Bucks for this season. The team is committed to him.