It’s been called the big balls dance among other things, but we associate it with Sam Cassell — you hit a big shot, a dagger, and as you come back up the court you drop your hands down like you are cupping some extra large… um… cajones.
It’s a popular move, something that makes Cassell smile, he told Marc Stein at ESPN.
“When I saw Kobe [Bryant] do it [in the 2009 playoffs], I knew it was big-time,” Cassell said.
The suits in the league office hate the dance.
Do it and you get fined — Andray Blatche and Caron Butler each have been hit for $15,000 fines for the dance already this season.
You can guess how Cassell feels about that.
“Obscene gesture?” Cassell bellowed, shaking his head disapprovingly.
That dance doesn’t bother me, but remember part of the NBA’s core market is they old rich guys who can write big checks for luxury boxes across the nation, the guys who okay the corporate suite. The league doesn’t want to offend those guys (we see the same thing in the NFL).
To me, emotion is part of the game — I want to see it, I want to feel it. This is part of that. I fear the league is going to make the game to sterile in pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Rashard Lewis did not play for the Washington Wizards Sunday night and was not on the bench for the game.
But on Monday everyone around the team has denied that it was due to fight between Lewis and assistant coach Sam Cassell that led Lewis to walk away for a night, as reported by CSNWashington.com.
Above is the video of Lewis, via CSNWashington.com. For more, here are comments via the twitter of Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
Rashard Lewis denied spat with Sam Cassell. “No argument at all. Maybe we because we haven’t won somebody is trying to make up stories.”
Flip Saunders said report of a Lewis-Cassell argument is “not true.” Lewis added he wasn’t on bench because he lacked sports coat
Teams always deny or downplay these kinds of things, so take it with a grain of salt. That said, we don’t know what really went on behind closed doors and how serious anything may or may not have been.
What we know is the 0-8 Wizards are a mess, on and off the court right now.
How could the 0-8 Washington Wizards come off as more dysfunctional? Well….
Rashard Lewis got into a pregame fight with assistant coach Sam Cassell and refused to play in the Wizards loss to Minnesota Sunday, reports to CSNWashington.com. He was not on the Wizards bench during the game (officially because of a sore knee, but if you believe that you probably believe Sammy Hagar is the greatest rock guitarist of all time).
That would be Rashard “I’m making $22.2 million this year” Lewis, by the way.
That would be Lewis the “stretch four” who is shooting 22.2 percent from three this season. Averaging just 8.7 points per game. He of the 8.2 PER (the kind of number you expect from D-League call ups).
Lewis, like everyone on the Wizards, is struggling. And I have no idea what this fight was about. But I’ll bet you that Cassell is right.
This young Wizards team desperately needs veteran leadership to show it how to prepare, how to compete, how to be professional at the NBA level. They are not getting that from Lewis.
You know that phone call you missed today? The one where you looked at your cell and didn’t recognize the number so you sent it to voice mail?
That was Rockets GM Daryl Morey calling to schedule you for an interview for the Houston head coaching job. We’re not kidding. He seems to be literally interviewing everyone.
We told you this morning that pretty much every assistant coach you can name and a few whose names you can’t pronounce — hello Mike Budenholzer — was getting interviewed for the Rockets job.
Now we can add two names you do know to the list: Kevin McHale (the former Timberwolves head coach and GM) and Sam Cassell. That according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.
Not sure what to make of this other than Morey is leaving no stone unturned in his search for a new head coach. And next time you don’t recognize the number, pick up.
Dwight Howard wanted to refine his post moves, so he sought out Hakeem Olajuwon. John Wall wanted to refine his post moves, too, but he didn’t have to seek out anyone; one of the best post-up point guards of the modern era serves on Flip Saunders’ coaching staff, ready to school Wall (and Washington’s other eager minds) on a whim.
Courtesy of Kyle Weidie of Truth About It, we have video of Wall and Sam Cassell trading post-ups in practice, and the old man can still pull off a move or two. Head over to Truth About It to see the video.
It doesn’t take much in-depth observation to see the differences between the two players. Wall may have the advantage in speed, but Cassell’s moves are practiced and deliberate. He knows exactly where he’s going and exactly how to counter if his first option is taken away. On top of that, Wall begins most of his post-up sequences without really fighting for position at all, whereas Cassell does a stellar job of positioning himself before even receiving the entry pass.
Plus, when Wall pulls off a move against Cassell, he preens to cheers from observers. Which one of these is the superstar-in-the-making Great Hope, and which is the run-down retiree again?