Bogut lays the wood on DeAndre Jordan

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    Quotes of the Month – October 2013

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    “My game is not changed. It’s pretty much set in stone.”
    - New York’s Carmelo Anthony.

    Isn’t that the problem?

    “They’re probably right.”
    - Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni on James Harden being voted the best shooting guard in the NBA (ahead of Kobe) in the annual GM survey.

    Does he have a death wish?

    “Last time around, I was a knucklehead.”
    - Miami’s Michael Beasley on his second go-round with the Heat.

    Mike, Phoenix just paid you $12 million to go away and not play for them. Not sure you’ve solved that knucklehead thing.

    “I call it ‘pissing the NBA gods off’. You’re making, making, making a lot of shots — and you mess with the basketball game and the game gets you back. And it definitely got me back.”
    - New York’s J.R. Smith when asked why he struggled so mightily in the playoffs last season.

    I’d call it ‘regressing to the mean’.

    “I’m most comfortable in the bed.”
    - New York’s Metta World Peace when asked if he’s more comfortable playing small forward or power forward on defense.

    Yep, gold!!

    “He’s a country Victorian, true Aussie that is a headbanger. He plays with reckless abandon. He at times might not be pretty, he’s a little bit Neanderthal in how he goes about his business, but he’s for real.”
    - Sixers coach (and former Boomers coach) Brett Brown on Matthew Dellavedova.

    That’s an interesting description of Delly but pretty accurate.

    “I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.”
    - Jay Z when asked how his past experiences will help him in his new role as a sports agent.

    Of course.

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      A good day for Australian basketball

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      The Golden Age of Australian Basketball continued today with Matthew Dellavedova securing a place on the Cleveland Cavaliers 15-man roster, and Andrew Bogut receiving a three-year, $36 million extension (with incentives) with the Golden State Warriors.

      Well done lads, thoroughly deserved.

        Popovich in preseason form

        Never change, Pop.

          Whats Doin: A reminder from Greg Oden

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          A weekly wrap of the things you should know in basketball.

          * Ben Simmons throws down a couple of jams on Instagram.

          * ESPN’s Brian Windhorst with a terrific feature on the LeBron James/Dwyane Wade dynamic. It’s fascinating. Read it.

          * Speaking of Dwyane Wade, Grantland with a very harsh but fair analysis of where he’s at now.

          * Have a look at what Greg Oden did on his first possession in four years. Wow! I think people who call him a ‘bust’ are just so wrong. That term should be used for abject failures like Kwame Brown and Michael Olowokandi, not a guy like Oden who absolutely would have been dominant had his body held up. 

          * Matt Bonner really likes New Balance shoes.

          * Check out the new ESPN ad with Joakim Noah, Bill Simmons and Jeff Van Gundy.

          * SB Nation/Fear the Sword thinks Matthew Dellavedova is a shoo-in to make the Cavs roster.

          * Pounding The Rock make the case for Patty Mills to secure the backup PG job in San Antonio.

          * The NBA will return to the 2-2-1-1-1 Finals format this season. About time.

          * Andrew Bogut speaks on his passion for muscle cars.

          * Check out the Spurs’ new military-inspired camouflage alternate uniforms. Interesting…

            Down Memory Lane: Nene vs. Olowokandi fight

            As we did last year, throughout the offseason we’re going to delve into the archives and take a look at some of the more memorable moments from previous years. We’ll have game winning shots, dustups and brain snaps, monster jams and much more.

            Up now, Nene and Michael Olowokandi square off and exchange ‘punches’ in this 2005 regular season contest between the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

              Bogut backs down a fan

                5 rookies to watch this NBA season

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                1. Anthony Bennett (Cleveland, Forward, 1st pick)

                  It almost seems redundant to suggest that the No.1 pick in the draft should be on everyone’s radar. However, Bennett is particularly interesting for a number of reasons. Unlike most teams picking No.1, the Cavs are clearly looking to make a run at the playoffs this year (in addition to keeping their cap space open for a certain Miami Heat superstar).

                  Bennett doesn’t have the ceiling of some No.1 picks of recent times, but I suspect the Cavs took him because they feel he’s the most ready to contribute at a high level from Day 1. Tweener forwards like him drafted high in recent years haven’t always had the best success rate (what up Derrick Williams?) but Bennett is a multi-skilled offensive player who could find a niche very quickly on this Cavs team, who haven’t been afraid to buck draft orthodoxy in the Chris Grant regime to some success. If he can settle in as a top supporting player to Kyrie Irving, the Cavs look very dangerous. Don’t think LeBron won’t be watching either.

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                  Whats Doin: Bogut making noise

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                  A weekly wrap of the things you should know in basketball.

                  * Grantland’s Zach Lowe tackles the Andrew Bogut contract situation. Lowe is a huge fan of Bogut; check this: “How great is Andrew Bogut? He’s so candid that even media members reading this story thought he might have behaved a tad recklessly in revealing so much. A bunch of my Twitter followers from Australia responded to a tweet about Bogut’s blunt truth-telling by saying, essentially, “This is how Aussies are, mate.” I have to visit Australia one day. You guys seem like the best people. What are you hiding, other than, like, the 50 most dangerous animal species on earth?”

                  * Tim Kawakami from MercuryNews.com believes $12 million per is the magic number for a Bogut extension.

                  * The yearly reminder that Carmelo Anthony is all about Carmelo Anthony.

                  * Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather chewing the fat. A bit awkward.

                  * Gregg Popovich says Patty Mills could earn the backup point guard job.

                  * Ian Egle shuts down Mike Fratello.

                  * TrueHoop with some interesting stats on LeBron’s post game. In the 2013 postseason he averaged about four post-up plays per game. For me, considering that he is virtually unguardable down there that number is still way too low. I hope to ask LeBron a few questions on this when I visit Miami in three weeks time.

                  * Memphis Grizzlies’ owner Robert Pera can ball.

                  * Adidas are backing up the truck for Andrew Wiggins, will reportedly offer $180 million.

                    Bogut denies Swaggy P in Beijing

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