Random Notes about the NBA 01.19.12

Really?  We’re almost a month into the season?  That was fast.  Some snippets

Asking Mike D’Antoni to coach an essentially point guard-less roster is akin to having NFL passing offensive mastermind Mike Martz to coach the Tim Tebow-era Denver Broncos.  OTOH, D’Antoni should make more adjustments to his system to fit his frontline oriented rotation.  Yet if D’Antoni gets canned, his very successful Phoenix tenure should weigh far more heavily than his time in NYC.  So far, he’s been nothing more than a transitional figure.

With the sudden rise of the Utah Jazz, I think the title of best division in the NBA has shifted northward from the Southwest to the Northwest.  The Minnesota Timberwolves are in last place with a 6-8 record.

Speaking of the Northwest, not to rain on the Thunder’s parade, but their 12-3 record is far gaudier than their point differential suggests.  Their Pythagorean win record is closer to 10-5.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but a 10-5 team with a mediocre defense (17th in Defensive Rating) shouldn’t be planning any NBA Finals parties just yet.

I wonder if the Bulls will rest Derrick Rose both because of his toe sprain and because with their defense they are assured a good playoff seeding.  It seems like a few games without him could force several other players to become more prominent in the offense.  There aren’t great problems with the offense, they rank eighth in efficiency and haven’t had their lineup in tact for most of the season.




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I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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