Some afternoon links for this Friday before Memorial Day Weekend. A Friday with no basketball, even as the Clippers/Spurs and Lakers/Thunder played back-to-back at Staples last weekend. Well done Stern.
—Chris Bosh is still out indefiintely, according to Spoels
—Speaking of Bosh, Gregg Doyel at CBS thinks the Heat might be better off without him. Umm, no.
—Wade and LeBron post-game presser after ending the Pacers series. The one with the hot pants.
—Dwight’s claiming he had nothing to do with Stan Van Gundy getting the axe. Even if he didn’t, the perception is that he did, and perception is reality in the world today (just ask the commenter that called me a “passive misogynist,” but I digress)
—Henry Abbott on the “unthinking brilliance” of Tim Duncan. The piece includes a comparison to tennis champion Novak Djokovic and M. Galdwell’s best-selling Blink, if you’re into that sort of thing.
—Sam Amick on Jerry Sloan’s return to coaching (h/t Mr. Ziller). He’s interviewing for the Bobcats slot, which as ESS noted on Twitter, means he’s been living as an eremite for the last year. Seriously Jerry, go talk to Paul Silas before making any final decisions.
—NBA.com’s John Schuhmann on the history of game 7’s between the Sixers and Celtics for the Hang Time Blog.
—More Popovich and Duncan love via Trey Kerby.
—Ian Thomsen on the Celtics’ hopes that experience will trump youth in tomorrow’s game 7 at the Garden (the new Garden, not the old one. Sigh.)
—Adrian Wojnarowski on the Heat’s dominance rolling into the Eastern Conference Finals. Queue eyeroll.
—The always entertaining and adroit Beckley Mason at Hoopspeak on the Miami Heat’s “Occam’s Offense.” If you’re not familiar, Occam refers to Occam’s Razor, a bastardized form of Ockham’s Razor. It’s a philosophical pragamatism named after William of Ockham, a 13th and 14th century logician and Franciscan Friar that birthed, according to Wiki,
“a principle urging one to select among competing hypotheses that which makes the fewest assumptions and thereby offers the simplest explanation of the effect.”
Don’t worry, a lot of people get confused by it. Basically Beckley explicates the simplification of the Heat’s offense: Isolations for Wade and James and shooters to spread the court (Mason goes into much greater detail that simplification and writes a lot more fluidly than I’m doing here, so go check it out). This probably should have been it’s own post, but whatever.
—Shoals and a premature Conference Finals Preview for GQ (not Esquire)