As a distributor, Kidd clearly has the advantage. He possessed the unique ability to see plays develop before anyone else and could hit a man with a pass before he even knew he was open. A Kidd specialty in the Dallas offense: "the hockey assist,'' the pass that leads to the pass that results in a basket.
So how does Collison catch up with any of that? It would be unfair to expect Collison to approach the savant-like level Kidd owns as a BBIQ master (and indeed, the reason DB.com invented the word "BBIQ.'') Even so, Collison assisted on a quarter of his teammates' FG's last season while Kidd assisted on 28.4% of baskets made. Collison is a capable distributor, averaging just a shade over 5 assists for his career, and last year averaged a respectable 2.52 A/TO ratio. That ratio is still not as good as Kidd's 2.89 A/TO ratio last season, and still below his career 3.0 ratio, but it is better than the 2.18 A/TO ratio posted by Deron Williams last year.
DB.com videographer Imran Virani with a look at both players:
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It's an emotional plea ... (if maybe just a bit of a grandstand ploy, too) ... as Lake writes in an open letter to Michael Jordan:
Here's what you could do for Pop. You could buy that tumbledown house from Pop's landlord. You could tear it down and build a new one. ... You could hire a caretaker for this house, preferably two or three. .... They would bail Pop out of jail next time he's caught with an open container ... You could hire an exterminator ... You could buy him a dishwasher. You could buy him a bed-frame so he wouldn't have to sleep on a mattress on the floor. ... You could buy him new clothes. I looked down at his feet, at his off-brand white sneakers, stained with water and mud, laces so old they were turning to fuzz. Mike, this would be the easiest of all. No money to spend. Just a phone call to your friends at Nike. You could tell them your old coach needs a new pair of shoes.
The Sports Illustrated writer is correct. Jordan has the power and the means to do all those things, even things as simple as getting an old man a pair of shoes.
Of course, as Pop was beneficial to Jordan (as his high school coach), the story of Pop Herring has been beneficial to SI, too. And to Lake himself, putting the young writer on the journalistic map.
So I've got a solution for Pop: Maybe Sports Illustrated should be in charge of getting him a new house. Or a bed frame. Or some shoes?
Sports Illustrated, this would be the easiest of all. No money to spend. Just a phone call to your friends at an advertiser. You could tell them your cover-story subject needs a new pair of shoes.
There are conflicting reports regarding Cleveland considering buying out Omri Casspi, the 6-9 forward who was a part-time starter for the Cavs last year. But don't worry your pretty head over it one way or the other. A Mavs source's scouting report on Casspi from less than a year ago: "He can't play well at this level.''
Yi Jianlian was reportedly Euro-bound. But the job's not over 'til the paperwork is done. So first we get the story of Yi's reps reportedly asking Real Madrid for a multi-year contract worth $2.5 million per season. ... and now we get the updated story that Yi wants to remain state-side.
Of course, NBA teams aren't banging down Yi Jianlian's door with job offers. Which means I finally think we found the one true peel-back that is the result of the new CBA:
The CBA puts the crunch on Yi Jianlian.
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DONUT 10: The Coaching Circle of Life ...
Rick Carlisle likes to joke about the "Circle of Life'' in the NBA. I've always assumed that he got the concept after one too many showings of "The Lion King'' with his daughter, but ... here we are: Rick has hired Jim O'Brien to be his top Mavs assistant. O'Brien was once fired by Boston's Danny Ainge, who is a Carlisle crony. O'Brien eventually replaced Rick as the head coach in Indiana. O'Brien now assists Carlisle, who came into coaching in Portland, where Dr. Jack Ramsay is the best coach they've ever had ...
And Dr. Jack Ramsay is Jim O'Brien's father-in-law.