A few quick bullets before tonight’s game:
- Bethlehem Shoals over at The Classical considers Kenyon Martin’s past and where he is now: “Martin has been inching into utter legitimacy for some time now. Though he came into the league brash, muscular, and quick to unleash a conqueror’s roar after every power dunk or swatted shot, Martin had morphed into the proverbial gritty vet, albeit one who still boasted the league’s most literal case of swagger.”
- My take on what Martin brings to the table over at ESPNLA.com. Here’s a question: Who do you think converted more of his shots at the rim — Blake Griffin this season, or Kenyon Martin last season?
- Ramona Shelburne over at ESPNLA.com does some nice reporting on Mo Williams and his potential as trade bait. Lots of interesting tidbits in this article, including some strategic quotes from Williams saying he has “no motivation to play for a losing team at all.” Wonder if Chauncey taught him that one.
- John Raffo at ClipsNation.com brings up an interesting point: Why haven’t the Clippers cut bait on any of their “failed” experiments so far? Outside of Willie Warren, the Clippers have kept everyone they’ve signed or drafted, for better or worse. I know we’re a little too hard on him, but ask yourself this: Is there any other contender that would have Brian Cook and his negative PER rating occupying a roster spot at this point? I think the blame goes a little higher than Neil Olshey on this one.
- Will J.R. Smith join the Clippers and help them become Nuggets 2.0? There are a few things to consider here from Broderick Turner’s report for the LA Times, but he clears a lot up in his most recent work. The Clippers no longer have a mini-mid-level exception, so the best they could offer Smith would be the veteran’s minimum. The New York Knicks have their mini-mid-level exception and seem to be a better fit style-wise, but you never know.