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“Bird/Magic”
10"x12" Archival Print (Framed)
$60

“The Hug (Garnett & McHale)”
Archival Print (Framed)
$60

“The Hug (Garnett & McHale)”
10"x12" Archival Print (Framed)
$60

“Harper Williams”
10"x12" Archival Print (Framed)
$60

“Javale!”
10"x12" Archival Print (Framed)
$60

“MJ50”
10"x12" Archival Print (Framed)
$60

“Rondo Passing”
12"x10" Archival Print (Framed)
$60

“Both Teams Played Hard”
12"x10" Archival Print (Framed)
$60

“Tiny Archibald”
10"x12" Archival Print (Framed)
$60


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BREAKING:  JaVale McGee is turning Filipino

Move over, Nate Robinson.  Step aside, DeMarcus Cousins.  Take a knee, Tim Tebow.  JaVale McGee is joining the family.

Antipolo City representative Robbie Puno has filed House Bill 6169, which would naturalize JaVale McGee, making him a Filipino citizen, and eligible to play for the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team

Puno, in his bill’s cover letter, cited McGee’s “remarkable track record in the United States’ professional basketball scene” as consideration for his inclusion in the SMART-Gilas program.

“Remarkable” is certainly one way to describe his “track record." 

Let me be the first to say, "Welcome, JaVale!  We’re glad to have you, your dunks, and your antics.  We’re proud to soon call you an honorary Filipino."  #KUYA

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JaVale McGee in a nutshell…

Golden State Warriors : 131 : : Denver Nuggets : 117 — April 23, 2013 (GAME 2)

Basically the greatest team shooting performance you will ever see in the playoffs and there’s no way it could have come from anyone other than the Golden State Warriors. The box score says they missed a few at some point, but I honestly don’t recall one instance where they didn’t “tickle the twine.” Only three other playoff teams have ever shot better than their 64.6% since 1986 and the last time was in 1991, but none of those teams shot threes anywhere near as well or as often as the Warriors did tonight. With all the three-point records the team broke this season, everyone is discussing how much the league has changed over the years and this game fits that narrative perfectly while also honoring the tradition of scoring a ton of points. It’s the new classic.

There was just nothing the Nuggets could do to stop the rain though. I mean, look at that Stephen Curry shot over Ty Lawson and JaVale McGee. Sure the Nuggets had their defensive breakdowns and Golden State pushed the pace off of turnovers, but their shooting was just impossibru. The Nuggets were no slouches themselves, shooting 50% from the field, but the Warriors never let up and as time started running out, the Nuggets had to press a bit and it got sloppy.

It actually started that way too, looking a little like Game 1’s molasses first half (no one should ever have to watch Kosta Koufos and Andrew Bogut post each other up), but things picked up quickly. The Warriors went on to score 35 points in each of the last three quarters, while four of their starters scored 20+ points: Curry with 30, Jarrett Jack with 26, Harrison Barnes with 24 and Klay Thompson with 21. This is a matchup that will inflate stats and even though Curry added 13 assists, I’m most impressed by Barnes. His reverse dunk was amazing and this is a career-high scoring performance by a rookie forward that started 81 games for a playoff team. Shout outs all around.

I still (STILL!) think Denver wins the series, but I didn’t expect the Warriors to pick up a win like this in Denver so that could change things substantially. Who knows, but it looks like the Nuggets will have their hands full. I can’t wait to see what happens in Oracle Arena on Friday.

Series tied 1-1

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Some links before I start working again.

-This is—by far—the best piece of prose I’ve read about basketball and life in a long time. As part of the Classical’s “Why we watch” series, Yago Colás writes about Ray Allen’s jump shot, Nietzsche’s narrowing of purview when you’re focused on something, Henry Miller’s recognition of self in other’s work (which is also my definition of genius), and Williams Carlos Williams poem, “Spring and All.” All told, this makes it the finest essay, possibly ever written for someone like me. The subject matter is near to my own heart, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share it with ya’ll. If you’re every wondering what I consider the apogee of basketball writing, this is it, and I hope I can reach it’s lofty levels of discourse at some point in my short, unadorned life of poverty and scholarship. [The Classical]

-Rick Telander with a great homage to short shorts [Slam Online]

-Ethan Sherwood Strauss talks to David Lee about that Kirk Goldsberry article that was all the rage at the Sloan Analytics Jack-Off Quant Cluster Conference* [Warriors World

-Charles Barkley on Dwight Howard, the Lakers, the Knicks, that DeAndre Jordan dunk that set Twitter ablaze (on both sides—hey Wojo!), bobsledding a other things you probably want to hear Chuck talk about [Sports Illustrated]

-Felix Huang tackles the myth that fast-breaking teams flounder in the playoffs myth or truism. I will not tell you what he finds, so go read it yourself. [Dime Mag]

-Derrick Rose’s absence grows more conspicuous by the day, and the Chicago Tribune hasn’t been quoted this much since Sam Smith's The Jordan Rules came out. [Eye on Basketball]

-I loved this short post from Chris Perkins because if LeBron and Co. fail to win an NBA title this season like everybody and their mother expects, all of the things he writes will probably happen. People—generally—are stupid and reactionary. So am I. [Sheridan Hoops]

-Pick & Roll defense: the switch by Vantage

-So Dwight Howard is back in Orlando tonight as you probably heard. Lee Jenkins covered his return for SI, and SB Nation has a whole thread about it. [Sports Illustrated]

-The estimable Dan Devine talks about the mystery of Carmelo’s knee. No one seems to know what’s going on since there’s fluid pooling into the back of the knee. That’s a big problem, obviously. [Ball Don’t Lie]

-Rob Mahoney on the Boston Celtics’ defensive revival since Rondo went down. [The Point Forward]

-Jeff Caplan points out that the Spurs and Heat are at the top of the Western and Eastern Conference’s, respectively, and both got big wins over their possible rivals this past weekend (OKC & IND). But since Bosh, LeBron and Wade teamed up in the summer of 2010, the Spurs and Heat have only faced each other four times and never with the rotations or players that would go against each other if they met in the Finals this year. [Hang Time Blog]

*I deride because no one invited me :( Those are all good guys (especially the True Hoop bloggers) and analytics are important, as is watching basketball. Most people who write about the NBA professionally understand this, so don’t tell them to “watch more games,” because they do; they just use analytics to back up the eye test. You need both to write about the game these days.