Round 5 of the Blogger MVP/ROY Rankings are up on Pickaxe and Roll, a great Denver Nuggets blog. LeBron James is still #1, but there has been a shakeup from #2 on down, so be sure to drop by and check it out.
Hardwood Paroxysm foolishly asked me some questions looking for an "expert opinion" on the topic of rebuilding. Even more foolishly, I answered them and they posted them along with the thoughts of a few other bloggers -- most of them far more respected in the blogoshpere than your's truly. It is a great look at what people consider rebuilding to be and the best way to go about achieving success through that process.
The Washington Post thinks that Pau Gasol is completely miserable in Memphis after not getting traded last season. While Pau admits that it is tough suffering through consecutive losing seasons after making the playoffs three straight years, I don't really get the impression that he's nearly as eager for a trade now as he was when he had that closed-door meeting with owner Michael Heisley last season.
Sports Illustrated.com also thinks that Gasol is in need of a change of scenery. The information their scout gave them is a little suspect in my opinion though:
"He was most successful under former coach Mike Fratello because he ran a lot of plays where Pau received two screens to get the ball, so he didn't have to go run to the block and fight to create position. Now they have young guards, and he gets frustrated easily when they call a play for him and the ball doesn't get to him."
Hmmm...Pau actually posted his best all-around numbers last season...after Fratello was fired and the Grizzlies had no discernible offensive system under Tony Barone. Oops -- guess they thought I wasn't going to bring that up though.
ProBasketballNews.com has some amazing writers. I read Sam Amico's newsletter every time it pops up in my inbox and from it I saw the article I linked to, where Justin Powell says that Mike Conley is more deserving of the Rookie of the Year award than Kevin Durant.
Powerless Rankings: East and West
Hoopsworld: Grizzlies Midseason Report and Southwest Division Midseason Report
Oh yeah....the Grizzlies waived somebody too.
Blog/Website of the Day: Knicker Blogger