The Conference Call: November 26, 2007
Posted Nov 28 2007 11:53AM
During the season, NBA.com editors Darren Misener, Martin Sumners and Jim Reilly will be keeping you updated on all the best news and content from around the 30 team sites in the Conference Call Blog. East, Week 1 | West, Week 1 | East, Week 2 | West, Week 2 | East, Week 3 | West, Week 3 | East, Week 4 | West, Week 4
By Jim Reilly
Brave New World
"Sometimes communicating can be difficult, plus you know I'm from Boston, and I have that Boston accent," said Jim Todd. "So even some of the players who've spent their entire lives in the United States are going to have trouble understanding what I say sometimes. I'm speaking my own language as it is, and sometimes guys look at me like I'm from another planet!"
Brian James credits Basketball Without Borders as a key factor in improving his ability to communicate with international players. "My first day, I was trying to not only speak English, but use a lot of sign language, in terms of rebounding, and guarding, and footwork and things like that."
Tony Brown thinks an international background will benefit Milwaukee's prized rookie Yi Jianlian as he adjusts to the NBA. "From what I understand, his national team coach, who is from Lithuania, spoke English to most of the guys," said James. "I watched Yi play four of his five games in Las Vegas and I could tell by the way he was coached that he understands basketball. When the official would call traveling, or whatever, he knew exactly what was going on."
Gabe Pruitt wasn't getting many minutes with the first-place Celtics, so his shift to the D-League's Utah Flash made sense to Doc Rivers. "Playing against [Celtics Director of Player Development] Mike Crotty is not going to make you a better basketball player," said Doc.
Magic.com Blog Anez Sez wonders how the streaking Magic will fare on their big five-game West Coast Swing.
Picture this: as part of a schedule magnet giveaway in Detroit, one lucky fan will win a free fridge, signed by Rip Hamilton and Company. "Be the the first on your block to have a Pistons autographed refrigerator!"
Where LeBron Happens
Austin Carr blogs about the exploits of LeBron James and likes what he sees. "When he goes inside and makes a pass – it’s an assist. When he goes inside and attacks the basket – it’s two points. When he gets a rebound – he’s looking to put it back."
Long and Winding Road
Nets.com has an all access view of Nenad Krstic and his continuing recovery from ACL surgery.
Sellin' of Troy
Fantasy Forecast examines Jermaine O'Neal's balky knee and the prospects for increased minutes (and production?) from Troy Murphy.
Rookie Mario West is called "Truck" because his motor is always running. Hawks.com looks at the hardest-working player in Atlanta.
Game Day Does Dallas
The WashingtonWizardsBlog has game day content leading up to tip-off against Dallas, where the Wizards haven't won since 2001