Wednesday And-1 links: LeBron, Kobe among the most clutch in the league
Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Mark Cuban loves to tweak Phil Jackson....
• Does it really surprise you that a look at the best players in the clutch finds LeBron James and Kobe Bryant near the top of the list? Interesting to see Kyrie Irving there, however.
• Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford talk about the greatness of Tim Duncan and his resurgence this season.
• When teams face the Spurs in the playoffs, did the Heat give them the blueprint on how to beat them?
• Carmelo Anthony says the Heat can be beat. And he said that before he dropped 50 on them.
• What’s it like to watch JaVale McGee highlights with JaVale McGee?
• I’m not fully sold on Henry Abbott’s call for Erik Spoelstra as Coach of the Year, but his point about coaching less rather than over-coaching a team is spot on.
• Stephen Curry is really, really good at shooting the basketball.
• Along those same lines, here is a breakdown of the habits of the game’s best shooters.
• John Wall thinks Derrick Rose should sit out the season. Because everybody has to be asked about this.
• The documentary about Amare Stoudemire’s life is set to air on April 19, the night before the NBA playoffs begin. At least we know Stoudemire will be in the documentary.
• Knicks owner James Dolan did the whole “don’t you know who I am?” thing and fired a security guard that didn’t recognize him. But at least later had a change of heart.
• Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins talks about the Rudy Gay trade and why the team is doing so well since it happened.
• The Pacers playoff losses to the Heat last year shaped the basis of their success this year.
• And for fun, watch next year’s No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins throw down an impressive dunk at the McDonald’s All American dunk contest.