Warriors’ Biedrins fights to get confidence, mental toughness back
Three years ago Andris Biedrins was on the verge of becoming a top-5 center, and then something happened. What happened? Nobody has any damn clue. Many well-respected publications have explored the topic, but one voice has been noticeably silent: Andris Biedrins’. Chris Ballard talks to Biedrins at length about his problems, showing Biedrins to be a calm, quiet and gentle man that belies his 7’0″ frame. Like the rest of us, Biedrins doesn’t know what happened, but he does reveal that he is getting support from the unlikeliest of life coaches: Al Jefferson.
Coming out in the NBA
When it comes to well-known gay NBA personalities, the list stops at three: Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, former player John Amaeichi and journalist Kevin Arnovitz. On National Coming Out Day Arnovitz explores why no active NBA player has ever come out as gay, and reveals that the answer isn’t so simple as “it will make other guys in the locker room feel uncomfortable”. Arnovitz does a wonderful job of speaking from a place of experience without asserting that his homosexuality makes him an expert on the issue.
Player Capsule (Plus): Bloomsday with Derrick Rose
For his summer project (that will continue through December), Aaron McGuire is writing a short capsule of every single NBA player. Every once in awhile he writes an extended Capsule, like he has done here for Derrick Rose. In a drawn out, but somehow perfectly apt analogy, McGuire examines Rose and James Joyce (yes, that James Joyce) and how they are both defined by, and in turn define, the cities of their respective berths. The capsule plus serves to humanize Rose and makes one wish to see him dominate on the court once again.
How far should the Bobcats take small ball lineups?
Rufus on Fire
To be honest, I haven’t really paid attention to the Bobcats in about two years, and certainly not this preseason. They did suck, they do suck, and they’re going to continue to suck. But at least they have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist! Ben Swanson brings up something I hadn’t really thought of (because I don’t really think about the Bobcats): why not attempt to run a small-ball offense? They’re not going to succeed by being conventional, so why not try something different by running Kidd-Gilchrist at the four, Biyombo at the five and a combination of guards at the one through three? I doubt it would work, because the Bobcats still have below average players, but it would certainly be interesting.