Not much happening on the Thunder front today. So I’ll take this second to ask myself, why do I watch 24 every Monday? You’ve got armed terrorists in full camo from Darius Songalia invading the White House and taking the President captive, Bill Buchanan (only my favorite character) dies, the President’s daughter becomes Godzilla in .003 seconds and just pisses everybody off that’s watching, then just when one story gets wrapped, Jack says, “This isn’t over” and the whole thing picks up again and then Jack gets framed for the 29th time and has to go behind the world’s back to save the world. Sigh. Can’t wait for next week.
HoopsWorld rookie watch: “Once wins are taken out of the equation, however, there’s been little difference between Rose and OKC’s Russell Westbrook for most of this season. He only gets better each game and is starting to rack up seven-and-eight assist games with regularity, and he more than almost anyone else in the class (except maybe L.A.’s Eric Gordon) can blow up for 30 points on any given night. The difference between him and Gordon, though, is that Westbrook will also dish 6 assists and grab 4 rebounds.”
The D-League is trying out a cool playoff system. Too bad the 66ers are 7-29 and losers of nine straight: “For the first time, eight teams will qualify for the 2009 NBA D-League postseason, including the winners of the three divisions along with the five teams with the best regular season records, regardless of division. New for the 2009 postseason, the three division winners will have the unique opportunity to select their first round opponent from the teams ranked five through eight. The top-seeded division winner will select its opponent first, with the second and third ranked division winners following in that order. The fourth seeded team will play the remaining team.”
Wonderful New York Times article on Blake Griffin: “The recruiting ground for Blake Griffin’s college decision came at the family dinner table one night in April 2006. Taylor had returned home from Norman, Okla., and soon after the family finished their pre-meal prayer, Taylor quizzed his younger brother about his college future. He then raved about the direction of the Sooners’ program under the newly hired coach Jeff Capel and the benefits of staying close to home.” Keep Reading…