Daily Five: Darko Milicic Still Has Some NBA Life
Each day, we'll take a quick look at five of the most important stories going on in the NBA.
Black Sports Online: "The only real attention Shaq has been getting lately is bickering over a “SuperHero” name with Dwight Howard, but on Thursday night he was hurt during the Cavs vs. Celtics when he was hit by Glen “Big Baby” Davis."
Wages of Wins: "One suspects that the problem lies in the evaluation of players like Delfino, Ridnour, and Mbah a Moute. The former was quite productive – from a Wins Produced perspective — in both 2006-07 and 2007-08. And both Ridnour and Mbah a Moute were above average last season. None of these players, though, are scorers. Given the importance placed on scoring totals, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Bucks were undervalued."
Empty the Bench: "After rotating the two last year, with Rose starting and Hinrich backing him up, head coach Vinny Del Negro has been starting the two together for 2 months now, with staggering results. When both players are on the floor during the opening tip this season, which has been in every game since Christmas (minus one when Hinrich had the flu), the Bulls carry an impressive 20-9 record."
Ball Don't Lie: "So, like any good NBA trainer who moonlights as a private investigator, Kander donned his deerstalker hat and overcoat, smoked a pipe, and quickly figured out that it was a specific brand of sneakers — *COUGH* Nike Hyperizes *COUGH* — that were making the Pistons' ankles go lame. Case closed; shoes banned."
Detroit News: "Milicic, who spent the entire season on the Knicks bench, responded with spirited practices with the Timberwolves. He played his first game last Sunday, and won over everyone."