Rants References and Revelations: Relativity

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Relativity – A state of dependence in which the existence or significance of one entity is solely dependent on that of another.

The funny part about relativity; it is what it eats. Defining something as relative is really only describing a point from one’s own perspective, the thought usually being farfetched or unique. Whether it’s a; website, blog, tumblr, or even a book (prelude to a promo) words will always be relative to an author’s thoughts.

Nothing is everything, and everything is something.

Writing is expression of thought and self, yet, comment sections and discussion platforms belittle the work of fellow writers. As the old saying goes, “everyone’s a critic.”

On many other websites, comment sections, for the most part, are full of negativity. Why? Nobody is sure exactly, but that’s not how things are at Hickory-High. A friend of mine pointed out that the comment sections around here are pretty bare, why do you think that is?

If you, as readers, feel like commenting — do so. I can only speak for myself, but, there aren’t a ton of bloggers I’ve met that don’t enjoy feedback, and even less that dislike discussion. A little friendly banter never heart anybody, right?

If there is anyone out that wants to share perspective, relative to how they see a point, do so without hesitation — we’re all friends here. I’ve posed a few questions at the bottom if you’re looking for topics that could be fun to discuss.

For those eager to scout the up-and-coming stars, this is a story that hints there may be a meeting between the #1 and #3 high school recruits in the nation.

Lots of times we find ourselves discussing trades, rumors, while also reacting to things that happen in the NBA. Kevin Draper of TheDiss broke down news that occurred within the blogosphere yesterday — HOOPSWORLD Shuts Down, Founder Launching New Venture.

Canada — This first reference goes out to a friend of the program, Alex Wong. I’m not so sure he’s a friend of this particular segment, but we featured him on the most recent roundtable, and you may have seen him lurking about Twitter. Recently, he’s been promoting his new book — you can preorder it here. 

Wong is a fan just like the rest of us, his story intends to share his experience as a sports fan moving from place to place, country to country while also educating us along the way. He’s an interesting character, to say the least, but definitely someone I’m glad I came into contact with.

Seriously, preorder his book.

New York — Sam Borden of the New York Times shows us, “The Basketball Players Guide to the (European) Galaxy” 

Broden’s read is really, really worth some time if you have 5-10 minutes today to drift outside of things pertaining to the NBA. Seeing how his piece was published prior to yesterday, we’ll stay back in time and in New York and focus on the New York Knicks.

Before the Knicks were done being demolished by the Indiana Pacers, Amar’e Stoudemire went down with an injury but X-Ray’s came back negative. Stoudemire’s story since leaving Phoenix hasn’t been a pleasant one to follow. Even if the Knickerbockers aren’t a favorite of yours, you’d have to be faint of heart to not enjoy the way “Amar’e” was playing lately.

Hickory-High’s own Rich Kraetsch claimed there was reason for optimism regarding Stoudemire’s near future, as did Kenny Ducey of WFUV.org. Ducey’s coverage of the Knicks, among many others, has been pretty incredible this season. This isn’t the first time Ducey’s been referred from here, his mix of realism-positivity is quite enjoyable. What’s different about these Knicks.

Hopefully these aren’t the last pieces written about Stoudemire doing good things, as a player, on the basketball court.

Minnesota Timberwolves Related (homer plug): Part One and Part Two of Britt Robson’s interview with Flip Saunders. 

If you want to see Jack Maloney breakdown this picture of Eric Spoelstra, Ray Allen, LeBron James, The First Lady, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, click this link.

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Thoughts from the Thread: 

  • Something about Julius Randle and why the team that drafts him will be very unhappy.
  • Has this season not been very good? Kevin Ferrigan asked if we were not entertained earlier this year, but Andy Liu has an even bolder claim later today.
  • What are your thoughts about expanding the D-League?
  • What are your thoughts about sleeved jerseys?
  • Thoughts on tanking?
  • Comment, don’t argue — keep it clean, people. Intelligent conversation is the goal, here.
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Rants References and Revelations: Resolutions

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The travel, and the stress, tied with Holiday appearances and exchanges is no longer. Life has returned back to it’s usual routines, the Christmas spirit dwindling away with the arrival of the New Year. After the “Ball Drops” and the excitement of celebration ceases, it’s back to the grind of a 9-5 or a return to class for most people. I’m speaking as an American, by the way.

The thrill of basketball’s return, you know, the giddy feelings of registering for synergy and league pass accounts? Those feelings are over. The Christmas present are open, the toy helicopter is broken — that extra cash from Grandma and Grandpa is running low. Things are approaching the NBA equivalent of a daily grind until the All Star Break.

Some make Resolutions for the New Year, others believe the idea to trendy and scoff at those hoping to change their own ethic. Regardless of your thoughts, trying to ‘grind’ through routine can take it’s toll — don’t harp on anyone planning – for now – productivity. Get better and learn something by working hard everyday.

Admittedly I’ve never covered the NBA for an entire season. To those who haven’t been following these promotional bits, I work in a mall, and a few of them actually. The month of December has been ruthless. I’ve missed obligations, deadlines, and not held true to my word on a few occasions. I’m hard on myself and consider these. I like being good at what I do, this is human nature. I’m not making any resolutions this year, but if that’s something that you’re doing — I’m sure I would stand behind it. Whatever it is just keep working hard.

Happy New Year from Hickory-High.

I’m not sinking my teeth into any, “who’s the best power forward,” discussions because Kevin Love is on the Minnesota Timberwolves and I’m plenty cool with that. None-the-less it’s been a discussion of late thanks to the dominance of Love and LaMarcus Aldridge. Andrew Lynch, who’s on a quest to watch every game of the entire basketball season, tackled the debate and decides the best PF in the game may also be the best player in the league today.

The Denver Nuggets have been nothing short of entertaining this year. Hickory-High’s own Matt Cianfrone, recapping the Nuggets loss on Wednesday at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, had some things to say at Roundball Mining. I’ll admit the, “Anthony Randolph plays hard but man he is bad at basketball.”, part really sold me. With recent news of turmoil in the locker room that resulted in the suspension of Andre Miller, it’s beginning to look like a long season in Denver.

During the course of a journey it’s important to remember that cool heads prevail. Doing things impulsively, or by panic, isn’t what your parents teach you growing up. Kris Willis of Peachtree Hoops explains “Why the (Atlanta) Hawks should pump the breaks and not make any reactionary moves in the wake of Al Horford’s injury.”

I don’t get the chance to watch much of the Hawks, but I admire a healthy Horford’s versatility at the center position very much. Injuries are the worst, but, that’s a part of the game and there’s a lot of season to be played. Willis has collected himself and formulated a plan for the Hawks moving forward.

On the college level the season, and for some — careers, are coming to a close. The Creighton Blue Jays’ are celebrating the final days of Doug McDermott’s career. McDermott, and Author Jacob Padilla, are requesting Creighton fans make it out to support the team. 

When we’ve got the crowd going like that it just makes it so much easier to defend and just have so much energy out there.

Even the college basketball season is somewhat lengthy, so finding energy anyway possible in order to create an edge over opponent is key. For the McDermott and the Blue Jays, it’s the crowd that needs to push this team to it’s limits as it makes a push for the NCAA tournament.

No matter what it is you’re doing, work hard at it. Find ways to be happy about things in, and beyond, 2014. Optimism is not a choice, but rather a belief — keep your heads up. There’s a lot of basketball left to play.

Rants, References and Revelations: Running Behind

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All this ranting and referencing is exhausting, I’m not hiding that from anyone. I’m a relatively inexperienced bloggist that isn’t a national writer for a reason, amateur is a status — I’m not the best writer in the world. Sharing the same platform with company capable of blowing my mind with each of their pieces, well, that’s implanted an element of stage fright and feeling of embarrassment anchored in my stomach whilst doing this routine piece. I volunteered to write this, I hope I will learn and grow from the experience. I believe that’s happening. Sorry you guys, and self, for not having anything up yesterday, I read a lot of nice things over the weekend.

Without further ado, here are today’s References.

The Denver Nuggets have won 10 of their last 20, 2 of their last 10, and ZERO of their previous FIVE games. This is David Walker of Roundball Mining with his version of the Nuggets Long Road to Nowhere.  The Nuggets lack of identity is merely a conflict of interest. There’s a coach with a system, the players don’t fit the system — it’s just not a good situation in Denver.

But the Nuggets road to nowhere is still somewhere to aspirations of a D-Leaguer. Adam Johnson describes the NBDL as The Land of Misfit Toys. The only visual that comes to mind is a scene in Toy Story when Woody needs to escape from that Space Arcade…

Moving on.

Johnson (A Bay Area Sports Guy) is the Santa Cruz Warriors beat writer, his Twitter bio says so. His story will captivate you into taking a larger interest into the NBA’s minor league system, I’m sure of it. Johnson didn’t need to sell me on the idea because the S.C. Warriors Broadcaster, Kevin Danna, got to me awhile ago. 

It’s become abundantly clear the Bay Area is under the influence of the D-League, and I’m excited to see it start somewhere. There are plenty of D-League pieces that will be referenced in the future, this will not be the last.

Not much of an effort today, I know, but this isn’t the easiest thing in the world. I do have a life outside of the internet, you know, sometimes that takes it’s toll. But I rant, rave and revelate on because what doesn’t kill me makes me– you get the picture.

Rants, References and Revelations: Redemption Song

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This is the sixth Rants, Reference and Revelations; let’s begin. 

Somebody reading this has been affected by drug use. BasketBloggers, Twitter Personalities — our lives aren’t as simple as the sentences we formulate into paragraphs and pieces. No, our circumstance beyond the Matrix (Internet) aren’t so simple — Life doesn’t come equipped with an Edit Profile option.

I’ve found that most who are in recovery, or just refusing to throw coal into the engine until the train is back on track, speak confidently about their sobriety. It’s never something that’s boasted over, or used to belittle, others — it’s -just- confidence. But this confidence is seen in addicts who will lie, scheme and manipulate to attain the next fix. Former NBA Player Chris Herren, at one point in his life, has been fluent in both tongues.

For all the Hipsters out there, whining, thinking I’m milking the narrative — shut it.

This one is about a week dated, but it came to my attention yesterday — Herren tells a shorter version of his tale the world came to know after the release of ESPN’s Documentary, Unguarded. Whether you’ve never touched a mind altering substance, or you are reading this under the influence — Herren’s story of addiction and recovery is remarkable. Relate to it however you can.

The Bucks are 6-22, and owner Herb Kohl is still searching for investors for a new arena. But the city of Milwaukee and the NBA has a relationship that’s, well, it’s on the fritz.  Don’t quote me on that, I’m not completely sure. But that’s what should worry Bucks fans. I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, and believe me — I’ve been to Wisconsin. There is nothing that resembles even a remote presence of a Milwaukee Bucks fan-base in a bordering state. There’s probably more Green Bay Packer fans in this state than there are fans of the Minnesota Vikings. But I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw a Bucks loyalist in the Twin Cities. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen one. Not one.

This isn’t because of an overwhelming “ever-so-dominant” Minnesota Timberwolves franchise, either. The Wolves inaugural season was 1989-1990 — I was born March 2nd, 1990. Dating back to the day I was born neither the Bucks nor Timberwolves have won an NBA Championship, they haven’t even come close. But, and call us foolish, writers -and fans- such as myself with the Wolves and Eric Buenning (pronounced Benning) behind the Bucks still find reasons to hope and believe in our teams. Buenning shows his large heart, far bigger than mine or any of ours at this point in the season, in his piece, “For the Bucks, hope is a good thing”. Buenning also shows us he’s a realist, because in Milwaukee — the only place to go is up.

For Buenning’s sake, let’s just hope it’s not up, up and away in the end for the Bucks.

OTHER NEWS.

  • Hickory-High’s own, ANDREW KOO, was published in Deadspin yesterday talking about something called baseball. There are a lot of statistics, numbers and references to a movie with Mark Wahlberg in here — but in all seriousness, this is a fantastic piece. Any baseball mind, or someone just looking to catchup on what happens after the end of feature film, Moneyball, will enjoy this piece. We are very proud of you, Mr. Koo.
  • There’s somewhat of a panic in Minnesota, one could argue. Ricky Rubio’s zero-point performance against the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week, in addition to the Wolves giving away the game late in the fourth-quarter, and into overtime, has stirred up a ruckus in here in the North Star State. I believe Daniel Lewis has something coming today regarding Rubio’s shooting; I’m very eager to read it.

Rants, References and Revelations: On Holiday

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The fortunate part of being sick over the holiday break? Having the time off to recover.

But as I slept, others worked. After all: Basketball Never Stops.

Before you get into these, please — if you missed our Profiles in Coaching, catch up, because the guys did a phenomenal job (to say the least)

Profiles in Coaching. 

Now for the RRR’s

This first piece was brought to my attention by fellow Hickory-High contributor, Andrew Johnson. Now, it’s not pertaining to the NBA, this is analysis from a European perspective on Euro League basketball. It’s a remarkable study determining the location of turnovers. Those who enjoy advanced statistics, or are maybe looking some ideas for on-the-side player tracking ideas — this is Johnson’s Christmas gift to you. Click the link to this piece. “For a basketball event so important as the turnover, we know too little about it. Here is an attempt to change that.”

It’s Christmas Day, the first quarter between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets just ended — these jerseys are; interesting, to say the least. The Bulls starting Point Guard is D.J. Augustine. In this first piece, Phil Watson of HoopsHabit claims Augustine’s arrival in Chicago is “A Case Of Right Place, Right Time”. Don’t worry; this article doesn’t claim anyone is taking the place of Derrick Rose, but, as a guy who liked Augustine coming out of college (yea, I’m a fan of the short guys) it’s nice to see someone taking an optimistic outlook on his arrival to the Windy City.

This is from the 23rd, and it’s Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone with some “choice words” on his team’s performance. The Kings allowed 39 fourth-quarter points to the visiting New Orleans Pelicans, and yes, they would lose. Malone touches on leadership, a will-to-win, and the return of Tyreke Evans to Sacramento, he isn’t very happy about his teams’ effort. This one is a video, not an article, so if you’re still dizzy from the eggnog and don’t feel like readingthis is the rant for you.

Playing the hometown bias card, HoopsHabit makes the list again. Not too long ago I wrote a piece on how Ricky Rubio’s shooting is just a bigger issue than number is a box score. Well in Edmond Stoer’s piece, “Ricky Rubio And The Ghost Of Christmases Yet To Come,” he explains a team often takes on the personality of it’s starting point guard, and for the Minnesota Timberwolves, that’s not very good news. Stoer expresses the importance of the reindeer remainder of the season for Rubio and the Wolves, and how the ghost of Christmas future may not be so forgiving in Minnesota.

Rants, References and Revelations: Casual Enjoyment

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Rants, References and Revelations is a daily collection of some of our favorite basketball writing from around the internet. We do our best to feature not just the work of the semi-professionals, but writers you may not have heard of, writing for outlets you may have never seen.

I worked at an Applebee’s through my early 20’s and late teens, waiting tables and eventually becoming a tender to the bar. That’s when life was easy. An average day was ignoring obligations through lunch, and waking up after noon with just enough time to scarf down a burger before work.

I caught glimpses of highlights, headlines and bloopers when I wasn’t clearing dishes or pouring beer. Work was the place that sports were everywhere I looked, but only for minutes at a time. The game was always so close, yet so far.

I work in a mall now and usually have plenty of free time to read and write. But yesterday was different, after all, people shop during the holidays. Anyway, to make my point.

I glanced at things throughout the day, but never fully indulged in them until I got home after my shift. Take the time to fully appreciate the following, it’s great work.

First, yesterday’s meeting between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers was a great game — for Wolves fans. I’ll spare you the homer-favored details, and the rah-rah recap of last night’s victory over the Trail Blazers. But if you saw, or heard about, some of how the game went. Minnesota scored a franchise high 72 points-in-the-paint. Did they slow down the pace? Britt Robson is very, very good at what he does. This was published yesterday at MinnPost prior to the Wolves victory over Portland. Underachieving Wolves should raise their focus and slow their pace.

Almost anything pertaining to the Sacramento Kings has been about either Rudy Gay, or Derrick Williams. But the diamond in the rough story is really Isaiah Thomas. After Greivis Vasquez arrived in Sacramento Thomas played as if he was fighting for a job, or something. Michael Malone, a defensive mind, may have been reluctant to start the 5-foot 8-inch lefty from Washington. After the Kings acquired Williams, and shortly after Gay, roster reformation left Little I.T. to guide this team of castaways as best he can.

The King Shall Rise ——– it’s by Esau Howard and tells the some of this King’s tale at The SportsFan Journal.

I don’t keep up with the drama in New York as avidly as people in New York think I probably do. Although I guess I’m on the bandwagon with these recaps, just don’t make me write about the Knicks. It seems miserable. For the rookies at home, Kevin Udwary is a veteran — you can tell by reading this recap. His ability to stick to the recap structure is something that not only do I dislike, but ignore frequently. Hats are off this season to the folks at KnickerbloggerDOTnet. 

Knicks: Something, Bucks: Something Slightly Less

You may have seen J.R. Smith, well, being himself and tweeting out his thoughts as if he were one of us. But if you didn’t, you can’t imagine how it went.

This wasn’t only the comical story about the Knicks. Andrea Bargnani’s off the hook for his ill-advised attempt that would have easily been the focus of a hysterical Knicks recap, it doesn’t mean we couldn’t laugh at his expense after the game.

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I don’t know why, but this doesn’t anger me. What about you? Picturing this happening really, really had me enjoying a laugh.

Omer Asik remains a Rocket.

Nobody’s Bullying Anybody

Catchup on Hickory-High’s Coaches Week, there’s more of that coming later on today.

One more day until Friday.

zb.

Rants, References and Revelations: Running it Back

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Rants, References and Revelations is a daily collection of some of our favorite basketball writing from around the internet. We do our best to feature not just the work of the semi-professionals, but writers you may not have heard of, writing for outlets you may have never seen.

(Note to Editor: I didn’t know that this would be a revival of a failed segment, now I feel there’s pressure)

Well, here we are again.

First, I’d like to share something different.

Yesterday I mentioned that something called “Basketball Twitter,” is a community. Well, I should have included a piece by Sam Fredable, where he talks with a few, familiar, members within the community we live in. Fredable doesn’t blog about basketball but he’s certainly a member of this community. Still confused? HereNBA Blogging: A Culture.

In recent news.

Ok, this one isn’t an article; it’s a “Woj Bomb.” Trade machine enthusiasts — have it all, today. Just leave the Portland Trail Blazers out of it — alright? 

Kevin Draper at TheDiss explained what type of role advanced statistics play in today’s media, and how they’ve affected the perception of Rudy Gay. Draper really does well with this one, TheDiss is always held to a high standard — the site is a personal favorite of mine. The cool, calm and collective way of explaining what most of us think the trade means for Gay is this;  “He hasn’t  played very well over the past couple of seasons, and most think he will remain playing poorly.” Read Draper’s piece here: At Least Advanced Stats Let Us Know Which Writers to Stop Paying Attention To

Speaking of the Blazers, their latest victim was the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nate Smith at Cavstheblog gave us the Good, Bad and Ugly of the Cavs home loss, but mentioned it was not only one of the better games they’ve played all season — but the best. Unfortunately for Cleveland, Damian Lillard is becoming really, really good. Read Smith’s piece here: Portland 119, Cleveland 116 (or the best game of the season was still a loss)

There’s some quality quotables in this next one. But not only does Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com give us plenty on what Goran Dragic thinks of the improvement from last season to this one. It’s always great to get some first-hand material, but Grialou caught me off guard by stating “Dragic is enjoying his best stretch of basketball as a Sun, even when counting his previous stint in the Valley.” Read Grialou’s piece here: Phoenix Suns’ Goran Dragic ‘just having fun’

ICYMI at Hickory-High, we’ve started coaches week. Look for more of that today. You can catch up on yesterday’s coaches pieces here: Profiles in Coaching

See you tomorrow.

zb

Rants, References and Revelations: Where Kyrie Irving is the Player of the Week

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Rants, References and Revelations is a daily collection of some of our favorite basketball writing from around the internet. We do our best to feature not just the work of the semi-professionals, but writers you may not have heard of, writing for outlets you may have never seen.

Happy Tuesday, Peeps.

Good basketball writing can be found everywhere on the internet, and because we can do more than just retweet to endorse good work, myself and Hickory-High are taking it on ourselves to share some things you may or may not have seen. Ideally, the revival of this Rants, References and Revelations series will be a combination between what Kevin Draper and Jacob Greenberg do at The Diss and what Sam Holako is doing at Raptors Republic.

Hickory-High is part of the Basketball-Twitter community that we all live in, so were sharing some of the community’s work. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as you would ours.

Let’s begin.

It’s Coaches Week here at Hickory-High, so this piece by Kyle Wagner of Deadspin couldn’t have been more appropriate. Wagner calculates, from top to bottom, where each NBA coach ranks among their peers at designing plays during time-outs. He confirms that Scott Brooks is, indeed, somewhat dull in terms of creativity but some of Wagner’s findings may surprise you — see for yourself here.

At Hardwood Paroxysm, Andrew Lynch discusses the significance of the NBA’s Players of the Week in each conference; Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge. Needless to say, each player represents something a little different on their respective teams. Irving hasn’t exactly been a shoo-in for winning the award this season, whereas Aldridge has been a pillar of stability for the Portland Trail Blazers all year long. While one is still learning the other has defined his role, read Lynch’s piece here.

While we’re talking about Aldridge being a pillar of stability, read Dane Carbaugh‘s extensive explanation of his importance to the Blazers — reminding us that he’s something Portland has seen little of in recent years. It can be found on A Young Sabonis — this is the think. 

Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies was having himself a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Turns out the injury bug, which infected the Wolves last season, now roams freely -or walks- in Memphis. Marc Gasol and Quincy Pondexter are both out indefinitely and Conley limped to the locker room during the fourth quarter on Sunday against Minnesota. Alex Theoharides explains why The Grit and Grind Grizzlies may be reaching the end of the line in Memphis. Read his piece here.

Back in May, after the league announced the Sacramento Kings wouldn’t be leaving for Seattle, an interesting account followed me on Twitter — @BucksinMKE. Do fans of the Milwaukee Bucks fear their team will leave? A concerned group of  bought billboard space in efforts to encourage the team to tank. If the home fans don’t want their team to win, how could the team ever be successful there? The Bucks ownership wants to be competitive, but fans want a star — a conflicting arrangement entering this season. Fortunately, both are having their way. Herb Kohl’s relentless efforts to be competitive have come to a screeching halt, that’s if they ever started in Milwaukee. Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN describes the Bucks season as a ,“Hobbled March into a Bright Future.”

Kevin Love’s departure from the Minnesota Timberwolves may not come until next season when his contract expires, or at all — but after a report that the Suns may look to trade some 2014 Draft Picks — Chris Reichert of HoopsHabit put together a potential deal that would send Love to Phoenix in exchange for; a pair of young players, an expiring deal and two 2014 first round draft picks. What would it take for YOU to give up the Love? Read Reichert’s piece here; “Could Kevin Love Get Traded

There are many things at Gothic Ginobili that make my head hurt (in a good way) after I read them. This is another one of those things. Aaron McGuire tells his tale of a Halloween experience as a fan of the San Antonio Spurs passing out candy in Phoenix, Arizona — a place he claims to be small market-esk despite it’s population of over 1.4 million people. Read McGuire’s edition of GG’s “Small Market Monday,” here. 

Hickory-High’s own Cole Patty stressed the significance of Andre Drummond’s abysmal free-throw shooting, and what he’s doing to improve — he’s very, very important to the future of the Detroit Pistons. Jeremy Beren and Patty agree on the importance Drummond’s presence has on the Pistons moving forward, so there’s still something to be said for the player he is outside of the struggles at the line. But Beren took a look at Drummond’s offensive and defensive production by breaking down the numbers. Read Beren’s piece here; “The Impact Of Andre Drummond”