You think Ricky Davis isn’t gonna take a ton of shots this year? Between KG being gone, a team full of young T’wolves who will naturally defer to a veteran, the high likelihood that Minnesota will be trying to shoot their way back into a lot of games, and the fact that he didn’t earn the nickname “Ricky Buckets” for his passing, it’s gonna be like watching the first half of Juwanna Mann when Jamal Jackson/Juwanna Mann was playing 1-on-5 all the time. Oh, and did we mention that Rick is in a contract year? “I’m going to score points no matter what they do. That’s just what I do,” Buckets told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Contract-wise? I don’t think about that.” Or in other words, according to Ricky, “You’ve got 25 points a game missing, you’ve got 13 rebounds missing, you’ve got five assists missing (with Garnett out of the picture). Somebody has to make those up somewhere.” … Ricky went for 14 points last night in Minnesota’s loss to Memphis, but Rashad McCants actually took the most shots of any T’wolf. Al Jefferson chipped in 17 points and 15 boards … Rudy Gay had one of his good nights in that game, putting up 22 points, 9 boards and 5 blocks, while Juan Carlos Navarro hit five threes and made 8 whiny faces … Jerry Sloan to the Deseret Morning News on AK-47: “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him as comfortable as he is right now. He’s trying to pass the ball, rebound the ball, defend, block shots — That’s pretty much his whole picture.” Now is that genuine praise, or part of this new thing where Sloan has to balance out his criticism of Kirilenko with praise? We’ll probably never know for sure … We found some more behind-the-scenes video from the adidas ad shoot we went to in Cali over the summer with T-Mac, Duncan, KG, Arenas, Billups and Dwight. In these clips, the guys show the young ballplayers some of their favorite drills, and Gilbert cracks on some kid. Good stuff … So Speedy Claxton has sore knees, Tyronn Lue is banged up (knee), and Acie Law just hurt his wrist. Looks like Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Ray Felton dodged a bullet back in ’05. That position might be cursed down in ATL … Hornets rookie Adam Haluska dropped 20 points on Indiana; maybe he won’t end up on D-League duty after all. Haluska’s cause is helped even more since Peja played all of three and a half minutes. They’re bringing him along reeeeeal slowly … If you missed it over the weekend our Hall of Fame Watch focused on Ray Allen, and yesterday we argued the merits and demerits of Shawn Marion. Come back to Dimemag.com later today for the next H.O.F. candidate, who’s about as close to a shoo-in as there is in the League … We also posted our interview from Issue 35 with Chuck Daly as he talked about the Dream Team, Dennis Rodman and how the “Bad Boys” image held up against reality … We also spent a few minutes recently with strength & conditioning guru Lamont Peterson, whose star pupil is Class of ’08 high school stud Tyreke Evans, and who has trained an array of Philly-area high school stars from Mustafa Shakur to Wayne Ellington. Lamont shared some training tips and outlines Tyreke’s workout over on High School Hoop … During lunch yesterday we watched some of a Rockets/Bullets game from the 1977 Eastern Conference semis. (Yeah, Houston used to be in the East.) Both teams were loaded: Washington had Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, Dave Bing and Mitch Kupchak coming off the bench, while Houston had Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, Rudy T and a rookie John Lucas. The game itself was immediately entertaining, as both teams played like the shot clock was set to 15 — hardly any walk-it-up possessions, and no one was shy about pulling. Rudy T, in fact, showed some horrible shot selection for a man who would end up being an NBA head coach. He was throwing up some nonsense, but it was going in, so you couldn’t get too mad at him. Meanwhile, Moses was getting hammered in the paint and the refs weren’t calling anything. If any of today’s stars outside of Shaq took a beating like that in a high-profile game, it would cause an outrage … We’re out like the Hawks’ point guards …
Smack / Oct 16, 2007 / 5:09 am
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