The list of the week is a group of thoughts that don't necessarily have to do with the Bobcats. Topics may have come up in previous posts or will come up again in future posts.
1 -- Derrick Brown and Gerald Henderson are relatively polarizing figures on the Bobcats, especially given their status as second-year non-starters. No one doubts that they belong behind Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson in the rotation. However, finally given real playing time in meaningful situations, they're in the process of proving that, at the least, they deserve to be rotation players in the NBA for a long time.
1a -- We're dealing with Small Sample Size Theatre, for sure, but check out their +/- numbers thus far this season. Through November 19, Henderson didn't have quite enough minutes to qualify for Adjusted +/-, but Brown did. By A+/-, Brown is second on the team, and by Unadjusted +/-, Henderson is best. Furthermore, take a look at the five-man units the Cats have deployed. On the unit level, there appears to be a loose correlation between Brown and Henderson playing and success.
1b -- Henderson's horrifically unnecessary bench warming last season looks more and more egregious as the season goes on; he succeeds when he plays, and Stephen Graham languishes with New Jersey.
1c -- The NBA is such that trading either or both of those guys for a legitimate big man is probably a deal very much worth consummating. Bench depth is nice to have, but only once the core five have been established, and the Cats have not yet settled on a core five.
2 -- The Golden State Warriors have named the new owner's 22-year-old son, Kirk Lacob, to the post of director of basketball operations. While the kneejerk reaction is to lament nepotism and cronyism, we don't quite know what this guy's actual skills and talent are. Whether it's an athlete, a front office executive, or any other job, experience means nothing if hasn't been converted into talent. This guy could have tons of talent that just hasn't been recognized, yet.
3 -- If you have not yet downloaded the new Girl Talk album, All Day, get thee to the primary download site now. If you're unfamiliar with Girl Talk, that's the name of a DJ who's mastered the mashup form. His last album, Feed the Animals, mixed the vocals from some of history's dirtiest rap songs with some of history's brightest and lightest pop instrumentation. You can also stream the whole album at All Day Samples, which displays the sampled song as it plays.
4 -- I think sports journalism's future lies in the 3-H model: Honesty, Homerism, and Humor.
4a -- If the AP is willing to have someone in every major city churning out game recaps, why should the Charlotte Observer waste Rick Bonnell's talents on writing game recaps? The New York Times already has instructed its beat writers to change focus and write about the issues a team faces rather than recount "what happened", as well they should, given that there are a half dozen other newspapers doing the same thing in town.
4b -- The key to making that work is to become a columnist more than a reporter, but stay a journalist. And as a Bobcats-dedicated columnist, there's room to dispense with the crutch of objectivity in favor of true credibility, which comes with honesty. The best columnists still mine sources, still do interviews, still watch all the games, but they're not concerned with telling us what happened as with analyzing what happened.
4c -- The model doesn't work if one is hostile to the home team as a matter of course. One might, of course, grow to hate what the team stands for and what they do, but it has to come from an honest assessment.
4d -- It would also help to have a sense of humor about the whole thing. People like to know about foibles and ephemera and to feel the joy of the NBA.