Trans. Oct 20 3:19 ET (Oct 20 3:19 ET ) A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : ESPN the Magazine . Henry Abbott presents the argument that Kobe Bryant — his contract, his demeanor, his relationship to other top stars, etc. — is the primary reason the Los Angeles Lakers have become awful, are likely to be awful again this season and might continue to be awful until after he's retired. My general, broad-strokes takeaways: • The efficiency/effectiveness/demeanor claims aren't necessarily anything new, and we're certainly no closer to folks on either side of those debates capitulating today than we were yesterday; • There are other points that can be raised as, if not mitigating factors, then at least factors worth considering in the Lakers' decline; • There sure seem to be a lot of Lakers-related folks and agents willing to slam Kobe under cover of anonymity! PF : NBA.com . In addition to the standard dynamite grab-bag of news and notes, David Aldridge's Monday Morning Tip features something I thought about quite a bit last week — what Scott Brooks might do with his starting lineup now that Kevin Durant won't be available at the three for the Oklahoma City Thunder for a little while. SF : Hang Time . With multiple teams preaching the gospel of ball and player movement after watching the San Antonio Spurs slice and dice the opposition en route to a championship, John Schuhmann digs into the NBA's SportVU optical tracking data to find out whether there's any correlation between all that motion and having a great, highly efficient offense. (Spoiler alert: There isn't!) SG : The Brooklyn Game . Schuhmann's research led Devin Kharpertian to wonder what does correlate with offensive efficiency, so he, too, got to digging. PG : Fast Break and The Hook . Adam Lauridsen expects a monster win total from this year's Golden State Warriors, and Tom Ziller thinks they might just be weird enough to get there. 6th : TrueHoop . For Golden State to reach those great heights, as Ethan Sherwood Strauss sees it, they're going to need Klay Thompson to become the All-Star his new head coach thinks he can be. 7th : 8 Points, 9 Seconds . On Roy Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers' great and giant X-factor, and the question — will he "believe his outward confidence about being one of the league’s best or will he let doubt overcome him after a few ugly box scores?" — that "might reveal his long-term future in Indiana." 8th : Ballislife . A fun documentary-style look at Jamal Crawford's come-up in, and ongoing relationship with, Seattle. 9th : Boston Globe . Gary Washburn leads off his Sunday notes column with a good one-on-one about finding an NBA role with James Johnson, who went from first-round pick to out of the league to a multi-year deal , and is trying to do whatever he can to avoid sliding back down to that middle step: "I’m just trying to help the youngsters so they don’t make the same mistakes I made.” 10th : Hardwood Paroxysm . Seth Partnow talks to former New York Knicks shooting coach Dave Hopla about the ins and outs of trying to improve NBA players' jumpers — what works, what doesn't, and more. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
The Scoop:He (Nash) has been dealing with a variety of injuries already this year including his back, hamstring, and nerve issues. When Kobe was asked about Nash, he responded, "I'm very concerned. It just seems like he can't get going on a consistent basis. I understand how frustrating that is." This reiterates the fact that Nash is no longer a viable draft target in standard leagues and that Jeremy Lin is the PG to own this year.
Kobe Bryant looked like his old self against the Jazz during a 119-86 loss on Thursday, making 10-of-23 from the field and 7-of-13 from the line for 27 points with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes.
The Scoop:The Lakers missed all five shots from beyond the arc tonight and also missed all three on Sunday. Kobe Bryant took exception to ESPN ranking him as the 40th and said he's "known for a long time that they're a bunch of idiots." We have Kobe inside the top 40 for our rankings in standard leagues.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : ESPN the Magazine . The great Wright Thompson on Derrick Rose, whose "second mission begins now, and, as with the first one" — the mission to "escape his neighborhood and his old life," to buy his mom a new house, to "change the arc of his family" — the Chicago Bulls point guard "doesn't know how it will end." Brilliant stuff. PF : Nylon Calculus . More 3-pointers. A stylistic shift toward more free-flowing offense, plus fewer elite defenses dotting the landscape. Could it all lead to a new NBA record for league-wide offensive efficiency this season? SF : Ballerball . A bit of brake-pumping satire on how the advent of NBA jersey advertisements will ruin everything: "With this move, the NBA will slide further and further into oblivion, much like soccer, the world’s largest sport." SG : GordonHayward20.com . There are, as you might expect, quite a few gems in Jonathan Abrams' feature on Joakim Noah's come-up as "probably the most unprecedented success story in basketball in America," but my personal favorite comes from his high-school coach's description of Noah's college recruitment: "'And Duke was calling,' McNally said, 'but he didn’t really see himself as a Dukie.'" No, I'd imagine not. PG : RealGM . Danny Leroux looks at the completed deals involving 2015 NBA draft picks, and the protections in place on those selections, to try to determine which teams could find themselves compelled to take the foot off the gas late in the season — or, to use a more unkind descriptor, to tank — so they don't lose their pick. (We're looking at you, Sacramento.) 6th : NBA.com . The great David Aldridge's weekly Morning Tip column comes packed with enough good stuff — on how the NBA's new multibillion-dollar TV deal will impact contract negotiations , how the Minnesota Timberwolves are keeping No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins under wraps, how Stan Van Gundy divides his day as the Detroit Pistons' head coach and president of basketball operations, etc. — to last us a full week. 7th : Grantland . Kirk Goldsberry uses the NBA's SportVU optical tracking data to dig deep on rebounding direction, figuring out where missed shots taken from different parts of the court are most likely to end up, which has been a pretty popular topic at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference over the past couple of years. 8th : The Hook . Tom Ziller, longtime Sacramento Kings fan and confirmed Los Angeles Lakers hater, tries to figure out why exactly he doesn't hate Kobe Bryant anymore. 9th : The Triangle . Zach Lowe makes 33 predictions for the coming season, which makes for fun reading. 10th : Pounding the Rock . Lee Dresie recalls what it was like to coach against Gregg Popovich during his Division III days at Pomona-Pitzer, ages before he'd ascend to the ranks of the all-time greats through his work with the San Antonio Spurs: "The games were so loud that we had to call in plays and defenses by holding up pieces of cardboard with different colors or numbers on them because the players didn't have a chance of hearing us over the crowd." - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.