Centers' Little Helper

Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Nocioni is THAT good
Hot off the presses, I come to the depressing conclusion that Andres Nocioni — even without the benefit of his unscrupulous antics — is a better power forward than the late, great NY Knick, Dave DeBusschere, who was voted in 1996 one of the NBA’s top 50 players. Nocioni splits time at the two forward spots, but when he’s at the 4 the Bulls take off. Nocioni, like DD, is short as 4s go, but also like DD he has a great advantage in quickness, skill and well-roundedness over most 4s he faces. Now if he’d just cut out the flops and cheapshots I might actually pull for the guy.

Speaking of flops, it’s good to hear Jeff Van Gundy condemn this vile practice with such passion. I’ve got problems with JVG, but on the flopping issue he’s A-OK.