With Thanksgiving this week, I figured it would be good to focus on things that NBA teams and their fans (and blogs) have to be thankful for. Being a Celtics fan, I have to say that we have a lot more to be thankful for this year than we have had for over 20 years. One thing the Celtics have to be thankful for is the way Rajon Rondo has been playing as a second year point guard. Jeff over on CelticsBlog reminds us of the education of Rajon Rondo. 8-9 from the field against Orlando, it seems that the pupil is learning at least one lesson very well.
Of course, anyone who knows me knows that I am thankful for Perk. I love this kid's intensity and toughness and work ethic. The crack staff over on perkisabeast gives us statistical evidence that Perk is a Beast. I tend to agree.
John over at Red's Army is thankful for the refs... oh wait, then again, maybe he isn't. He has a very good rant against the officiating this season. I have to agree that the refs have been terrible over all. I would have thought that the officiating would have been much better this season after the off season Donaghy debacle. But, it seems as though it has been even worse than last season. I agree with John. Something needs to be done.
Over at Green Bandwagon, Jim is thankful for books on basketball. He has done a series of book reviews that make a good read in themselves. His latest is on the book Fall River Dreams. I also love reading the older books on the Celtics. Right now, I am reading Celtics Pride by Bob Ryan about Tommy's coaching years. Some fascinating stuff there.
I am also thankful for all the Celtics blogs out there (not to be confused with THECelticsBlog). I love reading about the Celtics and there are so many very good Celtics blogs out there that I never lack for good reading. I can't mention them all, but a couple of my favorites that didn't submit links for this Carnival that have good, insightful stuff worth reading every day are Celtics 17 and Lex Nihil Novi.
Of course, Celtics fans aren't the only team with things to be thankful for. TWolves Blog is thankful for all their young players and gives us profiles for all of them. They do have some nice talent there, especially Al Jefferson and Ryan Gomes, and hopefully they can give them time to grow together. I plan on watching all their games that I can to watch these young guys continue toward reaching their potential.
With Malice posts a note supposedly found outside the Lakers' arena and possibly containing some notes from Phil Jackson. I guess Lakers fans are still thankful that Kobe is still a Laker and that Ben Gordon is not. Oh yeah, the note gives us inside info as to why Phil's famous triangle offense works so well. It's something you would never expect.
Over at Clips Nation, they are thankful for Chris Kaman and are floating his name out there for the All Star team. They make the point that although he might not make the team he is still playing like one. I wish him good luck. There is at least one big man he won't have to compete with this season for a spot and that is Kevin Garnett.
And what Carnival would be complete without all the general NBA blogs that give us the unbiased (most of the time) reports on all the teams and the NBA in general.
Give Me the Rock is another of my favorite blogs. In this post, they welcome Dwayne Wade back. Talk about being thankful! Miami should be downright giddy to have Wade back. They are a totally different with him on the floor. The article also discusses a comparison of Yi and Durant. And to think, Yi was almost a Celtic.
I Want to be a Sports Agent also discusses Kevin Durant and makes a prediction that Kevin Durant will walk away with the Rookie of the Year award this season.
Sports Biz discusses the fact that the Hornets are back in New Orleans but wonders if anyone notices. Oklahoma was very thankful to have them there. The Hornets seem thankful to be back in New Orleans. It seems as though the fans should be thankful to have them back and suport them with their attendance. If not, look for the Hornets to go back to Oklahoma, where they are really wanted.
Finally, Thank you to Isaiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury for their constant antics that give us a bit of comic relief in an otherwise serious sport. Hope you all enjoy this edition of the Carnival of the NBA as much as I have enjoyed putting it together!