TrueHoop: The Pistons and Bucks made NBA history Thursday night, as the two teams combined to shoot 41-for-41 from the free throw line on Thursday night. My theory: the snow that kept away fans from the Bradley Center also provided a clear background of empty blue seats.
On the same night, Dwight Howard broke a nearly 50-year-old record for free throw attempts in a single game. He shot 39 attempts against Golden State, breaking the previous record of 34 set by Wilt Chamberlain on Feb. 22, 1962. In doing so, Howard shot more free throws in a single game than his Warriors counterpart, Andris Biedrins, attempted all of last season.
Twitter: It sounds like the Bobcats miss Stephen Jackson.
Even though he started the season shooting poorly (and still consuming a large volume of shots), his playmaking, especially through his passing, adds a dimension to the Bucks’ offense. Ballstopper Corey Maggette (now on the Bobcats) had just the opposite effect.
Maggette, as Silas laments, wasn’t a leader, either.
The Oregonian: After the Trailblazers’ Marcus Camby injured his ankle on Friday, Jason Quick tried to find out whether Joel Przybilla was a prospective candidate to replace him. He contacted Chad Buchanan, Portland’s acting GM.
Buchanan smiled wryly when I asked him if he had called Przybilla after Camby’s injury.
“I stay in touch,’’ Buchanan said, chuckling. “Because we are close friends. How do you know I don’t call him every day?’’
Bucksketball: Earlier this week, Ian Segovia took a humorous look at Jon Leuer’s ascension to the starting power forward spot.
Journal Sentinel: Is it too early to worry about the 2012 draft? In a weekday webchat, Charles F. Gardner talked about the protected second-round pick that the Bucks sent to the Celtics in the Keyon Dooling trade — essentially as incentive to take Dooling’s salary of the Bucks payroll.
The way I understand the Keyon Dooling deal, the 2012 second-rounder the Bucks sent to Boston only goes to the Celtics if the Bucks make the playoffs. If the Bucks do not make the playoffs, they keep the pick.
GM John Hammond’s success with second-round picks is well-documented: Jon Leuer, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ramon Sessions, and Ersan Ilyasova. Most of those picks came early in the second round, and it sounds like the Bucks, if they should end up with a high second-rounder, will get to keep it.