Do you like PER? Hate it? Do you want to argue with an evaluation system that projects Kobe Bryant well behind D-Wade? All perfectly reasonable ways to spend your time. But big picture, if you're looking after more reasons to feel confident in LA's chances to win another title this season, this should bring a smile. LA has three players ESPN.com's John Hollinger's computer believes will finish among NBA's top 15 this season in PER, specifically Kobe, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol.
That's an enormous amount of high end talent, particularly in the front court, and doesn't get into guys like Lamar Odom or Ron Artest. This team is stacked like a giant bacon sandwich despite any questions regarding the rotation at point guard. For full positional rankings, click here, for the Lakers, here. It's always fun (for me, at least) to scroll through this stuff.
Moving along, I had read about this over the weekend, and found the video over at Free Darko. Christian Eyenga, Cleveland's #1 pick in last year's draft, may have permanently raised the bar for slam dunk contests in areas of theatrical flourish and creativity. Most of the dunks in the clip are good (the wonky sound/image relationship notwithstanding) but the big highlight starts near the four minute mark.
Totally organic? Of course not, but no less so than changing in a phone booth. And way more clever, despite the stripped down production value.