1. Glen Davis’s latest nickname – Glen Davis doesn’t want to be called Big Baby anymore. No, he’s Big Swoll Baby. WEEI’s Ben Rohrbach did a little research to find the definition of swoll: “I’m not gonna lie, I actually had to consult UrbanDictionary.com on this one. They define ‘swoll’ as ‘to be muscular, jacked, strong, etc.’ (I also love their use of it in a sentence: ‘Man, I’m mo swoll than AC Slater‘).”
Two thoughts: 1) I’m proud to say I actually knew what swoll meant. My roommate at school used to love “getting swoll” while I sat on my couch watching TV. And 2) The person on Urban Dictionary may be “mo swoll than AC Slater,” but he cannot possibly be as cool as Slater while sitting on a backwards chair.
2. Big Swoll Baby gets some deserved love – After being the best player on the court last night, Big Swoll Baby got very little love from the media today. Only one piece really focused on his impressive performances in the first two preseason games: A. Sherrod Blakely’s piece for CSNNE. “He’s really working on trusting offensively,” Rivers said of Big Swoll Baby. “Defensively, he’s been even better. I think he’s been terrific.”
We all know what Big Daddy Swoll (yes, I changed it a little) is capable of. His problem has always been consistency. If he can bring the same energy every night, the C’s will have a dangerous weapon at their disposal.
3. John Strickland passes away. Who is John Strickland, you ask? I wondered the same thing, but he’s a streetball legend who made quite a name for himself among celebrities. From the New York Post: “The 6-foot-8 forward, who was currently in the Halifax Rainmen’s front office as their Director of Basketball Development, was considered one of the best players ever in streetball. As a low-post wizard and a superb passer, he once averaged more than 40 points per game at Nike Pro City, considered the circuit’s primer league. Strickland became the first person to win a title there as a player and a coach when he led Gold’s Gym to the championship this summer.”
4. Highlights from last night’s game – Wait, that two and a half hour waste of time actually created highlights?
5. Rajon Rondo named 17th-best NBA player – Slam ranked Rondo the NBA’s 17th-best player and wrote this: “When you considered the fact that Rondo’s assists have been increasing at a rate of almost two assists per season (1.93 to be exact), a double-double season average for this upcoming season is inevitable.”
6. Triple double or bust for Lebron? – CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel: “Nobody has done what LeBron has to do this season, at least nobody in the NBA’s modern era: He has to average a triple-double.”
Has to average a triple double? C’mon, Gregg. Take a few plays off. Averaging a triple double has been done once in history, when the pace of play was faster and assists and rebounds far easier to come by. And Lebron will be a disappointment if he doesn’t equal the feat this season? Relax. Take a few deep breaths. Then come back to reality.
7. Bench video - After last night, the Boston Bench Mob is worthy of at least a Semih-erection. Get it? I salivated about the second unit’s prospects, and Celtics Hub breaks it down with some video.
8. Dwight Howard’s mid-range shooting display – Whoa, whoa, whoa. Back it up a second. What? From the Orlando Sentinel: “During Thursday’s session, Patrick Ewing threw Howard entry passes and Daniel Orton rebounded. Howard shot jumpers from both elbows, bank shots from the wings and turn-around jumpers while fading away. He made more shots than he missed, at one time making seven jumpers in a row.”
Said Howard, “”Look, if you work on stuff, it’s going to happen for you sooner or later.” I guess if you can’t learn a post move, you teach yourself how to hit jumpers.
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