• Ian Levy of Hardwood Paroxysm interviews Tamir Goodman -- the once and forever "Jewish Jordan." It's a great read in general, but particularly so for the way it captures the peculiar kind of bottled basketball superstardom that circles around totem prospects:
But here I am 31 years old and I go through the airport in some random city and the guy checking my bag says, “You’re the Jewish Jordan.” That affects the rest of your life and it happens so quickly.
The thing about me was that I was lucky because it wasn’t about me. It was something that was bigger than me. It allowed me to handle everything much better because it wasn’t about me personally. That allowed me to handle the ups and downs of my career much better. From what I understand with Jeremy Lin and definitely with Omri Casspi, who I’m close with and was the first Israeli player to play in the NBA, for them it’s also about something that’s bigger than themselves. If you have a lot of success, you say “This is not about me, it’s about something bigger than me.” If there are challenges you know how to get right back on track because it’s not about you, and that gives you extra motivation. I can’t quit now. There are a lot of things out there I need to accomplish so I can inspire other people. So that’s the mindset that allows them to handle these kinds of situations and I think that’s what Lin has done, and that’s what I see Omri doing almost on a daily basis.
• Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe offers a good look at Doc Rivers and Chris Paul as students of the game. On Doc (via BDL):
Rivers said he has spent a good portion of the summer breaking down game video and trying to learn about his new players. He said he already had analyzed 42 of the Clippers’ 82 regular-season games, and was going to do the same with the final 40 regular-season and six playoff games.
“We have to play catch-up in that respect,” Rivers said. “I have to figure out why they were so good at times and why they struggled at times. They were a streaky team last year and we’ve got to figure out how to be more consistent.”
• The NBA's official kid reporters, killing it.
• Dylan Murphy of Posting and Toasting put together a nice nuts-and-bolts examination of three Knicks summer-league notables. Two of the players dissected -- C.J. Leslie and Jeremy Tyler -- are athletic standouts with interesting long-term potential, but Toure Murry is served particularly well by this kind of up-close analysis. Nothing he does on the court pops on a superficial level, but Murry's poise as a playmaker was a rarity on the summer-league scene.
• The Suns are optimistic that Channing Frye will return in 2013-14 after missing last season because of an enlarged heart. • Josh Childress, 30, is still holding out hope of finding an NBA roster spot after being cast off by the Nets early last season. The league has changed since Childress entered as the sixth pick in 2004, but I still think there's a place for a player of his off-ball savvy and defensive skill. The NBA's general managers, it seems, might not agree.