Tweet of the Day: A Tale of Two NBA Quincys

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Quincy is not the most common name among men in America.

It actually ranks 633rd among male names in the U.S.. The most popular Quincy in American history is President John Quincy Adams, the sixth president in our nation’s history.

There aren’t many men in the NBA that bear the name Quincy—only three, to be exact.

Two of the three are actually in the NBA news this week.

Tweet of the Day: Marc Gasol Goes Out For Entertainment

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M-GasolWhat does a star NBA center do when he is recovering from a sprained left knee?

Well, if your Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, you go to the movies.

The NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year took time to take in a feature film on Monday, opting to watch Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.

Bernucca: With fundamentals, Spurs making NBA look like AAU

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We are all familiar with the Spurs and their uncanny efficiency. Are you familiar with AAU basketball? benched spurs

I have coached it at the high school level for the last three years. And one thing I have learned is that with just four hours of weekly practice time followed by four games every weekend, if you don’t have definitive, well-drilled schemes on both offense and defense, you have no chance to compete.

However, if you have a group that is committed to a specific style of play on both ends of the floor, you can consistently compete with, and even beat teams that are bigger, stronger, quicker and more talented than yours.

Gregg Popovich has the San Antonio Spurs committed to a system. At its roots, that system is grounded in the fundamentals that are preached – and often ignored – at every level of basketball, from AAU to NBA. On defense, pressure the ballhandler to make things difficult. Commit to playing defense as individuals and as a team. Box out and don’t allow second shots.

On offense, get the ball quickly upcourt and look for early offense. In the halfcourt, set solid picks and make hard cuts. Trust your scheme and your teammates. Give up a good shot to get a great shot.

These are the basics of the game. And right now, with these basics as their foundation, Popovich and the Spurs are making the NBA look like an AAU tournament.

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SH Blog: Iguodala has hamstring strain; Gasol won’t get surgery

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DerrickRoseFS1The big news of today is that Derrick Rose has another knee injury. This time, it’s not an ACL tear, but it is a meniscus tear, which obviously isn’t a good thing.

This is terrible news for the Bulls, of course, but it could be good news for any team shopping a point guard. Orlando and Jameer Nelson, I’m looking at you. Also, do the Suns really need Goran Dragic right now?

There’s not many prospective playoff teams in the market for point guards right now. The position is more important than ever, and it seems like it’s near-impossible to be even a remotely plausible contender with a weakness at the point.

So now the Bulls could be looking for someone to shoulder the load with Rose out for some time. Although they could just go with Marquis Teague. There’s certainly an argument that trading for a new PG would be an overreaction.

Marc Gasol out indefinitely with knee sprain

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grizzlies small logoWhile the NBA world waits for news on Derrick Rose’s knee, the Memphis Grizzlies got some bad news on Marc Gasol’s knee.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is out indefinitely with a Grade 2 sprain of his left MCL. Surgery is not required, the team announced Saturday.

The 7-1 Gasol suffered the injury in the second quarter of Friday night’s home loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He appeared to suffer the injury without contact while playing defense.

Gasol left the game and did not return. Under the supervision of team physician Dr. Fred Azar, he had an MRI on Saturday at the Campbell Clinic that revealed the sprain.

Gasol has been a fixture in the Grizzlies’ lineup, missing just four games since the start of the 2010-11 season. This season, he is second on the team in scoring (16.0 ppg), rebounding (7.1) and assists (4.3) while leading the Grizzlies in blocks (1.08). 

In his absence, the Grizzlies likely will start Kosta Koufos, the only other true center on the roster. Koufos was acquired in an offseason trade that sent forward Darrell Arthur to Denver.

The Grizzlies were one of just a handful of teams carrying the minimum 13 players and have two available roster spots. Among the available free agent centers are Marcus Camby, Jason Collins, DeSagana Diop and Kwame Brown, who was waived this week by Philadelphia.