— You ask, we (try to) answer.
A. Because of what he said, I think so. It was the words and not where they were directed.
The lesson is to be aware the cameras are ever-present. If you have to, mumble like Kevin Garnett, who has offered some ghastly words to opponents to get under their skin.
Vulgarity is one thing. It is everywhere in the NBA. Slurs are another. They can serve as flashpoints.
An offended referee is a lot less likely to come back with an even more offensive retort. An opposing player? Perhaps not so much.
And once tempers flare, they are not easily cooled. Exhibit A is Charlie Villanueva.
A. First, this is just as much, if not more, about the Maloofs than the NBA. The league, for years, has made its feelings known about the need for an updated arena in Sacramento.
But Sacramento also is not a must-have market. Unlike the NFL, which can leave Los Angeles and still thrive, the NBA needs every available major market.
If the Maloofs had attempted to utilize a similar escape hatch with a franchise in Philadelphia, Washington, Houston or Denver, you can bet commissioner David Stern would have lined up alternative owners and insisted on either stay or sell. I'm not sure that isn't a regret with Seattle.
But Sacramento, Memphis, New Orleans? Nah, not so much.
A. Because as I wrote in my piece on postseason awards, the most difficult jump in any sport is the jump from star to superstar. When watching Rose play his 15 minutes in the 2010 All-Star Game, can you honestly say that you were saying to yourself, "This guy is going to be an MVP candidate next year"?
If you did then you certainly can (based on your address) make your case for LaMarcus Aldridge.
A. But it wasn't. And this season, Rose did more for his team (or had to do more for his team) than Kobe did for the Lakers.
To be honest, on the day final ballots were due to the league office, I moved Kobe to second-team All-NBA, with Rose and Dwyane Wade on the first team. East Coast bias? Perhaps.
But the Lakers, too often, seemed to underachieve this season. Redemption, of course, is only a postseason away.
A. Rambis is a curious case. There are two ways to look at two issues that define his tenure:
On one hand, the move to the triangle offense is a case of being true to his roots, considering the success the Lakers had with it during his tenure as an assistant there. Clearly, when he was hired, it was with the approval of him going to the triangle. But it also was an offense that appeared to be force-fed to a group simply not ready or able to adjust to its intricacies.
Then there is his handling of Kevin Love. While a case could be made for Rambis as nurturer, with the double-double emergence of Love this season, questions also arise as to why it took so long to develop that trust with the former first-round pick.
If Rambis is let go, it would be a darn shame. It also would not be entirely unexpected.
A. They're thinking that they have unsettled ownership and greater priorities than the coach who is going to lead them through another mediocre season.
With the Warriors, it is a case of ownership arriving just this past season and still trying to sort out the front-office mess left behind by Don Nelson. In Detroit, it's a matter of new ownership stepping in.
For each franchise, there could be something to be said about the advantages of a lockout, allowing for time out to take inventory of where the team stands. Given time, count both Kuester and Smart as gone.
A. Handed over the keys, made him the sole focus, something, right or wrong, Deron seemingly never felt he had with the Jazz.
A. The Spurs certainly have shown they are more than a one-man team, and Ginobili's injury certainly is not season-ending.
But this is where many thought the Spurs would wind up, an older team unable to make it to the finish after a conference-best regular season.
The Spurs still have life and could yet make a title run, but there is a sense of past tense with so much postseason mileage on so many of their players.
A. While Durant now has won his second consecutive scoring title, his team still finished as a middle-of-the-playoff-pack presence. And with the emergence of Russell Westbrook, he no longer is viewed as a do-it-alone star (sort of the bias that had held Kobe back in recent voting, and perhaps LeBron and Wade in this season's balloting).
Durant will crack the MVP code when his team pushes closer to the magic 60-win total.