Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• I’m sure you’ve heard that Portland will sign Travis Diener to the 15th roster spot once he clears waivers. The Invisible Ninja is breaking down Diener’s stats this very moment on twitter.
• The current five game road trip ends tonight in Memphis, Tennessee at the FedEx Forum. Memphis is also home to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and you’ll be hearing a lot about St. Jude’s from the likes of Mike Barrett and The Oregonian among others. I lived in Tennessee for six years myself and I can tell you that St. Jude’s is one of the most worthy causes I know of and who I give my charity money to. St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes; let that settle in for a minute. These children are often the sickest of the sick and their families are often poor, but patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay. Money sent to St. Jude is money that you know is going to help save lives.
• TrueHoop Network sister blog 3 Shades of Blue has the Memphis breakdown of tonight’s game, and Chip Crain calls Andre Miller a disappointment. In all fairness, Chip calls Mike Conley a disappointment too.
• Speaking of Conley, Wendell Maxey reports that Conley’s name sure does come up in trade rumors a lot.
• Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian thinks that the key to stopping the Grizzlies is stopping Zach Randolph, which is apparently more difficult now that Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol have stepped away from the fudge.
• The Columbian’s Brain T. Smith interviews Dante Cunningham in all his onomatopoeic glory.
“Shoom, shoom, shoom, shoom, shoom.”
•TrueHoop Network sister blog NBA Playbook has a great article on defending the post. LaMarcus Aldridge may want to give it a quick skim before tipoff.
• Neil Paine talks about the basketball talent pool.
• The Invisible Ninja made some pretty new charts that track individual player statistics. If you like to play with stats, this is a good place to spend a few hours days.
• Wired.com has a very interesting article on something called Compressed Sensing, an algorithm that can take an incomplete data set and extrapolate to a clearer picture. Now, I was a political science major, not a math major. However, I wonder if a data set concerning basketball were rendered in a visual format, if this algorithm could somehow be used to make predictions of some sort. If you have any insight into this sort of thing, please let us know what you think in the comments below.