With the Knicks having had last night off, we here at Buckets Over Broadway introduce a regular feature of links to interesting stuff out there on the interweb.
For the previous 15 games before Saturday, Lee had been as brilliant on the perimeter as he had been at the rim, his rapid evolution on full display. Since Dec. 6, Lee had converted 53 percent of his jumpers from 16 to 23 feet, and 75 percent of his shots from 10 to 15 feet, according to an analysis provided by HoopData.com.
In 35 games, Lee had converted more perimeter shots (86) than he did all of last season (82). He had hit 66 shots in the 16-to-23-foot range, compared with 51 last season and only 18 in 2007-8.
… Lee’s accuracy rate from 16 to 23 feet was in the low 30s every season until this one. He was shooting 45 percent (66 of 146) in that range this season, well above the league average for power forwards (40.5 percent) and for centers (40.4), according to HoopData.com.
Another interesting thing they note is that Lee was a point guard early on in high school, so he’s got a pretty good handle (in the Houston game he caught one rebound, dribbled up the court, did a nice move on his man, and got a layup) plus he’s one of the Knicks’ better passers.
**On a sad note, the NY Post reports that David Lee’s grandfather is deathly ill. As a result, Lee may have to leave the team momentarily. They also mention:
Lee’s grandfather, E. Desmond Lee, made a fortune in coat hangers and became a well-known St. Louis philanthropist, donating $50 million to various charities in the city.
How do you make a fortune in coat hangers? Did he have some unique design? Was he the one who invented the part on them fancy hangers that clamps down on your pants & holds ‘em in place? I’m curious. Someone do some research on this. Maybe I can make a fortune in like toothpicks or something.
**This’ll outrage my Dad, a man who has a part-time gig giving people directions in NYC. TrueHoop says they’re worried about Baron Davis because in the following music video:
He’s playing chess in Washington Square Park and then he decides to go to The Cage — the West Fourth Street basketball courts. So he takes a subway? Google maps will tell you those two places are a block apart.