Thoughts and observations from Week 1 of the NBA season:
» The next coach who tries to defend Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki with a big man should be fired. Houston’s Shane Battier bothered Nowitzki the other night; Stephen Jackson had success against Nowitzki in the playoffs. If you have a willing and/or athletic defender in the 6-foot-7-ish range, use him.
» Caught an interesting glimpse of Toronto’s Chris Bosh on Sunday, the kind that will stick with me for a while.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Raptors-Boston Celtics game, Kevin Garnett had the ball in the post against Bosh. Garnett got double-teamed and kicked it to James Posey, who made a 3-pointer.
Bosh grabbed the ball after it came through the net and slammed it on the floor, an indication he was disappointed that the strategy was to double Garnett instead of allowing Bosh to guard him alone.
Then Garnett ate him alive in OT, scoring 10 points and going 4-for-4 from the field.
» It must be a little worrisome for Warriors fans to see firsthand how much the volatile Stephen Jackson means to their team. Scary thought: Stephen Jackson … glue guy.
» I love Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as much as anyone. It’s the only non-cookie-cutter arena in the NBA and it has all kinds of cool touches that link the Pacers to Indiana’s basketball history.
But don’t give me any of that purist stuff. They’re still pumping in awful music during the last two minutes of a close game.
» True, the Chicago Bulls are a young team on the rise, but they’re still going to have to pull off a two-for-one or three-for-one trade to take the next step.
Bottom line is there are a lot of nice players on their roster, but they need more.
» Prediction: The Sacramento Kings will have the worst record in the league this season.
» Bad news for the Warriors: The New Orleans Hornets, who hung tough in the playoff race all last season despite injury after injury, won their first three games and appear ready for the long haul.
» Did Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown even glance at the schedule? On Monday, a day after the Cavs played the Phoenix Suns and a day before they were to play the Warriors, Brown had his team practicing for almost 2½ hours in Oakland.
» As good as he’s looked against the Warriors in recent past, Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko remains the weak link on a strong Jazz team.
» A common refrain heard about the Memphis Grizzlies is that Pau Gasol was hurt for most of last season and that’s why they won only 22 games. But a quick glance at the stats and you realize Gasol missed only 23 games last year and a host of players (Mike Miller, Chucky Atkins, Hakim Warrick and Rudy Gay) played at least 70 games. They’ve got bigger problems than simply injuries.
Matt Steinmetz is the NBA insider for Warriors telecasts on Fox Sports Net.