The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache, featuring Israel’s new Messiah

The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache takes you on a trip around the League every weekday, bringing you the best posts from around the NBA blogosphere. Unfamiliar with the below ‘stache styles? The American Mustache Institute will school you on that subject.

The Chevron: Noam Schiller pens a fantastic piece about what Omri Casspi has meant for Israeli basketball and how he is truly the “King of a nation.” [Cowbell Kingdom]

The Dali: Rahat Huq reminds us, in the aftermath of the Caron Butler trade, that this season doesn’t matter for the Rockets and we have to think to the future. “Russell describes the civilized man as ‘distinguished from the savage mainly by prudence’ and ‘willing to endure present pains for the sake of future pleasures, even if the future pleasures are rather distant.’” [Red 94]

The English: Adam Sweeney talks to Daryl Morey about the state of the Rockets, their All-Star situation, and Yao’s progress in rehab. [SLAM Online]

The Fu Manchu: Michael Pina talks about the oft overlooked Mav’s rookie, Rodrigue Beaubois, and what we might be able to expect from in in the future. [Hardwood Paroxysm]

The Handlebar: Ed Weiland compares LaMarcus Aldridge and Tyrus Thomas three and a half seasons after the draft day trade that linked their careers forever. [Hoops Analyst]

The Horseshoe: The Mavericks and the Wizards are at a crossroad where they each have to decide whether to try and make a final push for a championship, or abandon that route and hope for the future. It’s clear which path each team took following their recent trade. [Empty the Bench]

The Imperial: Taste the rainbow again with Tom Haberstroh as you check out how well your team does in each of Dean Oliver’s four factors. [HoopData]

The Lampshade: According to Dave Berri, by trading for Caron Butler, Dallas has cemented themselves as championship contenders. [Wages of Wins]

The Painter’s Brush: Eric Freeman surmises that perhaps the dunk contest is as good as it has ever been, but the dunk has lost some of its aura. [The Baseline]

The Pyramidal: Yet again, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest was outshined by its D-League counterpart. [Ridiculous Upside]

The Toothbrush: Holly Mackenzie recaps All-Star Weekend in 13 thousand words. Or their equivalent. [Nothing Easy]

The Walrus: This is a huge compliment considering that Kevin Arnovitz might be in the NBA blogging Hall of Fame, but I love it when Krai Charuwatsuntorn makes a guest appearance on ClipperBlog, because of things like this:

As David Dobbs puts it, “This is a transformative, even startling view of human frailty and strength. For more than a decade, proponents of the vulnerability hypothesis have argued that certain gene variants underlie some of humankind’s most grievous problems: despair, alienation, cruelties both petty and epic. The orchid hypothesis accepts that proposition. But it adds, tantalizingly, that these same troublesome genes play a critical role in our species’ astounding success.”

On what Chris Kaman’s All-Star selection means for the Clippers franchise. [ClipperBlog]

Bonus Stache: You might have heard that there is a new head Stache Waxer around these parts. Make sure you welcome Mark “Mookie” Schiralli to the site. [Stacheketball]

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