The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
1. “Kevin Garnett is headed to TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’” — Matt Moore, CBS Sports
It seems Kevin Garnett has more free time on his hands now that he’s retired from professional basketball. He announced Thursday that he’ll be joining the crew on TNT’s Inside the NBA. In addition to broadcasting, Garnett is reportedly looking to work with several teams as a consultant in the front office and coaching staff. It’s crazy to think that Garnett, who was pretty closed off to the outside world during his career, is now part of the media. His strong and loud personality should mesh well with the rest of the crew on TNT.
2. “Dwyane Wade making himself home in Chicago and Thursday NBA takeaways” — Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report
After one game, Dwyane Wade has already hit more than half the number of three-pointers he had last season. He drilled 4 threes in the Bulls’ opener against the Boston Celtics and only made a total of 7 last year. The rest of his stat line wasn’t bad either: 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. One of his four threes came in a critical point of the fourth quarter, and he also had a block that helped seal the victory for the Bulls. More importantly, Wade seemed to fit in well with his new team and deferred to Jimmy Butler when he needed to. Butler also connected on 4 of his three-point tries. It’ll be interesting to see if they can continue their success from downtown.
3. “Grant Hill says he would’ve loved playing in today’s NBA” — Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post
Grant Hill was supposed to become one of the all-time greats before leg injuries derailed his career. He recently did an interview with Huffington post, in which he compared broadcasting to playing in the league. Hill says there are similarities in that he still watches tape and studies player’s tendencies like he did when he played. He also talked about the evolution of the point guard position, and how you have to have a good lead guard to compete in today’s NBA. Hill noted the emphasis on skill for players of all positions in today’s NBA, and he said that he would’ve loved to play in the league today due to his ball handling as a big man.
4. “If NBA MVP was selected after opening night” — Sam Amick, USA Today Sports
With Kevin Durant joining the back-to-back MVP’s team, the MVP race will be wide open this year, and we already have a ton of candidates after an eventful opening night in the NBA. Nine players scored 30 or more points in in their season-openers, with Anthony Davis going off for 50 (including 16 boards, 7 steals, 5 assists, and 4 blocks). Almost no one could’ve foreseen Myles Turner putting up MVP-worthy numbers on opening night, but that’s precisely what he did when he scored 31 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots in an overtime win over Dallas. If Turner keeps this up, the Pacers will be a lot more dangerous than people expected them to be. However, Kawhi Leonard, the MVP runner-up from last season, had two consecutive 30-point, 5 steal games thus far and should be the favorite to win it this year.
5. “Clippers prepare to start new season where it ended last” — Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com
The Clippers’ 2015-16 season ended in Portland after Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were sidelined due to injury. The schedule makers have hilariously decided to make Los Angeles’ first game this season in the same building and against the same team that put an end to their title hopes last season. At least the Clippers will have to face those bad memories early in the season. The Clippers players, for the most part, said they aren’t shocked that the NBA is trying to create hype for opening night, and Los Angeles appeared unfazed as they defeated Portland 114-106 in their first game.