The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
The bad times keep rolling in Chicago, and yfBB does fans the service of aggregating all of the dirty laundry that airs out after a train wreck season like the Bulls just had. Adding context and grains of salt with each tidbit, he relays the dishing from the locker room involving Jimmy Butler, Fred Hoiberg, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
Did the NBA sell out with the recent decision to allow ad space on player jerseys? Technically, yes, that’s exactly what they did, but should fans be upset? If you’re at all interested in the debate over advertisements intruding further into the on-court entertainment, Lukas is worth the read. There are plenty of drive-by opinions about patches and the NBA’s corporate decision-making, but Uni Watch’s passion for the laundry we root for is unmatched. Here, Lukas notes what the “soulless” move by the NBA was (advertising expansion) and what it was not (“sponsorship” expansion, as the league has framed it).
The writers at AWAW round up the latest rumbling in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves are seeking a new coach and president. Things are still murky, but the team appears to be on a path toward hiring a highly competent, experienced candidate. They discuss their preferred coaching names and front office setup. Ownership can be credited for a quality search effort, but the Wolves’ roster is likely the main draw to whoever signs the dotted line.
Paul George has flown under the radar for much of the year, with his incredible return from that gruesome leg break overshadowed by the storylines surrounding behemoth teams and players elsewhere in the league. But the playoffs have afforded the NBA world to watch George closely again, and he hasn’t disappointed. Levy gathers all of the statistical weight George is dropping so soon after the career-jeopardizing injury, along with the context making it all the more impressive: Indiana is a very limited team that needs every bit of the miraculous production it’s getting from George, and he’s delivering.
The hubbub over Kobe Bryant’s send-off has paired with rumors about Byron Scott’s job security to overshadow the most pressing issue for the Lakers moving forward: acquiring great players again. Vaidya lays out three different options, speculating on how Los Angeles will move ahead to build on the assets they have. While dream (Kevin Durant signing as a free agent) and nightmare (LA loses out on free agents and its top three protected pick) scenarios exist, the team’s destiny will likely fall along a more moderate route.