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The Starting 5: The Knicks stay weird

New York Knicks' Derrick Rose reacts to a call during the second half of the NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 in New York. The Knicks defeated the Kings 106-98(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet

1. The Knicks Keep Inventing New Ways To Confound Their Fans — Jason Concepcion, The Ringer

The Knicks have long been a weird franchise with a history of dysfunction and questionable moves, and the latest saga with Derrick Rose just adds to the long list of weirdness. Rose bizarrely went missing for the Knicks’ ugly loss to the Pelicans on Monday, leaving the team scrambling for answers. The point guard finally told the team he’d returned to his hometown of Chicago to deal with a family issue, and then he returned to Knicks practice the very next day and received a fine. Reports from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News and K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune suggest Rose is working through some of his own issues, and it’s unclear if this will have an effect on his immediate future in New York.

2. Why DeMarcus Cousins is in line to stay with the Kings for a long time — Tom Ziller, SB Nation

It looks like Kings star DeMarcus Cousins plans to sign a long-term contract extension with the team despite all the turmoil and trade rumors in Sacramento. Why would he do such a thing? The new collective bargaining agreement now gives major incentive to stars to stay with the team that drafted them. Boogie is looking at a new deal worth over $200 million, so why wouldn’t he take that deal and perhaps orchestrate a trade down the line if things continue to go poorly?

3. Bulls’ Rajon Rondo told benching was to ‘save me from myself’ — Nick Friedell, ESPN

With Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade both out, recently benched Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo finally got back in the lineup in Washington. But before the game, Rondo gave some very candid quotes about his situation. He clearly is frustrated with the whole thing, and his quotes seem to suggest the Bulls didn’t handle things all that well, even if the point guard deserved to lose some playing time.

4. Teams can’t even handle the threat of John Wall’s pick-and-rolls — Scott Rafferty, The Step Back

John Wall is having an under-the-radar outstanding season, and the Wizards star was at it again in a tight win over the Bulls. The point guard put up 26 points, 14 assists and six rebounds, and he was a +24 in a game Washington won by two. Oh, and he hit the game-tying and game-winning shots in the final minute. One of the reasons why he’s so dangerous is because of his play in the pick-and-roll, and Rafferty gives examples here showing how even the threat of a Wall PnR is lethal.

5. NBA Player Power Rankings: B/R’s Top 30 Point Guards at the Halfway Point — Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report

We’re getting to the halfway point of the 2016-17 NBA season, so B/R decided to rank the top point guards. This isn’t just a ranking of the top starting point guards, but all the point guards in general. The list shows just how deep the position is with top players, especially considering a guy like Isaiah Thomas checks in at No. 11. The top two of Russell Westbrook and James Harden are little surprise given how they’ve performed this year.

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