The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
1. Can we do more than expect the expected with the new Clippers? – Kris Fenrich, FanSided
Chris Paul is gone. That is the reality for the Los Angeles Clippers, who turned quickly to Plan B in free agency and brought back Blake Griffin along with Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, and others. But after competing as one of the top teams in the NBA in 2016-17, what should we be expecting from the Clippers in 2017-18? Kris Fenrich of FanSided suggests we should expect the expected with this team.
2. Derrick Rose to the Bucks only makes sense for one side – Tim Cato, SBNation
Former New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has fallen a long way since his MVP season of 2010-11. While he is no longer a superstar, thanks to a myriad of knee injuries, Rose still has something to contribute on the floor. Last season, he averaged 18 points and shot 47 percent from the field for the Knicks. But the point guard market in free agency has left him without a home and few options remaining. Could he be a fit with the Bucks? Tim Cato of SBNation thinks the Rose-to-Milwaukee rumors are completely one-sided.
3. The Carmelo Anthony-New York Knicks trade circus roars on – Henry Bushnell, Ball Don’t Lie
One of the biggest on-going drama’s in the NBA today is the Carmelo Anthony and New York Knicks breakup. The hottest news is that the Knicks have been working on a deal to send Melo to Houston, where he would form the latest “Big Three” with Chris Paul and James Harden. But not so fast. Rumors abound that the Knicks are having second thoughts about the deal, and maybe even the notion of trading Anthony at all. The circus in New York continues even without Phil Jackson.
4. NBA Saturday: Jackson Finding His Way in Summer League – Dennis Chambers, Basketball Insiders
Phoenix Suns rookie Josh Jackson, drafted No. 4 overall last month, has been finding his way among others in the rookie class in the Las Vegas Summer League. The talented forward opened up and spoke on a variety of topics, including the tremendous group of young talent in Phoenix and his nerves during the first few games on the court in the summer league.
5. Thunder’s Andre Roberson talks new contract, tipping etiquette – Royce Young, ESPN OKC Thunder Blog
Andre Roberson, the defense-first guard that played the 2016-17 season alongside a historic Russell Westbrook, has returned to the Oklahoma City Thunder on a three-year, $30 million deal. To celebrate, Roberson spoke with Royce Young of ESPN’s OKC Thunder blog on a variety of topics, including the new deal, converting from a power forward in college to an NBA shooting guard, and even proper tipping etiquette when buying an expensive bottle at a bar.