The Starting 5: A look at some of the best NBA content around the internet
1. The noise – Stephen Curry, The Players’ Tribune
The Players’ Tribune has been a great way for players to share more fleshed-out thoughts than they could on Twitter, and this is one of the best examples yet. Curry goes into detail about how he felt when Donald Trump attacked him on Twitter and how he feels about protesting the flag. He also has a very heartfelt plea to consider what we’re doing to help the veterans instead of just railing on NFL players who are kneeling for the anthem.
2. Versatile forward Jae Crowder working to get comfortable in his many roles – Dave McMenamin, ESPN
Jae Crowder was the third-best piece in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, but he’s the only one who has played for the Cavaliers so far. And it’s been quite a transition for the versatile small forward. Now that he’s starting to figure out his place on the new team, he’s making a difference. McMenamin quotes Kevin Love: “He’s such a huge X factor for us and can do so many things, it’s just tough because we’ve been asking him to play the 4, play the 3, guard the other team’s best player, score the basketball,” Love told ESPN. “He just has to find a way to go out there and play and compete because tonight that’s what he did and he was great for us.”
3. Aaron Gordon — yes, that Aaron Gordon — leads NBA in 3-point shooting – Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel
Aaron Gordon is shooting 55.3 percent from deep, which leads the NBA. Yeah. Aaron Gordon. The same guy that put on the magical dunk contest with Zach LaVine a couple of years ago. That’s quite a bump from his 28.9 percent career behind the arc heading into the season. Some of that might be due for regression, but we’re getting to the point we might have to consider that the work he put into his shooting this summer with coaches Dave Love and Graham Betchart, as well as Idan Ravin and Patrick Turner, has something to do with it.
4. Nerlens Noel behind Salah Mejri in quest for playing time, Rick Carlisle says – Tim MacMahon, ESPN
The Nerlens Noel situation has gotten just weird. After trading for him last year, the Dallas Mavericks offered him a four-year, $70 million contract. Noel asked for the max, so Cuban pulled the offer off the table. Noel eventually settled for the qualifying offer and is playing for just $4.2 million, though, I’m apparently being pretty liberal in my use of the word “playing” here as Noel was a healthy DNP in the last game against the Cavs, reportedly because he isn’t ideal for guarding them. But anyone who saw Dirk Nowitzki get absolutely clowned by LeBron James or Kevin Love drop 29 is going to have trouble believing Noel could do any worse.
5. Former Duck Dillon Brooks impresses in NBA – Steve Mims, The Register-Guard
While the Memphis Grizzlies haven’t been hitting home runs with their draft picks lately, they have done a splendid job of developing players who needed second chances, such as JaMychal Green and Evan Turner. But with Dillon Brooks, they may have hit on something. The 45th pick in the draft is in the rotation and even making contributions in crunch time. Coach David Fizdale is impressed with how quickly he’s picking up the NBA game and how hard he’s working.
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