Hey there, Tas, J.D., Skeets, Leigh, Matty-O and Trey. (Photo via the NBA)
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: NBA.com. The artists formerly known as The Basketball Jones (including former Ball Don't Lie editors J.E. Skeets and Trey Kerby) just did the entire hoops Internet proud by making their biggest move to date — from Toronto to Atlanta, where they've joined Turner Sports' team to produce a daily podcast and hourlong television show (that will air on NBA TV) and blog (address as yet unreleased) under the new name The Starters. Right-thinking basketball lovers everywhere will rejoice at this news, and wrong-thinking ones had better get their heads on straight. Their new Facebook page has more information and some of their new colleagues are already welcoming them with open arms (sort of).
Congratulations to Skeets, Trey, Tas Melas, Leigh Ellis, Jason Doyle and Matt Osten — we can't wait to see what's coming.
PF: Worcester Telegram. A heartbreaking and beautiful story about Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy's love for his wife, her long battle with dementia, her recent death and his struggle to move on. It's remarkable and awful, and man, do I feel for Bob Cousy right about now.
SF: Liberty Ballers. Get back on the smiling side of the street with this Brett Brown x Kanye mashup. Strong work, Roy Burton.
SG: SB Nation, Grantland and The Oklahoman. More fallout from Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook going back under the knife on Tuesday, with Tom Ziller zeroing in on Serge Ibaka, Zach Lowe zeroing in on Scott Brooks and Berry Tramel sitting down with Sam Presti, who maintains (as, of course, he must) that the All-Star point guard's absence "doesn't end our world."
PG: Orlando Pinstriped Post. In determining which member of the Orlando Magic bears closest watching this coming season, which we all anticipate to be a fairly rough one, Tyler Lashbrook asks the question that's been banging around the back of his head: "Is [Tobias] Harris a legitimate future All-Star or is he an above-average player thriving on a team that isn't very good?" We won't get the definitive take in what figures to be a rebuilding year in Florida, but we should get an awful lot more evidence one way or the other.
6th: Grantland. Lowe pulls double-duty today by identifying the players — outside of the obvious megastars and second-year pups — that he's most intrigued by as we near the start of preseason basketball.
7th: Arizona Republic. Jeff Hornacek had his doubts about Eric Bledsoe's ability to run the point consistently and effectively, but it sounds like the former Los Angeles Clippers super-sub is making a believer out of the Phoenix Suns' new head coach.
8th: Charlotte Observer. Rick Bonnell on one of the major keys to the Charlotte Bobcats maximizing their massive investment in offseason acquisition Al Jefferson — the 'Cats wings learning how to feed Big Al on the block, read defensive reactions and respond with proper cuts and moves off the ball.
9th: New York Times. As if New York Knicks fans needed any help envisioning offseason acquisition Beno Udrih as a replacement for retired point guard Jason Kidd, Udrih tells new Knicks beat reporter Scott Cacciola that he's already thinking about his eventual coaching career: "I’m going to try to have assistant coaches around me who are not yes men."
10th: ONE World Sports. As training camps opened this week, there were 104 non-American players hailing from 40 different countries on NBA rosters. Zach McCann introduces you to all of them, offers a bit of background on their games and origins, and briefly analyzes their projected roles this coming season.
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