That and more in Tuesday's NBA newsletter.
Good morning. Let's basketball.
BASKETBALLERS! BASKETBALLERS! BASKETBALLERS! We knew that new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is a maniac when placed in front of a camera or a crowd. Now we have more proof. And now every NBA writer secretly hopes the Clippers win a title so we can see the spectacle.
A COMPLICATED MESS: Interesting read on the Greg Monroe-Stan Van Gundy affair.
BRAND BETRAYAL: Noted NBA hipster Matt Bonner was forced to buy a new car. The horror.
BORN READY TO OWN A FANCY CAR: Fred Kerber crashed Carmelo Anthony's All-Star practice session in NYC and got a few words with the Knickerbocker. But nothing beats this passage: "One of the last to arrive was [Lance] Stephenson, who pulled up as a passenger in a new Rolls Royce and then blew past the only questioner just like a guy who, well, pulled up as a passenger in a new Rolls Royce."
CAPTAIN KYRIE: Kyrie Irving talks about needing to improve as a leader. I'm actually not so sure he needs to worry about that any more.
DO THE RODMAN: Ian Mahinmi airballed two consecutive free throws during a French national team exhibition. Blessed.
Happy Tuesday. See you next time.