The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
When Mike Dunleavy started feeling back pain this summer, the Bulls made sure to keep a close eye on it. When the problems kept getting worse and worse, eventually there was nothing they could do but have surgery done to correct his lower back problems. This will keep him out 8-10 weeks, according to an official statement from the Bulls. That would put Dunleavy’s return somewhere around the beginning of December, or a span of around 12 games. This should open the door for young guys, like Tony Snell and Doug McDermott, to show new head coach Fred Hoiberg what they can do.
Once a promising NBA prospect, Robert Upshaw has had a difficult road to the league. Despite some off-the-court issues while in college, he was still expected to be a first-round draft pick until doctors raised a potential heart issue during his physical. He went undrafted, but the 7-foot tall center was picked up by the Lakers and assigned to their Summer League team. Despite flashing his tremendous talent, his Summer League play would have to be described as up-and-down. He held is own against the more elite young bigs, such as Karl-Anthony Towns, but also found it difficult to get off the bench. Upshaw has a chance to make the Lakers roster this year, but it’s certainly no sure thing.
Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher sat down and spoke to the media, and Joe Flynn of SB Nation’s Posting and Toasting followed along on Twitter. He posts tweets of the conversation, which involves Jackson’s lack of hands-on involvement last year and how he plans to be more involved, how hard the Knicks plan to push Carmelo Anthony, Fisher’s beard and how he sits like he’s being punished. There are some interesting quotes, to say the least.
Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford sounds like he has his starting lineup figured out, minus one spot. Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson are set as starters, but the power-forward spot is still up in the air. The two likely candidates are Frank Kaminsky, the Wisconsin forward that they took with the ninth pick in the draft, and the slightly more experienced Cody Zeller. There could be a case made for either player, as well as a guy like Marvin Williams or Spencer Hawes.
The Blazer’s Edge weekly podcast with Sam Tongue covers a lot of topics, but most specifically it centers around the long-term vision of the team’s front office. The Blazers are in a major transition this year, having lost LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and Batum, but adding a slew of young forwards, such as Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh, Pat Connaughton, Moe Harkless and Mason Plumlee. How are the Blazers going to turn a roster of Damian Lillard and a bunch of average talent into a good team in the near future?