The Starting 5: Looking at some of the best hoops content around the Internet
Pina looks at the future of both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the newly minted champions, the Golden State Warriors. Golden State will look to keep its core intact, with Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Bogut locked up for a couple of years, and Pina dissects what the probable outcomes of Barnes and Draymond Green are. Over on the Cleveland side, things get a bit more dicey and this line should be all it takes to take a look at the article: “opting out of a $6.4 million player option with LeBron as a teammate would be the height of stupidity — four words that perfectly describe J.R. Smith‘s beautiful existence.”
Over at SB Nation, Jesus Gomez looks into the blatant disrespect LeBron James showed head coach David Blatt during the NBA Finals. I knew that I couldn’t have been the only to notice the body language that James displayed towards his head coach, at times ignoring him completely and at others blatantly correcting the coach. As a team leader, LeBron needs to set a better example. Either that, or find himself a new head coach.
Gibb takes a look into the parallels between wrestling and professional basketball, with a focus on the nature of LeBron. Even though LeBron is one of the greatest basketball talents the world has ever seen, Gibb doesn’t know if he’s trustworthy and goes in depth within the article.
Remember all those rumors about Allen Iverson being one of those unfortunate athletes who rose to supremacy only to find themselves broke a couple of years out of the spotlight? Thankfully, he has made it quite clear that he isn’t broke, but he’s also in a position to lose out on his $32 million trust fund that Reebok set for him to collect when he turned 55. Read the article on Complex to find out why.
Tim Duncan got scammed out of $25 million from his own financial manager. This just goes to show how low people can be, even at the highest level. The biggest takeaway that I got from this article is to never fully trust anyone but yourself. As sad as it is to say, the only person that you fully know is yourself, and it’s risky to fully trust anyone else. Duncan sure learned his lesson.