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The Starting 5: Jo Jo White Steals Show at Hall of Fame

The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet 

1. ‘Honored’ Jo Jo White happy to finally slip on HOF jacket – Chris Forsberg, ESPN

The 2015 class will officially be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night, and Jo Jo White is finally getting his due next to the other Hall of Fame luminaries. White, who underwent life-threatening surgery five years ago to remove a brain tumor, delivered an emotional speech at the annual enshrinement news conference. Chris Forsberg has all the details on White’s speech, in addition to a few other tidbits from other speeches on Thursday night.

2. Dirk, Pau And The Next Great European 7-Footer – Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM

Tjarks at RealGM looks into what Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol bring to the table. Future Hall of Famers, the two 7-foot international players changed the landscape of the league when they entered. Following the tremendous success of the two big men, NBA teams all over began to try and find the next great international talent. Read more on respecting the history of the two greats, as well as how the international talent pool looks to develop.

3. Asking Questions about the Milwaukee Bucks – Will Gottlieb, Hardwood Paroxysm

The Bucks had a very interesting year last season. With a new head coach, a highly touted rookie and a growing star, the Bucks seemed to have bundles of potential, but few took them seriously enough to consider them a contender, much less a team equipped to make the playoffs. The Bucks surprised many by ending as the sixth seed in the East, eventually losing to Chicago. Will Gottlieb over at Hardwood Paroxysm takes a look at what questions the Bucks need to account for and how the future looks for them.

4. The state of the NBA rivalry – Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus 

Rivalries in the NBA have changed so much in the past 20 years. Many variables influenced the outcome of the camaraderie of the players, but it cannot be overstated just how different it is. It used to be that teams would form their own cliques and hate other teams, refusing to offer handshakes or help up the opposition, but it’s a bit different today. Read more on how things have changed above.

5. The factor lacking in Hoiball: Free-Throws – Blog a Bull 

The Bulls have gone through a coaching change after five years of Tom Thibodeau and have replaced him with Fred Hoiberg from Iowa State. Blog a Bull takes a look into what the new offense will look like and what needs to be addressed. Hint? It’s getting to the free throw line more. 

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