The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
This week, Michelle Roberts let slip to Italian outlet Sportando that she and Adam Silver were having early discussions centered on ironing out labor disagreements well ahead of a potential lockout. While any public comments likely have some degree of posturing, Zach Lowe digs in on why it’s not so crazy that the NBA could avoid a situation like 2011. There’s going to be so much money coming in from the new TV deal that everyone has a lot more incentive to keep the party rolling.
College basketball fans know Marshall Henderson as the brash, three-point chucker from Ole Miss who took the nation by storm. After a year overseas, Henderson is now taking his act to Sacramento Kings training camp. While Henderson could make the roster, Chris Reichert says not making the Kings and instead heading to the D-League and playing for the Reno Bighorns would still be really good for his career, as they run a system conducive to his gunning ways.
For many players, 2015-16 will be a pivotal season that the rest of their careers or lives depend on. Three members of BBALLBREAKDOWN’s staff tackle one of these players each: Carmelo Anthony, Roy Hibbert, Rajon Rondo. Carmelo was injured most of last season and needs to show that he can still be a leading man on a legitimate team. Hibbert was ran out of Indiana not long after leading a defensive revolution and looks to get his groove back on the Lakers. Rondo was simply putrid for most of last season and has another contract riding on his Sacramento tryout.
The Sacramento Kings, led by owner Vivek Ranadive, are one of the most technologically forward-thinking organizations in all of pro sports. Yet in recent times, the Kings have been embroiled with constant front-office upheaval that’s finally settled on Vlade Divac and Co. This painfully old school personnel approach is curiously at odds with Ranadive’s general exuberance for next-level decision-making. Joe Solosky examines this fascinating dichotomy.
Anytime Jonathan Abrams does a hoops profile, it’s your sworn duty to read it as a basketball fan. This time, Abrams spends the summer with Kentucky’s most recent epic draft class, including Karl-Anthony Towns. You don’t want to miss this personal, detailed peek into the lives of the next generation of NBA players.