The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
Knicks draft pick Kristaps Porzingis heard many boos upon his name being called at the Barclays Center in June. But after his stint in the NBA Summer League, many Knicks fans are starting to come around on Zinger. And in a recent interview for Bleacher Report, Porzingis reflected on the many different aspects of being a professional basketball player in the United States of America.
Joe Flynn’s perspective on Porzingis’s interview is honestly hilarious. He mocks the way Carmelo Anthony dresses, as Porzingis noted it was interesting to see that in person. Flynn brings up the notorious Latvian rap on Porzingis made by two Latvian rappers. He also explains that he feels it’s a good thing Porzingis came to New York after the Mike Woodson era. As a well-known defensive coach, Woodson wasn’t exactly a trickster surrounding offensive scheme. Porzingis’s NBA career is in full swing, and he’s learning the ropes of US basketball.
After coaching the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Summer League, it’s clear that assistant coach Becky Hammon is very capable of the job. Dwyer believes that she’s even capable of more, and claims she’s ready to be a head coach. After winning the tourney in the Summer League, many tweeted their feelings on Hammon’s coaching abilities. Obviously she’s been able to learn well under the wing of Gregg Popovich, but she’s caused a stir in the sports world with her potential to be the league’s first female head coach.
With Paul Pierce departing from the Washington Wizards, it was already a difficult offseason for Wizards fans. But with the recent news of Jared Dudley‘s back injury, things just got even more difficult. Sykes explains that it’s not the worst thing that could’ve happened, and Dudley will only miss a small amount of time in the regular season. But it’s still a setback, and the Wizards are going to have to do their best to work through this.
With everyone fully aware of DeAndre Jordan‘s decision to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, there’s not much to be said at this point. But Shapan Debnath analyzed the aftermath of the decision and made a great point: The Clippers have become the villains. The Miami Heat were the obvious choice for the NBA’s bad boys in recent years, but upon LeBron James leaving the city and returning to Cleveland, the perspective sort of changed. Now with the Clippers falling just short of a conference finals appearance, their offseason showed that they’re itching to make it to an NBA Finals. The Clippers are no longer lovable losers; they’re the bad guys.