The Starting 5 – A look at some of the best hoops content around the Internet
McCarney writes on the pursuit of free agent LaMarcus Aldridge in this offseason. Historically, the San Antonio Spurs have built their contending teams on cultivating their talent and making the most out of fringe players in the NBA. This would be a pivotal moment in their franchise, which has never had a big name like Aldridge land before. McCarney delves into how Aldridge would fit in with the Spurs’ offense, and dissects the pros and cons of the big man’s game. Read more on why the addition of Aldridge would spur *ahem* the team from San Antonio to another season of contention.
One of the big names that got signed included the leading scorer from the Dallas Mavericks last season, Monta Ellis. Doyel wasted no time in dissecting the newest Indiana Pacer and tries to find the positive linings in the newest acquisition. It never seems to be promising when an article on a new team member begins with, “Monta Ellis is not perfect for the Indiana Pacers.” There’s a noticeable tone in the voice of the article, and it’s not one of excitement, although Doyel admits that the Pacers did the best they could really hope for in free agency because a bigger name wasn’t coming.
Gardner writes on the big-name signing for the Milwaukee Bucks, big man Greg Monroe. While Monroe became expendable in Stan Van Gundy’s system in Detroit, Milwaukee looks to maximize the many talents of the big man. Monroe spurned maximum offers from the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers due to his belief that the Bucks had the best chance to “make the playoffs immediately.” Woah. I wonder if Monroe knows some inside information on the big man situation over in the Pacific Northwest?
Once one of the ideal destinations for a basketball player to call home, the Lakers presently don’t have anything to offer to free agents to entice them to come play for the star-studded town. As the organization is finding out, the rich history and the of the quality of life is no longer enough to allure the best basketball players to their city, as players are more focused on the best opportunities to win at the highest level. It’s a stark difference from the past, where Los Angeles was a marquee destination for its mixture of contention and lifestyle, and the best combination of on and off court attraction for free agents.
Reina breaks down the Cavaliers re-signing Kevin Love. For most of the season, the fit of Love with the Cavaliers seemed clunky and awkward, and it didn’t help that there was noticeable tension on court between Love and the other two stars of Cleveland. What cannot be understated is how weak the Eastern Conference is. It would’ve been very unwise for Love to seek greener pastures for a bigger contract when his best chance of winning is with Cleveland. The grade that Reina gave for the Cavaliers organization is an A in retaining Love, as there’s no doubt that they’re the favorite to win the East and even the Finals with a healthy James, Irving and Love. The grade that Love receives is a C for his personal negotiations, and read more on what Love should’ve done to receive a better grade.