The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
Even though many have long forgotten about NBA free agency, there are still a fair amount of players without homes. Bleacher Report did an entire breakdown of some of the remaining NBA free agents and their potential whereabouts. Zach Buckley reminds NBA fans that two contributors to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ run to the championship remain unsigned. J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson are still working out their details.
There’s a reason that Phil Jackson is known as the Zen Master, and a lot of that has to do with his ability to get the best out of his players. Throughout his legacy, Jackson has said mysterious things to the media, often with the intent of tweaking or manipulating a player’s motivation. But Seth Rosenthal simply believes that Jackson is transparent and says whatever is truly on his mind to the media. There’s a real chance it’s that simple: Jackson’s honesty is what defines him.
Before Jimmy Butler‘s free agency, there was a rumor that he him and Derrick Rose weren’t on the best of terms. Without any real quotes or evidence, this speculation somehow began to circulate throughout mainstream media. As more than likely an overplayed analysis that blew up extravagantly, Chris Terzic calls shenanigans. He simply doesn’t believe that in a stage as big as the playoffs that these players would be feuding. And he has a very good argument.
As one of the most well-known athletes on the planet, LeBron James‘s opinion is always a good source for media. And recently, James did a Question and Answer forum on Twitter. David Zavac reflected on James’s answers and articulated what James thought of his teammates. He mentioned that he believes Thompson will re-sign with Cleveland, and that winning a championship for Cleveland is all he really wants to do right now. And to keep the gossip alive: James didn’t rule out a Space Jam 2.
LaMarcus Aldridge going to the San Antonio Spurs was the biggest move of the offseason, and not only should Aldridge help the Spurs as a team, he should really help point guard Tony Parker. Parker has seen some decline over the last few years, but having a pick-and-pop maestro like Aldridge should be a boon for Parker. Gomez uses video evidence and shot charts to show why this could be such a lethal pairing. San Antonio is going to be really fun to watch.