The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
If anyone ever needed a positive feature written about them it’s Derrick Rose. After a tough season for his hometown Chicago Bulls that led to him being traded to the New York Knicks this past June, there’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Rose can be an effective lead guard in today’s NBA. Beyond that, Rose is facing a civil lawsuit and being accused of gang rape, with the trial set to begin in two weeks. Still, the NBPA sat down with Rose to discuss the 27-year old’s life, and what’s ahead for him.
Speaking of the Knicks, Rose’s teammate Kristaps Porzingis is seeking revenge. While the 7-foot-3 Latvian sensation proved many doubters wrong in his rookie season, there was still at least one person with whom he had a score to settle. Porzingis faced off against the kid who was caught on TV “crying” when the Knicks selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft, and hopefully we can stop hearing about and talking about this kid who’s milking this to the last drop. As expected, Porzingis blocked most of his shot attempts, and even dunked on him. Good.
The biggest news story in the NBA on Monday was the Milwaukee Bucks officially completing a contract extension with Giannis Antetokounmpo, who signed for an additional 4-years, and $100M. While the man affectionately known by the basketball world as “Woj” broke the story, he also followed it up with a feature on “The Greek Freak,” detailing how Antetokounmpo has become one of the most improved players in the league over the last few seasons, and how the sky’s the limit for him and the Bucks moving forward.
While Antetokounmpo’s staying put, Sacramento Kings’ wing Rudy Gay is doing everything he can to find his way to another team. Gay, who was mentioned in trade rumors earlier in the offseason, has reportedly told the Kings that he’s going to opt out of his contract next summer. We know that the 30-year old small forward isn’t happy playing for a perennial loser, but with the way the salary cap has risen he more than likely wants to test the free agency waters for one last big pay day. It’ll be interesting to see if his latest comments lead to him being traded sooner than later.
It’s been a wild summer for Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie Brandon Ingram. After being selected with the second pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ingram went on to practice with the U.S. National Team, participating on the Select Team. In the process, Ingram formed relationships with several veteran wings, as he told Colin Cowherd on Monday that he and Golden State Warriors’ do-it-all forward Andre Iguodala have grown close. While Ingram was clearly drafted for his offensive ability and potential, if he can pick up tips from Iggy to improve his defense he’ll be quite the player someday.