The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
Derrick Rose was once the favorite son of Chicago. He was a perceived humble kid that grew up on the South Side and earned his way to the NBA, playing for his hometown Bulls and becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history. But injuries, questionable comments, reports of distractions and other problems over the last few years soured a once beautiful relationship between Rose and the Bulls. He returned to the United Center with his new team, the New York Knicks, to take on the Bulls Friday night, and he and Joakim Noah both played well in a Knicks victory. While Rose looked good, the fact that the breakup was necessary in the first place can’t be lost on the fans.
Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Wizards, is looking down the road at his own free agency. Having acquired the Wizards from former owner Abe Pollin, Leonsis inherited a deal with the Verizon Center that is costing him around $36 million a year for one of the worst venues in professional sports. It’s unclear whether a move away from the area is in the cards, as Leonsis speaks highly of the good things happening in D.C., but it’s clear that he’s unhappy with the cost and status of the building in which the Wizards play.
Danny Green and his outside shooting is heading back to the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup, bringing a much-needed element to the rotation for the Spurs — who are off to a 4-1 start. But who should lose minutes in favor of Green? The case is made here that it should be point guard Tony Parker, who doesn’t shoot a high volume of three pointers, defend or really get to the rim anymore. It might be tough for Spurs fans to hear, but Parker should be the one who loses the minutes.
The Philadelphia 76ers have a lot of big men, to the point where a trade is almost required. With that in mind, the Toronto Raptors reportedly have interest in trading for Nerlens Noel, with Jared Sullinger now out with a foot injury for possibly three months. Noel is out with an injury of his own for a few more weeks, but here’s a look at why a trade could make sense for both teams.
The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers have some history, with both teams taking a playoff series against each other within the last several years. It’s a Western Conference rivalry that has taken place on the court and created some intrigue. But now it’s leaking into Memphis’ well-known BBQ community, with a local establishment changing names of items on the menu to mock the Clippers. For a rivalry that was once just bitter, now it looks as though it’s sweet as well.