The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
1. Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony spoke to Colin Kaepernick the day he sat for anthem – James Herbert, CBS Sports
Carmelo Anthony’s summer of standing up for social injustice included a conversation with the most controversial athlete in American sports, Colin Kaepernick. In an interview with The Undefeated’s Howard Bryant, Anthony discussed why he’s been outspoken and revealed that the San Francisco 49er’s quarterback actually called him after the first time he kneeled for the national anthem, to receive advice and feedback on the stance he was getting ready to take.
2. Marc Gasol ‘injures’ foot…again – Jay Siskin, Grizzly Bear Blues
The Memphis Grizzlies received a bit of a scare earlier this week when franchise big man Marc Gasol injured the same foot that caused him to miss nearly half of the 2015-16 season. Fortunately, an MRI revealed that the injury was just a bruise, and perhaps even more fortunately, the bruise was to a different bone than the one that sidelined Gasol just months ago. It’s unclear if we’ll see the talented center return to the court this preseason.
3.Ty Lawson practices with Kings on Monday after ‘personal issue’ – James Ham, CSN Bay Area
The Sacramento Kings are doing everything they can to move forward from an incident involving Ty Lawson missing a team flight over the weekend, as Lawson returned to practice Monday. Both coach Dave Joerger and general manager Vlade Divac have stated that Lawson was dealing with a “personal issue,” and it’s already been stated that the maligned point guard will not be suspended for missing the flight. For a player who’s fighting for a roster spot, and doesn’t exactly have history on his side, Lawson can’t afford any other slip-ups over the next week.
4. Damian Lillard sees opportunity in a transformed Western Conference – J.A. Adande, ESPN
From struggling point guards to surging ones, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard led the way for one of the most surprising teams in the league last season and hopes to take his team to new heights this upcoming one. After losing four-of-five starters in the offseason, the Blazers not only made the playoffs last season, but they won a round. This season, Lillard thinks it’s reasonable for his team to get to the Western Conference Finals, if not further. He elaborates in this sit down with ESPN’s J.A. Adande.
5. Anthony Davis posts Craigslist ad looking for assistant, unibrow ‘a plus’ – Steven Galther, Sporting News
Filed under the “not sure if this is intentionally funny or not” category, New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis posted a Craigslist ad seeking out an assistant to help him as he continues to prepare for the upcoming season (and presumably beyond). Some of Davis’s qualifications include: being 6-foot-5 or taller, a good dresser, speaking to the media, dry cleaning runs, and of course, a unibrow would be the preferred form of upper facial hair. If anyone out there needs a job and is tall enough to be an NBA shooting guard, this one might be for you.