The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
1. “With NBA expansion rumored, a look at the pros, cons and prospective cities” — Matt Moore, CBS Sports
Ever since the SuperSonics left in 2008, the league has wanted to relocate another team to Seattle. The only way to do that is through expansion. David Stern recently said it’s not financially or logistically feasible to expand, so the chances that it actually happens aren’t very high. However, Kevin Nesgoda, who writes for Sonics Rising, listed several cities along with Seattle that are interested in joining the NBA, including Vancouver, Louisville and Omaha.
2. “NBA players who will help new team the most” — AJ Neuharth-Keusch, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports ranked the top 10 free agents who switched teams. Unsurprisingly, Kevin Durant tops the list due to his star power and potential impact on a team that won 73 games last season. Al Horford also changed cities, leaving Atlanta for the greener pastures in Boston. The Celtics were a good team last season in need of a big man, and Horford fits the bill perfectly. Other noteworthy players on the list are Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Pau Gasol.
3. “The cord-cutters guide to legally watching the NBA” — Tom Ziller, SB Nation
If you’re thinking of cutting cable due to cost or don’t have cable, Tom Ziller details an alternative way to watch your favorite NBA teams. NBA League Pass is an obvious option, but what about nationally televised games? Sling TV offers the Orange bundle, which includes ESPN, ESPN2 and TNT for $20 per month. If you’re a fan of a local team and want to watch all of their games, League Pass blackouts makes it tough. For certain teams, however, Sling or Playstation Hue offers channels that televise every game.
4. “Carmelo Anthony: Magazine’s NBA player rankings ‘disrespectful’” — Ian Begley, ESPN
Slam Magazine recently ranked NBA star Carmelo Anthony the 15th-best player, which Anthony said was “disrespectful.” Anthony was ranked behind Klay Thompson and just ahead of Blake Griffin. Anthony, however, says he won’t use the ranking for motivation because he’s already self-motivated. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see if Carmelo plays with more fire this season to prove the critics wrong.
5. “Dwyane Wade believes super-teams are ‘great’ for the NBA” — Brett Pollakoff, FOX Sports
Having been part of a super-team in Miami, Dwyane Wade knows exactly what super-teams are all about and how they affect the league. He said that whether people loved or hated the Heat, they were tuning in to watch them, and it’s no different in Golden State after Durant took his talents to the 73-win Warriors. Wade mentioned that players get traded all the time, so players should take free agency as an opportunity to make their own decisions and play where they want.