The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
After seeing their beloved Sonics move to Oklahoma City and transform into the Thunder back in 2008, there’s a chance that Seattle could have an NBA franchise again. The league is close to agreeing on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and with that, there are rumors that they’re looking at expansion to at least one more city: Seattle. Support among the owner’s vary. At least one person told Kevin Nesgoda of Sonics Rising that if Seattle approves a new stadium, they would have a new offer “within an hour.”
The Chicago Bulls have much of their team set, including Robin Lopez, Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler, and Dwyane Wade in the starting lineup. But that leaves an open spot for the power forward, which is undecided among Taj Gibson and Niko Mirotic. As Tyler Pleiss of Blog A Bull writes, ESPN’s Zach Lowe makes an interesting point on how the Bulls could make an effective rotation–bringing Wade off the bench with the second unit. Wade would never accept it, says Pleiss, but it raises some interesting notions.
The Charlotte Hornets have some good things going for them heading into the 2016-17 season. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is back and healthy, they’ve brought in Marco Bellineli and Ramon Sessions, and they re-signed Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams–both of which were key players on last year’s 48-win team. They also have Steve Clifford at head coach, one of the more underrated coaches in the NBA. But things aren’t all positive. They lost Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson in free agency, as well, and appear to be stuck in the NBA’s middle class.
Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson and Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James have a few things in common. They’re both tall, maybe separated by an inch in height, and both are professional basketball players. There might be more beyond that, but that’s generally where the known similarities end. They aren’t exactly doppelgangers. But according to Patterson, while standing in line at Chipotle, he encountered a few basketball fans that thought he might be the Cavs star. The crazy part? He was in Cleveland.
With the beginning of the season coming upon us quickly, Gerald Bourguet of Hoops Habit takes a look at five teams that aren’t likely to be as good in 2016-17 as they were the season prior. Among the possibilities? The Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, and other teams that lost key players to free agency, illness, injury, or retirement. There might even be a few teams that have been pretty historically good for a while.