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New Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo has always gotten assists. Last season, he led the NBA with a career-best 11.7 per game, making him a potentially good signing to distribute the ball to new teammates Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. But those players are more comfortable in isolation, while the teammates that really will need help from their lead ball handler will be outside shooters Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott. But historically, Rondo hasn’t been an effective distributor to three-point shooters.
Despite the fact that the Golden State Warriors won 73 regular-season games last year and made it all the way to Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were missing from Sports Illustrated’s top-10 players in the NBA list. In fairness to the list, there is some truly tough competition. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both made the list and are teammates of Green and Thompson. It would be difficult to judge SI too harshly for not including four out of the five Warriors starters on the list of the 10-best players in the game. Even still, you could certainly make a case for all of them individually.
One of the players that the Cleveland Cavaliers have brought to training camp is shooting guard John Holland, who has exactly one minute of NBA action under his belt. A four-year guard at Boston University, the defensive-minded guard went undrafted back in 2011. He signed a deal with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, but was waived prior to the season starting. Last year, he caught on with the Boston Celtics, but got into just one game — missing a three-pointer and collecting no other stats. Now at nearly 28 years old, he’s getting another opportunity to prove he belongs in the NBA.
With NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick continuing his protest of the national anthem, and the players around the NFL that have begun to join him, there have been questions about if NBA players will join in the anthem protest this season — and how many there might be? Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo thinks there will be at least some that take part in the anthem protest, according to Ball Don’t Lie’s Dan Devine. It wouldn’t be the first time someone refused to stand for the national anthem at an NBA game, following in the footsteps of former Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.
Derrick Rose is embroiled in an ugly civil case in which a woman has alleged that he and two friends gang raped her at her apartment several years ago. We didn’t hear much about the case in the immediate aftermath of the filing last year, but more and more details have come out in advance of the Oct. 4 trial date, and they’re not pretty. Rose’s own deposition hasn’t helped him, especially in the court of public opinion. Whatever happens with this case, Rose’s reputation has been tarnished, and Concepcion discusses how it can be hard to root for athletes when you know about transgressions like this that happen off the court.