The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
For the first time this summer, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry opened up about his team blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals and ultimately losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry, who’s in Asia on a tour with Under Armour, spoke to ESPN’s Darren Rovell about getting in shape for next season, not being 100% health-wise in the playoffs and how the way the Finals ended makes him feel not just about last season, but about his future.
Holy revisionist history Batman! Okay, maybe that’s a bit unfair, but so too is Miami Heat president Pat Riley stating that his team acquiring Shaquille O’Neal back in 2004 was the most impactful move that the franchise ever made. Sure, trading for O’Neal made the Heat serious contenders in the mid 2000s, but Dwyane Wade’s incredible development into a superstar also played a big role, as Wade won Finals MVP and led the way for the franchise’s first championship in 2006. Also, Wade recruited LeBron James, and the rest is history. Either way, Riley spoke highly of O’Neal as the big man prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this week.
On a more serious note, New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday will miss the start of the upcoming NBA season, as he’ll be tasked with taking care of not just a newborn daughter, but his wife as well. Lauren Holiday, who’s a two-time Olympic gold medalist as a soccer player for the U.S. Women’s National Team, was recently diagnosed with a tumor on the right side of her brain. Fortunately, the tumor is operable; unfortunately, with Lauren being pregnant, the surgery will have to wait until after she gives birth. Our thoughts are with the Holiday family during this challenging time.
One of the uglier, less talked about off-the-court stories in the NBA this offseason has been the civil sexual assault lawsuit that new New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose is facing. Considering the lawsuit has been pending for over a year, and that the incident in question reportedly took place over three years ago now, it’s surprising that this isn’t being talked about in greater length. Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann provides details and backstory of Rose’s case, which will be going to trial on Oct. 4.
It’s that time of the year again! Time to talk yourself into perennially bad teams finally turning the corner and putting together a respectable season. This week we start with the Sacramento Kings, as CBS Sports’ James Herbert pens the question: could this be the year they take a step forward? With the George Karl saga finally ending (poorly) and DeMarcus Cousins being at a point in his career where it’s time to start winning or accept being labeled a loser, there’s a lot on the line for a Kings organization that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006.