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The Starting 5: The new-look Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale looks on from the sideline in the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
AP Photo/Brandon Dill

The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet

1. Can the Grizz Evolve Beyond Grit and Grind? – Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated

One of the more interesting stories going into the season for NBA die-hards is the modernization of the Memphis Grizzlies. As small ball swept the NBA, the Grizzlies remained big with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. The “Grit-and-Grind” Grizzlies under Dave Joerger forged an identity as a team who played from the inside-out, played tough defense and lacked shooting. That recipe made them stand out for their ignorance of the league’s changing landscape. Much of the Grizzlies core remains the same, but these won’t be the Grizzlies that we’ve known them to be. Under new head coach David Fizdale, the Grizzlies are looking to adapt to the modern game. Mahoney gives us an inside look at how the Grizzlies are revamping their identity to fit in with the rest of the league.

2. Karl-Anthony Towns wows with putback slam, deep step-back jumper in preseason game – Alysha Tsuji, For The Win

The Karl-Anthony Towns takeover is almost here. On the final night of the preseason, Towns showed the dedicated folks watching preseason basketball on their Friday night just why NBA GMs would start a franchise with him over everyone else. Towns finished the game with 15 points and nine rebounds in just 15 minutes. Along the way, he provided a few Vine-worthy plays that can be found in the link for the article.

3. Could one-and-done be an issue again? – Ray Glier, USA TODAY Sports

When talks of a new CBA for a major sports league is news, it’s usually for the wrong reasons. Luckily, that’s not the case with the NBA, as it’s been reported that the NBA and NBPA are close to an agreement on a new CBA. If the reports are true and hold up, that’s great for everyone. Well, almost everyone. One of the reported items from the new CBA is that there won’t be major changes to the league’s draft eligibility process. This means that the one-and-done era will remain. Glier takes a look at the issue of the NBA’s age restriction and why the players didn’t push harder to make any changes to the process that many see as unfair to young players.

4. The 2016 Uni Watch NBA Preview – Paul Lukas, ESPN.com

I’m sure you’ve read some sort of NBA season preview this season. Around this time, season previews are all the rage. League Pass rankings, award predictions and playoff projections from so many writers can be a bit overwhelming, and it’s easy for them all to start blending together. Why am I recommending another season preview? You haven’t read one like this. Lukas dives in on NBA jerseys for this season. What teams have new duds? What’s that patch for? How many teams have a No. 0 and also a No. 00? All those answers and more can be found in the link above.

5. NBA, NextVR To Broadcast Live Games In Virtual Reality Weekly This Season – Diamond Leung, Sport Techie

The NBA continues to be an innovator in how the league is broadcast. Leung reports that the NBA has been experimenting with VR technology for two years and will now allow fans to watch games through VR.  The NBA acknowledged that the market for VR programming isn’t in high demand right now, but their goal is to be ahead of the curve for when the VR market is booming. The technology is for League Pass subscribers only, but the first VR broadcast of the year (Spurs @ Kings on Oct. 27) will occur during a free trial of League Pass.

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