Since it’s summer and I’m busy getting caught up in life, here’s a rundown of a few recent NBA things that you really ought to check out.
- Part I and Part II of Marc Stein and Ric Bucher’s epic discussion with Bill Simmons on the BS Report. Really, really good stuff.
- Dan Filowitz and Kenneth Paul Drews of the “FreeDarko Presents: the Disciples of Clyde NBA Podcast” chatted with Bomani Jones on the topic of race.
- Slam put up videos for the Top 100 dunks of the 2008-09 season. (You can watch numbers 100-70 below.)
- Henry Abbott of TrueHoop gives you the Ten Summer Stories to Watch and also looks at next year’s schedule. (I similarly analyzed at the Pacers schedule.)
- Zach Harper of TalkHoops ranks the 76 best NBA moves this offseason in his hopefully recurring “It’s a List!” feature. I always thought that the exclamation point in the title of the movie Airplane! was the only time that that punctuation has ever been used effectively in the history of mankind, but Zach has proven me wrong. Wrong!
- Joakim Noah gets that oil, son.
- Joey of FreeDarko wrote the best piece you will likely ever read about Antoine Walker.
Tis all for now. I’ll be back with something less lazy in due time but, for now, do your homework and click on all those links. And get that oil, son.
- UPDATE: [Disclaimer: I realize the following sentence probably makes me sound like a douchebag.] I’ve always heard that Toronto is the most diverse city in the world, but living in New York, it’s sort of hard to believe that that’s actually true. Regardless, the status of Toronto as a truly international city is undeniable. And Pardeep Toor has written a phenomenal column on how the Raptors are designing their roster in the mold of their city and how this concept similarly worked for the Pistons. Those building the Brawl-era Pacers and JailBlazers, however, failed to account for local culture and paid the price. This is probably the best article on this list. Go read it now.