Today we're going to undergo a split of sorts in how we handle daily links. For the next 10 days or so, we'll continue to have Loud Links that feature what is going on with the league, players, and the like, but will not include draft-specific stories. For those stories, we're going to feature a separate NBA post that will act as a repository of all the draft links we come across during the day. There won't be any editorial on it; it will just be links to those stories. We want to stay on top of all draft information, but given the sheer magnitude, it would be difficult to do much more than point you in the right direction. Look for that post later in the day.
The Memphis Grizzlies blog was able to secure a lengthy interview with Chris Wallace, who has been the Grizzlies' GM for the past five years. This link goes to part 1 of the interview. Part 2 and Part 3 are also available. Wallace is a very candid interview and this is a great job in getting him to talk about the team's past and future.
Basketball, like money, never sleeps. Study this guide so that you're ready to roll on the hardwood or the blacktop this off-season.
As you're probably aware, the Trail Blazers fired Rich Cho, the former Seattle/OKC executive, after less than a season (he is now the GM of the Bobcats). Acting in his place is Chad Buchanan, who is now left to solve the mess that is the Greg Oden contract situation. I personally think the team needs to cut him lose and move on. He's never going to live up to the expectations the team placed on him, so it's best to let him try to forge some semblance of a career where expectations are more realistic.
Further evidence that Rick Carlisle coached a series for the ages. On top of that, he had some stellar assistant coaching contribution as well.
"Open air is better than a closed ceiling." - Well put.
More links after the jump.
ESPN's David Thorpe, basketball guru, speaks candidly with the Timberwolves blog about the prospects of Ricky Rubio coming stateside. If I'm a Minnesota fan, my temperature on this guy is tepid at best.
Larry Bird gave a wonderful interview (which is a rarity for him) where he talks about his relationship with former teammate Rick Carlisle, the comparisons between him and Dirk Nowitzki, and how the art of trash talking has changed over the years.
Coach Nick actually interviewed Rick Carlisle during the 2010 summer league, and he shares the conversation here.
A look back on how the contrasting styles between Dallas and Miami were intentionally made even greater by Dallas' changing of its attack style mid-stream.
Deadspin continues its resurgence of sorts by actually committing to the craft of good writing. This retrospective on Dirk is another submission.
If you're a Laker fan (and if you are, what are you doing here?) you might find it interesting and somewhat unnerving to hear about how they're trying to make the transition from Phil Jackson to Mike Brown work.
Pruiti looks at the lessons Brown learned while coaching under Gregg Popovich, and what that influence will mean now that he's going to be coaching Kobe Bryant. No word yet on whether that style will include defending the pick and roll.
In the on-going saga of how much we're supposed to hate LeBron James, here is an interesting debate between two guys who try to put it all into context.
Can Ricky actually play? That is an excellent question.
Tex Winter, the architect of the famed triangle offense, appears to be in recovering health to the point that he should be able to attend his induction ceremony at the Hall of Fame.
Don't forget kids, this weekend is Father's Day.